It’s more than just mud pies

Tinkergarten’s skill-based curriculum is designed to help kids become well-balanced people who can problem-solve, lead, and create. It’s engaging, memorable, play-based learning, all outdoors.

“Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors” concluded an authoritative study published by the American Medical Association.
— Why our children need to get outside and engage with nature — The Guardian

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Sally Anderson

Tinkergarten Leader
I have worked with young children for over 25 years, in a variety of localities & capacities. My fondest parenting memories are of the endless hours "tinkering" with my son Odin as a young child, amidst the green hills & rocky beaches of Thames, New Zealand as well as the mountains & waters of the Gila Wilderness (Odin is now a teenager & he will be my Tinkergarten assistant). I believe the most profound gift our children offer us is given unintentionally through their often constant demand to be in the moment; to live for the NOW. I have worked for most of my career with children who are deaf & am the current administrative leader at a Reggio-inspired preschool program. I am a certified Forest School educator (Forest Schools Canada), as well. My life-long love of nature & the combination of my professional experiences, philosophies & personal interests makes Tinkergarten feel like a perfect match! I am very excited to bring Tinkergarten to my community, as well to children who are Deaf / Hard of Hearing both in Central / Northern NM.

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Skill-Based Curriculum

Tinkergarten is not a typical kids’ class—we share ideas with educational frameworks like Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio Emilia, but we’re much more. Our technology-enabled, expert designed curriculum adapts to region and season, is age appropriate, and spans a broad range of skills. Activities progressively build week after week, season after season.
“The classes are so well-thought-out and organized without being rigid.”
– Kate, Mom to a 3 year old
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Outside is healthier

Tinkergarten parents are not anti-tech. Our kids get ample screen time, too. Isn’t our greatest gift, then, to balance that time with healthy, rejuvenating, and developmentally stimulating time outdoors?
“She’ll get plenty of time with the iPad soon. At her age, being outside just seems right.”
– Rachael, Mom to an 18-month-old
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Let them Play, like we did

Our classes bring back something that seems to be lost on this new generation — something that was a most influential part of our own childhoods — free time to tinker outdoors.
“My youngest was more independent in this class than any other we’ve taken.”
– Julie, Mom to a 3-year-old
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Prepare them

Kids learn leadership, problem solving, persistence, and more through well-designed, guided play. At Tinkergarten, we think independent exploration, risk taking, getting dirty, and making help kids achieve far greater things than drills at the local tutoring center.
“I've learned to see his play as learning. Amazing!”
– Jon, Dad of a 2-year-old
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It takes a Village

The most critical social development happens in the first 5 years. Tinkergarten is purposefully designed to bring kids together with their peers, their parents, and allow mom and dad to bond with their child more meaningfully.
“He lost himself at Tinkergarten, and before he knew it, he was working with the other kids.”
– Elif, Mom to a 3-year-old