THIS WEEK AT TTY


All children are born with a natural drive to play. Here's E engaging in her own play, totally child-led.

We have had the box of shredded paper out for the past three weeks. Today, E got into the box by herself and sat in the box for a good 20 minutes. She scooped paper in her hands and threw it up into the air. And she laughed. 

We were there copying her actions. E threw some of the paper at us. It was an invitation to join her in play. We scooped up some paper and let it fall down on her. She shook the paper off and smiled.

PLAY @ THE TINKER YARD


At THE TINKER YARD, children are allowed to have all the space and time they need to work on their ideas.


Learning goals are current and focused on helping children gain understanding and mastery through experiential play.

Children play and learn in a calm yet inspiring mixed-age play space that allows them to be free to express their thoughts, exercise their imagination and encourages them to learn to listen to different ideas in a respectful and mindful way.


Age Groupings
18 months old to 23 months old
2 years old to 4 years old
4 years old to 6 years old

In planning the curriculum, we draw inspiration from observations made of children's play. Curriculum at The Tinker Yard is informed by principles of RIE, Playwork and the Reggio Emilia approach and framed by big ideas that children have. 


We hold a strong view of children being competent, curious, full of knowledge, potential, and interested in connecting to the world around them.

Children are respected as capable and competent learners.  They are empowered to take ownership of their learning whilst getting adequate support from the teachers.


At The Tinker Yard, mistakes are accepted. We believe that children learn from failures as much as from successes.

Children are given opportunity to make decisions, try things out, test their hypothesis and more importantly feel secure to take risks. We learn by doing and mistakes are inevitable.



This is where children feel safe, cultivate strong, secure and trusting relationships, develop life skills and know that their thoughts & ideas are important and valuable. Children learn to work together to achieve common goals as a team. They become self-motivated to seek solutions and collaborate with others.




WHAT WE ARE NOT
· We do not follow a fixed daily schedule. The schedule is adjusted to meet children's needs.

· We do not make children sit for long periods of time against their will.

· We do not compel children to work on tasks that they have lost interest in.

· We do not use a top-down approach in our interactions with children.

·  We do not do time-outs or punishments.

· We do not use the thematic approach that is overly structured and teacher-directed and allows little or no room for children's voices to be heard.

· We do not believe in hot-housing children.

· We do not view children as needing to be fixed.


At times, the class is taken outside to a nature park where children could have messy sensory and art play. Learning journeys to interesting places around Singapore are also organized periodically.


Children who stay with us for their formative years will be equipped with skills, values and knowledge that would carry them through challenges.


They will have all that they need to be successful in what they do AND more importantly, have a happy childhood.

We take great effort to create a culture of trust, care, empathy, support and collaboration in our class community (children, families and teachers). This is achieved through our practice of respectful and mindful teaching.

To book a spot, please connect with us through email, WhatsApp or SMS.

THE TINKER YARD
(by THE LEARNING CARAVAN)

WhatsApp/SMS: 84610186

Bubbles! Science and Art Messy Play


Bubbles! Science and Art Messy Play
for children 2 years old & up.

Limited to 15 children.

Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Happening at Telok Kurau Park,
a short walk from Kembangan MRT Station.

Make bubble wands using commonly found objects.
Explore different ways to make bubbles.
Have fun making art with bubbles.

To book a spot, please send a text message to 84610186. 
We will need your name, your child's name, 
child's date of birth 
as well as your email address.

Pre-payment is required.

= Only registered children will receive materials for this play session. =

Play Dough Party | Ages 3 & up

Back by popular demand.

Do connect with us if you have any questions.

THE TINKER YARD
Web: www.thetinkeryard.blogspot.com
Email: thelearningcaravan@gmail.com
Tel: 84610186 (WhatsApp/SMS)

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Playgroup Series, July to September 2018 | Playing and Exploring with Tubes!


Our inspiration (July to September) for the next playgroup series is tubes. The studio will be set up with tubes of various types. Our teachers will facilitate schematic play using tubes and other open-ended materials. Children will have the opportunity to explore possibilities to play, create and invent with these loose parts.

Classes are available at Katong Square for children between

15 months old to 23 months
Monday 9.15am to 10.15am


2 years old to 4 years old
Monday 10.30am to 12.30pm or 3.30pm to 5.30pm


To book a class, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/775pbrQqYEEJRiYq2.

Do contact us if you have any questions regarding our classes.

THE TINKER YARD
Web: www.thetinkeryard.blogspot.com
Email: thelearningcaravan@gmail.com
Tel: 84610186 (WhatsApp/SMS)

Please click here to subscribe to our email list for instant notifications of new updates.

Children Baking Class | Lemon, Rosemary and Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies

{ THE KID’S TABLE } is a cooking class for children. We will introduce healthy cooking recipes using fresh ingredients. Children will be involved in the entire cooking process. They will work collaboratively to prepare the recipe from scratch and take home a portion of the delicious cookies.


Venue: Katong Square
Fee: $50 per child, inclusive of baking

Fee includes entry and unlimited play time at Kaboodle.

Pre-booking of spots is required. Payment will be requested in advance to confirm your spot. There will not be any refund for no-shows or withdrawals however you can transfer the spot to another child. To book a spot, please send us an email.

#Science #Mathematics #Language #SocialSkills#Fun #Cooking #Baking #SelfHelpSkills

THE TINKER YARD
www.thetinkeryard.blogspot.com
E: thelearningcaravan@gmail.com
P: 84610186 (WhatsApp / SMS)

Our Practice

We hold a strong view of children being competent, curious, full of knowledge, potential, and interested in connecting to the world around them.


This is where children feel safe, cultivate strong, secure and trusting relationships, develop life skills and know that their thoughts & ideas are important and valuable.

"The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things."
Jean Piaget

FOSTERING EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS
Children play and learn in a calm yet inspiring mixed-age play space that allows them to be free to express their thoughts & exercise their imagination and encourages them to  learn to listen to different ideas in a respectful & mindful way.



Children learn to work together to achieve common goals as a team. They become self-motivated to seek solutions and collaborate with others.

OUR TEAM
Our practice is research-based. We are life-long learners and view ourselves as partners with children & families in nurturing children's holistic development. The team regularly engages in continuing professional development. We meet with fellow play leaders as well as local early childhood practitioners and international early childhood colleagues through learning exchanges, dialogues and professional training opportunities. With informed knowledge on early childhood education and self & group reflections to guide us, we regularly review and improve our practice.

“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”
O. Fred Donaldson

We advocate for child-led play. We celebrate play and embrace curiosity. Play comes naturally to children and it is how they learn best. 

We believe that children learn when they are having fun.  Visitors to The Tinker Yard will find children engaging in different activities. At times, play might get messy which is perfectly fine with us as that is the exact reflection of real play! 

THE CHILD IS THE CURRICULUM
Curriculum at The Tinker Yard is built upon principles of RIE and the Reggio Emilia approach. We hold a strong view that children are capable and competent learners.

Curriculum is framed around big ideas that children have. Our teachers carefully observe children at play and use those observations to plan the curriculum. Learning is meaningful and interesting to children.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
Fred Rogers

ENVIRONMENT
The environment at The Tinker yard is richly resourced with a diverse range of loose parts. Our space is intentionally designed and ready to offer children beautiful, open-ended materials and experiences full of possibility. Children have access to a diverse range of open-ended materials to explore, manipulate and invent with.

Our team works hard to regularly update our learning space at The Tinker Yard to accommodate new ideas that children have.  

AUTONOMY
Children are given opportunity to make decisions, try things out, test their hypothesis and more importantly feel secure to take risks. We learn by doing and mistakes are inevitable. At The Tinker Yard, mistakes are accepted. We believe that children learn from failures as much as from successes.

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
Albert Einstein