Ocoee’s Education Program Brings the Classroom Outside

OCOEE, Florida. – Research shows that spending 120 minutes a week in nature reduces stress, blood pressure and heart rate, while improving children’s physical, social and cognitive outcomes. That’s why Tinkergarten uses the outdoors as a classroom.

Tinkergarten is a play-based outdoor learning program for children ages 18 months to 8 years old.

Kathy Memolo, an Ocoee-based Tinkergarten leader, said the hour-long lessons can be in-person or virtual, and each season has a theme, with “animal superheroes” being the focus of the season. winter.

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“It really makes that connection for kids about how animals and our theme for this season is perseverance. And so how do these animals have to persist in cold weather through the winter and be able to relate that to their own learning that they persist the same way animals do and to really make the connection between creatures and nature and their own learning,” Memolo said. .

Memo added due to program approach, each child will have a different experience.

“And children learn best when they lead the way. So, the Tinkergarten team designs their lessons to have an introduction to the game and the kids sort of go there on their own. And we help parents step back and let them lead,” she said.

The program is designed to help children develop 8 skills: creativity, sensory, well-being, problem solving, empathy, communication and concentration.

Even though the winter season is already underway, you can still register.

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To try a free class, click here. From there, you can enter your zip code to find options near you.

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