Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
The world is moving at a rapid pace, demanding more innovation and analytical thinking skills from us.
By the time our children are adults, globalization and automatization of the economy will have transformed society into a place where rote learning and memorization will simply not be enough.
We have an obligation to equip our children with the critical thinking and problem solving skills that will be necessary for them to succeed in the future.
At Tinkergarden we specifically plan activities to engage children in science experiments, building and construction, use of a variety of tools, making predictions, think outside the box, and much more. Our objective is to help children develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to set them ahead of the curve when it comes to preparing for our global economy.
The 5 C's of Tinkergarden are:
Our children are engaged, excited, and innovating every single day!
STEM and the National ECCE Curriculum Guide
The Ministry of Education's National Early Childhood Care and Education Curriculum Guide was written with inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching (Foreword, pg.7). Furthermore, within the curriculum strands, you would find that an emphasis is placed on curiosity-driven learning, the scientific inquiry process, and intellectual empowerment. These form the basis of STEM education.
Using the Curriculum Guide and marrying it with our Reggio-inspired approach to teaching STEM, our discovery centre curriculum is set up by our teachers to provide hands-on opportunities for children to explore, practice, stimulate thinking, test theories and take control of their own learning.
We support children to be capable, inquisitive learners and provide both structured and unstructured experiences to spark creativity, thinking, planning and reflecting.
Early learners are perfectly adapted to learn STEM concepts. We tap into their natural and innate curiosity about the world by allowing them to investigate and tinker, and by encouraging them to ask questions about the world around them.
These skills and learning habits are emphasized within the National Curriculum Guide which can be found in the link below.