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Dandelion Exploring Club at Hilltop 

(formerly Tinkergarten)

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Tinkergarten is now Dandelion Exploring Club

Sasha Zatyrka, who has led Tinkergarten classes at Hilltop Farm since 2018, now offers the same Tinkergarten curriculum through her own company, Dandelion Exploring Club. Her four-season classes are designed for children ages 18 months to 8 years old and their caregivers.

 

Classes run weekly on Mondays or Thursdays from 10-11 am. The play-based program follows the child's lead in mixed-age learning. The heart of the program is back to the basics of childhood: helping kids and caregivers connect with nature and enjoy open-ended play outside which helps develop so many key skills. There is such beauty in slowing down and allowing kids to notice and engage with the natural world.

 

Free class

Try a class for free anytime. Choose a date that's best for you from 10 - 11 am.

 

 

2023 Class Schedule & Fees

  • Fall classes will run for nine weeks as follows:​

    • Mondays 10/2 - 12/4 (no class 10/9) 

    •       OR

    • Thursdays 9/21 - 11/30 (no class 10/26 and Thanksgiving day 11/23)

  • Fees: $219 for the 9 weekly classes 

    • Families registering 2-4 children pay $150 for each additional child. If you are registering 5 or more children, email Sasha for pricing.

    • The cost will be prorated if you register after the season starts to only charge for the remaining sessions.

    • There is a limited amount of financial aid available, please email Sasha if you need financial assistance. 

We will focus on Wellness—that combination of physical, mental and emotional health kids need to thrive. Our curriculum will help kids develop language, strategies and habits that help build strong bodies, minds and hearts. As always creatures will be our teachers, and the magical, shifting autumn landscape will be our inspiration.

Our lessons follow a steady progression and are organized into three units.

  1. In our Feeling Centered unit, we focus on the benefits of healthy time outdoors, connecting to the earth, moving our bodies, and learning a new mindful breathing technique each week.

  2. In our Taking Leaps unit, we explore risk taking, embracing change and learning to cope with both successes and challenges.

  3. Our Strong Connections unit rounds out the season, reminding us that our hearts are supported when we feel gratitude and strong connection to family, friends, community and our planet.

 

 

 

Please email Sasha for more information.

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