philosophy & curriculum

We guide children through the year alongside Mother Nature, devoting time to investigating topics that are relevant to our current outdoor experiences in East Central Illinois.  Our curriculum is meant to be flexible to allow us to follow student interest and inspiration, but our basic topics are based around the seasons and cover approximately one month.  A few of our topics include Bugs, Winter, Earth, and Flowers.

We explore topics through creativity, play, and social development within each group of students:

The environment at Sprouts is an essential part of our curriculum. We provide an array of natural open-ended materials for children to explore and supplement imaginative play and materials are rotated and changed to supplement our topics and explorations.

Our outdoor classroom, the Nature Playground, is currently in the works, see more here.