is Sprouts right for you?
It certainly isn’t right for everyone – but we think Sprouts offers an essential childhood experience.
Here are some questions to consider when you consider your childcare, preschool, or after-school care.
1. Does your family love nature?
Seems obvious, but really think about it.
Do you seek out nature experiences as a family?
No one is required to love every single bit of nature, but embracing the rougher aspects as well as the beautiful ones is an important part of nature school.
Kids at Sprouts encounter mosquitoes & wasps, mud & sand, fungi & slugs; they will also develop a fondness for insects, appreciation for plants and animals, and an acceptance of all types of weather.
kids in nature research
2. Does your family embrace a mess?
There is one part of Sprouts School that is sure to come home with the kids every day: dirt.
Sometimes mud, or sand, or rocks. Sometimes pollen, or seeds, or gunk that no one is quite sure what it is. But always dirt. Dirty clothes, dirty coats, dirty shoes, dirty hands and faces.
At Sprouts, we consider the dirt a sign of a great day exploring in nature!
Does the thought of all that mess make your skin crawl, or are you okay with throwing in some extra laundry?
kids in the mud research
3. Does your family appreciate atypical education?
Kids at Sprouts are not getting a typical academic-focused education.
They aren’t doing flash cards or worksheets. They aren’t focusing on a shape, letter, or color each week.
What they are doing is learning through play. They are imagining complex scenarios and practicing different types of social interactions. They are learning problem solving, risk taking, appreciation for our planet, and – perhaps most importantly – how to learn.
They are finding out that no matter what you are doing – no matter how small, how mundane, how typical – there is always an opportunity to learn.
research on the importance of play
4. Does your family value positive risk-taking?
Does your child learn an important lesson by falling?
We believe they do.
Kids are natural risk-takers – it’s the only way to learn what you are capable of – and they begin with physical risks. Unsuccessful attempts offer kids lessons in resilience, patience, and grit. Success offers confidence, purpose, and skill.
When kids fall down at Sprouts we always compliment their falling skills – avoiding something sharp or protecting their face – learning to fall is an important life skill!
what's your result?
Your results should be pretty clear. And we want all our Sprouts families to be as invested in our unique concepts: kids at Sprouts love nature, get messy, don’t participate in rigorous academics, and take risks.
But this isn’t ALL there is to Sprouts. Our philosophy, staff, size, curriculum, and more are completely unique to us! Email us to learn all about it.
We’d love to tell you more about why this is right for EVERY kid: Benefits of Art & Nature School.