SPROUTHOUSE PRESCHOOL (“FARM SCHOOL”)
For over thirteen years, Sunflower Farm has provided a quality early-childhood, farm-based education. Our curriculum is inspired by Richard Louv's ongoing research and his book "Last Child in the Woods.” Your child’s first solo venture into the world could not be more ideal than this. This 55-acre working farm has everything to foster deep learning as well as inspire and captivate the souls of children. From the sky above to the dirt between their toes, to the baby lamb that studies their step or a peacock’s bellow that startles their heart, all curiosity, wonder and learning innately arise. We not only learn about animals and nature, but the profound necessity and connectedness in how it relates to their everyday expanding world. We will study worms wiggling in puddles after the rainfall. We'll count baby chicks, plant carrots, and learn about compost. We harvest sunflowers from the field and sing aloud in the wind. As we watch baby lambs nurse, it triggers endless stories about their own mamas. Adventures are endless.
We realize that families want and need choices on how many days they will attend. Since it is our experience that children do best attending two days weekly, we will encourage you to consider this option. However, whether you choose single days weekly or several, we are confident this farm environment will foster a joy in learning and create a solid foundation for the years to come.
Open House: Please RSVP: email@example.com
Sunday July 14th, 4:00-5:00,
Thursday, July 18 11-12
Sunday, July 21, 1:30-2:30
Sunday, July 28, 4-5
Saturday, Aug. 3, 1:30-2:30
Sunday, Aug 4, 1:30 -2:30
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 3:30-4:30
Friday, Aug. 9, 11-12:00
The SproutHouse Preschool is a self-contained licensed preschool, that adheres to the Colorado Early Learning Guidelines. We do slow Starts, Meet and Greet, Circle Time, Weather, Open Discussion, Farm Adventures, Unstructured and Uninterrupted Play, Learning Centers, Lunch, Story, Cleanup, Departure
FALL–WINTER–SPRING Aug. 12, 2019 – May 22, 2020; (37 weeks) Age 3-5
10 monthly payments due 1st of each month, beginning July 1, 2019 thru April 1, 2020
Non-refundable registration fee (guarantees your spot) $125
TWO DAY OPTION WEEKLY
This program has two options: M/W or T/Th.
Mornings: 9-1pm $4662 ($466.20 monthly)
Choose Monday and Wednesday Program
Choose Tuesday and Thursday Program
Afternoons: 1:30-4pm $2500 ($250 monthly)
Choose Monday and Wednesday Afternoon Program
Choose Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons Program
CHOOSE YOUR OWN DAY(S) WEEKLY: CUSTOMIZE YOUR SCHEDULE
This program allows parents to choose one day of the week or several. Sorry, no makeup days are available; however, a parent directory is available as a resource for parents to network amongst themselves. Parents are encouraged to work together to exchange days with other families based on schedules, vacations, or sick days.
1 morning (M-F) per week: $2516 ($251.60 monthly)
Please contact us if you choose multiple days with this option, a promotional code will be provided based on the number of days specified.
1 afternoon per week $1295 ($133.20 monthly)
2 afternoons per week $2500 ($250 monthly)
3 afternoons per week $3552 ($355.20 monthly)
4 afternoons per week $4440 ($444 monthly)
5 afternoons per week $5180 ($518 monthly)
FALL SCHEDULE ADHERES TO THE ST. VRAIN SCHOOL SCHEDULE with a few exceptions:
Class IS held on Labor Day, President’s Day and MLK Day> we do not observe in service days or late start Wednesdays.
ST VRAIN HOLIDAYS (no class): Thanksgiving: Nov. 25-29, 2019, Christmas: Dec. 23, 2019- Jan.3, 2020, Spring Break: March 23-27, 2020
OUR Sprouthouse TEAM
Emilie Hilgers, (Education Programs Director)
I have always loved lambs. I had one when I was little on my rural hobby farm in Minnesota. They intrigue me with their absolute joy of being alive. I want to do that. I started out that way, but traditional education did a number on me but I didn't know (or my parents didn't) there was any other way. Perhaps a softer, more organic way of learning?
And I loved littles, of all kind both animal and human. After high school I started my college career in Education. After 20+ years of teaching and directing in various preschool programs, and kind of becoming disenfranchised, I landed at Sunflower Farm.It called me to a place with kids that I had never explored. I knew I was home. I knew there was more, just like that little girl knew way back when.And I am so happy to offer this to not so little people again, so we can grow together in a very natural, organic way.
I love my 17 year old son, my cat Maybelle, my family, natural health remedies, outdoors, watching and learning about human behavior, cooking, and biking.
Kyla Ownbey, (Director)
Bio to come :-)
Jill Willams, (Lead Teacher)
A native of Illinois, Jill moved to Colorado 20 years ago. She has taught various elementary grade levels in the Windy City. The past 12 years, Jill has worked in a combination of roles (SPED intensive, Program Para and Specialist) for Kindergarten Enrichment—an experiential, play and project- based program for the Boulder Valley School District. Raising two college aged children who fashion their lifestyles around 4H, FFA, and mountain biking, the Williams family now homestead with Sterling and Spangle (2 rescue donkey), Carmela (the dairy heifer), Chinook, Cheyenne, Dumpling and Tallulah (the hens)- plus some other fun furry farm friends, on the Eastern Plains.
Jill has always considered nature and the outdoors an extension of the classroom. Ironically, the Sunflower is her favorite flower. To work at SproutHouse on Sunflower farm; however, is considered EDUTOPIA!
Aylyn Yalaz, (Lead Teacher)
Aylyn loves the outdoors, children, animals and music! When she found Sunflower Farm, she instantly felt a home. It’s is a place where she can combine and celebrate all of her passions! She has thought long and hard on how she can best use her skills and talents to create a more peaceful world. She has come to know that teaching young children how to learn, to love, and sing together is the single most important way she can create a more accepting culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion for all, including our animals and our beautiful earth. When she is not teaching children, you can find Aylyn playing with her band, Positive Nancy and the Deep Dive or kayaking down any whitewater she can find!
Aylyn also offers private voice and guitar lessons to school age children up to 14 years old to at her home in Gunbarrel. She has two beautiful, fluffy Maine Coon kitties and a husband who she adores.
Lisa Thoreson (Lead Teacher)
Lisa could not be more excited to work for the Sprouthouse Preschool Program. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Park University in 2011, Lisa quicklymoved to Colorado to explore the mountains and begin a career in working with children. In 2016 she furthered her education and took courses to receive her Early Childhood TeachingCertificate. After the birth of her son, Lisa found an even greater love for the wonder a child offers the world around them.
Her own love for nature was highly nurtured as a child with the freedom to run and play in the dense woods behind her childhood home. This is why she believes that every child should be given the opportunity to learn through exploration and discovery, and that the greatest gift we can give is to let them be children.
Mary Loehr (Teacher Assistant)
Sunflower Farm is honored to have Mary currently a student at Naropa University, where she is pursuing a BA in Early Childhood Education and a BA in Environmental Studies. Since leaving her childhood home in the midwest, Mary has spent three years working on farms and sustainability projects across the United States and South America. Mary is passionate about nature-based education and local food systems. She hopes to spend her life helping our society to live in greater harmony with nature.
Some of Mary’s favorite things include playing with kids, gardening, flower arranging, making music, backpacking, yoga, riding her bike, homemade dumplings, and spending time with her pet hedgehog, Gustavo. She is excited to be spending time at the Sprouthouse!