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: sunflowerfarmmail@gmail.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

CURRICULUM

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


SCHEDULE/TUITION

  • SPRING: Feb. 4 – May 24, 2019 (no class Spring Break, March 25-29); Age 3-5

    Mornings: 9-1pm Currently full, to be added to active waitlist, email: sunflowerfarmmail@gmail.com

    Afternoons: 1:30-4pm Currently full

  • SUMMER: June 3 – August 2 (9 week session); Age 3-6

    • New Summer Session Just Added!
      No registration fees for Summer Session. Full tuition due in order to reserve space.
      Mon. and Weds. 8:30-12:30pm $1170
      Tues. and Thurs. 8:30-12:30pm $1170
      Friday only Currently Full 8:30-12:30pm $612
      No afternoon classes available


  • 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. The same teacher and the same group of children attend each day. Additionally, there is a make-up day (for inclement weather or if your child is absent or vacationing) scheduled should you choose to take advantage. Make up day: May 16, 2020, 9-1pm. Sorry, no other makeup day can be scheduled.

    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.

    Mornings: 9-1pm
    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.

    Afternoons: 1:30-4pm  

    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

 
 
Both of my kids had the opportunity to attend SproutHouse before we moved. There is no place on Earth that compares to Sunflower Farm’s rich educational environment.
— Lisa Vaught (Sprout parent)

 
 

OUR Sprouthouse TEAM

 
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Nancy Shultz, (Director) is a life-long learner and the proud Mother of three young adults. She began her career as an Early Childhood Educator 25 years ago. She has spent many years teaching at Head Starts, Public and Montessori schools in Pennsylvania, Maryland and South Dakota. She has also worked with Special Needs as a therapeutic and instructional assistant. Nance is passionate about linking children with Nature and gently introducing educational concepts as they arise in everyday life.

 
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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.

 
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Sunflower Farm is honored to have Mary Loehr (Intern), 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 this Spring Session at the Sprouthouse! 

 
 
When I suggested to Olivia that perhaps it was too cold to go to farm school, she simply replied: ‘It doesn’t matter —Blue Jean (the baby goat) still needs to be fed. We have to go.”
— Kirstin Smith (Sprout parent)