STEAM At Sprouts
STEAM AT SPROUTS
Sprouts strives to remain a progressive school in the area of early childhood education. Part of our initiatives include Emergent, Reggio Emilia-Inspired, and play-based approaches to learning. We also strive to attain and maintain accreditation through multiple sources (EDGE, NAEYC, etc) that support and influence our social give back, environment, and assessment programs. Responding to our students’ needs includes preparing them to be digitally literate in order to participate as digital citizens in their years to come. Sprouts integrates STEAM components naturally into our daily program that coordinate with IL Early Learning and NAEYC Standards:
S – Science
As the only Illinois school to be accredited by the EDGE (The Early Development of Global Education) and one of few schools lucky enough to have an Urban Farm, we focus on the environment and how science is integrated naturally in all the things we do. Science is the how and why of student’s cognitive explorations.
We are the only school in Chicago to have the Hatch We Play Smart Mult-Touch table with live recording and monitoring of students digital progress in math, reasoning, and cognitive development.
To learn about the NAEYC Technology Position Statement:
The future our students are growing up in require problem-solving and industrious thinking skills. We encourage students to investigate solutions with hands-on approaches and team-work. Students are empowered to modify their world and to apply math, reasoning, and science principles into real life experiences.
A – Art
Process-focused, instead of product-focused, art is seen as a medium of expression that incorporates math and science in a naturally creative way.
M – Math
Sorting, counting, measuring, and weighing are investigative methods students use to understand their world. Math is more than just memorization but a tool for cognitive reasoning and the development of logical and critical thinking.