Our environment

Inspired by the preschools of Reggio Emilia, we have been very intentional in the creation of our home-like learning environments.


The classroom consists of learning centers, designed to inspire wonder and curiosity. The learning centers are arranged in a way that helps children build independence and gain confidence by allowing them to freely utilize materials, make choices, and engage in play with little teacher intervention.


During a project, the environment is carefully arranged and rearranged to reflect the children's interest and initiate deeper investigation. Teachers provide a rich assortment of related resources and open-ended materials throughout the classroom's various learning centers to inspire wonder and curiosity and to support the children's investigations.



Educators watch and document as the children explore, create, and play. The children's thoughts, ideas and creations are documented in individual learning portfolios as well as displayed throughout the classroom environment. This careful documentation assures children that their thoughts, words, ideas, and creations are respected and valued, and helps them learn to respect, value and appreciate the work of their peers.

Laughing preschool aged child swinging on a yellow swing outside on the playground at The Wonder Academy.



We know the connection between time spent outside and a child’s developing brain, as well as the importance of time spent in nature for fostering cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth.


Our grounds at The Wonder Academy mirror our commitment to the highest standards of education and learning. Our outdoor play space combines traditional play equipment with various natural elements to nurture curiosity and stimulate play while encouraging problem solving, risk taking, social interaction, and physical activity.

Choosing the right provider for your child's education is an important decision, and we look to make it as easy as possible.

Our preschool and junior kindergarten classes at The Wonder Academy provide children with a unique, engaging, and high quality approach to early childhood education. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have, just give us a call (309-412-5679) or schedule a tour.


7717 N University

Peoria, IL 61615



7:00am - 5:30pm

Monday - Friday