The Wonder Experience

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

Learning Centers

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.

Outdoor Play

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.


What parents are saying:


"We are extremely happy with TWA. TWA continues to go beyond our high expectations..."
"We are very happy we have such a great place for our children. Puts a mother at ease knowing they’re in great hands!"
"Best childcare facility in Peoria and it’s not even close."
"We absolutely love the care [our child] receives. We know he is loved there. He talks daily about Miss Abby and Miss Chasatie... We have never been happier, truly. Thank you!"

7717 N University

Peoria, IL 61615



7:00am - 5:30pm

Monday - Friday