Smart Love Pre-School

 Established 2010 

Garden Program


Smart Love Preschool's nature curriculum, unique among preschools in Chicago, includes an expansive yard and organic gardens that are planted and tended by the preschoolers. The "Children’s Garden" offers abundant opportunities for play-based experiences that enrich learning in math, natural and social sciences, reading, language, personal expression, physical development, nutrition and growth. 

Maggie Dohr, fondly called “Farmer Maggie,” manages the garden, teaches the preschoolers, and collaborates on our curriculum with the classroom teachers. Hands-on learning takes place all year long—in the garden, the season-extending greenhouse, and in the classroom (seeds starts, worm bed and garden activities). As children work together to create, maintain, and enjoy their school garden, they are exposed to concepts such as symbiotic relationships of plants and animals, solar energy, plant lifecycles, photosynthesis, cooperation, environmental stewardship and ecological awareness. 

Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center

2222 N. Kedzie Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60647

Rush Medical Office Building

610 S. Maple St., Suite 5601

Oak Park, IL 60304

Preschool: (773) 665.8052 ext. 1

Counseling: (773) 665.8052 ext. 4

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