Our Mission - Preschool, Nursery, and Daycare, Chicago, Illinois

Our vision at Songbird Academy is to develop the minds and bodies of children with enrichment of every variety.

Bluebirds, Nursery, Chicago


In our care, Bluebirds will thrive, as they are encouraged to move their little bodies and engage their scientific minds in a language rich environment. Bluebirds are constantly surrounded by songs, stories, and human contact. As Bluebirds grow and reach their “firsts”, we give them opportunities to explore and offer our hands to hold. Bluebirds will fall in love and begin to flap their wings while teachers observe their curiosities and praise their interactions. Parents will receive daily journals of their Bluebird’s day, highlighting development and play-based experiences. We make our nest as cozy, bright and nurturing as home.


Mockingbirds actively explore practicing their newfound mobility, problem solving with meaning and communicating with words. In our safe and trusting environment, they express their emotions through imaginative play and learn to empathize with storybook characters. As Mockingbirds begin chirping together, teachers provide a model and encourage pro social behaviors. Parents will hear an explosion of words and see an emerging artist and personality. We nurture Mockingbirds to be here, there and everywhere.

Mockingbirds, Early Toddler Preschool, Chicago
Larks, Toddler Preschool, Chicago


Larks are quick and clever Songbirds. They are driven to practice and build on emerging competencies and develop new skills. Larks’ days are structured using the OWL (Opening the World of Learning) Curriculum: Circle Time, Story Time, Small Group work, Gross and Fine Motor activities, and thematic Centers. Small groups are planned daily and tailored to engage each child at their developmental level. Larks develop friendships, notice others and are proud of all they can do. They are eager to share their adventures and wonderings with others. Teachers establish structure and accountability through positive reinforcement and the expectation of kindness.

Activities are experiential, exploratory and intentional; teaching is in the context of everyday activities and for authentic purposes.

Parents will watch logical thinking, story-telling and multi-step problem-solving abilities unfold in their Lark. We connect Lark’s intense interest in learning to real-world experiences.


Cardinal’s attend a Montessori Pre-Primary classroom, with a certified Montessori teacher. Cardinal’s flock to each other, embrace friendship, develop cooperation and negotiation skills. Friendship evolves from playing the same thing side-by-side to being more interactive and based on a shared idea.

Cardinals compare themselves with each other, expecting to be noticed, accepted and praised.

Cardinals are eager investigators with an interest to learn about a variety of topics and ultimately ‘strut their stuff’. They can understand the reasons for rules and the positive and negative consequences of their actions. Teachers invite Cardinals to participate in lessons and lead in problem solving. They engage in back-and-forth conversation with teachers, answer and ask questions and are given just enough individualized support during the learning process that they can achieve their learning goals. Parents will hear an expanded vocabulary and see an understanding of math concepts. The Cardinal classroom will focus on literacy development, language and writing skills. In our Montessori classrooms, we develop a sense of discovery and awareness in your Cardinal creating a capable, little Songbird ready to fly.

Cardinals, Montessori Pre-K Pre-Primary Preschool, Chicago