Frequently Asked Questions
Harbor and Sprout is a curriculum that fits the needs of the whole family all at once. Rather than researching, purchasing, and incorporating different curriculum for every subject and every age, we have an all-in-one package for all of your children with all subjects included. We are all about simplifying, and Harbor and Sprout will allow you and your children to truly experience what it is to learn (together!).
Inside the handbook, you'll find lesson plans for all subjects broken into four distinct levels of learning:
Explorers are learning to observe the world around them through simple, foundational activities that foster learning, curiosity, and communication.
Investigators are beginning to dig a little deeper through activities that encourage them to ask questions and find answers as they continue to build understanding of fundamental skills.
Adventurers are able to read and write independently. As they continue to learn, they are encouraged to ask questions and engage in activities that lead them to read and research to find answers on their own. They are practicing writing through thoughts in clear, structured sentences and paragraphs.
Discoverers are beginning to take ownership of their education through activities that require them to read, write, and analyze independently. They are practicing writing more formally structured essays and reports and deepening their understanding of the topics they are studying.
Each lesson will be complete with ideas or different instruction sets for how to make material conducive to children at varying stages in their education. In this way, you will assign projects to different ages. For example, for a geography map activity, the Explorer colors the map, the Investigator finds and traces labels, the Adventurer labels the map independently, and the Discoverer does a one-page report on a chosen country. Everyone does the same base activity with versatile guided applications!
Your child may be at a different levels for different subjects or activities. You get to tailor it to exactly what they need and take the freedom to help them learn in a way that makes sense for them!
Harbor and Sprout is an eclectic curriculum, inspired by our favorite aspects of many styles. There are elements that would be considered Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio, or Charlotte Mason, but nothing is especially catered to a set style. It is a free flowing curriculum that allows for fluidity and on-the-go learning, adaptable to each child’s learning needs. It can function beautifully as a stand-alone or as a supplement to additional curricula of choice. It’s the best of all worlds.
Harbor and Sprout is comprehensive, cohesive, and designed to fit your needs as a full, robust curriculum. With the addition of books (we’ll provide the booklist) and a structured foundational math curriculum for older children, this curriculum will meet all the needs of your children aged 3-12!
The regular monthly subscription is $22/month. You may cancel at any time without a fee or penalty. Individual units will be available on the site for $30 each.
Each month's resources will be centered around one field of study, and all subjects will be covered. Subjects will be broken down into week increments with accompanying lesson plans and recommendations on how you may adapt the resources to fit different levels of learning. Be sure to download our free Freshwater Ecology sample week to see the structure in action!
Each month, 4 weeks worth of the following subjects will be covered:
- Nature Study
- Language Arts
- Thematic Activities
- Nature Activities
Other helpful resources will include:
- Book List
- Lesson Plans
- Supplemental Ideas and Activities
- Craft Tutorials
- Templates for notes, learning, reports, etc.
… and more!
Once the files are delivered to you, they’re yours to keep and use for life! You can reuse them as many times as you’d like for your own personal use within your family or classroom.
You are not able to pause or skip months, but you may opt out at any time. The automatic subscription option makes it easy to have your curriculum delivered to you consistently each month. If you decide it’s not a good fit, you can email us at email@example.com and we will process your cancellation to cancel at any time prior to the next month's delivery with no fees. Please note that depending on the timing of your billing cycle, your cancellation will be processed when you have paid for the number of installments you have received.
We do allow for using these resources for a class that you are personally teaching; however, the files may not be distributed to families or other teachers. If you are teaching a co-op class, you may print copies for your students. If you’d like each of your students to have access to all the files, please direct them to where they can each purchase a copy!
Each curriculum set will be available in the middle of the month to allow for at least 2 weeks of preparation time. This will allow sufficient time for you to prepare your plans and track down any books or supplies you may need! See the dates below for release dates for the 2021-2022 year.
- July 12
- August 16
- September 13
- October 11
- November 15
- December 13
- January 17
- February 11
- March 14
- April 11
- May 16
- June 13
- July 11
Here’s our topic list through next August!
- July- Botany
- August- Art
- September- Engineering
- October- Paleontology
- November- Forestry
- December- Chemistry
- January- Aviation
- February- Forensic Science
- March- Geology
- April- Beekeeping
- May- Astronomy
- June- Oceanography
- July- Performing Arts
- August- Meteorology
The books on the reading list are meant to guide you to a wide variety of high quality literature options each month that pair well with the unit theme, but none of the specific books are required to complete your lessons. We highly suggest utilizing you library or online lending service to acquire books in a budget friendly way. And always remember- as long as you're reading, you're set!
Timing will vary widely by family and style, but we have designed this curriculum and formulated lesson plans with a daily morning and afternoon block with two to three subjects covered each day. The amount of time this takes depends greatly on how in depth you choose to take your learning. Harbor + Sprout is thorough, comprehensive, and approachable in terms of content and volume. We encourage you to utilize the lesson plans and adapt them to fit your family's needs in a way that resonates with you. You may arrange your day in whatever way makes sense for your family!
We have a number of printers listed here on our Amazon storefront if you are looking to invest in a printer and print at will, as needed. We have also partnered with Gloria Patri Print to offer on-demand, high-quality printing at an economical price. Simply provide proof of curriculum purchase when you order printing through their website.
All files have been formatted for double-sided printing with instructions for how to utilize your printer's features and settings to print on both sides. We also have information on how to print on various page sizes. The curriculum is presented in US Letter size and we have provided instructions on printing on A4 size paper.
We have taken great care to make sure that this curriculum represents our worldwide client base. From our book list to our lessons, it is our goal to make sure our resources are applicable to your life and family. The Harbor + Sprout community spans the globe and we are here to join you wherever you are!