Our Philosophy

We strongly feel that the best educational programs do more than teach children academics.  We teach to the whole child.  At this stage of development, emotional and social intelligence work side by side to assist children in academic development.  Our program reaches children’s hearts as well as their minds.  Creativity is encouraged.  Imaginations are nurtured.  Christian values are taught and demonstrated throughout the day.  Self-esteem, good communication skills, and effective relationships are important goals for our program.  A very low student/teacher ratio enables us to concentrate on each individual child, building a strong foundation of their God-given abilities. 

An early developmental psychologist, Jean Piaget (1896-1980), inspired many of the beliefs that we embody at Imagination Station Preschool. During the beginning of his career, Piaget determined that children think differently than adults. From this determination came his devotion to understanding how knowledge grows throughout childhood. Piaget is remembered primarily for his research on children’s cognitive development. The result of Piaget’s research concluded in what is known as the four stages of development. They are:

  1. The Sensorimotor Stage
  2. The Preoperational Stage
  3. The Concrete Operational Stage
  4. The Formal Operation Stage

Today, Piaget’s theories are still studied, and are a fundamental aspect of understanding the cognitive development of children. As Piaget believed, childhood is a unique and important period of development. It is this unique and important period that Imagination Station Preschool aims to nurture in every child that comes through our doors.

All of our classrooms are “individualized.” We take pride in providing each child with a room to call their own, where they will meet new friends, gain a wealth of knowledge and social skills, and enjoy a year of laughing and learning. A small teacher to student ratio enables our teachers to spend more time with each child, and become familiar with them and their learning style. With such small ratios, each child’s needs are observed and reviewed, and ideas are implemented. We love our little ones!

Our Style

At the heart of our program is the belief that children learn through play. Play is their world. Through play, a child learns to solve problems and communicate effectively. Through play, a child learns to love learning. We use a literacy-based curriculum integrated with project-based specials. Project specials allow children to be fully engaged in a subject matter using their critical thinking skills and imaginations while working cooperatively toward a common goal.

Physical Environment

Our physical environment provides children with a sense of wonder and safety. By using their artwork and their photographs to decorate their rooms, the children are given a sense of ownership and belonging. We encourage them to respect classroom space and take responsibility for the equipment in their room.

Atmosphere

We provide a gentle, nurturing, Christian atmosphere filled with love and respect for each other. Children are always spoken to respectfully and treated with genuine warmth.

Classes & Administration

A simple guide to the age requirements of our classes, and the highlights of each program.

PK1

Children must be 18 months by September 1st of the entering year.

 

  • Meets from 8:15am to 12:15pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • The entire curriculum is literature-based, encouraging a true love and appreciation for reading in each child. Each week is themed around a particular book, which is expanded into cooking, art, games, etc.
  • Children are taught to share, have patience and to wait their turn.
  • Bible themes are practiced daily – being kind and obedient, generous, and a good samaritan.
  • Children will learn the importance of sharing and taking turns with guidance from teachers.
  • Verbal communication is encouraged and vocabularies are expanded.
  • Expanding cognitive awareness through movement and music.
  • Numbers, letters and colors are introduced through calendar, game play and song.

PK2

Children must be 2 by September 1st of the entering year.

 

  • Your choice of 2, 3, or 5 days; 8:15am-12:15pm or 8:15am-3:15pm.
  • The entire curriculum is literature-based, encouraging a true love and appreciation for reading in each child. Each week is themed around a particular book, which is expanded into cooking, art, games, etc.
  • Children are guided in decision making processes, including being patient, speaking directly to each other and making appropriate choices.
  • They will learn that there is a big world out there and they can help take care of it!
  • Bible themes are practiced daily – being kind and obedient, generous, and a good samaritan.
  • Children will learn the importance of sharing and taking turns with guidance from teachers.
  • Communication skills are guided, developed and enhanced.
  • Self-confidence, group learning and self-esteem are nurtured.
  • Children practice pre-math and pre-reading skills daily.
  • Phonemic awareness is practiced daily.
  • Numbers, letters and colors are introduced through calendar, game play and song.
  • Pilot program for expanding cognitive awareness through movement and music.
  • Expanded afternoon hours available January through June.

PK3

Children must be 3 by September 1st of the entering year.

 

  • Your choice of 2, 3, or 5 days; 8:15am-12:15pm or 8:15am-3:15pm.
  • Enrichment classes available until 3:15pm. 
  • Literature based curriculum.
  • Bible themes are practiced daily – being kind and obedient, generous, and a good samaritan.
  • Children will practice more cooperative activities and games with our teachers’ guidance. 
  • Independence is highly encouraged and praised.
  • Communication skills are guided, developed and enhanced.
  • Fine motor skills are practiced and developed.
  • Creative thinking is encouraged.
  • Mathematical concepts are introduced in fun, game-based play.
  • Alphabet recognition and name recognition activities take place.
  • Strong emphasis on phonemic awareness.
  • Phonics are introduced. 
  • Stable, loving staff members.

PK4 & VPK

Children must be 4 by September 1st of the entering year.

This is the year prior to entering kindergarten and there are changes in store for you and your child! Keep in mind, we are a pre-school and it is our job to prepare children for school. Here are some highlights of our PK4 program:

  • Literature based classrooms, encouraging language development and love of reading.
  • Maximum of 11 children with one teacher or 16 children with two teachers.
  • Meeting five days per week, with a choice of half day or full day.
  • Good manners and respect are not just encouraged, they are expected.
  • Children learn through hands-on experiences, reinforcing divergent thinking skills.
  • Alphabet recognition is taught along with a strong phonics curriculum every day.
  • Mathematical concepts using divergent thinking are taught daily.
  • Scientific exploration is encouraged as a part of the curriculum.
  • Children are prepared for “real” school by learning to be comfortable speaking in a group, listening in group-learning time and practicing cooperation skills.
  • Fine motor skills are practiced daily. Handwriting Without Tears curriculum is utilized.
  • Children are encouraged to make positive choices throughout the day based on the teachings of the Bible.
  • Children are guided through conflict resolution, encouraging them to talk through a situation to reach an acceptable conclusion.
  • Negotiation skills are developed and enhanced.
  • Bible lessons include the stories of Jesus and the stories Jesus told.
  • Moral character development continues to be reinforced.
  • Children attend Chapel once per week.

These classrooms are filled with love, respect and encouragement to make the children comfortable in their environment so that they may achieve their highest level of accomplishments. By the time your child leaves this class, they are ready for school.

VPK

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

Our preschool offers Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (aka VPK), an educational program for 4 year-old children! But what does that mean for you as a parent?

  • VPK is FREE. This means that all children who are four years old, in the state of Florida, are entitled to free Pre-Kindergarten Classes regardless of the socioeconomic standing of the family.
  • Your child/children will be taught essential academic and social skills that will benefit them immensely when they graduate and move on to Kindergarten.
  • Your child, if enrolled in VPK, will be assessed by our staff three (3) times during the school year. Some of these assessments will be followed by a parent-teacher meeting. During this meeting we will bring you up to speed with your child’s current academic standing, as well as discuss any goals that we may have for them. This is an excellent way for you to stay connected to your child’s academic progress, and better understand how you as a parent can help increase their learning potential.

Pricing

Please call for our 2020/2021 rates!

954-941-7501 x 4