Imagine School at Palmer Ranch offers families the opportunity to have all of your children, infants through 8th grade, at one school, TOGETHER.
Babies ages 6 weeks through new walkers learn together in this family-style environment. Young children learn through their senses, so they are given a variety of opportunities to explore their world by talented educarers. Our infant/toddler room is both breast feeding and cloth diaper friendly.
Early Childhood 1s & 2s
EC 1-2s are actively exploring their world and quickly developing their social, cognitive, gross motor and fine motor skills. This classroom environment is designed to focus on children's budding interests in toileting, social relationships, intellectual endeavors, language acquisition and their understanding of spacial relationships.
Early Childhood 3s
The EC 3 child has official moved from toddler to big kid. Developmentally, your 3-year-old is actively using language to communicate ideas, creatively pretends and may be recognizing colors, shapes and retelling stories. Three is a magical time so this classroom allows for lots of opportunity to make believe and develop social skills all while laying a strong foundation for the academic challenges ahead.
The Creative Curriculum balances teacher-planned and child-initiated learning, emphasizing responsiveness to children’s strengths, interests, needs and learning styles.
Nationally known for being forward thinking, comprehensive and rigorously researched, The Creative Curriculum engages children in developmentally appropriate programs that support active learning and promote children’s progress in all developmental areas.
The Creative Curriculum translates child development theory and research into best practice. Literacy is addressed through six essential components: talking, singing and playing with language; reading aloud; storytelling; story retelling; writing; meaningful play and conducting long-term studies. Mathematics instruction builds upon children’s interests to promote mathematics learning through purposeful activities that connect new ideas with familiar experiences.
Authentic, ongoing assessment guides the teacher’s decision making and ensures and individualized learning experience for each child. Each child produces a student portfolio that documents your child’s progress and understandings of the concepts that have been taught.
The Creative Curriculum philosophy is based upon five fundamental beliefs that are strongly supported by research: constructive, purposeful play is the best vehicle for meaningful learning; the development of social competence is a key focus in the preschool years; relationships are the foundation for learning; curriculum and assessment must be linked; and families are essential partners in children’s learning.