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Imagination Station Preschool & Child Care

220 Sonderen
O Fallon, MO 63366

(636) 978-5373


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

My goal is to incorporate some philosophies of reggio-emilia but we are not at a place right now where that is feasible.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers are encouraged to treat each child as an individual learner. Therefore they develop lesson plans to suit the class as a whole but individualize as needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe all chldren deserve a quality preschool experience. Our teacher to child ratios are better than most because we know that children need extra attention at these ages. We also believe that play is child's work and we try to incorporate positive learning experiences for children as they play.

A Typical Day

Children begin the day with a healthy breakfast. They are given choices of where to play depending on their age. Each classroom does a variation of circle time; learning centers; music; art; snack; and free play until lunch time. After a healthy lunch everyone naps and after nap is more guided free play. Afternoons are more child directed in some ways but always with the teachers offering sound educational choices. We offer very little TV time but when children do watch TV it is related to the curriculum theme of the day or week. Late afternoons some classes are combined and teachers lead the children in group games or allow small group activities until parents come to pick up the children.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The director has an open door policy for both parents and teachers. Parents are communicated with daily as they drop off and pick up their children. In addition written notes are sent home to notify parents of upcoming events. We have a window directly in front of the parent sign-in table that can be used for posting of announcements or other community events the director feels may be beneficial. Student learning and behavior is shared with parents on an individual basis as parents request.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage parents with children who may have separation anxiety to spend the entire first day with them. Then on the second day to leave for a short time and come back; on the third nad fourth day to leave for a progressively longer time and on the fifith day to drop off and not return until pick up time. Each time the parent reassures the child that they will be back soon.We have had good success with this method as it eases children into the program and they get to know their teachers and friends.