Do the parents stay with their children for the duration of the class?
No, the Imagination Station is a drop off program. Children learn to become independent, participate, share, and create most effectively by themselves.
Does the Imagination Station program last throughout the year?
Yes, the program continues throughout the school year and we have summer sessions as well. Most children continue throughout the year once registered.
Does my child need to be potty trained?
No. We encourage all potty-trained students to use the facilities and often-times this motivates those who aren’t potty trained to catch up with the others.
Does the program fill up?
Yes, our popular programs fill up.
What is the student:teacher ratio?
Classes are kept small to ensure the personal attention of 1-3 teachers per 14 students in each session. We recommend registering as soon as you think your child is ready as we often wind up with waiting lists.
How do I know if my child is ready for Imagination Station?
Children who have successfully been left with babysitters are generally ready. Also, children who are outgoing and used to separating from parents (at the gym, at playgroup, etc.) should be ready. We highly recommend that students be left with a sitter (other than a family member) before enrolling in the program as this is usually the first structured class without a parent. Although there is often separation anxiety, we will let you know after the first class if the child is ready for the program. Since it falls within the trail period, you have nothing to lose!
What are the benefits of STEAM education:
- Stimulates the imagination
- Develops critical thinking
- Refines cognitive skills
- Explores creativity
- Strengthens problem-solving skills
- Improves academic achievement and school success
- Works on completing tasks to accomplish goals
- Articulating a vision
- Making decisions
- Perseverance and dedication through trial and error
- Problem solving
- Team-building skills & acceptance of others
What is the benefit of choosing an arts based program for my child?
Because we are experts in our field, we only accept the ideas of other experts. According to “Living the Arts through Language & Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations” written by Shirley Brice Heath and published in the Americans for the Arts Monograph, young people who participate in the arts( for at least three hours on three days each week through a full year) are:
- 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
- 3 times more likley to be elected to class office within their schools
- 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
- 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
- 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem
Shirley Brice Heath was a professor at Stanford University and a member of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching until her passing in 2010.
Young dancers and artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:
Attend music, dance, and art classes nearly three times as frequently Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently Read for pleasure nearly twice as often perform community service more than four times as often.