Unique Elements of Imagination Campus

Unique Elements of Imagination Campus

 
Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture Project
We collaborate with Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture Program. This year-round program promotes effective teaching through their rigorous professional education initiatives which emphasize reading and writing, culture, child development and research. In addition, our teachers are trained in Classroom Storytelling through Rice’s in-depth monthly seminars and receive personalized support from an experienced Mentor Teacher.

Becoming What We Eat: Healthy Eating at Imagination Campus
From the earliest age, nutrition plays a key role in a child’s health and development, and that’s why Imagination Campus places such emphasis on the foods we serve.  Our lunchtime options always include fresh fruits and vegetables, and they never include foods that are frozen, fried or pre-processed.  In addition, our morning, afternoon and evening snacks are free from high-fructose corn syrup, large amounts of refined sugar and salt and other artificial ingredients and additives.  Whole grains and organic options are included whenever available.  We are a peanut-free facility.

State of the Art Learning Facility
Our 9,000sf campus features whimsically-designed classrooms, a Literacy Lab, Science Lab, Art Studio and Music Room.  Large muscle and gross motor play are facilitated through both the indoor Globe and an additional 3,000sf of outdoor space.  Our outdoor nature-scape is home to several species of native butterfly, a spring/summer organic garden, winding walking trail, large sand play area, and a banging wall, all designed to inspire creativity and interactive play for all ages.

Parent/Teacher/Child Relationship and Communication Relationship-Based Approach Between Parents, Teachers and Children 
We develop relationships with our children and their families because we believe through this collaboration; children reach their full potential. Our teachers observe and respond to their children’s seemingly endless and rapidly changing needs as they occur throughout the day. Our teachers are warm, nurturing and respectful as they interact and care for the children in their setting. We continually work to strengthen the parent/teacher, teacher/child and parent/child relationships in everything we do.

Communication Tools
An important component of our relationship-based approach is the use of communication tools to show the timeline of progress and development while your child is with us at Imagination Campus.

  • Daily Sheets: Our “daily sheets”, bridge the gap in daily communication between the teacher, the child and the parents. The parents tell us about their child’s evening and morning so we can more effectively meet their needs. When the parents return, we tell them about their child’s day with us! All this is recorded on a daily sheet, which also includes a record indicating your child’s feeding, napping, diapering and play activities.
  • Journals: Journals are an invaluable source of communication between the parent and the teacher. Journals are a compilation of a teacher’s individual record of occurrences, experiences and reflections on the child. On a semi-weekly basis, in each classroom, a child’s interactions and comments are documented. The entries always begin with the date and are written much like a diary. Each Friday, parents are invited to take the journal home to read and respond.
  • Portfolios: Portfolios are a collection of authentic work samples and assessment techniques that show a child’s progress in all developmental areas. The work is gathered on a continuous basis and presented to the family at the end of the year.