What are your hours of operation?
All Stars Montessori is open year round, from 7:00 am-5:30 pm
What ages of children attend the center? What is the teacher-child ratio for each age group?
We care for children ranging in age from six weeks to school age. For our infants (6-weeks to 16 months) we maintain a ratio of 1 to 4; for our toddlers (16 months to 36 months) we maintain a ratio of 1 to 7; for our preschoolers (36 months to pre-K) we maintain a ratio of 1 to 10 and for our school aged children (Kindergarten and up) we maintain a ratio of 1 to 15.
What is a typical day like?
The content of our program consists of various activities, such as: Montessori exploration, arts & crafts, reading, dancing, building, washing, counting, sorting, problem-solving, cooking, talking, sharing and listening. Each age group has age appropriate activities and materials that they can explore at their own pace while under the supervision of trained teachers and support staff. Please visit the “Our Programs” page for more information about each specific age group.
Breakfast is served for each class upon arrival up until 8:15. A morning snack is served as part of each age groups morning class time. After group time, work time, and other structured activities – children will head outside to expend their energy. (In the event of inclement weather, indoor large muscle activities will replace outdoor time.)
When children come in from outside, they will have lunch in their classrooms. Because we believe that adequate rest is important for children – and because their busy mornings will tire them out – each age group will have nap time. After nap time, children will participate in a variety of structured activities that include music & movement, dramatic play, arts and crafts, Montessori exploration, etc. As each day ends, children will have another opportunity to play outside or to participate in other indoor large muscle activities.
When you pick your child up, they will have a lot to share with you about their busy day!
What types of “extra” activities do you offer?
We have various “on-site” field trips including visits from the Fire Chief during Fire Safety Month and dental professionals during Dental Health Month. We also take many off site field trips to theaters, farms, apple orchards, bowling and other places that will enable the children to “learn on the road”. And each Friday, we have a Carbone's pizza lunch. Each week, Ms. Gina and her Jumpin' Jax Fitness comes to the school and does health and fitness classes for our toddlers and preschoolers! Ms. Gina's goal is to "To involve parents, teachers and caregivers in helping children develop healthy habits at a young age. To give them encouragement, self-esteem and a positive attitude. To empower them to make good choices about eating, staying safe and taking care of their bodies."
We also have various extra-curricular activities for our families such as: Family Fun Night, Halloween Party, Preschool Graduation (complete with cap & gown and graduation cake), Family Picnic and other fun activities that enable all of our families to get to know one another.
What kind of communication system do you have with parents?
We believe that parent/teacher communication is imperative in order to ensure the most positive experience for the child. We encourage open communication between the parents and the teachers at all times. Parents will be provided with feedback at the end of each day. Our teachers will never hesitate to pick up the phone if they have any questions or concerns and we ask you to feel free to do the same. Progress reports and conferences will be provided to parents twice per year.
What is your policy regarding sick children?
We follow Minnesota state guidelines which require that children with communicable illnesses including fever, diarrhea, unexplained rash, etc. are to be excluded until they have been symptom free or have been on a dose of antibiotic after seeing a physician for 24 hours.
Am I welcome to observe my child in the center at any time?
Parents are always welcome to visit the center and see their children engaged in their daily activities. We do ask parents to be sensitive to the fact that some children handle these visits better than others, and to be mindful of how your child will respond. We also encourage parents to call to check on their child’s day at any time.
What types of meals and snacks do you serve?
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