Shooting Stars Preschool Classroom

The Shooting Stars preschool classroom serves children ages 3–5 years. Teachers plan a variety of individual and group activities to stimulate your child socially, intellectually, and creatively. The Shooting Stars curriculum, environment, and experiences are based on the children’s developmental needs and interests.

Daily Activities

The teachers in the Shooting Stars preschool classroom provide a warm, safe, and consistent environment for your child to spend his/her day. Throughout the day, your preschool child will:

  • Be offered breakfast, lunch, and a snack.
  • Participate in after meal clean-up.
  • Brush their teeth after breakfast.
  • Participate in a skill activity.
  • Participate in small and large group activities including story time, calendar and music and movement activities, as well as various other activities.
  • Play outside for at least an hour daily, weather permitting.
  • Rest or nap on cots during Quiet Time.
  • Reflect on the reflection for the day.
  • Have time for free play / center time. Your child can choose:

    • Play and create with playdough.
    • Easel paint.
    • Play and explore on the computer.
    • Science.
    • Build with blocks.
    • Participate in a number of literacy (reading and writing) activities.
    • Create art.
    • Play various instruments.
    • Work on a fine motor skill via an activity.
    • Put together puzzles.
    • Explore and play with manipulatives.
    • Dramatic play.
    • Put on a puppet show.
    • Play at the sensory table.

Shooting Stars Preschool Lead Teacher

Ann Cutshall

Ann earned her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood from Iowa State University with an Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement. Ann also has an Elementary Education Endorsement from the University of Northern Iowa. She has been teaching and working with preschool children for 25 years.

"I live on a farm south of Allison with my husband, Steve, and the youngest two of our four children: Alexander, Rubanna, Maryann, and John. My husband is a farm manager and takes care of beef cattle, sheep, horses, and raises corn, beans, and hay.

"I am looking forward to working with you and your child this year."

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Black Hawk Hall—Entrance on the south west side of Black Hawk Hall
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