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Habitot Children's Museum, Discovery Play

2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94707

(510) 647-1111


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe that children learn best through open-ended play experiences, multisensory stimulation, and opportunities to interact with other children and adults. Some structure is helpful: we provide structure through targeted teacher encouragement, play stations, circle time, etc. There is an informal structure to our curriculum, and children move through it at their own pace receiving guidance when needed.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught In addition to the Discovery Playgroup, additional classes include: Art Classes: Tot Art... The special needs and interests of 2- to 3-year-olds are explored in this hands-on, 'messy play' art class for toddlers. Focused attention to each child's creative talents builds on the art experiences children have in Habitot's drop-in Art Studio. Parents will come to appreciate the developmental approach used to guide each child's self-expression in mixed media, recycled art, painting and drawing. Parents or caregiver may participate. Fee includes all materials. Early Literacy: Nin?os en la Cocina... Children ages 4 to 6 will make traditional dishes from Central and South America to eat in class or take home, all within a Spanish language setting immersion setting. This class is suitable for children with some Spanish language skills and children who speak Spanish at home. Every child will take home a copy of each week's recipe. Explorando Espa?ol: An Introduction to Spanish... Children learn language in the early years better than at any other time. By using well-known stories with repetitive patterns, this class immerses your child in the Spanish language. Activities include music, art, storytelling and drama. Parents are encouraged to participate. If you and your child already speak some Spanish, this is a wonderful opportunity to reinforce the Spanish heard at home! Extracted from Habitot Children's Museum Website.

From the Director:

Discovery Playgroup - Preparing Toddlers for the Preschool Setting: Introduce your toddler, ages 2 to 3, to a preschool-type experience with fun and engaging hands-on activities in arts, science, cooking, music, storytelling and circle-time, with parents or caregivers alongside! Meet new friends and develop your child's social skills as you help prepare your child for preschool. Parents/caregivers learn about child development and age-appropriate behavior. Classes limited to 10 children. Extracted from Habitot Children's Museum Website.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of Habitot Children's Museum is to nurture and enrich the lives of young children, their families and the people who care for them by providing an environment for early childhood learning and exploration.

Our Discovery Playgroups provide a 'preschool' setting in which children ages 2 and 3 years of age can enjoy the atmosphere and activities of a preschool classroom with the reassuring presence of a parent or care provider.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Habitot also provides parenting classes addressing a wide range of issues facing parents or young children including toilet training, setting limits, responding to tantrums, first aid and infant CPR. Childcare is provided in the museum while parents attend classes in our classroom annex. Prices for parenting classes are decided by sliding scale based on income, and childcare is $10 for the first child and $5 for each sibling.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on