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1419 8th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

(510) 912-4896


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • writing is taught to children as they demonstrate readiness
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Moonbeams uses "Everyday Math in PreK" from Houghton Mifflin as part of our mathematics program of instruction.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
  • There is a large and specific block play area.
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Daily nature walks incorporate many scientific opportunities along the way.
Music more

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  • The teacher plays the piano and sings with the children as part of the morning meeting and throughout the day!
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • There is a specific art center area at Moonbeams. Children may self explore this area if they choose to.
Physical activity more

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  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • We visit the local public park with our wagon of supplies on a daily basis. During rainy weather, we go to Studio Grow.
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We at Moonbeams believe that all children can learn regardless of their background and what they bring to the door of our program. We pride ourselves on acceptance, love and care for everyone. For more information on our mission statement and philosophy of education, please see our website at

A Typical Day

Our schedule is available on our website at We follow a typical preschool learning environment where language arts and mathematics are taught in the morning and the rest of the day incorporates play based experiences, walks to the local park, quiet time and other activities based on the children's interests and needs.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Please call the school to schedule a time to personally come and visit the program.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year