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Moveabout Learning a museum inspired preschool

3917 4th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107

(505) 235-1258


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

A high-energy learning program which capitalizes on children's natural inclination to LEARN through PLAY. Children are inspired to learn and parents are inspired to take an ACTIVE role in this stimulating learning environment that utilizes art, music, creative movement, and literature that encompasses all academic areas in a museum inspired environment.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Very strong art programs Community Inter-generational Learning

From the Director:

At the Museum School we will help the children develop PASSION, a passion for life, a passion for learning. To us, the love of learning is perhaps the most important outcome of the Museum School experience. Children learn best through play and by doing; a hands-on approach to learning. The children at the Museum School play in many different ways. It is through a well thought out, consistent, play based curriculum that children are able to be creative, take risks, take turns, share , be active learners, take initiative, build self-confidence, and be industrious. We are concerned about teaching and modeling to the children how to live together harmoniously, teaching social skills, impulse control, self-regulation, problem solving skills, and respect. Together with the support of a teacher, and on going parent communication children are encouraged to develop physically, socially, cognitively, and emotionally through this powerful concept called PLAY.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

A portfolio is kept for each child in the classroom. This helps to track the progress of each childs ability; social and emotional growth, cognitive, and physical. Actively working with each child daily, making notation of milestones reached and processes that need special attention. Photographs are taken daily of the children in action to share with the classroom and the parents.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Moveabout Learning Workshops Museum School is grounded in the conviction that EVERY child deserves the opportunity for an excellent education. Children will learn and grow in a nurturing and caring environment that encourages parent-child-teacher, and community partnerships, utlizing the community as a "learning lab".

A Typical Day

9am-9:30am Greeting/Learning Tables
9:30am-10:00am Circle Song/Literacy
Music and Movement
10:00am - 10:15am Snack/Nutrition
10:15am - 10:45am Open Play
10:45am - 11:00am Clean Up
11:00am - 11:30am Art Expression
11:30am - 11:50am LearningTables
Outdoor Discovery
11:50am - 12:00 pm Body Mind Connection
12:00pm Parents Arrive

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communicating to the parents informally at least once a week, verbally about the child's progress is important. Parents know they have access to the teacher for comments or concerns via email or after school. We conduct two conferences a year with parents. In November we have a Parent-Child-Teacher "Mommy and Daddy Play With Me" Informal Conference. This gives parents the opportunity to experience what the child experiences each day through an evening play session. Parents have the opportunity to ask questions. In April a Parent-Teacher conference using assessment tools; Focus Portfolios and photographs as well as a basic skills and social and emotional tool assessment.

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
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children who have difficulty with separation from a parent are given special attention each morning when they are left at school. Parents are asked NOT to stay too long or volunteer for the first 2-3 weeks of school as we prepare the children for their 3 hour stay without mama or daddy. After a parent has settled their child in the classroom we all blow a kiss goodbye and the parent is on her/his way! If a child has a difficult time they are held and comforted as they are transitioned into the activity scheduled for the morning. Building a consistent trusting environment is of utmost importance.