Moonstone Preschool uses a unique arts-based curriculum that is based on Howard Gardner’s educational theories of multiple intelligences (MI).  In William Martin's paper, Assessing Multiple Intelligences, he states "MI theory asserts that human cognitive competence is best described in terms of a set of abilities, talents, and mental skills that each child develops at different rates based on biological and cultural influences. These "intelligences" include music, bodily-kinesthetic, logical-mathematical, linguistic, spatial, interpersonal, and intrapersonal intelligences." Each day the children engage in activities that stimulate and enhance the spheres of intelligence, as defined by Howard Gardner.

Moonstone’s teachers derive curricular themes from children’s literature, but the children do more than simply listen to a book. They explore its meaning through drawing, music, movement, theater and language (including Spanish), truly immersing into a multidisciplinary arts approach to learning. Students are encouraged to interpret the story and express their imaginations of it utilizing art forms that correspond to each form of intelligence.

Moonstone children are also regularly immersed in the local community arts within and outside of school. They often attend up to four different arts and cultural events in and around Philadelphia in any given month. For example, recently, the children participated in the Children’s Festival at the Annenberg Center, viewed the Wizard of Oz at the Kimmel Center, and went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art recently.

Whole Language Approach • Spanish • Music • Literature

Art • ABCs • Theater • Puppets • Free Expression

We weave these things together, then add a theme to connect them—mix them up, turn them around—so the child is immersed in the love of learning and questioning. Moonstoneʼs ever-changing atmosphere highlights creativity, and of course lively self-expression.

During curriculum children are placed into four moon groups based on their age.  The groups are as followed:

new moon (18 m - 2 yrs)
blue moon (2 - 3 yrs)
half moon (3 - 4 yrs)
full moon (4 - 5 yrs)

Sample Daily Schedule

8:00 - 9:45 Welcome - parents drop off (put lunch away, items in cubby, talk to staff if necessary, and say goodbyes); children have a choice of activity
9:45 - 10:00 Clean Up & Hand-washing
10:00 - 10:15 Snack - provided healthy snacks include fruit, vegetables, soft pretzels, etc...
10:15 - 10:30 Whole School Music & Theater Play - the entire school participates in singing songs and playing various instruments, then teachers perform plays based on the curriculum theme
10:30 - 12:30 Curriculum

Art Music Library ABC / Spanish
10:30-11:00 blue half new full
11:00-11:30 new full blue half
11:30-12:00 full blue half new
12:00-12:30 half new full blue
12:30 - 1:00 Lunch - new & blue moons may have lunch at 12p depending on the group’s needs (everyone finishes by 1:15)
1:00 - 1:30 Nap time begins - for the new & blue moons; Free Play -  half & full moons in the library, art room, and play room
1:30 - 2:30 Siesta Time   - “turtle time” is reading age appropriate picture books for the half moons (and non-nappers) chapter book reading for the full moons
2:30 - 4:00 Structured Free Play - children choose from various activities that teachers set up


Playground outing (weather permitting)
4:00 - 4:15 Hand-washing & Snack -  healthy snacks provided... occasionally birthday parties are celebrated at this time
4:15 - 5:15 Afternoon Curriculum - children participate in various activities
5:15 - 5:30 Clean Up
5:30 - 6:00 Afternoon Stories - in common room or play room Final pick ups - parents can see the closing assistant director for any information
The schedule is subject to change.

A Day in the Life of Moonstone Preschool

Check out a visual perspective of a child's day at school.  This collection of photographs and observations were compiled by a current parent, Tricia Pompilio, for a photography project.

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18 months to 5 years old

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

750 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

tel: 215.574.9157
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