Pando Little School is a new, innovative preschool in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our full-time program serves children between the ages of 3 and 5.
Pando's philosophy is simple: Children are valued community members, capable of constructing their own understanding of the world.
The classroom is a collaborative, interdisciplinary space that empowers children to engage their imagination, draw meaning from their own experiences, and participate in their community. Our school's child-led curriculum generates opportunities for children to tinker, express themselves, and research their interests in a project-based environment.
At Pando, children have the right to:
Feel Safe, loved, and successful
Before anything else, children must feel safe, loved, and successful. Teachers at Pando come to love and appreciate each child in their care. Through this relationship, teachers and children develop a nuanced understanding of one another, enabling teachers to create an individualized experience for every child.
Investigate their interests
Humans learn best when they inquire about something that has piqued their curiosity. Through careful listening and keen observation, we determine children's interests and use those interests as a jumping-off point for our classroom's dynamic curriculum.
LEArn In community
We regard each child as inextricably entwined with their family, culture, peer group, and community. This web of relationships in which each of us lives is a resource we constantly strive to engage for the betterment of your child.
Democratic processes are central to our day-to-day classroom functioning. Children participate in the planning and running of our daily classroom meetings, are encouraged to strive for consensus, master the mechanics of voting, engage in respectful dialogue, and learn to both lead, follow, and compromise.
Engage issues of social justice
We respect and support children's efforts to understand our complex society. We do this by cultivating in children the ability to empathize and adopt differing perspectives. When children bring ethical, emotionally fraught concerns into the classroom, we create a space where these topics can be explored.
Connect with nature
Time spent outside is time well spent. Children at Pando are given ample opportunities to play outside in natural environments. Gardening, composting, cloud-gazing, and stopping to smell the roses are all part of our curriculum.
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