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Hands on World

132 4th Place
Brooklyn, NY 11231

(718) 858-9599


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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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  • crayons, markers, etc
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
  • 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 We teach foreign languages. We offer Spanish, French & Italian immersion programs

From the Director:

Art based learning - child centered- foreign language immersion. Predominantly teacher-led instruction as well as free play with some structure

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are an international language and art center. Our goal is to make learning a second or third language accessible and enjoyable to all age groups. We provide immersion programs in French, Spanish & Italian to 2 year olds (1 group) and 3-4 year olds (1 group).

A Typical Day

We begin the day with 1/2 hour of free choice.
We then have a morning meeting where the theme is discussed and the theme related project is explained.
Then we go to the project.
The children then have snack, outdoor play and return to playdough, stories, music, songs, finger puppets and dismissal.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have parent-teacher meetings twice a year. Once within a month of school starting and the other by the middle of Spring semester

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

For our 2 year old program we ask the parent(s) to stay with the child in the classroom for the first 2 weeks of school. Then, depending on how the child is adapting, we ask parents to leave the classroom but stay on school premise. If the child feels secure and content, the parent can then drop the child off and leave.