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Open House

318 Warren Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 625-5252


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe in the central importance of a child's social/emotional growth. By providing many rich experiences in art, music, math, natural science, and literature your child will gain cognitive skills and a confident identity.

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

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  • Puzzles
  • attribute blocks, geo boards, counters, board games
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
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Each day at Open House is planned to include teacher-led interactive experiences and Choice Times. At Choice Time, children choose from a selection of activities/areas prepared by the teachers. All subjects noted above are also encouraged during Choice Time.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At the heart of our philosophy is a belief that children learn best by playing and doing in a thoughtfully prepared environment. This developmental/interactive approach shapes every aspect of our school, from our curriculum planning to the arrangement of the classroom spaces. Each group follows a lively, but familiar daily routine which includes ample 'choice time' periods. During this part of the day, children are offered an array of activities to choose from and are encouraged to play, explore and learn, while sharing their experiences and responding to the experiences of others. This approacch allows children to be both self-directed and adult-supported. Our thorough understanding of child development keeps us grounded, while our optimistic belief in the possibilities of each young person allows us to soar. We hope to give each child a confident sense of his or her own uniqueness and an appreciation of the uniqueness of others. Out of this respect given to individual differences we find a joyful, productive community is created, as well as an environment that keeps children eager to learn.

A Typical Day

Each day is planned to include:

2 Whole Group Meetings
2 Choice Times
1 Music Time
1 Outdoor Play Time
1 Story Time
1 Snack Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We connect with parents regarding their child's development and additional activities they can be doing outside of school through planned meetings, such as Curriculum Night, parent-teacher conferences and parent workshops in addition to e-mail, phone communication and monthly newsletters.

Open House has very cordial relationships with the admissions staff and administration of the ongoing schools in our community. We are a member of BECDA (Brooklyn Early Childhood Directors Association).

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Seperation is handled through an initial home visit, separation workshop and phase-in schedules. Family members or caregivers are expected to be available through the phase-in schedule.