At Hand In Hand, we believe that children learn through play! A play-centered approach to early education is the most effective way to teach young children skills and concepts. Each classroom environment is designed for the age and abilities of the children and is arranged with developmentally appropriate equipment and materials that offer hands-on activities and experiences that provide meaningful learning opportunities for young children. These activities are designed to promote the development of the whole child--socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively and creatively.
We believe that young children are intrinsically motivated to learn and that they learn best through experiences with concrete objects and activities. Each developmentally appropriate classroom environment enables children to use their natural curiosity to explore, investigate, experiment, and manipulate everything that comes within their reach. It is the learning “process,” and not the product, that is important. Children are encouraged to ask questions, make predictions, and develop problem solving skills. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum allows each child to progress at his/her individual rate of learning with vast opportunities for multi-level learning experiences that enable them to make choices, express themselves, and feel successful.