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The Value Of A Hands On Learning Approach

“I hear and I forget

I see and I remember

I do and I understand”

– Chinese Proverb


Hands-on learning is learning by doing.

You can’t teach someone how to work on a car without showing them the working parts of a car and how they go together, or how to cook outside of a kitchen, just as you can’t teach someone how to swim in a classroom. They need to experience the movement of their own body in the water to test and understand buoyancy (floatation), and propulsion (thrust).

If you want a child to learn something, put them in the environment where the information will make sense.

At Delphi Academy of Boston, we recognize that young children learn a great deal by observing the world around them. We encourage this by getting students involved in activities both inside and outside the classroom. Students in the Lower School spend well over half their day involved in some kind of hands-on activities or creative projects. Walk into a classroom at this level, and you'll generally find a beehive of motion.

"Research" is a concept that helps a child to observe activities or phenomena in the environment, thereby learning first-hand about basic concepts in physics, biology or chemistry. Students in the Elementary School engage in a variety of research projects as part of their regular curriculum.


More and more, experts in education are recognizing the value of a hands on learning approach. On research and learning through a hands on approach, Karen Worth, of The Education Development Center of Newton, MA says, “The child must plan a process to test a hypothesis, put the process into motion using various hands-on materials, see the process to completion, and then be able to explain the obtained results. It is engaging in in-depth investigations with objects, materials, phenomena, and ideas and drawing meaning and understanding from those experiences. Other terms for this are inquiry learning, hands-on, and minds-on learning.”


We at Delphi Academy of Boston take great care in the selection of practical activities to provide your child with many enriching learning experiences. We have specially developed  The Broader Curriculum at the middle school level to encourage and engage students in learning by means of critical thinking in the spirit of exploration. At all levels of learning at Delphi Academy of Boston, your children will explore cooperatively and indepently, deepening their understanding through experience and sharing, while creating lasting memories at the same time.

If you think our philosophy of education is of interest to you, and more importantly, to your child, then schedule a visit with us today to learn more about our program.

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