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Bannockburn Nursery School

6314 Bannockburn Dr
Bethesda, MD 20817-5404

(301) 320-4252


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The members and staff of Bannockburn Nursery School, Inc. believe that children thrive in a program that is developmentally appropriate; one planned for the general age span of the children within the group and implemented with attention to the different needs, interests, and developmental levels of those individual children. This is effectively accomplished in a setting with a high adult to child ratio.

We believe that learning is an interactive process; teachers prepare the environment for children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children, and materials.

We believe that child-initiated, child-directed, teacher-supported play is essential to learning.

We promote cognitive growth by offering a variety of experiences in the curricular areas of social studies, math, language arts, and science. We encourage creativity through experiences in music, art, and dramatic expression. We promote social/emotional growth by helping children develop self-control, by nurturing feelings of self-worth, and by providing opportunities for them to develop social skills such as cooperating, sharing, and talking with the person involved to solve interpersonal problems. We promote physical growth by giving children daily opportunities to use large muscles, including running, jumping, and balancing. Outdoor activity is planned daily so children can develop large muscle skills, learn about outdoor environments, and express themselves freely and loudly. Children develop small muscle skills through play activities such as pegboards, puzzles, painting, cutting, and similar activities.

We help children successfully complete tasks by providing support, focused attention, physical proximity, and verbal encouragement. We recognize that children learn from trial and error.

Finally, we believe that the cooperative spirit of participation and management by parents creates a safe, happy, and relaxed environment in which children thrive.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

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