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Liberty Grove Nursery School

15225 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD 20866

Phone:
(301) 421-1462

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
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
  • 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
  • daily music involving singing with and without accompanying music.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Explore different techniques of artists.
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
  • 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 Social Skills and emotional well being of all those around us.

From the Director:

LGNS encourages children to participate in varied activities to explore the world around us. We have a very adaptable program to meet the needs of the individual children in our program. Varied learning styles are taken into consideration in the planning of the activities. Some activities are teacher led activities within an encouraging atmosphere for student led learning and discussion. Others are completely student directed but structured around the theme for the week.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

LGNS has a program that is flexible and adaptable to the individual needs of the children in our program. Various learning styles are taken into consideration in the planning of activities, as well as skill level of individual students. Our low adult to child ratio enables us to adapt our program to different skill levels of our children.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

LGNS is a program which emphasizes socialization. The children learn through play. Our program has portions of structured and unstructured learning. Our rooms comprise many different learning centers and provides varied learning opportunities.

A Typical Day

9:30 - 10:15 Children arrive and participate in various learning centers arranged throughout the rooms. This time is mostly self directed learning based on the theme for the week.

10:15 - 10:25 Clean Up Time

10:25 - 10:50 Story time and Theme discussion

10:50 - 11:15 Snack Time

11:15 - 11:35 Music and Movement

11:35-12:00 Outdoor Play/Indoor Large Motor Skills activity

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

LGNS is a cooperative school where parents are very involved in the day to day running of the school. Levels of involvement vary depending on individual parent's time constraints. We involve our parents through their participation in the program, newsletters, parent-teacher meetings, parenting classes, updates on community activities and provision of learning goals.

Separation

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

LGNS has a very flexible program with very experienced educators that works with each parent based on individual needs to handle separation anxiety.