Lower School Philosophy
Inspiring a love of learning in a nurturing, stimulating environment, Bancroft’s Lower School fosters a strong community of friendship, respect, and responsibility for self and others, while empowering children to build a strong foundation of academic skills, thereby enabling them to realize their greatest potential.
- We appreciate the ages and stages of each child’s development.
- We support the whole child’s growth by providing a social curriculum integral to learning.
- We foster awareness and appreciation of learning styles in self and others.
- We believe that children can learn to be mindful, relating intention to action, and action to consequence.
- We encourage zest, gratitude, bravery, forgiveness, grit, optimism, and an appreciation of beauty.
“I sincerely believe that for the child…it is not half so important to know, as to feel. If facts are the seeds that…produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow…Once emotions have been aroused – the sense of the beautiful, the excitement of the new and the unknown, a feeling of sympathy, pity, admiration, or love – then we wish for knowledge about the object of our emotional response. Once found, it has lasting meaning. It is more important to pave the way for the child to want to know, than to put him on a diet of facts he is not ready to assimilate.”
— from The Sense of Wonder: Teaching the Heart by Rachel Carson