From the Director:
Primrose's Balanced Learning curriculum places a special emphasis on literacy instruction, hands-on learning activities, building a foundation for understanding mathematics, the integration of technology to support learning, and most importantly, on the development of confident, happy children. The concept of balance is core to the Primrose approach to curriculum development and programming. We believe each child is unique, capable, curious, and in the process of discovering how the world works. We want to encourage this natural process by providing the kind of teaching and learning environment that will foster the development of well-rounded children. Our Balanced Learning curriculum provides teachers with an instructional blueprint that enables them to promote and support childrenâ€™s learning in multiple waysâ€”through listening, seeing, hearing, touching, and play. We consider multiple aspects of development and learningâ€”cognitive, social-emotional, physical, and creativeâ€”in the design of our research-based curriculum. The engaging learning activities that make up the curriculum are appropriate for children at different stages of developmentâ€”from six weeks to five years. We recognize the necessity and value of well-planned, developmentally appropriate experiences for children. Our curriculum and training experts create and select curriculum for teachers to use to address specific learning outcomes in seven different learning domains, as once again, balance comes into play. The learning outcomes identified for each class level provide a learning path that helps teachers make their daily instruction purposeful and intentional. Another important component of the Balanced Learning curriculum deals with character developmentâ€”understanding concepts like friendship, generosity, and honesty which are at the heart of our culture at Primrose. One of the reasons I came to Primrose was because of their long tradition of embedding character development into the curriculum from an early age. I knew from my many years of teaching and rearing my own children that character doesnâ€™t just happen by itself. To raise a generation of compassionate adults, we need to start young and make caring for others a way of life whether itâ€™s at home or at school.