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Primrose School at Vista Ridge

910 N. Vista Ridge Blvd.
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Phone:
(512) 260-0708

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

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 children’s learning in multiple ways—through listening, seeing, hearing, touching, and play. We consider multiple aspects of development and learning—cognitive, social-emotional, physical, and creative—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 development—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 development—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 doesn’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 it’s at home or at school.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Beginning in our 2-year old classrooms, teachers begin to perform student assessments which help them to personalize and individualize their student instruction. Additionally, when students enter our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten program, Primrose also administers a Bracken Assessment to our students to track and monitor a child's development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Primrose Schools philosophies are based upon the belief that by providing each child with a secure, nurturing and educational child care experience that fosters self-discovery and a love of learning, we can help to establish a foundation for lifelong success. That is also our mission.

As your partner in your child's education, we are pleased to share with you the following exemplary educational philosophies we infuse into our Balanced Learning curriculum:

*A child's limitless potential should be met with boundless inspiration.
*Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
*We believe that every child has something special that can be built upon.
*Great teaching balances telling children how to arrive at the answer with supporting them to find the answer on their own.
*Learning is a treasure that will follow our children everywhere.
*You'e never too young to learn something new.
*Education is not received. It is achieved.
*New technology doesn't just affect how we teach. It affects how and what they learn.
*Wise beyond one's years can apply to four-year olds.

What a gift we give when we respect the child's natural need to explore, to reflect, to communicate, to dream, to celebrate!

A Typical Day

6:30 am Early Arrival Centers
8:30 am Cicle Time Begins!
9:00 am Morning Academic Rotations
(Reading, Science, Child Free Choice)
10:00 am Bathroom Breaks, Snack Time, Recess
11:00 am 2nd Mrning Academic Rotations
(Math, Art, Child Free Choice)
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Quiet Time
2:30 pm Rise and Shine!
Afternoon Enrichment
6:30 pm School Closes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Primrose provides a weekly newsletter for each classroom which details upcoming events, announcements and what their children will be learning. Primrose also provide a school-wide newsletter monthly which discusses our overall school themes and events.

Primrose knows the importance of parent involvement and we strive to provide an opportunity each month for parents to engage with their child. These include, Celebrating Cultures Parade, Halloween Parade, Doughnuts for Dads, Muffins for Moms, Spring Bonnet Parade and many more!

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation