Children start learning from the moment they are born, and research shows that the first five years of a child’s life hold the most potential for development. That’s a lot of pressure for parents! So, what is the best way to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for learning?
“We know every child and family is different – there is no one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning,” said Priom Patel, franchise owner of Primrose School of East Brunswick. “At Primrose, our approach is all about balance: balance between purposeful play and guidance from teachers, balance between traditional early education methods and the latest research, and balance between different developmental areas.”
The Primrose approach, called Balanced Learning, offers specific and varied experiences that spark children’s development regardless of their learning style. Balanced Learning is exclusive to Primrose, created from the best early education wisdom. It balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity,
confidence and compassion.
Created from the best early education wisdom. Primrose pulled the best from well-known methods, such as Montessori, Piaget and Vygotsky, and blended those methods with the best from today’s leading experts in early education. Balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers. Balanced Learning balances play with guidance and instruction from teachers, which maximizes each child’s opportunity to learn, make choices and become independent, no matter his or her learning style. Encourages curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion. Intellectual, creative, physical and social-emotional
skills are embedded in children’s daily experiences, not exercised once a week or if the teacher has time. Through Balanced Learning, children learn and practice concepts in language and literacy; science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM); social studies; music; physical development and health; and compassion, kindness and life skills continuously throughout the day.
Balanced Learning is an integrated approach, meaning skills and concepts are reinforced through different, yet connected experiences. For example, a learning theme might be living things. When the children go outside to play they will observe the grass, trees, insects and birds. Then they may explore the different stages of a plant’s life cycle at
the free-choice Science Center, read a book about living things with the teacher, and write a story or paint a picture based on living things.
Themes, skills and concepts are explored for multiple weeks so that children can explore each topic in a variety of ways. As a result, learning comes naturally and is so much fun.
“At Primrose, we believe who children become is just as important as what they know,” Patel said. “Character development and life skills are also key components of Balanced Learning.”
Traits such as honesty, cooperation, generosity and empathy are nurtured in children on a daily basis. With the help of the Primrose Friends puppets, teachers model and teach these important character traits and skills through books, discussions, art projects, puppet play, games and role playing.
Balanced Learning is more than a curriculum. Daily classroom experiences; classroom equipment, materials, books and toys; training; assessment and school-home connection resources are all intentionally aligned to engage children in developmentally-appropriate learning. On the surface children simply have fun and engage in purposeful play, but underneath is a comprehensive and connected approach that provides an unparalleled early learning experience.
Learn about the Primrose Schools Balanced Learning approach and Primrose School of East Brunswick by visiting PrimroseEastBrunswick.com or calling 732-723-5900.