+ Co-owner of Primrose School of Cool Springs
+ Devoted to children
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! 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,” Rebecca Frizzell says.
“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.”
“We believe who children become is just as important as what they know,” Rebecca adds. “Character development and life skills are also key components of our balanced learning approach.”
3 Tips for Success
1. Balance play with guidance and instruction, which maximizes each child’s opportunity to learn, make choices and become independent, no matter his or her learning style.
2. Encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion.
3. Reinforce skills and concepts through different, yet connected experiences.
In a classroom setting, 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 science center, read a book about living things with the teacher and write a story or paint a picture based on living things.
Children can explore any topic in a variety of ways. As a result, learning comes naturally and is so much fun—in or out of the classroom.