Young boy in glasses playing with a building activity set.
Young boy in glasses playing with a building activity set.

Our Balanced Learning® Approach

How we inspire lightbulb moments

With purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers, our Balanced Learning approach inspires children to think in more ways: with creativity, compassion and resourcefulness. This time-tested approach instills a love of learning and discovery that helps your child develop and excel for years.

More Than a Curriculum

Balanced Learning is research-informed and combines the best thinking of renowned early learning philosophers like Montessori, Piaget, Gesell and Vygotsky along with modern wisdom from the latest child development studies. Research shows that introducing a skill when a child is truly ready leads to mastery instead of frustration.

Then, building on that skill to learn the next one comes naturally. And learning becomes just so much fun! Before you know it, you have a confident child who loves learning. And what could be more rewarding than that?

Early Learning Domains


Approaches to Learning

Each child learns in different ways. The Primrose Balanced Learning® approach provides teachers with the tools and guidance to accommodate children’s natural curiosity and to fully support each child while building problem solving skills and confidence.


Science & Engineering

Children are natural scientists. They use their senses and special technological tools to observe and investigate their world, recording and analyzing their findings through writing, drawing or taking photos.


Language & Literacy

The early years are critical for literacy development. From sign language and story time in younger classrooms, to phonics and eventually reading and writing in our older ones, your child develops important literacy skills and a love of reading.


Creative Arts

Visual and creative arts stimulate imagination and creative thinking. In our proprietary Primrose Early Art Masters™ program, children discover early and contemporary artists and practice their techniques in their own masterpieces.


Physical Development

Active children become active adults. We show your child fun ways to practice proper techniques for movement, balance and motor skills with plenty of time to slide, climb and run on our age-appropriate playgrounds.



Early experiences with math help children develop reasoning skills, inventiveness and persistence in problem solving. Our math program introduces numbers, measurement and patterns through hands-on learning.

Primrose Students Made Significant Growth from Start to End of 2017-2018 School Year

An independent research study on children’s science performance showed an increase of 113.6% in Primrose Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students.1

Using a nationally recognized assessment tool that measures the knowledge, skills and behaviors that are the most predictive of school success, the percentage of Primrose students meeting or exceeding these widely held expectations increased across all learning domains.2


Preschool Growth Rate


Pre-Kindergarten Growth Rate


Kindergarten Growth Rate

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Developing Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®

At Primrose Schools®, we pay close attention to all facets of a child’s growth including social, emotional, physical, creative, cognitive and character development. Our proprietary programs in music, art, gardening, life skills and foreign language were developed especially for our curriculum. And when it comes to helping your child reach their full potential, we leave no stone unskipped, unpainted or unturned.

Thumbs Up!®

Your child will jump, stretch, skip, throw and kick up some fun. Together the children laugh and enjoy fitness games while helping to build healthy bodies, healthy habits and self-confidence.

Rhythm & Notes®

The Primrose Schools unique music program immerses your child in the language and joy of music at school and at home.

Mud Pies®

Natural curiosity and respect for our planet is awakened in monthly gardening and nature study. Your child plans the garden layout, plants the seeds, observes the plants growing and harvests the vegetables in the Primrose Patch.

Noggin' Joggin'®

Your child begins each day with simple “mind-stretching” exercises to activate prior knowledge and stimulate reasoning, memory and concentration.

Mucho Mundo®

Learning a second language supports children’s language development and helps them learn about other cultures. The Primrose Spanish program is integrated throughout the day and includes simple vocabulary, phrases, polite conversation and songs.

Primrose Promise Giving Events

We believe who children become is as important as what they know. We teach, model and practice ways to be compassionate and generous. We also schedule charitable giving events, so your child can experience the joy of giving without expectation.

Happy Hearts Character Development and Life Skills

When children practice compassion, resilience and gratitude, they are more likely to grow up as confident, happy adults. That’s why Happy Hearts Character Development and Life Skills are at the heart of Primrose Schools. Our exclusive Happy Hearts Character Development and Life Skills programs are embedded into our daily experiences with lessons that teach the importance of values like respect, friendship and honesty in class, at home and in the community.

Building My Character

Nurtures your child’s social-emotional skills, along with character traits that help children become confident individuals, build quality relationships and function successfully in society.

Using My Mind

Nurtures your child’s problem-solving and critical thinking skills that encourage curiosity, creativity, focus and attention.

Taking Care of Myself & My Environment

Nurtures practical and life skills through participation in small tasks focused on safety, personal well-being and healthy habits.

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STEAM-Based Learning

We know that a child’s interests can lead to exploration, discovery and understanding of the world. That’s why our Balanced Learning approach integrates science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) throughout the day to make learning fun.

Example Theme

It's Alive! Studying Plants.

Children observe the predictable stages in a plant's lifecycle, exploring parts of plants and discussing how they make our lives better.

Primrose Friends

90% of a child’s brain develops in the first five years.

A child's experiences in the first five years shape health, growth, learning, character and happiness. At Primrose Schools, our teachers bring to life our time-tested Balanced Learning approach to empower your child when it really counts.

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