Children’s Books About Courage

In 1982, Paul and Marcy Erwin opened the first Primrose school. This leap of faith took courage, and there are now more than 260 Primrose schools across the country. This month, our students celebrate the birthday of Primrose Friend Percy the Rooster, who is named after our intrepid founders (Paul + Marcy = Percy). Just like the Erwins, Percy is known for courage, and his actions set an example for children as they start understanding the decision making process. Percy…

Develop Language Skills Through Story Reading

March is National Reading Month, and what better way to celebrate than by diving into a book? As you read, encourage your child to participate. At age 3, your little one can begin interacting with the story by helping to turn pages, naming objects or completing sentences and rhymes in favorite books. This kind of participation in story reading enhances memory, develops listening skills and promotes personal expression. It also fosters language development and creativity, because children understand they have…

Learning to Listen: Tips on Tuning Toddlers in!

Communicating with toddlers sometimes takes a bit of guess work and a lot of patience on our part so we can make sure our directions and requests are understood. Even when we remember to get down on the child’s level and make eye contact, we can sometimes still get the feeling that what we’re saying just isn’t registering. This is where the guess work begins. Drawing the conclusion that the child is just being obstinate and refusing to listen is…

Working on Grammar with Your Child

There's no denying that the language of young children can be a great source of entertainment for parents. Sometimes it's their complete honesty and their literal interpretation of the question that tickles our funny bones. Other times it's the amazingly creative uses of grammar that is so charming. Language acquisition is a developmental process that includes experimentation and trying out different rules as part of the process. Sometimes what children say may not conform to adult rules, but can be…

Helping Your Child Learn to Write

Do you remember what your first response was in elementary school when your teacher asked you to write about what you did over summer vacation? Many of us get sweaty palms, because we remember not knowing how to begin and then worrying about spelling and our handwriting. As parents and teachers, we have a unique opportunity to help children create more positive memories before they enter elementary school by taking a more developmental approach to writing. A good place to…

Why Should Children Learn a Second Language?

To young children, the world can seem relatively small, so exposing them to new cultures and languages is one way to begin broadening their perspective. Acquisition of a second language early in life is easier and according to research enhances brain development and literacy development. It can also encourage a curiosity and appreciation for different cultures of the world. As part of our commitment to providing a well-rounded early childhood education with our Balanced Learning® approach, Primrose Schools includes Spanish-language learning…

Toddler Talk: Developing Language Skills

“My grandma is the bestest grandma. She swimmed with us in the pool.” Last year in honor of National Grammar Day, we asked our Facebook fans to share some phrases they’ve heard from their children that weren’t so grammatically correct. Some wondered where their children had ever picked up some of the things they had heard them say. They knew their children weren’t repeating anything they had ever said. Learning language is a creative process -- not an imitative one.…

Teaching Writing to Children

As soon as they are able to, young children love to make marks on paper or any other handy surface around the house. Writing and drawing seem to be almost as much a part of natural development as walking and talking. It is important for children’s development as writers to have their teachers and parents take their work seriously as this teaches them that writing  is about making meaning.  They will be  eager to demonstrate to everyone that they have discovered a…

Q&A with Sign Language Expert Stacy Thompson

Sign language is one of the many industry-leading programs offered at Primrose Schools nationwide as part of our Balanced Learning® approach.  We began working with sign language expert Stacy Thompson five years ago to enhance our signing curriculum. Most recently, she helped us create a special set of signing cards for parents to use at home. Stacy obtained a BA in Deaf Studies in 1997 and has been signing for over 20 years. She lives in Southern California with her…
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