What is High-quality Early Childhood Education?

Families across the nation are realizing the lifelong benefits of a high-quality and well-rounded early childhood education for their children. They are looking for preschool experiences that are more than just learning numbers and letters; they want their children to be well-prepared in every way. So, what should parents look for? In a recent article published by Scientific American Mind, the author reveals a growing trend in early education that has captured the attention of institutions and parents alike: the move…

Good Night: Bedtime Habits and Importance of Sleep

When it comes to bedtime, parents have heard it all, from “just one more story, p-l-e-a-s-e” and “I’m thirsty” to “there’s a monster under my bed!” While the excuses may change from night to night, one thing remains the same; in spite of their reluctance to give up on the day, children need a good night’s sleep. Regular rest provides what a child’s body needs to grow and develop. A good sound night of sleep promotes alertness the next day,…

5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Thanksgiving is almost here, which signals the beginning of the holiday season. This time of year there are many festivities to look forward to: school parties, holiday parties, neighborhood parties and so on. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the excitement or become stressed as the family jumps from one activity to the other leaving normal routines, including nutrition, behind. How do you keep your family on a healthy track while still enjoying the season? Here are…

TV Alternatives for Children under Two

While letting a child watch TV may seem to be an easy way to free up a little time for mom and dad, a recent policy statement released from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that there are no benefits associated with children under the age of 2 watching television. In fact, there is evidence suggesting that it actually interferes with normal development. Primrose School of Legacy Owner and pediatrician Dr. Laura Jana was recently interviewed by CBS Evening News…

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…

How to Help Children Bond with Grandparents

For your child, a grandma and a grandpa symbolize love, comfort and family. Whether it’s story time on grandpa’s lap or gardening with grandma, children can’t wait to spend time with their grandparents. Speaking from a personal perspective, I have to add that grandparents cherish the time they get to share with their grandchildren. As your child grows, it is important to find ways to include grandparents in your child’s life. Ask them to share stories about your family’s history,…

Fast Food In Your Own Home

We all lead busy lives and sometimes at the end of the day, the last thing you want to do is spend a long time in the kitchen making dinner. Often it seems to be easier to go out to eat or stop and pick up something fast on the way home. Sound familiar? There is a better way. It is possible to have delicious, healthy meals in your own home without spending a long time preparing the food. Of…

Question of the Month: Discipline

As parents, we have all been there at one time or another. Whether it is the tough twos or just a terrible Tuesday, our children at times display behaviors that make us question our parenting skills. Being aware of what your child is capable of at different age levels will give you a better sense of whether his behavior is out of line or not. Research shows most children develop the capacity to control their emotions between the ages of…
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