Who They Become is as Important as What They Know

Who They Become is as Important as What They Know

It wasn’t long ago that Lantana residents Erin and Frank Lundie were looking for a preschool for their children. Erin, who had been a teacher, curriculum instructor, and assistant principal, was obviously interested in the academic side of things, but with her educational background she knew she was looking for a program that promoted overall development for her children. That’s when they found Primrose Schools, which presented a perfect balance of academic and social growth.

The Lundies were so impressed with the curriculum and their family’s experience at the school, they decided to start their own Primrose school and offer Lantana families the Primrose-exclusive Balanced Learning® approach, which blends purposeful play with guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion in children 6 weeks to 6-years-old.

Primrose Schools has a team of curriculum writers who, through time-tested and evidence-based research, are constantly refining the lessons taught in each classroom to assemble a high-quality, well-rounded program.

“Everything we do–from the toys, books and equipment placed in classrooms to the way lessons are brought to life — is purposeful to engage children in developmentally appropriate learning,” said Erin.

The Balanced Learning approach includes lessons in literacy and language, social studies, science, math, technology, music, art and character development. Infants to three-year-olds are enrolled in the Wonder Program, in which teachers foster a child’s natural curiosity through authentic learning experiences. Preschool and Private Pre-K children are enrolled in the Venture Program, where teachers encourage discovery, allowing children to make choices as they learn and support them in working both independently and in a group.

Teachers also assess their students with developmental milestone checklists and student evaluations so that parents may keep up with their child’s progress.

“The assessment tools we use are for everything from physical development to math reasoning,” said Erin. “They are designed specifically for their age group.”

Though Primrose School of Lantana has a reputation for being a very high caliber academic school, the Lundies believe that social and emotional development is important as well. They foster a warm family atmosphere so that the parents will feel comfortable and the students will want to learn.

“We’ve heard from several parents that their children didn’t always love school, but they do here,” said Frank. “I think the small class sizes also make a difference.”

On a social level, the school’s faculty works with students on their communication skills. They learn not only how to interact with their fellow classmates, but also how to talk to adults. Because the Lundies believe that it is critical to foster a child’s curiosity, they also believe that they must feel comfortable enough to ask questions.

“At Primrose, we believe who children become is as important as what they know,” said Erin, “School readiness isn’t just about academics. When a child goes off to school, they also need to be prepared socially and emotionally.

It is important for children to be both confident and curious. They may not leave here knowing everything, but they do leave here ready to seek information and ask for help when they need it.”

Also on the social side, the Primrose School of Lantana believes that every child represents the promise of a better tomorrow. They are teaching children about giving by sponsoring a seven-year old girl through the Save the Children® Child Sponsorship Program. The students write her letters and draw pictures and she writes back to tell them about her life. They learn from each other while also learning to help others. They have other events throughout the year such as a book drive, and Spring Fling Family Bingo Night where children learn the joy of giving.

Primrose School of Lantana also offers afterschool programs for children up to 12 years of age. They offer pick-up at all three Lantana elementary schools, as well as Hilltop Elementary in Argyle. During summer and Christmas breaks, they have a program filled with field trips to places such as the Perot Museum and Bureau of Engraving and Printing, as well as fun stuff like laser tag at the park.

All three of the Lundie children attended Primrose schools and their son still attends full-time. Their older girls are there after school and during all of their breaks. Frank and Erin are there all the time, too.

“Frank and I believe in what we’re doing and we are here all day every day,” said Erin. “We are passionate about always giving our best and it shows in every decision we make.“
 It is imperative to the Lundies that they treat their students, their teachers and their parents with the upmost respect and bring their passion for helping children to work every day.

“Children deserve to have a great early launch to their school careers,” said Frank. “Making sure we give them the best start possible is our mission.”

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