LAWRENCEVILLE - At Primrose School at Sugarloaf Parkway-East, Independence Day is more than a celebration.
The preschool teaches its students about the history of the holiday, said Celestte Dills, the school's director. Children learn about the American flag and what each color represents, as well as Betsy Ross' role in creating the nation's symbol.
The lessons last more than a few days, as students spend the month learning about patriotism. Children learned how to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and learned what the terms "freedom" and "liberty" mean.
"Every July, our students learn about citizenship and what it means to be a good American citizen," Dills said. "Our curriculum is designed to balance the whole child development."
In addition to learning about American history, children also got a chance to display their patriotic pride. Students celebrated the holiday with a Red, White and Blue parade.
As part of the balanced learning curriculum, students are taught about character development. Throughout the year, the children learn about courage, honesty, good sportsmanship and respect, Dills said.
The school's goal is to give the students more than a good foundation in academics.
"We want to make sure they're good people when they leave our schools, too," Dills said.
Tanisha Webb, the school's franchisee, said the curriculum strives for a balance of character development, academics and play.
"The Balanced Learning curriculum assures that children are nurtured socially, emotionally, physically and academically," Webb said. "This offers parents peace of mind. Peace of mind leads to a happy family balance."
The school, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, offers care for children as young as 6 weeks old. After-school care is also available for children up to 12 years old.
For more information about the school, visit www.primroseschools.com.