Posted May 1, 2015 by Danielle Lindner
Danielle R. Lindner, Founder of The London Day School, selected as on of the TOP 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs.
After hundreds of nominations were received, Danielle R. Lindner, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The London Day School and London Day School Franchising, LLC. was named a 2015 Leading Women Entrepreneur phase one finalist and in August of 2015 she was chosen as one of the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs.
I am so thrilled and honored to be recognized by the committee and to be part of such an esteemed group of women entrepreneurs, said Lindner.
The Leading Women Entrepreneurs Initiative in partnership with New Jersey Monthly Magazine recognizes women business owners who excel in areas of market potential, innovation, advocacy for women and community involvement. After analyzing hundreds of entries, an independent committee selected the initial finalists for phase one of the competition. Finalists will be submitted for phase two of the competition. The top 25 will be recognized in September. We are very excited about the 2015 initiative in partnership with New Jersey Monthly Magazine that honors women business owners because women are the forerunners to the economic recovery of our state. Over the last twenty years, women have surpassed men at twice the rate for starting their own companies. Our joint project presents phenomenal exposure for their efforts and the issue that finalists are listed in will reach over 750,000 households, states Linda Wellbrock, Founder of Leading Women Entrepreneurs.
The London Day School is a premier, private educational and enrichment academy offering half, extended and full day Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K and Full-Day Kindergarten programs for children ages 18 months to 6 years of age. The Mission of The London Day School (LDS) is to provide a focus on the superior enrichment and education of the young child. The program provides a unique academic curriculum, that fundamentally challenges, and engages young students, and is dedicated to enrichment, education, nurturing and social awareness. www.londondayschool.com
Posted October 14, 2014 by Danielle Lindner
Local Seniors Bring Opportunity for Learning and Love to our Pre-K Classrooms!
One of the cornerstones of our school is our Kind Kids Curriculum which focuses on the importance of being a kind, helpful and socially aware person. Providing… children with the opportunity to meet, work with and share stories with the seniors in our community helps to further this mission. We build awareness, help others, and help ourselves with the richness of the relationships our children are fortunate to foster with these amazing individuals.
Brighton Gardens Terrace Club visits our Pre-K classroom for a morning of reading, singing and sharing. It was so much fun!
Posted April 15, 2014 by Danielle Lindner
Danielle Lindner, Childrens Author, Donates 100 Copies of Her New Book to St. Barnabas
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 6:26am
LIVINGSTON, NJ – Danielle Lindner, owner of the London Day School, recently donated 100 copies of her new childrens book, Sofia the Snail: The little snail that was afraid of the dark, to sick children at the pediatrics center in St. Barnabas Medical Center.
Sofia the Snail, the first book in a series of character education stories for young children by Lindner, addresses the fears children might experience with bedtime darkness. The 38 page colorfully illustrated book offers parents help in quelling away those fears in their children.
Lindner said her main hope in donating the books to St. Barnabas Medical Center was to help the kids at the hospital through a difficult situation. Being alone in a hospital can be scary for a child. I thought it would be nice to get the book out to those children. The book will hopefully be easy for them to relate to, and help them to demystify the dark.
Tori Weinstein, Director of Operations & Grants at St. Barnabas, said the book had become popular among the children patients. From what I understand the kids have been very receptive to it. It has distracted them during difficult surgeries. She added that the book had even become a favorite among the staff members who have read it.
At one specific reading of Sofia the Snail, Weinstein spoke about demonstrated just how helpful the book has been at the hospital. There was a young patient here recently who had to receive stiches and was very upset. The child life expert came in and read Danielles book to him and the patient went right to sleep.
Weinstein went onto express her appreciation for Lindner and the charity she provided to St. Barnabas Medical Center. Were so fortunate that there are so many people in the community that want to do charitable work. Danielle is one of those people. Her wonderful book has made an impact, said Weinstein. We’re very thankful for what she has done for our hospital and the children here, and we hope to continue our relationship with her.
Lindner is a member of the SCBWI (Society for Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators), and is also a contributor to The Alternative Press as the author of Nursery U: articles for parents and educators. She is the mother of two and actively participates in community projects and programs that support and foster the wellness of children in need.
Lindners second book is entitled Arabelle: The bat with the most wonderful pink glasses, which will be available this month on Amazon.com.
Posted April 14, 2014 by Danielle Lindner
Florham Park Pre-School Students Learn About Giving
FLORHAM PARK-Kindergarten classmates at the London Day School on Ridgedale Avenue are learning at a very young age to help others in need.
The class recently launched Food for Friends, to benefit the Interfaith Food Pantry of Morristown. Using a new Web site focused on giving YouGiveGoods.com the students kicked-off their effort Dec. 8 to raise food donations to help Morris County families.
Our Pre-K is responsible for bringing our community outreach projects to life by selecting, promoting and running the project, said Deanna Hansen of Madison, Assistant Director and Pre-K teacher at the school, an educational and enrichment academy offering Pre-School and Kindergarten for students ages 2 and one-half to 5.
YouGiveGoods.com is a Web site that enhances giving by making it social, immediate, smart, environmentally friendly, dependable, and easy. Drive Starters like the students at London Day School can set up drives on YouGiveGoods.com with ease by creating a personalized drive page. Drive Starters then spread word about their drive to family and friends via social media, asking others to visit their YouGiveGoods.com drive page to make a donation. Goods for purchase start at $5.
This drive is an example of how doing good has gotten even better using technology that we use everyday. And, there is no more appropriate time than the giving season to begin teaching young people about the importance of helping others, said Patrick ONeill of Mendham, who is chief executive officer of YouGiveGoods. During a time of great need, when 49.2 million Americans live in poverty, YouGiveGoods.com makes doing good even better.
For information on the London Day School, visit www.londondayschool.com.
Posted April 14, 2014 by Danielle Lindner
Focusing on the Love of Books with Your Children is the Key to Reading and Literacy
By, Danielle R. Lindner
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 9:18pm
Recently I was asked by a parent of a two year old, what she can do to make sure that her daughter is an early reader. She stressed how inquisitive, intelligent and aware her daughter is and how she always enjoys looking at books. What did I tell her?
When my first daughter was born, I was determined to raise a genius.
As soon as she was born, I immediately, went to Amazon.com and purchased every Little Einstein video I could find. I made sure that I had black and white objects in the crib so that she would be stimulated before and after her nap and played Spanish and French Lullabies in her room. Every month I would go out and buy the latest and greatest videos and toys that touted their link to exceptional child development. By the time my daughter was 3, I was already ordering the entire Hooked On Phonics series.
By 4 she was reading chapter books and writing encyclopedia entries. Well..not exactly.
The reality of it all was that she didnt excel any faster than any other child, and in fact became more stressed out, than anything else. She felt defeated when she could not remember the names and sounds of every letter, and lost interest in books. She was inquisitive, intelligent and observant, but she was just not ready to read.
With child number two I tried something a bit different, we skipped the Baby Einstein and the Hooked on Phonics and simply read to her. We read and read and read. Every night before bed, the routine was the same, pick a book and read.
The outcome: a child who loves books and is eager to begin the process of learning how to read. At age 5 she is excited about recognizing sight words, loves working in her easy readers, and has begun the process of creative spelling.
It is really wonderful when parents take an interest in their childs reading readiness. However, there is no need to be overly concerned about him or her being an early reader. While some children will begin reading at age 4, most children start with simple sight words at age 5 and progress from there. Kindergarten is often the first time that children will begin learning phonics or whole language reading techniques.
Most children are eager to learn and inquisitive at age two and are absolute sponges. The best thing to do at home, is to expose children to new and exciting things.
Children will learn how to read, but the attitude they have towards reading and literacy is up to us. Let your child pick a story every night and just read to them. That is the best way to foster a love of books and encourage an appreciation for reading. Dont worry about the reading process, just focus on the love of books and one day, despite what we might think, they will all know how to read them.
Danielle Lindner is a mother of two girls ages 5 and 11 and is the Director of The London Day School in Florham Park, NJ. She has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Posted April 10, 2014 by Danielle Lindner
Friday, February 21, 2014 6:45am
London Day School Brings Spring to its Students Despite Snow
FLORHAM PARK, NJ – Four feet of snow was not enough to keep the students at the London Day School inside.
For weeks schools have been battling with snow and ice and children have been unable to play outside for quite some time. But Danielle Lindner, director of the London Day School in Florham Park, decided enough was enough. This week they brought in an entire team to shovel out the playground so that the kids could get back on the turf and play outside once again.
“We know it is very unconventional to shovel out an entire playground and extremely expensive,” Lindner said, “but this was the only way to get our students out again. Children need exercise, running, jumping and time to enjoy the fresh air. Every school playground in the area is covered in multiple feet of snow but we decided that something had to be done.
After hours of shoveling the students finally made it outside again on a sunny 40-degree day. The children appreciated having their playground back again.
“We only hope that the rest of the winter will be mild so that we can keep our playground snow free for students to enjoy,” Lindner said. “There is really nothing that we won’t do to make sure that our students have the very best experience every day–giving them back their playground was just one of them.”
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Posted April 10, 2014 by Danielle Lindner
London Day School Aims to Teach Awareness and Responsibility
School to open on the Madison-Florham Park border in June
March 22, 2010
It’s never too early to learn to be responsible. At least, that’s the motto of the London Day School, the address of which is in Florham Park despite the fact that the property extends into Madison. The school will be open on June 1.
“We’re really big on social responsibility,” said School Director Danielle Lindner. “Here, kids learn about being good citizens.”
The London Day School has programs for children ages 2 ? to 6. Programs are two, three or five days a week, and half day or full. Tuition ranges from $520/month to $1,295/month.
The school aims to educate children on the world around them, from their own backyards to around the globe. Students will share artwork they make with schools in Moscow and Barcelona and will cultivate an organic garden next to the school’s playground.
“They’ll get to see what it’s like to grow something,” said Lindner. “Kids always hear the word ‘organic,’ but our students will know what it means.”
Lindner says it is important to have children involved in their own education. To that end, the school will encourage students’ interests and allow them to educate their peers on certain topics. There is also a mentor program, in which older students play the role of teacher and the younger ones gain a role model.
“It’s not a challenge (to teach kids of different ages), but more like a benefit,” said Lindner.
The school is also part of the Eco-Healthy Child Care initiative, started by the Oregon Environmental Commission in 2005 and expanded nationally in 2007. To be an Eco Health Child Care center, schools must follow 30 different environmentally-conscious guidelines, ranging from using nontoxic and biodegradable pesticides and cleaning agents, to PVC-free toys, to recycling.
But it isn’t just students that benefit from the London Day School’s unconventional approach; parents get access to the school’s Complimentary Concierge Service. The school will drop off and pick up parents’ dry cleaning, provide table-ready dinners, and have Parents’ Night Out, when parents can drop off their children in the evening a few nights a year.
Lindner, a former teacher, said she started LDS because she “could not find an enrichment-based preschool.” She looks for teachers experienced in preschool education.
“They have to be caring, nurturing, creative, have an appreciation for enrichment and lifelong learning, and put the children’s needs first,” she said. LDS has a 1:10 or less teacher-to-student ratio.
That Lindner believes in her own method cannot be questioned; otherwise, she would not send her own five-year-old to London Day School.