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At Malena’s Mini School we believe that every single child is someone special. We offer VPK, Daycare, and Summer Camp Programs at two locations in Pensacola. Our specific curriculum is set for children on varying ages and our staff is qualified, trained and experienced in education and child care. We invite you to read our blog and to check back periodically for new posts.
If you want your child to express themselves in a constructive way, you should have an art day each week. For children that don't like art, you may want to set up a day for learning an instrument or doing anything else that gets the creativity flowing in them. In today's world it's easy to give a child a tablet or some kind of device to play with. While there are some apps you can use to draw with or play music with, that doesn't mean that is what your kid is doing with it. Maybe they are watching videos or playing games. Having the hands on experience lets their creativity flow. It may seem like our lives are getting more and more digitized, and that's why being creative with your hands and [...]
Having children is a great joy and responsibility that requires your continual attention. When you cannot be with the little ones, it is essential that you find a safe environment for them to be in. At Malena's Mini School we have everything that your children will need while you are busy working to provide their needs and wants. While teens can tend to themselves after school, younger kids need supervised care. When both parents work outside of the home, it can be a challenge to find a certified place to entrust with the care of your precious little one. At Malena's, we have done everything possible to help assuage your fears. Everyone that will interact with your kids has been properly background screened and trained in child care techniques to keep them safe [...]
Do you want to help your child with their homework? What about hiring a tutor or using some other kind of help? There are a lot of different ways to get homework done right, and you can learn more about what they are if you read on. One thing that can really help you learn more about a homework assignment is the internet. If your child comes to you and is having a problem figuring something out, you can get online and see if you can search for a solution to the problem. If you can't find the right answer and an explanation of it that you can talk with your child about, then you should learn more about the subject. If it's a division math problem, for instance, then look up how [...]
In November 2002, a constitutional amendment was passed in the state of Florida that established the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program for all 4-year olds. Documented studies have revealed that preschool is one of the best investments a city can ever make for its youth. According to a California study, the city and schools save $2.62 for every dollar spent on preschool. The savings comes through lower high school dropout and crime rates. A different study showed that children in Tampa schools will be less likely to need remedial education, more likely to read by the third grade, and have higher chances of graduating high school and going to college. While the importance of Voluntary Pre School cannot be overstated, it is good to know how to choose a good facility for your child. Here [...]
Voluntary prekindergarten education programs (VPK) are designed to provide young children an educational jumpstart by enhancing their pre-math, pre-reading, social skills, and language skills. Studies show that children that are good readers and focused students at an early age are the most likely to be successful students later. VPK classrooms, such as Malena's Mini School, offer programs that promote high literacy standards, and provide curricula appropriate for your child's developmental stage, small class sizes, and qualified VPK teachers. Often children of that age group are left with babysitters while the parents work, however that does nothing to promote their well-being. VPK classes are the better alternative because your child will learn and develop skills that she would otherwise miss out on while being babysat. This expanded knowledge and skill set will form the [...]
Are you DREADING your child’s first day of kindergarten? Remember your first day or even the first day of one your older children? Take a walk down memory lane. Do you remember the gripping fear YOU had as your parents or guardians dropped you off? If it was an older child, do you remember having to talk them down that you were not leaving them for good, that you were coming back, that everything was going to be alright? Perhaps you just want your child to get ahead and be prepared for school. Regardless of your reasoning, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten or VPK is an extremely wise decision if you have either concern: Kindergarten Trauma OR School Readiness Okay, maybe “trauma” is a little far-fetched, but ask anyone who has had this experience and they’ll [...]