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 be able to detail their own experience whether it’s 10, 20 or even 30 years later. The point here is that you want the best for your child, right? That’s WHAT VPK is for! That’s WHY VPK is around!
However, there are many to choose from and just as you are picky with a babysitter or school that you want them to attend, you must be equally careful with the VPK program you choose. We don’t mean to scare you, but the experience your child has in VPK could very well be how they view school in future. You can’t just choose anyone that comes up when you search VPK Pensacola. Sorry, you just can’t.
If you aren’t willing to do that when you are looking for a mechanic or doctor (randomly choosing), then WHY would you do that with your most precious possession? So, you may be asking – “Well, HOW do I choose?” Glad you asked. For starters, you should choose a school that offers the following:
- Fun Activities
- Supervised Activities
- Focus on Learning
At Malena’s Mini School, that’s EXACTLY what we offer.
Fun Activities – If it’s not fun, then children will lose focus and attention. We aim to keep them engaged with fun activities that are appropriate for their age group.
Supervised Activities – With stories popping up across the country of toddlers in programs being left after school or unsupervised, we want to re-assure you that supervision is at the top of our list. Not only is a fun environment one that we offer for your children, but we also offer a supervised one as well.
Focus On Learning – This time is an important one for your child and we want to ensure that they are in the best position to succeed once they move on to Kindergarten. Our focus on learning will ensure that they are not only having fun, but that they are developing the necessary learning skills as well.
What else should you look for in a VPK?
If you are searching for a VPK Pensacola provider, then you will want to be sure that they are able to take children of ALL age groups prior to Kindergarten. Malena’s Mini School does just that. At Malena’s Mini School we know just how important it is that the activities be based upon specific ages and developmental stages. From infancy on up, we will monitor the progress your child is making, let you know about anything we feel may be of concern and also inform you of other areas and ways your child can improve. Here’s more information on the age groups we teach:
Infants – We pay extra special attention to our infants, as we know that they deserve a tremendous amount of attention. Rest assured that they will be taught the necessary skills to help them progress as quickly as possible.
Toddlers – As your child gets older and moves into their toddler phase, their natural inclination is to explore the world around them. If they are unsupervised, this could lead to some less than ideal situations. Here at Malena’s Mini School we encourage toddlers to explore. We allow them to learn about the world around them and to grow, but to do so in a safe environment.
Twos – People call them the terrible twos, but we like to call them the terrific twos. Why? Simple, two year olds can work through puzzles, simple math projects and more. They REALLY are terrific. We ensure that the learning and teaching is in line with their attention span.
Threes – As they get closer to Kindergarten they will eventually start to learn the alphabet. At this age, they will start learning in groups and we will ensure that they are learning things such as the alphabet, and building a good foundation for literacy.
Fours aka Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) – Once they have reached this stage in our program they will be well on their way to being one of the top students in their Kindergarten class. Our VPK program builds off of our younger programs and they will start to build an even stronger foundation as we cover science, art, language and math.
As you can see, Malena’s Mini School can take children of all ages. There are also three very big reasons why you want to send your child to a VPK in the Pensacola area:
- Prepares your child for school
- Children who attend VPK learn to read earlier
- VPK students demonstrate increased language and socialization skills
If that were not enough, Malena’s Mini School can also teach things such as:
- Classroom behavior
- General readiness for school
- Paying attention
Oh, and perhaps the greatest byproduct of your children learning such things is this – Higher test scores.
Want to hear what a happy parent had to say?
“I love Malenas, the teachers have helped my children learn and grow to their fullest potential. Everyday and every week they keep the kids so involved in different activities and learning new things. The staff is very professional and I couldn’t have chosen a better school for my kids. When I was a child I would always see this school in passing and I always wanted to attend, I never got a chance too, but I’m so grateful that my kids have this opportunity. I recommend this school to all parents. It’s the best in Escambia County.” – Shayna R.
If you want the best for your child, want your child to be as ready as possible for that first day of kindergarten – academically, socially and emotionally – then you absolutely need to enroll them in a VPK program. However, you can’t just choose any VPK program. If you are ready to get started, we’d love to hear from you and see how we can help get the process started. There are only two things you will need, well three:
- Proof of child birth
- Proof of residence
- Desire to see the best for your child
If you have been looking for a VPK Pensacola area provider, then you’ve just found one. Contact us today to see how we can get your child enrolled and ready for Kindergarten.
What are the benefits of VPK?
VPK prepares your child for school. Kids who attend VPK often learn to read earlier and demonstrate increased language and socialization skills. The fall VPK program includes 540 hours of instructional time.
The following documents are required for VPK registration:
- Proof of child birth: Birth certificate, current Florida shot record, physical, U.S. passport. All forms must show date of birth. If applicable, they must be signed.
- Proof of residence: Utility bills, voter registration card, lease.
- Scanner access: If you cannot scan your documents, we are happy to assist you.