reading to preschoolers

Why Reading To Your Preschool-Aged Child Is Important

As a parent, you want to do everything you can to help your child succeed. You may have heard that reading is one of the best things you can do for your preschooler. But why is reading so important? Reading to children from birth lays the foundation for future success. You‘re raising a reader a few minutes a day from your lap! It’s one
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Play-Based Learning Preschool and VPK in Melbourne, FL

When choosing a preschool for your child you have to consider curriculum options. One choice is a focus on play-based learning. At Dairy Road Discovery Center in West Melbourne, Florida this is our curriculum of choice. Learn more about this learning style and why we believe it’s the best choice for preschoolers.  What is Play-Based Learning? Play-based learning is a form of learning where
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What is the Best Curriculum for a Preschool Program?

As you prepare to send your child to preschool, it’s natural to compare different programs. Likewise, it’s only natural to make sure your child has an enjoyable first experience with school. While all pre-K programs aim to increase a child’s social skills and readiness for school, each program has its own focus. Don’t be overwhelmed by the vast assortment of preschool curriculums. As long
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How Dairy Road Meets Florida VPK Standards

Florida’s Department of Education has recently found that only 58% of Florida VPK providers properly prepare children for kindergarten. In response, the Education Commissioner has released an updated set of standards that VPK providers must meet. Florida’s Voluntary Pre-K Standards According to Florida’s Office of Early Learning, 4-year-olds moving from VPK to kindergarten must demonstrate age-appropriate skills in 8 areas, including physical development, approaches
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How Preschool Improves Social Skills

Your preschool-aged child is making great strides in his fine motor skills, language skills, and social skills. As he enters preschool, your child will be encouraged to learn and grow in these areas even more. Preschool will build her social skills through play, interaction, and group activities.  How Does Preschool Improve Social Skills? The classroom setting is the perfect environment for children to learn
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Prepare Your Child for VPK at Dairy Road Discovery Center

As you drop off your child on his first day of VPK, you will probably be feeling a mixture of pride, worry, and apprehension. You might be wondering if your child is really ready for this change. By taking small steps to prepare your child for this next milestone, you can shed these fears and help your child increase their excitement as the start
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What is the Difference Between VPK and Daycare?

If you have a toddler at home, you may be aware of all the different early learning options for your child. You might be feeling overwhelmed trying to decide between daycare, preschool, and VPK. Here we break down the difference between daycare and VPK so you can determine the right fit for your family.  What is Daycare? The primary purpose of daycare is to
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Our Favorite Books for Preschoolers

At Dairy Road Discovery Center, we know the impact reading has on children’s young minds and have developed a literature-based curriculum to support their language development. A child’s brain develops rapidly before the age of five. Exposing children to new words and engaging them in storytelling strengthens their language skills and creates a positive attitude toward reading. By the age of 2, children who
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What Is VPK?

Whether you’ve recently moved to Florida or your children are just starting school, if the term VPK is new to you, you aren’t alone. VPK stands for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten. It is an optional and free program for children who live in Florida. There are a few restrictions. Enrolling children must be 4 years old on or before September 1, and the program is only
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Are All Melbourne Florida Preschools the Same?

When selecting a preschool for your child, it’s important to do your research. With so many preschools located in Melbourne, Florida, how do you know which is the right fit for you and your child?  Most preschools cover similar topics like math, science, English, music, and art. Their students will have time to play outside, work together with their classmates, express their creativity, and
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