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Debunking Preschool and VPK Myths

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In Brevard County, FL, preschool and VPK (Voluntary Prekindergarten) programs have been around for decades, providing early education opportunities for young children. However, there are still many common myths surrounding these programs. It’s time to debunk these misconceptions about preschool and clearly understand the importance of early childhood education.

Debunking the Top 5 Preschool Myths

Myth #1: Preschool Is Too Expensive

While it is true that some preschools come with a hefty price tag, there are various affordable options available for families seeking preschool education for their children.

At Dairy Road, we offer Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK), an early childhood education program in Florida available to all four-year-old children. To qualify, children must live in Florida and be four years old on or before September 1st of the current year. VPK is free because Florida understands the importance of early education for a child’s development.

Myth #2: Early Learning is Not Effective

Children learn a massive amount of information before they turn five. The phrase “kids in preschool are like sponges” is true! Many experts say that early childhood is the most crucial time for learning.

Many skills learned in preschool are the building blocks needed to succeed educationally in future years. Children learn to take turns, wait in lines, and share toys. They also learn to respond to adults other than their parents. Kids experience the beginnings of social interactions with their first preschool friendships.

Myth #3: All Preschool Programs Are the Same

Preschool programs vary significantly in curriculum, teaching methods, and overall approach to early childhood education. Some preschools may focus more on highly structured learning, while others prioritize play-based learning and social-emotional development.

At Dairy Road Discovery Center, we embrace a distinctive “learning by doing” philosophy. Our thorough program lays the foundation for lifelong learning, including focused activities designed to help develop fine motor abilities, reading readiness, and problem-solving skills.

Myth #4: I Can Teach Them Preschool Skills at Home

No one can replace a parent’s role in their child’s life. Still, it’s essential to recognize the unique advantages that a formal preschool education can provide.

There are certain benefits that preschool environments offer that parents may not be able to replicate at home. Preschool provides a structured and social setting where children can interact with their peers, learn critical social skills, and develop independence. Trained preschool teachers are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to meet the developmental needs of young children.

Myth #5: Preschool Is Just Babysitting. All They Do Is Play Games.

Play is a powerful tool for learning, as it helps children develop their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical abilities. Play-based curriculums design and structure activities that promote learning in various domains, including language and literacy, mathematics, science, art, and social skills.

Preschool teachers create a stimulating environment that encourages exploration, problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking. They use play-based activities to teach children fundamental concepts and skills, such as counting, letter recognition, phonics, fine motor skills, and social interaction.

Our preschool students have many “learning by doing” opportunities. We keep them busy throughout the day, including taking field trips to the community twice a month. We visit local businesses and provide children with a behind-the-scenes look at jobs.

Our preschool curriculum also includes:

  • Sign language

  • Spanish

  • Music

  • Library

We also focus on:

  • Gross motor skills

  • Pre-math and counting

  • Social skills and independence

  • Letter recognition

Every child has a different learning style; finding a program where your child will thrive is paramount. Preschool years are fun for your children to learn and explore with some independence while in a safe and nurturing environment.

Registration begins soon for next year. For more information about Dairy Road Discovery Center, contact us today.

This article was originally published in April 2018 but has been updated for accuracy and freshness.

 

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