Preschool is often a child’s first opportunity to interact with teachers and other students. This is an exciting time for everyone in your home and there are likely several factors to weigh as you consider your options. All good pre-k programs aim to help your child develop social, cognitive, and motor skills to prepare them for elementary school. But, a great preschool will also take the time to understand a child’s individual needs. It’s going the extra mile that will make a preschool stand out.
Here are some questions you should ask when deciding on a prekindergarten program in Palm Bay, Florida:
Do they offer a wide range of learning programs?
You may want to consider a preschool that offers various programs that take into account your child’s age, development, and comfort level. Children learn at different paces, and not all children belong in the same class just because they are the same age. We have special classes for preschoolers at Bayside Discovery Center for children as young as 12 months to 5 years. We take care to update you on your child’s development and discuss whether or not she is ready to advance to a higher developmental group. We are also proud to offer four-year-old children our free Voluntary Pre – Kindergarten (VPK) program to prepare children for success in kindergarten.
What types of field trips does the preschool organize?
A preschool curriculum should include field trips that allow children to experience learning in a holistic, real-world environment. Quality childhood education encourages curiosity, and field trips provide opportunities for children to break out of the usual classroom setting and explore the world around them. At Bayside, our VPK students enjoy hands-on field trips into the community, where they experience the behind-the-scenes workings of places in Palm Bay, FL like the Publix grocery store, dental office, public library, and animal hospital, just to name a few.
Does this preschool program believe in a learning-by-doing philosophy?
Preschoolers have very short attention spans, so trying to get them to sit in front of a teacher and listen quietly is difficult and often unsuccessful. At Bayside, we offer prekindergarten programs that understand preschoolers’ unique learning styles. We emphasize school readiness with a “learning by doing” approach to education. In addition to improving their academic skills, like fine motor development, reading skills, language skills, social skills, and cognitive development, your child will have fun while they experience what they are learning. Your child will love our hands-on classroom activities, including science experiments, art projects, cooking, music, and more.
We are intentional to take advantage of the nature in our backyard with plenty of walks exploring the area and observing animals such as deer or baby bunnies that occasionally visit. We also play on the playground daily which helps develop gross motor skills. After all, a playground is also an outdoor classroom!
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This article was originally published on July 16, 2021 but has been updated for accuracy and freshness.