6 Different Ways to Volunteer with Your Child (12 and Under)

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/15/15 9:49 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in volunteering

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Early next year, readers will have the opportunity to hear from Child Care of Southwest Florida's youngest volunteer, Tillman (9-years-old), and her father, Bill. Tillman's involvement with the Joseph H. Messina Center got us thinking—what other ways can we help our children to become involved helping our communities, forge valuable community connections, and acquire great values along the way? See the list below for some great ideas for volunteering with your child:

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4 Activity Stations to Keep Early Learners (and Older!) Occupied During a Holiday Party

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/8/15 9:26 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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6 (More) Ways to Promote School Readiness at Home!

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/30/15 3:12 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Tips for Traveling with Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/23/15 9:18 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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The holidays are rapidly approaching! For most of us, this means lots of family—either traveling or hosting. If it's the former, travel time can be incredibly stressful, especially for those with early learners. I polled a number of veteran traveler co-workers, friends, and family to find their best secrets and tips for traveling with (and entertaining!) early learners.

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4 Tips for Introducing Chores to Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/16/15 10:38 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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I've often had conversations with parents about when to start introducing chores to their children, and what chores to introduce. I've watched parents scour the internet to find colorful charts, wheels, and diagrams with age-appropriate chores. These include having a three-year-old dust low surfaces, stack magazines, load spoons into the dishwasher, empty small wastebaskets, and sort laundry.

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5 Tips and Tricks for Early Learners and Dogs

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/10/15 9:25 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Your dog loves your early learner—otherwise you wouldn’t have your dog! Countless articles online are devoted to what to do when bringing your baby home from the hospital and introducing them to Rover, but what about as your early learner grows and becomes more curious with him? See below for five tips on how to keep the relationship between your early learner and your dog safe, healthy, loving, and fun!

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5 Reasons Your Business Should Support A Nonprofit

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/6/15 11:04 AM / by Carol Conway posted in Donations

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Nonprofits and charities are always looking for funding to help accomplish their goals. Thankfully, many companies, both large and small, have learned that donating to these organizations and helping them reach their funding goals benefits both them and the community. These businesses take the opportunity to get involved in their local community and give back, for a number of reasons including:

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4 Ideas for Introducing Nutritional Concepts to Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/4/15 12:17 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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With Halloween over, the holiday season is getting into full swing. While we’re probably thinking about all the delicious foods we’ll have for Thanksgiving and more, our early learners are continuing to develop associations with food, events, family, and friends. It’s because of this increased interaction with food that the holiday season is a great time to introduce the concepts of good nutrition and healthy eating to our children. See below for four ways to encourage healthy eating and teach healthy eating concepts to your early learner:

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Topics for Early Learners Part 3

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/29/15 10:36 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Learning, development, activities

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Topics for Early Learners Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of CCSWFL’s Topics for Early Learners series! Below you will find some great suggestions for interactive exercises concerning music, geology, and literature.

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5 Ways to Determine if Your Child's Learning Center is Hands-On

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/27/15 10:35 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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Most of us know that early learners do best when exposed to play-based learning. Not only is play-based learning more engaging for the students than traditional classroom models (sitting at desks and doing worksheets or listening to lectures), it's also more memorable because it creates a positive and lasting connection to knowledge.

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Grammy Tammy’s tips on teaching your child to share

Learning to share can be a challenge for younger children especially with their exciting new toys after the holidays! Not only is sharing a skill they need for play and educational purposes throughout their childhood but it plays an important part in bonding with other children around them. Don’t worry moms and dads, teaching your child the importance of sharing as well as how to share isn’t as complicated as it seems.


 

 

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