Vlog: Early Literacy

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/12/17 9:12 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in vlog

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What is "early literacy" and why is it important? Developing early literacy skills helps prepare young children for school. Children who are read to regulary and have been exposed to language at home start kindergarten prepared to learn to read and write.


This week's vlog post features Miss Kimmy, Preschool Teacher at the Joseph H. Messina Children's Center.

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Infographic: Promoting healthy habits

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/7/17 4:52 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in children, behavior, development

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As children grow, it's important to promote good health both at school and at home. Exercising and eating healthy are things children can start practicing at an early age.

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Practicing mindfulness with children

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/5/17 3:21 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, play, behavior, music movement, development

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Feeling stressed out or overworked lately? Is your child having trouble dealing with their emotions? Do you ever feel like having a full body tantrum on the floor like your toddler? 

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Finding a safe haven for children

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/30/17 1:00 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in outdoor activities, children, development

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It's no doubt that our children are growing up in a fast-paced world. Technology is a great connector, but it can also demand that we be instantly available to each other, no matter what. And while it is wonderful to be able to turn on our smartphones and “see” each other all over the world in real time, this often means our children are bombarded with horrific images of war or natural disasters right in their own homes. Where is the "safe haven" for our children these days? This is the question authors Christine Kiewra, Tina Reeble, and Nancy Rosenow ask in their book, Growing with Nature: Supporting Whole-Child Learning in Outdoor Classrooms. 

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Dealing with challenging behaviors in a positive way

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/29/17 1:01 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in play, development

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While it can be difficult to handle a child’s challenging behavior, communication is always key. Everyone in the home or family should be aware of the situation in order to best understand how to support and help the child, in addition to understanding how they can individually contribute. Some examples of challenging behaviors could be: a child hurting themselves or others, biting, repetitive destructive behavior, etc.

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Kids on the move

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/27/17 2:32 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in play, development

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Transportation has been a natural interest of little minds for years. Children are enjoying learning about cars, trains, boats, planes, trucks, and other forms of transportation now more than ever. Here are a few transportation activities to captivate little minds:

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Are kids playing it TOO safe?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/24/17 2:21 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in development

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When parents drop their children off at preschool or daycare, they should feel at ease knowing that they’re leaving their kids in a safe, supervised environment…but is it possible for schools to be too safe?

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Vlog: Kindergarten Anxiety

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/22/17 10:11 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in vlog

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Many children--and their parents--worry about the transition from preschool to kindergarten, which is understandable. Kindergarten may be a very different experience, and this fear of the unknown is enough to cause anxiety about starting "big kid school."

This week's vlog post features Sabrina Nieves, Preschool Teacher at the Joseph H. Messina Children's Center, with some helpful tips on easing "kindergarten anxiety."

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How Do Seeds Grow?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/20/17 9:49 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in development

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It’s the first day of spring, so what better time to introduce children to the concept of how things grow? Check out this engaging, hands-on activity from Community Playthings that teaches kids how to observe the process of germination by planting seeds and watching them grow.

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The Power of Touch

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/13/17 1:31 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in development

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Physical touch can be a powerful thing. In her article The Surprising, Undeniable Power of Touch, Lydia Denwoth explains how the sense of touch is a key part in nurturing relationships between babies and their caregivers. Those first moments with your child—hopefully followed by years of hugs and cuddling—can help you build a strong bond. 

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