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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Introducing Come Grow With Us: Your Parenting Partner

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/10/17 2:39 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in vlog

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We're proud to introduce our new blog, Come Grow With Us: Your Parenting Partner. Check out our first "vlog" post, featuring Joseph H. Messina Children's Center Director Tammy Aronson.

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Music and Movement

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/14/17 3:41 PM / by Patricia Guth posted in Learning, play, music movement, development

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Most children seem to enjoy the sound of music. They often ask to hear their favorite songs again and again, usually not caring how their voices, or the voice of the adult sounds while singing it. Movement seems to follow naturally with music.
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The Latest on Screen Time

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/12/16 9:03 AM / by Patricia Guth posted in Learning

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From Exchange Everyday December 8, 2016

Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
-Elbert Hubbard in The Note Book

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The Five Different Play Categories of Early Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/3/16 12:16 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, play

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Did you know that there are five different play categories of early learning? These categories can be combined or practiced individually. Does your early learner encounter all of these categories each week? See below to find out!

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5 Hidden Ingestible Dangers to Toddlers

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/18/16 2:38 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in safety, children

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Do you know the most common dangers in the home for accidental ingestion by toddlers? See below for five of these items and suggestions on how to avoid them.

 

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5 Ways Your Toddler’s Early Learning Center Facilitates Play Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/10/16 11:50 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Teachers, Learning

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Is your toddler enrolled in an early learning program? See below for five ways that your child’s early learning teacher facilitates play-based learning for your child’s development.

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4 Books That Reinforce the Concepts of Good Behavior for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/3/16 10:54 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, book, behavior

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Are you looking to discuss appropriate behavior with your early learner in a way that is fun and interactive? Here are four books that introduce and reinforce the concepts of good behavior for early learners (without being boring or scary!).

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5 Must-Have Multicultural and Diversity Books for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/15/16 9:38 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Learning, diversity, book, multiculture

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Are you looking to introduce your early learner, baby through PreK, to literature that discusses the diversity of people here and abroad? Check out these five (it was so hard to choose!) wonderful books concerning multiculturalism and acceptance of differences.

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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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