5 Valentine’s Day Activities for Preschoolers

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/6/18 2:49 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, activities, Valentine's Day

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This Valentine’s Day, get your preschoolers excited for arts, crafts and games with these fun holiday ideas!

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STEM, STEAM and now STREAM: What does all of this mean?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/3/18 11:41 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, activities

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You see these acronyms everywhere but what do they really mean? It seems like now-a-days educators are always talking about STEM, STEAM, STREAM and with good reason. The importance of STEM is to educate and prepare children in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Soon after STEM, evolved STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. By incorporating art into the mix, this adds the design and creativity needed to look at a situation and develop a plan. This allows children to increase their technical skills but use creative ingenuity. Now let’s add the newest acronym, STREAM – science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math. This movement recognizes that reading is foundational to all early childhood education subjects. Essentially, STEM, STEAM and STREAM are being implemented to ensure that your child receives a well-rounded education.

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Outdoor play in preschool: why it matters

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/27/17 12:23 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, children, activities, outdoor

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Playing outdoors is the best place for your preschooler to practice and master emerging physical skills. The outdoors can help children freely and fully experience motor skills such as running, jumping and leaping. Set up an obstacle course with old tires, large appliance boxes, and tree stumps. Moving through it will teach important concepts like over, under, through and around.

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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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Topics for Early Learners Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/23/15 10:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Learning, development, activities

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Topics for Early Learners Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of CCSWFL’s Topics for Early Learners series! Below you will find some great suggestions for interactive exercises concerning the sciences and art.

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Letting Go of Screen Time

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/21/15 10:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Learning, summer, children, play, activities

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Letting Go of Screen Time

How much time do you spend each day in the car with your early learner? If you're like most parents, driving your child to and from school and then to other activities, it could add up to over two hours per day! While it's tempting to put a DVD into the portable player, or set your child to playing an educational game on the iPad, car rides are great opportunities for valuable bonding time with your child, and also for working on increasing skills and knowledge.

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Topics for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/14/15 9:54 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Learning, development, activities

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Topics for Early Learners

What is your preschooler's major? Just kidding! With hundreds of majors out there for college students, it's more important than ever that we start exposing a variety of concepts to our early learners as soon as possible. By doing this we can help to develop early learners' creativity, curiosity, and enthusiasm for the world around them—and also get them started on the right track for college!

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Active Kids = Active Minds

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/6/15 4:25 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Learning, play, development, activities

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Active Kids = Active Minds

Having worked in both remediation and gifted education Pre-K through college for over six years, I am often asked by family and friends for tips and tricks of how their children can get a running start on the path to success. This is especially true for my loved ones who have a child just entering preschool—and even younger. For these very young ones (and all other ages), my advice is always this: PLAY, PLAY, PLAY!

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9 Kindergarten Readiness Skills Your Child Needs

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/12/15 8:23 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child care, Learning, children, development, activities

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9 Kindergarten Readiness Skills Your Child Needs

Kindergarten is an important milestone in your child's life, it's their first step into formal education. Preparing children for this step is the job of parents and early learning centers. Nowadays, parents are feeling more and more pressure to make sure their children have the necessary skills that will put them on the same level or ahead of their peers. Early learning centers help teach preschoolers these vital skills that will put them on the path to kindergarten success, especially during the summer month to keep learning momentum going.

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Grammy Tammy’s tips for keeping your child learning all summer long

It’s summer time and the living is easy! But that’s why most children tend to fall behind in their schooling for the upcoming year. This “summer slide” refers to the way children can forget what they have learned during the previous school year over their summer break. We’re not just talking about the little things like knowing their state’s capital or how to write their name, but more important skills such as math and reading. For preschoolers, especially, these are the skills they need to keep building for the following school year.


 

 

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