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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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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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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5 Benefits and Rewards of Donating to Early Learning Centers

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/19/15 10:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child care, volunteering, Donations, Community

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5 Benefits and Rewards of Donating to Early Learning Centers

You work hard for your money and when you save up some extra, it can be exciting to look through your options. Should we go on a lavish vacation? How about some new designer clothes? Or, you could donate the money to a good cause and benefit yourself- as well as others in the community. There is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for a job well done, but what would happen if you aided some local children instead? While the concept that giving to others can make you feel good about yourself is not exactly new, there are several more subtle ways that giving your money for a cause you care about can benefit your psychological, spiritual and emotional well-being.

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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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