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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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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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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17 Best Learning Books for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/16/15 12:40 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child care, Learning, book, children

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17 Best Learning Books for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

Just because your child isn’t reading yet doesn’t mean he or she can’t gain a wealth of information from books! So put on their pajamas, cuddle up, and settle into a good book. Preschool and Kindergarten aged children are ready to be introduced to the world of reading through any classical, modern, funny, moral, and colorfully illustrated books you can provide for them. Below are some of our favorites:

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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: How Dr. Seuss can help your early reader

Did you know that Read Across America week is celebrated in the month of March? This yearly reading initiative also includes the observance of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2. Most of us grew up reading these wacky tales and have at least a few Dr. Seuss books in our own home for our little ones to read. Parents know how much fun these books are but many don’t realize how valuable they can be when teaching your child to read. So, what makes a Dr. Seuss book such a great choice for early readers?


 

 

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