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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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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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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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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5 Tips for Your Preschooler’s First Day of School

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/5/15 1:27 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Teachers, first day of school, Learning, development

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5 Tips for Your Preschooler’s First Day of School

Whether you dread it or love it, it’s that time of year again- back to school! But if your little one is starting preschool, it’s not “back”, it’s “starting”. Most children feel a mixture of excited, nervous and a little scared on the first day of school because of all the big changes. New teachers, new friends, and a new routine can be a lot for a child to handle. Luckily, these "new" worries only stick around for a little while. Let's find out how to make starting preschool as pleasant as possible, for both of you. Make sure your child:

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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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