Joseph H. Messina Center kids pitch their own tent

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/1/17 9:00 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in outdoor activities, summer, children, play, development

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When you think back on your memories of summer camp, what stands out the most? Forging friendships? Canoeing? S’mores by a bonfire? While planning activities for summer camp, Joseph H. Messina Center employees were inspired by their personal camp experiences and decided to help the children pitch their own tent.

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5 Ways to Keep Early Learners Busy While YOU’RE Studying

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/11/16 9:34 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Teachers, outdoor activities, summer

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I’m fortunate enough to have a career where I work with non-traditional college students. These driven individuals often return to school after working for a number of years, and come back with a variety of experiences and perspectives, and also full families in tow!

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Follow-Up Activities to International Mud Day

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/18/16 10:16 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, outdoor activities, Learning, summer

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Did you miss International Mud Day?—or did you enjoy the benefits of International Mud Day and want to recreate it at home? Here are four activities to try in your own backyard—from least messy to messiest!

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Child Care of Southwest Florida Celebrates International Mud Day

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/13/16 11:22 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, summer

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On June 29th, the many centers associated with Child Care of Southwest Florida participated in International Mud Day! This fun and amazing day creates an environment for early learners to arrive prepared in messy clothes and begin and end their days by playing in the mud any way they wish.

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6 Reasons Your Child Should Garden

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/21/16 2:09 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, outdoor activities, summer

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With growing awareness of healthy eating and the value of fresh foods, more and more families and schools are choosing to grow their own gardens for extra food and extra beauty.

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5 Great Outdoor and Nature Activities for Kids this Summer in Southwest Florida

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/14/16 12:23 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, outdoor activities, summer

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Looking for some fun outdoor activities this summer? Check out these five kid-tested and approved activities below to give your summer a jumpstart in fun:

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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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