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Four Ways to Promote Cognitive Development and Their Matching Activities

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/29/16 9:43 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Learning

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Ron Spreeuwenberg of Hi Mama (an early learning resource) states that there are four different groups of activities that promote cognitive development in early learners. Cognitive development, or brain development, in the preschool years is incredibly important for early learners as they proceed from grade to grade. See below for four categories of cognitive development and matching activities to try with your early learner.

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Registration opens for the inaugural Par-Tee for Tots

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/27/16 3:29 PM / by Carol Conway

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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 Websites with STEM Activities for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/28/16 10:35 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Learning

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Interested in introducing your early learner to play-based STEM activities? See below for six websites offering activities in math, science, and engineering (we’re saving tech for later!):

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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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6 Practices You Might Not Know about in Your Child's Early Learning Center

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/27/16 10:30 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care, Teachers

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A lot more than teaching and nurturing goes on at early learning centers. See below for six practices that you may not know about!

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4 Risks of Outdoor Play and How to Minimize Them

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/17/16 12:29 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child care

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A co-worker once told me a story about three children in his neighborhood playing with a venomous coral snake in a garage. The children were unsupervised, and were picking up the snake and shaking it. One child was poking it with a stick.

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5 Project-Based Learning Activities Utilized by Early Learning Centers

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/10/16 11:03 AM / by Claudia Auger

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Project-based learning, or learning activities that take place over extended periods of time, have generally been associated with middle school and high school courses. For instance, many high school science classes’ genetic units involve students breeding fruit flies for certain traits.

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