It's never too early to begin to consider a high-quality voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program (VPK) for your child. (Check your state guidelines for enrollment ages.) See below for seven important reasons why your child should attend VPK!
Early next year, readers will have the opportunity to hear from Child Care of Southwest Florida's youngest volunteer, Tillman (9-years-old), and her father, Bill. Tillman's involvement with the Joseph H. Messina Center got us thinking—what other ways can we help our children to become involved helping our communities, forge valuable community connections, and acquire great values along the way? See the list below for some great ideas for volunteering with your child:
Are you one of the thousands of households hosting a holiday party in December or January? If you are, chances are that some early learners (and older!) might be in attendance. See below for some play area ideas to keep busy hands occupied so that you can be the host or hostess with the mostest.
When I served as the director of a prekindergarten-12th grade tutoring center, I assessed incoming students to determine their ability levels. The assessment for early learners was the most intensive (and extensive!) because there are so many different categories on which to evaluate students for scholarly skills and classroom skills.
The holidays are rapidly approaching! For most of us, this means lots of family—either traveling or hosting. If it's the former, travel time can be incredibly stressful, especially for those with early learners. I polled a number of veteran traveler co-workers, friends, and family to find their best secrets and tips for traveling with (and entertaining!) early learners.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.