5 Valentine’s Day Activities for Preschoolers

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/6/18 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Activities, Holidays & Celebrations

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This Valentine’s Day, get your preschoolers excited for arts, crafts and games with these fun holiday ideas!

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STEM, STEAM And Now STREAM: What Does All Of This Mean?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/3/18 11:41 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Development, Activities, STREAM

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You see these acronyms everywhere but what do they really mean? It seems like now-a-days educators are always talking about STEM, STEAM, STREAM and with good reason. The importance of STEM is to educate and prepare children in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Creative Expression Activities For Your Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/2/17 5:19 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Play, Development, Activities, STREAM

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Education doesn’t have to be constrained by traditional learning. Activities promoting creative expression are a great way to expand your child’s curiosity and cultivate their imagination. Encouraging children to communicate through movement, visuals and through sounds and words is an essential developmental tool that can make learning FUN for your child.

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Coloring Books Aren't Just For Kids

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/4/17 5:31 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Development, Activities

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This week, schools across the country celebrated National Coloring Book Day! Did you know that coloring books aren’t just good for children, but for adults as well? Some benefits of coloring books include experiencing feelings of relief by entering a meditative state, less negative thoughts, focusing on the present, and lower stress and anxiety levels.

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What are Small Group Activities and Why are they Important?

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/12/17 12:03 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in First Day Of School, Learning, Children, Development, Activities

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There are plenty of good reasons to send your child to preschool. Not only does preschool prepare children for kindergarten, but it’s also an opportunity to help promote social and emotional development. The preschool classroom environment is structured to help children make new friends, learn how to play and build relationships with others.

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Kids on the move

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/27/17 2:32 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Play, Development, Activities

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Transportation has been a natural interest of little minds for years. Children are enjoying learning about cars, trains, boats, planes, trucks, and other forms of transportation now more than ever. Here are a few transportation activities to captivate little minds:

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Are kids playing it TOO safe?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/24/17 2:21 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Play, Development, Activities

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When parents drop their children off at preschool or daycare, they should feel at ease knowing that they’re leaving their kids in a safe, supervised environment…but is it possible for schools to be too safe?

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Music and Movement

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/14/17 3:41 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Play, Development, Activities

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

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/11/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Activities, Family

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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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Four Ways to Promote Cognitive Development and Their Matching Activities

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/29/16 9:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Play, Development, Activities

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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.

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6 Websites with STEM Activities for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/28/16 9:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Development, Activities, STREAM

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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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5 Project-Based Learning Activities Utilized by Early Learning Centers

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/10/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Development, Activities, STREAM

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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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4 More Easy Science Experiments For Your Older Early Learner

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/3/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Activities, STREAM

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Here are four more easy experiments to try with your older early learner!

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4 Easy Science Activities For Your Older Early Learner

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/12/16 3:18 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Activities, STREAM

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Whew! There are some complicated science crafts out there! I quizzed my friends, co-workers, and relatives for the best and easiest science-related crafts that they do with their early learners.

 

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Using Playdough to Teach Your Preschooler Important Skills

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/16/16 9:03 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Play, Development, Activities

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When your preschooler is experimenting, they’re also learning. This is especially true when they’re playing with a easy-to-mold clay like Playdough. It stimulates their senses, as well as gives them an opportunity to use their imagination. Just one tube can provide endless hours of excitement for your budding learner, not to mention helping their hand-eye coordination, and general concentration.

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4 Must-Have Manipulatives for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/9/16 12:31 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Play, Development, Activities

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Manipulatives are objects used to assist learning and engage early learners in play-based and hands-on learning. They are used in classrooms from early learning all the way through high school to introduce and assist with different concepts. Some parents are unaware that they already have learning assistive manipulatives at home, while others may be looking to add to their collection of learning-based toys.

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Five Low-Maintenance Rainy Day Activities for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/28/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Play, Development, Activities, Seasons

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Have you and your early learner been stuck inside lately due to rain or snow? I surveyed my friends and colleagues to find out their screen-free, fun, and easy rainy day secrets!

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4 Activity Stations to Keep Early Learners (and Older!) Occupied During a Holiday Party

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/8/15 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Activities, Family, Holidays & Celebrations

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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.

 

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Tips for Traveling with Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/23/15 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Development, Activities, Family

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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.

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4 Tips for Introducing Chores to Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/16/15 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Behavior, Development, Activities, Family

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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.

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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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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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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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Letting Go of Screen Time

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/21/15 10:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Children, Play, Activities

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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!

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Topics for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/14/15 9:03 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Development, Activities

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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 4:49 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Play, Development, Activities

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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.

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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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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.

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