Tips for Keeping your Child Learning all Summer Long

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/29/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Learning, Development

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It’s summer time and the living is easy! But that’s why most children tend to fall behind in their schooling for the upcoming year. This “summer slide” refers to the way children can forget what they have learned during the previous school year over their summer break. We’re not just talking about the little things like knowing their state’s capital or how to write their name, but more important skills such as math and reading.

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Tips on Teaching Children Good Sportsmanship

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/27/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Development, Family

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Parents and children alike love sports and it’s easy to get caught up in a game and become focused on winning. There is so much more to be gained from the sports experience than just winning. When children are involved in sports, they are able to learn and put into practice values that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

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Tips on Spending Quality Time With Your Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/29/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Development, Family

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Let’s face it – life is busy! Between work and life responsibilities, the days pass us by in the blink of an eye. Many parents worry that they don’t spend enough time with their children. Some parents even feel guilty about working full time, or choosing to work out at the gym or go to dinner with friends.
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Why Is Goal Setting Important For Children?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/16/18 12:18 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Behavior, Development

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Encouraging your child to set goals is important because not only can it improve their confidence and build their self-esteem, but it also helps them focus and make better decisions. Along with this, goal setting can be used to motivate your child by ensuring that they achieve smaller goals on a regular basis. With this in mind, teach your children the importance of goal setting and how to go about it.

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Tips on Teaching your Child to Share

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/5/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Behavior, Development, Family

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Learning to share can be a challenge for younger children especially with their exciting new toys after the holidays! Not only is sharing a skill they need for play and educational purposes throughout their childhood but it plays an important part in bonding with other children around them.

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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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Watch Me Grow - Observation Matters In Early Childhood

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/13/17 8:05 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Behavior, Development

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Early childhood education is as much about observing as it is about teaching. In this case we’re not talking about passively watching a child, either. Structured observation is a simple, active practice that that you can do.

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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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Teaching Manners To Young Children

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/24/17 5:13 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Behavior, Development

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With all the responsibilities you juggle on a daily basis, it can be hard to invest time in teaching your child to be polite outside of the standard “please” and “thank you.” But did you know that good manners are often the first step in teaching your child right from wrong?

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Preschool Changes Lives

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/16/17 2:56 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Development, CCSWFL News

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As a leading child care center and parent resource in the region, Child Care of Southwest Florida's CEO, Carol Conway, will be speaking at the upcoming fourth annual Business Building Symposium on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa. Click here for more information.

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Some life lessons from Dr. Seuss

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/7/17 3:03 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Development, Reading

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Wednesday is National Book Lovers Day! Dr. Seuss (whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel), created some of the world’s most famous children's books and illustrations, including such classics as Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Cat, and The Lorax.

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Why Preschool Is The Smart Choice For Your Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/6/17 10:31 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child Care, Learning, Children, Development

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90% of a child's brain growth occurs before they turn 5 years old, which means that more and more parents are choosing preschool for their children. Check out this infographic that helps explain why preschool is the smart choice for your child:

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How Pre-Reading Skills Can Help Prepare Your Child For Adulthood

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/5/17 1:57 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Development, Reading

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We all know that learning to read is important skill young children need to develop, but did you know that reading skills are directly correlated with success as an adult? Developing pre-reading skills improves your child’s phonological awareness, which is the ability to hear and manipulate sounds within spoken language.

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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 is STEM and Why is it Important?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/20/17 5:23 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Development, STREAM

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It seems like educators everywhere are talking about STEM, and with good reason. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, and research shows that STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers…but what is STEM, anyway?

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Vlog: The Philosophy of Play

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/11/17 7:00 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Play, Development, Vlog

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Ally Kulbeda, Teacher at the Children's Learning Center at FSW, explains her philosophy on play and how it helps infant development.

 

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Is Teasing the Same as Bullying?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/7/17 9:00 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Behavior, Development

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Every child deserves to go to school free of fear. However, bullying is an unfortunate reality of today’s world. While every good teacher strives to create a safe, accepting classroom environment, bullying can still happen anywhere at any time. Bullying is not limited by age, gender, or socioeconomic level: anyone can be a victim. 

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Children and Social Media

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/30/17 10:37 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Behavior, Development

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We live in a world where social media impacts everyone, including young children. As adults, it's up to us to set a good example and establish ground rules for our children when it comes to social media. So in honor of Social Media Day, here are some digital parenting tips to help you set limits that work for you and your family.

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Top 5 Tips on Preventing Bullying

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/28/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Behavior, Development

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Making threats, spreading rumors and attacking someone physically or verbally all count as aggressive behavior. When this behavior is repeated over time, it can turn into bullying. According to the National Association of School Psychologists, one in seven children is a bully or the target of a bully.

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Vlog: In VPK, Play Equals Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/16/17 4:46 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Play, Development, Vlog

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In our latest vlog, Jenna Thompson, VPK Teacher at the Children's Learning Center at FSW, explains why play-based learning is most appropriate for children and helps them in every aspect of their lives.

 

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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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Vlog: CCSWFL Invites you to "Come Grow With Us"

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/2/17 4:03 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Teachers, Learning, Development, Vlog, CCSWFL News

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At Child Care of Southwest Florida, we invite parents and children to come grow with us. We strive to create a safe place where the imagination is set free and the childhood spirit is celebrated.

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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, Play, Development, CCSWFL News

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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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The Hazards of Distracted Parenting

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/18/17 5:06 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Safety, Children, Development, Family

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Being the parent of a young child is a huge responsibility. Not only are you in charge of your little one’s everyday care, but you’re also given the monumental task of raising your child to become a decent, happy, healthy human being. Knowing that you are accountable for the happiness and well being of this little person can feel a little overwhelming at times.

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Vlog: The Importance of Play

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/11/17 10:32 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Play, Development, Vlog

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Research shows that children learn through play. Playing is a key part of healthy brain development as it encourages children to use their imagination while helping develop their physical, cognitive, and emotional skills. It is also an important part of how little ones discover and interact with the world around them.

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Why Won't My Child Sit Still?

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/10/17 6:38 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Behavior, Development

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Any parent knows that staying still can be difficult for young children, but the truth is that adults aren’t much different than kids when it comes to sitting quietly. Think about it: have your thoughts ever drifted off during a boring meeting? Have you ever found yourself struggling to stay awake during a lecture or training?

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Why Preschool is Definitely Worth It

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/3/17 5:52 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child Care, Learning, Development

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All parents want the best for their children. While there is no magic potion or formula that guarantees that their child will have a better life, research shows that early childhood education programs lead to success in school, the workplace, and beyond. Unfortunately, financial struggles can cause some parents to start considering whether or not preschool is really “worth it.”

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Week of the Young Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/27/17 4:24 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child Care, Children, Development

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It's the Week of the Young child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association. In honor of young children everywhere, we're asking you to post on social media using #WeekoftheYoungChild!

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Vlog: Using Your Words

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/25/17 8:59 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Development, Vlog

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When we ask children to "use their words," we are are encouraging them to use language and develop their communication skills. As adults, we have a responsibility to be patient and respond to a young child's attempts to communicate in a positive way, as this can have a big impact on their language development.

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Infographic: National Kindergarten Day

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/21/17 8:56 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in First Day Of School, Children, Development

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It's National Kindergarten Day! Celebrate by taking the time to say thank you to a kindergarten teacher today and share your kindergarten memories using #NationalKindergartenDay on social media.

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