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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April Showers Bring May Flowers: The Benefits of Gardening With Your Children

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/27/18 8:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Learning

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We have all heard that being outside in the fresh air has all sorts of health benefits. We have also heard that planting flowers can be therapeutic. But did you know that gardening has amazing developmental benefits for children? Gardening offers wonderful opportunities for children to play, learn and grow!

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5 easy ways to incorporate math into your child’s day

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/16/18 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, STREAM

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Math is everywhere. Concepts such as counting, sorting and time are involved in pretty much everything we do. That’s great news for parents, because we have lots of opportunities to give our little ones a head start and get them comfortable with math at an early age.

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10 Important Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/28/18 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Reading

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In his years as a cartoonist and children’s writer, Dr. Seuss (whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel), created some of the world’s most famous books and illustrations, including Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax. But what really makes the work of Dr. Seuss noteworthy, are the valuable life lessons that can be found throughout his writing.

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How Dr. Seuss Can Help Your Early Reader

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/26/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Reading

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Did you know that Read Across America week is celebrated in the month of March? This yearly reading initiative also includes the observance of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2. Most of us grew up reading these wacky tales and have at least a few Dr. Seuss books in our own home for our little ones to read. Parents know how much fun these books are but many don’t realize how valuable they can be when teaching your child to read. So, what makes a Dr. Seuss book such a great choice for early readers?

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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/19/17 5:09 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Learning, Children, Play, Development, Seasons

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The old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” However, we Floridians know that the real rain starts in May and can last through October! Southwest Florida may be going through a bit of a drought at the moment, but rainy season is almost upon us.

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Vlog: Early Literacy

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/12/17 9:12 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Vlog, Reading

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What is "early literacy" and why is it important? Developing early literacy skills helps prepare young children for school. Children who are read to regularly and have been exposed to language at home start kindergarten prepared to learn to read and write.

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Practicing Mindfulness With Children

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/5/17 3:21 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Play, Behavior, Development

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Feeling stressed out or overworked lately? Is your child having trouble dealing with their emotions? Do you ever feel like having a full body tantrum on the floor like your toddler? 

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How Do Seeds Grow?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/20/17 9:49 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Development, STREAM

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It’s the first day of spring, so what better time to introduce children to the concept of how things grow? Check out this engaging, hands-on activity from Community Playthings that teaches kids how to observe the process of germination by planting seeds and watching them grow.

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The Power of Touch

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/13/17 1:31 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Development

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Physical touch can be a powerful thing. In her article The Surprising, Undeniable Power of Touch, Lydia Denwoth explains how the sense of touch is a key part in nurturing relationships between babies and their caregivers. Those first moments with your child—hopefully followed by years of hugs and cuddling—can help you build a strong bond. 

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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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The Latest on Screen Time

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/12/16 9:03 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Development

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From Exchange Everyday December 8, 2016

Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
-Elbert Hubbard in The Note Book

Recognizing the ubiquitous role of media in children’s lives, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released new policy recommendations and resources to help families maintain a healthy media diet.

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The Five Different Play Categories of Early Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/3/16 12:16 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Play, Development

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Did you know that there are five different play categories of early learning? These categories can be combined or practiced individually. Does your early learner encounter all of these categories each week? See below to find out!

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5 Ways Your Toddler’s Early Learning Center Facilitates Play Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/10/16 11:50 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Teachers, Learning, Play

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Is your toddler enrolled in an early learning program? See below for five ways that your child’s early learning teacher facilitates play-based learning for your child’s development.

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