4 Books That Reinforce the Concepts of Good Behavior for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/3/16 10:54 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Behavior, Reading

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Are you looking to discuss appropriate behavior with your early learner in a way that is fun and interactive? Here are four books that introduce and reinforce the concepts of good behavior for early learners (without being boring or scary!).

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5 Must-Have Multicultural and Diversity Books for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/15/16 9:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Reading

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Are you looking to introduce your early learner, baby through PreK, to literature that discusses the diversity of people here and abroad? Check out these five (it was so hard to choose!) wonderful books concerning multiculturalism and acceptance of differences.

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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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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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6 Reasons Your Child Should Garden

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/21/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Outdoor Activities, Learning, STREAM, Seasons

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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. But did you know that gardening can help early learners develop key skills and knowledge about nature and introduce them to the biological branches of the STEM field?

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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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5 Ways to Introduce the Value of Money to Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/8/16 10:55 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Development, STREAM

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In my work with early learners to college students, I consistently find a knowledge gap with students—money. Although students in pre-kindergarten (and even some three-year-olds!) and older can identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, many struggle with the concept of money in the abstract.

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6 Reasons to Embrace Outdoor and Nature-Based Education

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/7/16 10:55 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Outdoor Activities, Learning

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In a world of ever-increased standardized testing, several early education professionals have come forward in favor of “outdoor-ification.” In other words, they believe that the indoor classroom limits the creativity and learning of students, particularly early learners. See below for six positive reasons to bring early learners outdoors!

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5 Indications Your Early Learner May Need Extra Help

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/1/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Behavior, Education

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Serving as a director for a tutoring center, I often found bewildered parents in my office wondering how their child could be struggling all of a sudden. This was especially true for early learners leaving voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) and entering kindergarten. I once spoke with parents whose child's teacher had just told them that if she doesn't pass the next benchmark assessment, they may want to consider waiting to enroll her in kindergarten.

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6 Dos and Don'ts to Encourage Good Attitudes for Math, Reading, and Writing with Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/19/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Behavior, STREAM

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In my career I've worked with countless students, Pre-K through adult, who are led to believe that they’ll never understand or be skilled at math because they like reading better, or vice versa. In a world of standardized testing, it’s easy to see how students can come to feel this way.

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The Impact of Early Education

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/6/16 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Donations, Learning, Development, Community

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It is an unfortunate truth in our society that some children live in poverty, even some right here in Southwest Florida. And while the effects of growing up in a household that lives below the poverty line can be devastating, these children are not destined for a less of fortunate future. There are actually ways to counteract their poverty, one of which is early education.
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7 Important Reasons Why Your Child Should Attend VPK

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/5/16 10:55 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Development, Education

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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!

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6 (More) Ways to Promote School Readiness at Home!

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/30/15 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Development

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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.

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4 Ideas for Introducing Nutritional Concepts to Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/4/15 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Health & Nutrition

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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.

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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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5 Ways to Determine if Your Child's Learning Center is Hands-On

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/27/15 10:56 PM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Development

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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.

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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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5 Tips for Your Preschooler’s First Day of School

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/5/15 1:27 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Teachers, First Day Of School, Learning, Development

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Whether you dread it or love it, it’s that time of year again- back to school! But if your little one is starting preschool, it’s not “back”, it’s “starting”. Most children feel a mixture of excited, nervous and a little scared on the first day of school because of all the big changes.

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17 Best Learning Books for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/16/15 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Education, Reading, STREAM

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Just because your child isn’t reading yet doesn’t mean he or she can’t gain a wealth of information from books! So put on their pajamas, cuddle up, and settle into a good book. Preschool and Kindergarten aged children are ready to be introduced to the world of reading through any classical, modern, funny, moral, and colorfully illustrated books you can provide for them. Below are some of our favorites:

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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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7 Important Reasons Your Child Should Attend An Early Learning Center

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/13/15 3:42 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Child Care, Learning, Development

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You're a busy parent. You might have one maybe even two jobs, attending classes to further your education, or other responsibilities that require you to find child care. While daycare is what most parents are familiar with, a quality early learning center is the best option for parents and their children.

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5 Reasons Why Play is Vital To Learning

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/24/15 4:16 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Play, Development

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Playing house, playing store, games on the playground, and pretend phone calls, what do all of these scenarios have in common? They are acts of play that are also learning opportunities. It's easy to think that playing isn't learning and vice versa. To the eye, it may seem like a silly game, but in reality all of these games can have targeted objectives.

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