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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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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Outdoor play in preschool: why it matters

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/27/17 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Play, Early Learning

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Playing outdoors is the best place for your preschooler to practice and master emerging physical skills. The outdoors can help children freely and fully experience motor skills such as running, jumping and leaping. Set up an obstacle course with old tires, large appliance boxes, and tree stumps. Moving through it will teach important concepts like over, under, through and around.

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Florida SouthWestern State College hosted Pop-Up Adventure Play on Nov. 4

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/17 12:16 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Community, CCSWFL News, Events

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Florida SouthWestern State College’s School of Education hosted a Pop-Up Adventure Play from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The event was free and open to children of all ages. Pop-Up Adventure Play events encourage children to use their imaginations and utilize everyday materials such cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes and art materials.

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Fun, Family Activities For Fall

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/1/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Play, Family, Seasons

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If your anything like me, you have been patiently waiting for the changing of the seasons. Well it seems as if it is finally beginning to feel like fall here in Southwest Florida. The snowbirds are arriving and the temperature is beginning to drop. As the summer heat begins to fade, it becomes time to take advantage of this fall weather with some exciting activities that the whole family can enjoy.

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Florida SouthWestern State College Hosts Pop-Up Adventure Play

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/24/17 9:03 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Community, CCSWFL News, Events

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Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) School of Education will hold a Pop-Up Adventure Play from 1-4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Practice Field (across from the Lockmiller Child Care Center) Thomas Edison Campus, Fort Myers. Pop-up Adventure Play is free and open to children of all ages.

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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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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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Finding a Safe Haven for Children

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/30/17 1:00 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Children, Development

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It's no doubt that our children are growing up in a fast-paced world. Technology is a great connector, but it can also demand that we be instantly available to each other, no matter what.

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Follow-Up Activities to International Mud Day

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/18/16 10:16 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Outdoor Activities, CCSWFL News, STREAM

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Did you miss International Mud Day?—or did you enjoy the benefits of International Mud Day and want to recreate it at home? Here are four activities to try in your own backyard—from least messy to messiest!

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Child Care of Southwest Florida Celebrates International Mud Day

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/13/16 11:22 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Outdoor Activities, CCSWFL News, STREAM

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On June 29th, 2016 the many centers associated with Child Care of Southwest Florida participated in International Mud Day! This fun and amazing day creates an environment for early learners to arrive prepared in messy clothes and begin and end their days by playing in the mud any way they wish.

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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 Great Outdoor and Nature Activities for Kids this Summer in Southwest Florida

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/14/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Outdoor Activities, Seasons

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Looking for some fun outdoor activities this summer? Check out these five kid-tested and approved activities below to give your summer a jumpstart in fun:

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4 Risks of Outdoor Play and How to Minimize Them

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/17/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Outdoor Activities, Safety, Health & Nutrition

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A co-worker once told me a story about three children in his neighborhood playing with a venomous coral snake in a garage. The children were unsupervised, and were picking up the snake and shaking it. One child was poking it with a stick.

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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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