Literacy Zone: Books About Construction

Check out some of these books for your child to read while they are exploring pets and animals this month: April Book List

 

What books would you add to our list?

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Week of the Young Child at Creative World: Social-Emotional Development

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There is a direct link between a child’s social-emotional development and their academic achievement. Research makes it clear that, while knowledge and skills are critical, a child’s long-term success is better projected by measuring their social skills. As children grow intellectually in a group environment, educational benchmarks are accompanied by emotional growth. In other words, working with a lab partner is just as important as the science experiment!

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At Creative World School, we encourage children to make decisions and play an active role in their classroom community. Recognizing and interpreting feelings is paramount to budding friendships. Open-ended play allows children to practice their emerging social skills. Children need collaborative opportunities to discern the impact their actions have on other people. Our teachers encourage relationship-building by helping children with the daily challenges of learning how to take turns, share, resolve conflict, and care for friends. Sometimes “heart work” can be hard work!

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Here’s how YOU can integrate nutrition & healthy routines into your family’s core foundation:

  • Host a family meal with parents and siblings.
  • Introduce your child to new foods often; it can take up to 15 tries before a child attempts a new food.
  • Provide child-sized dishes and serving ware.
  • Let your child select and serve their own food portions.
  • Ask questions and talk about the food you are eating.

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Week of the Young Child at Creative World: STEM Principles

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It is always exciting to see a child’s face light up when they have an “Aha” moment! Children are naturally curious about their world and make connections as they experiment and explore. STEM is a national focus to expand children’s opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The foundation of a great STEM education begins in early childhood when a child’s intellect is nurtured by rich, hands-on experiences.

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At Creative World School, we nurture curiosity and wonder with a challenging curriculum. Our inquiry-based instruction perfectly integrates the learning goals of STEM education: at Creative World, we are all about Science, Math, Technology, and Engineering. Young engineers build bridges with blocks and emerging scientists observe and track the growth of classroom plants. Instead of rote memorization, our emphasis on problem solving and experimentation encourages children to be thinkers. These topics are integrated into our explorations in a fun and seamless way that nurtures our students’ intellect. We are proud to be part of their “lightbulb moments” every day!

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Here’s how YOU can integrate critical thinking into your family’s core foundation:

  • Nurture what your child is passionate about and build on their interests.
  • Provide open-ended toys and tools: what can your child create with a box?
  • Rather than answering questions outright, investigate the answer together.
  • Reflect “why” questions back to your child.
  • Ask your child to express their opinion: what do they think?

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Week of the Young Child at Creative World: Nutrition

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Good nutrition and family-style meals are essential to the development of a healthy brain. Every parent wants their child to have a positive and healthy relationship with food, but the way we approach healthy eating is changing. The “clean plate club” may be a thing of the past as our nation fights an epidemic of childhood obesity. Research points to the importance of children selecting their own foods, adults modeling healthy eating habits, and providing diverse food choices as key factors influencing children’s eating habits.

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At Creative World School, we share “family style” meals in the classroom. Children participate in setting the table, food selection, portioning, and clean up. Sharing a meal and sitting together fosters table manners and gives children opportunities to see others trying new foods. Even the exposure of foods they do not select helps children to be open to trying new foods in the future. An encouraging, stress-free mealtime helps promote healthy eating. In addition to the nutritional benefits of these mealtimes, regular and routine meals provide an opportunity for children to grow socially and emotionally. We are proud to play an integral role in “feeding brains” as well as bodies!

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Here’s how YOU can integrate nutrition & healthy routines into your family’s core foundation:

  • Host a family meal with parents and siblings.
  • Introduce your child to new foods often; it can take up to 15 tries before a child attempts a new food.
  • Provide child-sized dishes and serving ware.
  • Let your child select and serve their own food portions.
  • Ask questions and talk about the food you are eating.

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Week of the Young Child at Creative World: Outdoor Play

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Who knew playing outside could make you smarter? Outdoor play is now seen as essential to the education puzzle, not just as something in-between or a “break from real learning”. Open spaces allow for opportunities that simply can’t happen indoors. Children can express themselves in new ways and experience the world through their senses. Research has shown that children who regularly play outdoors are more inclined to take social initiative, test the limits of their physicality, and observe their environment.

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At Creative World School, we learn and move outdoors as an integral part of our curriculum because we know how important playing outdoors is to the mental and physical development of our students. Research shows that whole-body movement is important for the developing brain. Our fun, educational playgrounds are equipped to engage children in gross motor movement and imaginative play. We also provide regular enrichment activities such as painting and water play that make our outdoor spaces exciting and engaging. Fun + movement outside = smart, active kids who love learning!

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Here’s how YOU can integrate the outdoors into your family’s core foundation:

  • Take it outside: have a picnic or read a story under a tree.
  • Play a game of tag, plant a garden.
  • Plan an outdoor family outing: visit a new park.
  • Take a walk: meander through the trees
  • Hunt for bugs, chase a butterfly.
  • Have fun and enjoy moving outdoors!

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Week of the Young Child at Creative World: Literacy

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Early Childhood Development Research has found a significant link between the number of words children hear and their emerging vocabulary. Children with talkative families tend to have larger, richer vocabularies and a higher intellect. Talkative parents are not defined as those who are initiating more interactions or having “purposeful” talks, but rather elaborating and responding to everyday moments. This everyday chit-chat has a lasting, powerful impact on their child’s overall language development.

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At Creative World School, we believe in the power of words and the magic of conversing with children! Our instruction focuses on small group learning to allow space for individual voices and collaborative moments with teachers and among peers. Singing, rhyming, and storytelling are everyday teaching practices that  have  the  power  to  deeply  impact  the success  of  our  students.  Listening and encouraging young voices to express their thoughts is the goal of our active and dynamic approach to learning.

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Here’s how YOU can integrate the power of words into your family’s core foundation:

  • Talk! Chat! …and talk some more!
  • Sing and listen to music together.
  • Make up silly rhymes and songs.
  • Read and discuss books.
  • Ask questions and be interested in what your child knows.
  • Tell stories and put on puppet shows.
  • Listen and encourage conversation.

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CW Spotlight: Creative World – Estero

We would like to shout out to our Creative World School in Estero, FL. Yesterday they hosted a reading of a book by a current parent, Dr. Jose Colon, a Sleep Medicine Specialist with the Lee Physician Group, and the proud dad of a White Tiger and a Manatee at the school!

The children, families, and staff were honored to attend the reading of his new book, “The Magic Ice Cream Palace,” which highlights good nighttime routine practices in a whimsical and engaging way. All of the classrooms were able to laugh and dream along to Dr. Colon’s colorful renderings in his new book. We love that he addresses skills like self-regulation and being present in an engaging and empowering way that young children can understand!

Thank you Dr. Colon for sharing this great book with our school!

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Week of the Young Child at Creative World: April 6-12

As you know, educating young children is our passion at Creative World School!

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Each year, we are honored to stand with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), to celebrate the Week of the Young Child. During the week of April 6-12, we will focus on national educational initiatives and highlight how our unique, research-based curriculum provides your child with the tools they will need for success. Each day next week we will focus on one of the Five Core Strategies, stay tuned!

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CW Educational Focus: Creativity

In addition to the CW Character Trait, we also select a CW Educational Focus inspirational topic as part of our social media outreach with families to provide a well balanced foundation.

This April, in conjunction with our monthly inquiry focus, Build It Up, we selected the trait Creativity.

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Cultivation and support of creativity is a very important element to encourage in growing children. With our month centered around building, design, and exploring materials, creativity is an integral to the exploration of buildings in fun, interesting lessons and activities that will be occurring in the schools throughout April.

We look forward to exploring this topic with you!

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Let’s Build It Up!

This month, our focus takes us on a building exploration! Each classroom has their own learning journey focused around their group interests. Their questions serve as a guide to investigate various jobs in the construction field and explore the tools used to design and build! The children will experience the building process and the different layers it takes to build the structures all around us!

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