Creative World Core Values: Be the Difference!

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Creative World School Cares! At Creative World,

we were proud to support Breast Cancer Research last week with our

Pink Out Week events!

CWCares4At Creative World, we place a high value on community enrichment! We make it a foremost priority to instill a sense of love, philanthropy, and collaboration in all of our staff and students! Every year, our CW Cares program highlights engaging and important projects to give back to our community and give our students a passion for helping others.

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Get involved with our CW Cares Pink Out events this month by visiting us on facebook and

voting for your favorite Pink Out class pic!

The winner of the facebook contest will receive a financial donation for Breast Cancer Research from corporate.


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How We Wow: Core Values Part Two


If you’ve ever sat down with a three year old for any length of time, you know what curiosity is! They love asking an endless barrage of questions as the unlock dozens of brand new concepts every day. They are learning about language, relationships, scientific principles, and the nature of the world. It is our privilege to be their guides through this exciting world of fresh realities and possibilities! The best educators know that we have merely to facilitate the instinctive learning journey, nurturing curiosity in the fresh little minds we love!

To those of us for whom the world isn’t quite so new, we should ask ourselves sometimes: when was the last time we felt wonder?

When was the last time a sunrise or a smiling face or an act of grace broadened our minds and lifted our hearts? When was the last time we appreciated the marvel of the natural world? Every parent has certainly experienced a miracle in witnessing new life! Every teacher has experienced the miracle of a child’s growth! Do we seek to experience wondrous things?

Take time out today and ask a new question, plan a new adventure, and spend time on a child’s level to gain new perspective.Let’s take a page out of the book of our little ones and be on the lookout for curious, fresh, and wonderful things!

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Literacy Zone: Books About Trees!

Check out some of these books for your child to read while they are exploring leaves, trees, and animals that live among the trees this month:


Print the October Book List!

What books would you add to our list?

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How We WOW! Creative World Core Values

At Creative World Schools, we are all about bringing the WOW! Everyday we add value to the learning experience by embracing and embodying our Core Values! Read on to get a taste of what we’re all about and be inspired with fresh ideas of how these values can come to life.


It’s even in our name… we care about Creativity!

Creativity is more than an art process; it’s a lifestyle of imaginations, vision, and new horizons! Children are our teachers in this as they gaze at the world around them with fresh eyes. Whether with children or on our own, we can all benefit from a renewed passion to live creatively!

Here are some things you can do to shift your own perspective and practice creativity…

1. Literally change your perspective: re-arrange some furniture, put some new art on the wall (children’s paintings look awesome matted and framed!), take a break from a project and re-visit it after-hours when your environment is different.

2. Find a creative outlet! Do something creative (and not product-oriented) everyday! This can mean taking a nature walk, journaling, dancing, listening to new music, or finding new places!

Your child will be game to engage in a more creative lifestyle! Follow their lead on some ways to think outside the box everyday:

-Switch up your approach to food… cut your apples width-wise or dye your macaroni with beet juice! Visit the grocery store together and get adventurous with dragon fruit or artichokes. Show your child just how limitless and unique the world of food can be.

-Set up creative spaces: create pillow forts, project stars on the ceiling with paper cutouts and a flashlight, let your child plan an activity table and visit the craft store together, take the doors off of a cabinet and make a miniature house for toys.

-Talk wacky to each other! Infuse creativity into your child’s literacy journey by learning one silly word a day, reading Dr. Seuss and other rhyming books, and singing wacky songs (Pandora’s Caspar Babypants station is a great place to start!).

There are a million ways to allow creativity into your daily life! Have a blast today thinking outside the box!


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In The Trees!

Our focus this month will explore trees! Each classroom will have their own learning journey that is focused around their group interests. Their questions will serve as a guide to explore leaves, branches, animals, and habitats among the trees. The children will explore how trees adapt to the changing season and all of the resources they provide. We are excited to explore all that’s great ‘In The Trees!’


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Literacy Zone: Books About Me

Check out some of these Books About Me for your child to read while they are exploring how we are special:



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Letters & Numbers


This month in our Exploratorium we are exploring Letters & Numbers through exploration and investigation.

Try a great activity with your child at home using their favorite toys.

This activity featured on B-Inspired Mama was great inspiration and the concept can be applied to any type of toy your child favors at this time. You could try with letters, numbers, or  small word components – depending on their age or literacy level.


B-Inspired Mama used cars and a parking lot set up to engage her son in the activity.

Toy Box Literacy

To incorporate other toys, gather stickers or tags and label with letters or numbers. If you are using stuffed toys, you could label the toys and with the help of you child, build a house for their stuffed friends and let them decide where each toy ‘lives’. Label the spots with the corresponding letter or number and let them have fun matching when they go to bed or play throughout their day!



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That’s Me!


Our focus this month is “That’s Me!”  Everyone is special in their own way and children are just starting to understand this concept. Children will share information about themselves and find out how they fit in their world. They will explore what makes each child unique and special through activities that identify their physical traits, their likes and dislikes, and even how they got their name. We are proud to exclaim, “That’s Me!”

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10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids

We all know reading to our kids is a good thing—but are you familiar with the specific advantages your toddler or preschool-age child can receive by being exposed to the merits of reading? Below are some benefits that highlight the importance of reading to your child between the ages of two and five.

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  1. A stronger relationship with you. As your child grows older, he’ll be on the move—playing, running, and constantly exploring his environment. Snuggling up with a book lets the two of you slow down and recaptures that sweet, cuddly time you enjoyed when he was a baby. Instead of being seen as a chore or a task, reading will become a nurturing activity that will bring the two of you closer together.
  2. Academic excellence. One of the primary benefits of reading to toddlers and preschoolers is a higher aptitude for learning in general. Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education. After all, if a student struggles to put together words and sentences, how can he be expected to grasp the math, science, and social concepts he’ll be presented with when he begins elementary school?
  3. Basic speech skills. Throughout toddlerhood and preschool, your child is learning critical language and enunciation skills. By listening to you read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, your child is reinforcing the basic sounds that form language. “Pretend reading”—when a toddler pages through a book with squeals and jabbers of delight—is a very important pre-literacy activity. As a preschooler, your child will likely begin sounding out words on his own.
  4. The basics of how to read a book. Children aren’t born with an innate knowledge that text is read from left to right, or that the words on a page are separate from the images. Essential pre-reading skills like these are among the major benefits of early reading.
  5. Better communication skills. When you spend time reading to toddlers, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.
  6. Mastery of language. Early reading for toddlers has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language as they approach school age.
  7. More logical thinking skills. Another illustration of the importance of reading to children is their ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment. As your toddler or preschooler begins to relate the scenarios in books to what’s happening in his own world, he’ll become more excited about the stories you share.
  8. Acclimation to new experiences. As your child approaches a major developmental milestone or a potentially stressful experience, sharing a relevant story is a great way to help ease the transition. For instance, if your little one is nervous about starting preschool, reading a story dealing with this topic shows her that her anxiety is normal.
  9. Enhanced concentration and discipline. Toddlers may initially squirm and become distracted during story time, but eventually they’ll learn to stay put for the duration of the book. Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve your child well when she enters school.
  10. The knowledge that reading is fun! Early reading for toddlers helps them view books as an indulgence, not a chore. Kids who are exposed to reading are much more likely to choose books over video games, television, and other forms of entertainment as they grow older.


Books have the power to benefit toddlers and preschoolers in a myriad of ways. As a parent, reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare him with a foundation for academic excellence.


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Help Your Young Child Build Literacy

During the earliest years of life, the brain sets up for learning through the development of language. This foundation has been shown to be the bedrock of school learning and the roadblock to success for many students.

Language is a complex, multidimensional system that supports decoding and comprehension as children learn to read. The formal skills necessary to create mental models of text not only for reading but for following instructions, interpreting stories and content and other higher order skills depend upon language abilities that have been developing since birth.

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Daily Talk

Parents and caregivers teach children what words mean (“doggie”, “cup”, etc.), how to make new words (i.e. happy, happier, unhappy), how to put words together (i.e. “Ryan went to the corner store” rather than “Ryan went to the store corner”) and what combinations work best in different situations (“May I please have a toy” rather than “Give me that!”- also referred to as pragmatic skills).

Reading With Expression

It is important to read to children with expression from an early age. Six-month-old babies can enjoy picture books while they build vocabulary and language comprehension. Pre-school children, age 5, were studied by Mira and Schwanenflugel at the University of Georgia (2013), who found that the degree of expressiveness of the reader has an impact on how much of the story children are to able recall. This affects language processing so necessary for school success.

What You Can Do

Parents and early childhood educators can help young children build language skills with simple and fun activities that fit naturally into the day:

  1. Use parentese with very young children in the home and classroom
  2. Talk to children during daily events and activities to build vocabulary and language structure
  3. Play! Initiate and encourage active engagement with the environment
  4. Model reading with expression
  5. Read age-appropriate texts aloud on a regular basis
  6. Engage children in discussion and provide opportunities for problem solving
  7. Model turn-taking and discourse, essential pragmatic skills for social and academic success


July 30, 2013 by Beth Connelly, MS CCC-SLP;

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