Daydreams are Powerful!

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“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.” Albert Einstein

Daydreams are powerful. Research has shown that being interrupted by TUIT (Task Unrelated Imagery or Thought) can propel us into greater productivity as it refreshes our minds.

In the midst of daily tasks, letting your mind wander may actually generate a creative advantage!

Children are, as usual, the experts who demonstrate the power of daydreaming. In a 2015 study on Cognitive Development by RachelMagida, Mark Sheskin, and Laura Shulz, they found that “in the absence of any fact of the matter (i.e., when neither prior knowledge nor statistical data distinguishes competing hypotheses), 4–6-year-olds (mean: 63 months) systematically converge on solutions to problems, consistent with an ability to imagine the abstract properties of causal problems and their solutions.”*

To imagine cause and effect based on no evidence displays incredible brain power. Want to strengthen your brain power? Take “Cloud Time” every day to intentionally unplug, disassociate, and walk away from tasks and let your mind float. You may just be amazed at where you land!


*http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885201414000744

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Why Does it Matter if Childcare Facilities are Licensed?

When looking for the best childcare facility or school for your young child, you have many options, including in-home daycare, nannies, or licensed schools. Here’s some info from one of our Creative World Experts, Quality Support Coach Jennifer Nizer, M.Ed, on why licensing matters!


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Most families will go to the ends of the earth to find where they feel is the best place to leave their child while they go work.  The first question I would ask any early childhood provider is if they have a license.  A license matters because it assures the parent that there was someone that came into that early childhood program and inspected the facility.  The inspector is someone from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) that is trained to look at the health and safety of the program such as making sure the playground is safe, teachers are using proper procedures when disinfecting diaper changing tables, tables and chairs, and also checks the kitchen to be sure it is clean and prepared for food service.   A license ensures that there are other sets of eyes on the early childhood program to be sure that they are being held accountable for the care, education and love that they are providing to the children and families.  It also shows that the program is open to having inspectors and families come into the building at any time…our door is always open.

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Q: How can you tell if a childcare facility is licensed?

Each early childhood program should have their license posted in a conspicuous place when you enter the doors.  You can also call DCF prior to visiting any program and they will tell you if the place you are planning to visit has a license on record.

Q: Are all Creative World Schools licensed?

Absolutely!  Here at Creative World, we want to assure families that we provide the highest quality environment for each and every child that walks through our doors.  One of the many ways we do that is by being licensed.  We want families to know that we go through a process which assures them that they have chosen the right place for their family.

three children drawingIn addition to being licensed, Creative World strives to be the best of the best.  We want to WOW each family and each child that walks through the door.  We do that by adding an extra layer of assurance to be sure we have a high quality environment and exceptional programming.

At CW, we have Quality Support Coaches that complete quality inspections twice a year.  This inspection focuses on the all areas of the program including the office, the facility and the classrooms.  Fortunately, CW schools are all accredited which assures lower teacher-child ratios, increased teacher training hours annually and advanced teacher qualifications.  Three girls dramatic play

Q: What’s the best thing about choosing a childcare facility that’s licensed?

The best thing about choosing a licensed program is that families can be sure that additional eyes are on the program watching that children are in a healthy and safe environment.


Jennifer Nizer, M.Ed, loves contributing to excellence at Creative World Schools by offering Regional Coaching and Support to schools in Florida.

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Win a Free Week of Preschool in New Tampa!

Creative World School Crosscreek in New Tampa is having a great summer! We are going to continue our exciting learning all year long… get in touch with us today to tour and enroll for the fall! We are accepting students of all ages. Tour in the month of August and be automatically entered to win a week of free preschool.


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Give us a call (813) 991-5151, visit us online,  or email us (Crosscreek@creativeworldschool.com) to Schedule Your Tour Today!!!

LIKE us on Facebook to see more of our exciting Inquiry activities.


Our JumpStart, LaunchPad, and CampTastic programs have been full of FUNderful learning and growth. Here are some of the wild, wacky, and wonderful ways we’ve been learning…

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Football star Bobby Rainey came and taught us Football FUNdamentals!

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Schoolers moved and grooved in their Let’s Move theme, full of Group Games, Wild Challenges, and Dance Parties!

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Our Preschool and PreK students explored Buggin’ Out and Bugtopia by investigating, hunting, and even eating insects!

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We love to learn through play as we get soaked on the slip’n’slide!

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Our two year olds had a blast getting up close and personal with bug-themed sensory experiences!

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CampTastic hit the road with field trips every week. We had a great time at the Tampa Aquarium!

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Buzzing About… Our Buggin’ Out Inquiry!

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Yellow and Black Bee Paintings at CWS Aurora!

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Sensory Play… what do Bugs and Bug Habitats Feel Like? At CWS Cross Creek!

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We are watching butterflies transform from chrysalis into a butterfly at CWS Rivercrest!

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Bug Hunts can be sooo much fun… where do we see bugs every day? At CWS Noland

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Dramatic Play at CWS Noland means pretending to be Queen Bee or Worker Bees… what roles do bees play in the hive?

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We love launching each month’s Inquiry with a field study. At CWS Aurora, we heard from an Entomology Expert all about the exciting world of insects!

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Getting up close and personal with a beetle at CWS Cross Creek!

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We are using our fine motor skills to investigate and weave Spider Webs at CWS Rivercrest!

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Building webs and nests… did you know that spider build both?

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Using table toys to make giant worms at CWS Fishhawk!

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STEM v. STEAM: Why the Arts Matter!

iSteam_LogoLetter_AScience, Technology, Engineering, and Math (aka STEM) are highlighted throughout the world of education right now. Studies have shown that learning in these domains are the foundation for long-term learning and success. At Creative World School, we go beyond STEM and practice STEAM learning, which is fueled by our Inquiry Process. Our curriculum is built to fuel children’s curiosity and facilitate their learning by allowing them to ask questions and explore the world.

So, you may wonder, in light of school funding cutbacks and many education institutions eliminating Art programs: does the “A”  matter?


The University of Florida’s research shows that “Training in the arts has been shown to improve creativity and innovation. Students learn to approach issues with a critical mind and a positive attitude towards problem solving. Exposure to the arts enhances communication skills, which are essential tools for collaboration. It develops flexibility and adaptability.”*


stem v steamWant to know more? Click here to enlarge the University of Florida’s STEM v STEAM Infographic and learn more about the power of STEAM!

Want your early learner to STEAM ahead in their education? Click here to find a Creative World School near you!

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*http://education.arts.ufl.edu/resources/stem-vs-steam-girl/

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Summer Safety: Teaching Your Toddler to Swim!

With the right safety precautions in place, toddlers can learn to love water play!

“Children need to learn to swim,” says Dr. Jeffrey Weiss, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

While no method ever eliminates the dangers of water entirely, introducing your toddler to pools with four-sided gates and under constant supervision can be a great way to enhance their motor skills and cool off in the summer months!

Ttoddler pool 2he American Red Cross provides a Parent and Child Aquatic Class for children ages 6 months-3 years that introduces children to elementary swimming skills in two stages:

  • In Level 1, children learn basic skills through fun activities, such as blowing bubbles and playing with water toys.
  • In Level 2 parents work with their children to practice floating, kicking and swimming back to the side of the pool. (for more information or to find a class, click here.

Some general tips for working with your toddler on swimming skills at home are as follow:

  • Don’t wear sunglasses: your child needs to see your eyes and connect with you to assuage any fear or anxiety at being in the water.
  • Play on the steps! With your child in a life jacket, play on the pool steps and practice going up and down until your child is comfortable.
  • Blow bubbles! Show your child
    bubbleshow to lean their face into the water and blow bubbles. If this frightens your child, wait until your they are ready.
  • Use a toy that sinks and let your child practice dropping and retrieving it from the steps.
  • Never submerge your child’s head in the water, allow your child in or near water alone, or force your child to advance in a swimming skill that clearly frightens them. Follow their cues for when they are ready!

Keep in mind that all of your child’s swimming skills should come at their own pace! Always follow Red Cross and AAP guidelines for water safety and have a blast!


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Save It For a Rainy Day: How to Keep Your Children Happy When You’re Stuck Indoors!

We’re well into the lazy, hazy days of summer!Rainy-Day-To-do-list

Use some of these boredom-busters to assemble a Rainy Day To Do List so you are sure to have adventures and fun all summer long… even when it’s not so sunny out!

1. Read All About It

  • Pick a book and put on a play! Choose characters, design costumes and a set, draw tickets, write out the script, and video your production.
  • Create alternate endings to your favorite stories and write them down together.
  • Play Mad Libs by subbing in different nouns, verbs, and adjectives in a simple story book. What wacky combinations can you come up with?

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2. Make it Musical

  • Create your own instruments with cardboard tubes and boxes!
  • Play freeze dance or just have a dance party.
  • Create a music wall indoors or outdoors using found objects and recyclables. What in your house make fun or different noises? Use zip ties or yarn to secure the objects and cardboard tubes or plastic utensils for a percussive jam session.

pillow fort3. Work it Out

  • Build a pillow and blanket fort and have a tea party or play shadow puppets.
  • Create an indoor obstacle course: use masking tape on the floor to mark the course, roll up towels to jump over or balance on, and use string to create a “web” the children have to climb through. Let them help set up and clean up!

What are your great Rainy Day ideas? Share them with us on facebook!

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Summer Fun: Teaching Your Infant Water Safety and Swimming!

Splish Splash… we love the water!

Getting soaked is part of the fun of summer! And water safety is a high priority no matter where you live or how often you are near a pool. Here are some ways to ensure that your young child has safe, fun summers in or out of the water!

So, how do I know when my child is able to swim?

According to the National Aquatic Summit,

“In infant-toddler terms, swimming to us it is the ability to move through the water, harmoniously on their own accord. Initially, for very short distances. In the younger stages, the primary mode of propulsion is kicking. For those families who continue to practice, their child will eventually be able jump in, turn around and swim back to the side.”

Infants

Infant Self Rescue has been popularized for its efficiency and effectiveness. Infants are taught by various methods how to roll over and float on their backs should they ever fall into water. The benefit of this method is that it is effective. The downside is that it is often costly and can be scary for new parents as the infant may swallow water or struggle as they learn to swim.baby swim 2

“…at minimum, your child will learn to roll onto his or her back to float, rest, and breathe, and to maintain this position until help arrives.” Find class locations and resources here.

Alternatively, parents preferring to self-teach can employ the following guidelines for Infant Swim Readiness:

Experts recommend practicing with a 6-12 month old at least four times a week for optimal Swim Readiness.

The skills to begin acclimating your infant to are as follow:

  • Lying on their back as you hold them in the water. Do not force this position but try it for as long as the baby is relaxed and immediately transition to an upright state when they begin to struggle. Attempt to extend the amount of time they lie in a relaxed state as you support them.
  • Increase the depth of water “submersions.” In other words, increase your infant’s comfort by being in inch or two of water, then three to four inches, etc. Of course, children must always be supervised when in any amount of water. Make baby bath time fun with bubbles or by gently pouring water on your child’s torso and arms. Never submerge your baby’s head in water.
  • Utilize AAP approved flotation devices for supervised swim time in the pool! Keep in mind that baby’s body temperatures are very fragile and should not be exposed to cool water for more than 10-15 minutes at a time.

In addition to keeping your baby safe and preparing them to enjoy water fun, studies have shown that children’s development is aided by the practice of swimming:

Studies conducted at baby swimNorwegian University of Science and Technology with Dr. Hermundur Sigmundsson and his colleagues found baby swimmers developed better balance, movement and grasping techniques than non-swimmers. This difference persisted even when the children were five years old; the baby swimmers still outperformed their peers in these skills.*

So, practice safety and have some fun in the sun this summer!


*Sigmundsson H., Hopkins B. “Baby Swimming Exploring the Effects of Early Intervention on Subsequent Motor Abilities.” Child: Care, Health and Development, Science Daily 210, 36 (3): 428 DOL:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2009.00990.x. May 7, 2010.

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Literacy Zone: Worth a Thousand Words

There’s a reason that a child’s earliest exposure to books is full of bright, colorful, textural pictures. As your early learner progresses from  board books to more advanced books, it is important to remember that many components of communication contribute to strong literacy experiences.

In addition to alphabetic knowledge, we know that environmental print and oral literacy are vital to your young one’s ability to communicate. As three and four year olds are read to every day, a great way to promote and facilitate their literary growth is to empower them to tell their own stories!

We are loving the resurgence of wordless picture books aimed toward preschool learners. Just last year, several American Library Association Caldecott Notable Mentions (awarded 2015, ALA Awards) included these wordless books! The next time you’re at the library, pick up a couple of these new or older titles and see if your child will be able to tell you the story… or create their own!


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Draw by Raúl Colon

“A boy named Leonardo begins to imagine and then draw a world afar—first a rhinoceros, and then he meets some monkeys, and he always has a friendly elephant at his side. Soon he finds himself in the jungle and carried away by the sheer power of his imagination, seeing the world through his own eyes and making friends along the way.”


The Farmer and The Clown by Marla Frazee

“A baby clown is separated from his family when he accidentally bounces off their circus train and lands in afarmer lonely farmer’s vast, empty field. The farmer reluctantly rescues the little clown, and over the course of one day together, the two of them make some surprising discoveries about themselves—and about life!”


flotsamFlotsam by David Weisner

“A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam – anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there’s no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share …and to keep”


Truck by Donald Crewstruck

“In this wordless picture book, a large, bright red trailer truck packed with tricycles moves through pages of fog, truck stops, and crowded highways.”


Yyou can't take a balloonou Can’t Take a Balloon Into the Metropolitan Museum  by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman

“While she’s in the Metropolitan Museum with her grandmother, a little girl leaves her prized yellow balloon tied to a railing outside. But its string becomes untied, and the balloon embarks on an uproarious journey through New York City. With an ever-increasing cast of wacky urban characters in tow, it soars past a host of landmarks. Eighteen famous paintings and sculptures are reproduced in this delightful, wordless book that explores the magical relationship between art and life.”


chalkChalk by  Bill Thomson

“With eye-catching, realistic illustrations, clever details, and some dramatic suspense, this wordless picture book offers a fresh take on the drawings-come-to-life theme. One rainy day, three raincoat-clad children head to the playground and find a bag of chalk. When one girl draws a sun, something amazing happens: clouds break and a sunny blue sky appears. The second kid draws butterflies, which also appear. But when a boy draws a dinosaur, things get almost too exciting. Luckily, a solution is close at hand.”


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Introducing New Owners: Ella and Derek Rusnak!

We already introduced Ewa and Ziggy Frackiewicz… we are excited to introduce the other half of the Creative World School Cypress Owner Team: Ella and Derek Rusnak!

Here’s a bit of their story…

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        My name is Ella and my husband Derek.  We both were born in Poland. We came to the USA as very young but independent teenagers to live the American Dream.

Derek joined the Navy and was a Plain Captain for A6 Intruders on USS Ranger in the first Iraqi war Desert Storm. After his service we met in Orlando where we grew our service and Real Estate businesses.

We have been living on the East Side of Orlando since 1995, and we have seen all the neighborhoods grow over the years. We have lived in the Cypress Spring Subdivision for few years. We’ve met a lot of great people there, and we still go back to our old street to chat with our friends and neighbors. Our lives are very active and always filled with exciting moments. We love boating, fishing, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

We are active in our small Polish community where we met our friends Ewa and Ziggy. We became great friends and decided to share our love for children by opening a Creative World School. Being raised in a teacher’s home has helped us to understand that teaching and molding children from the very beginning is very important in helping them to develop successful lives.

As an immigrant family, we can say it is not easy to accomplish your dreams, but it is possible, by working hard and having a loving and supporting family and friends.

Follow the construction progress and get news and updates on facebook: CWS Cypress Springs!

Interested in joining our family by opening a franchise? Get more info: CWS Franchising.

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