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Play:

Fosters creativity and imagination. Encourages cognitive, emotional, and social skills. Cultivates initiative and independence. Promotes problem solving and decision making. Teaches emotional control. Furthers cooperation with others. Develops motor coordination and enhances physical health.

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Stages of Play

Throughout the year I am continually observing and noting how the children in care here are progressing through the various stages/milestones of child development. One area that I really focus in on is their style of play. My observations are guided by training and workshops where the work of sociologist Mildred Parten was discussed. Mildred…

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Value of Art

Proven benefits of children learning about and participating in art while they are young. Art stimulates both sides of the brain. Art promotes self esteem and allows for self-expression. Art encourages children to give more attention to the physical space that surrounds them. Art develops hand eye coordination, stimulating perception. Art teaches children to think…

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5-2-1-0 Let’s Go!

Dear Families, I believe that all children deserve the opportunity to be healthy and successful. Healthy eating and physical activity are crucial for proper development and improve concentration, memory and mood, helping children become better learners. In the past Country Fun Child Care has directly participated in Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 Goes to Child Care, a…

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TOILET INDEPENDENCE

Serving mixed ages, it’s seems like there is almost always a child involved in toilet training at Country Fun. First, we use a regular toilet adapted with a special lid/seat for developing “toilet independence” at Country Fun. I do not use a portable potty. I personally find learning “toilet independence” to be less stressful if…

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Play Is Learning! Especially for a Child

Learning at Country Fun Child Care is based on what I believe is the foundation of learning in young children – PLAY. Young children should be provided the opportunities to use their natural curiosity to explore their environment, as learning isn’t about repeating what another says. Learning requires one to engage and experiment to find out how things work and that…

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