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July 31, 2018

5 Reasons Why A Career in Early Childhood Education is the #BestJobEver

Contributed by Lana Diaz, Recruitment Specialist  Working in early childhood education is a profession that offers perks that go beyond a paycheck. It’s a career that gives you the opportunity to make a difference in young lives. You know what they say — choose a job you love and you will never have to work Read More »

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July 25, 2018

The mess… is where the magic happens.

Contributed by Jennifer Horner, Director of Education Development With each easel paint drip to the floor, each sensory bin splatter, every rice table spill, and every toy bin tumble, most adults experience a sense of anxiousness.  Most of us in the moment are already creating our task list for clean-up. Meanwhile, the child’s experience has Read More »

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July 19, 2018

The Importance of Water Play

 contributed by: Alison Tweedie, Education Specialist What is your favorite summertime childhood memory? I asked this question during a professional development training recently. The majority of teachers responded with fond memories of playing in pools, jumping in puddles, running through sprinklers and floating on rivers and lakes. Most responses had something to do with water. Read More »

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July 3, 2018

Building a Brain

 contributed by Jennifer Horner, Doodle Bugs! Director of Education Development The impressions children collect from adults set the stage for the rest of their lives; every interaction actually helps to shape their brains. Socially, emotionally, and cognitively, the groundwork for how they will communicate, socialize, and problem solve is all being established at an incredible pace. Read More »

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July 3, 2018

Lather, Rinse, Repeat: The Power of Repetition

Contributed by Toni Berrafato, Program Evaluation Specialist As a musician there were many long, tireless nights of repeating the same exact 12-note phrase over and over again until it sounded absolutely perfect. The same sentiment is echoed in the way children explore their world. Mastery of a task cannot happen without repetition. Learning cannot happen without Read More »

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July 2, 2018

Meet Tierney Snyder: July Employee of the Month

We would be sad about how quickly June flew by, but we think July is kind-of THE BEST! Ah-hem… pool parties, popsicles, fireworks, Doodle Day Camp. And, speaking of the best… you need to know about Tierney Snyder. Miss Tierney is the Kitchen Manager at our Lakewood Ranch location and, quite frankly, we think she Read More »

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June 27, 2018

Oatmeal & Gardens: A Growing Fascination

by Alison Tweedie, Doodle Bugs! Education Specialist Children have an intense interest in growing. Their curiosity shows up early, often with a realization of “Hey, I’m growing!”  and a slightly skewed understanding of the process. My oldest son recently took a bite of his oatmeal and told me that oatmeal makes him grow bigger. He proceeded Read More »

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June 19, 2018

4 Ways to Reset & Recharge

by Toni Berrafato, Program Evaluation Specialist Just like being a parent of a young child, working in the field of early childhood education requires a lot of “giving” to others. You have to constantly, and consistently, be physically and emotionally available, to ensure that the little lives you’ve dedicated your life to nurturing have the best Read More »

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June 13, 2018

Building Community: The Art of Teaching Social Skills, Encouraging Independence, and Maintaining a Positive Environment

by Lauren Wierzbicki, Education Specialist What does “community” mean to you? Doodle Bugs! is a community. We welcome new children, new families, and new teachers with open arms. We work together and grow together as a team. Our early childhood learning environment strives to create and maintain a place where children, families, and teachers feel Read More »

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June 7, 2018

It’s more than just a spoon.

by Jennifer Horner, Doodle Bugs! Director of Education Development One of my favorite parts of my work is the exchange of perspective. When I “teach” other adults, it’s almost always through the approach of a “let’s talk about this topic and see how we can stretch each other through a conversation.” So as I observed a Read More »

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