Spring Festival 2017, April 15 9-11

The Children's Education Center of the Islands will host their 23rd Spring Festival on Saturday, April 15, 2017.  It will be held at the Sanibel City Park, next to the Playground on Periwinkle Way, from 9:00 to 11:00 and all families are invited to celebrate with us.  The festivities will begin at 9:00 sharp with a free Easter egg hunt for children of all ages.

The games, contests and crafts will begin immediately after and will continue until 11:00.  A $10 armband will allow each child unlimited fun to participate in all activities.  The festival fun will include pony and unicorn rides, a bounce house, giant slide, face painting, and many other crafts and games.  Best of all, the Easter Bunny will be available at 10:15 for pictures!  The festival will also include a silent auction with written bid sheets from over 60 baskets to choose from!

The Children's Education Center of the Islands is a non-profit school run by a parent board.  The school relies heavily on the support of the community.  Proceeds from the Spring Festival will benefit the Education Center's scholarship fund and capital improvements.   All residents and visitors are welcome to attend! 

Flamingo Frenzy Hits the Islands

Several flocks of flamingos have been spotted in people's yards around the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. While these beautiful, pink flamingos may seem harmless, they are actually very territorial and capable of creating great conversation, laughter and even in some cases, good hearted revenge! In case you did not know, unless they are placed on someone else's lawn, they will roost on your property for a very long time! Removal of the flock of pink, plastic flamingos should be attempted only by trained professionals. The Children's Education Center of the Islands has specially trained Removal Technicians that you can call and who will remove the flock without harming them, for a small donation. 

If you would like to a flock a friend and support the Children's Education Center, please call the Flocking Hotline at 472-4538 and they will happily send GPS locations of your friend's address to the head flamingo in charge.

2016 Cardboard Challenge!

What is the Global Cardboard Challenge? Inspired by the short film, “Caine’s Arcade,” the Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. The Global Cardboard Challenge is an opportunity for kids to build whatever they can dream up out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination! 

We put on the Global Cardboard Challenge because it is:: • engages children in creative play • fosters creativity, ingenuity, resourcefulness, perseverance and teamwork • gives children an opportunity to explore their interests and passions, and make things that have an impact on others • provides a platform for communities to actively foster and celebrate child creativity • increases global happiness and makes for a happier, more playful world. • is FUN! The Cardboard Challenge has also been used by parents and teachers to teach a wide variety of skills and subjects. Through the Cardboard Challenge, children have learned math, engineering and other STEM related concepts, writing, design thinking, creative problem solving, sustainability, social entrepreneurship and more. The Challenge is a great way to kick off the school year and get kids excited about learning. 

This is what "readiness" really looks like!

When Children Leave Preschool to Enter Kindergarten They Can...

  1. Participate as a member of an interdependent community
  2. Care for themselves, other and the community
  3. Treat others with love and compassion
  4. Cooperate with other children to accomplish group goals
  5. Celebrate group accomplishments
  6. Laugh and play with a tangible sense of joy
  7. Express their emotions with both language and art
  8. Be inquisitive
  9. Initiate new ideas and invent solutions to problems
  10. Stick with difficult tasks or come back to them later, in order to succeed
  11. Run, jump, tumble, and hit/kick/throw a ball
  12. Sing and dance with exuberance and without self-consciousness
  13. Paint, draw, sculpt and construct objects of beauty
  14. Maintain the community's special spaces in cleanliness and order
  15. Greet guests with courtesy and charm

Thanks to Tom Drummond of North Seattle Community College for this excellent list!