Star Wars Book for Children

Many children enjoy this best selling picture book: Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, popular on Amazon for two years now. Of course the child who already has in interest in the Star Wars movies will probably be most interested in this science fiction book.

From the table of contents:

Who planned the Rebel assault on the first Death Star? Which surly alien lost an arm in a Mos Eisley cantina? The Star Wars galaxy is full of heroes, villains, aliens, creatures, and droids. All have played their part . . .

More than two hundred are included in this book, with only a few mentioned here:

  • Admiral Ozzel
  • Admiral Piett
  • Anakin Skywalker
  • Bantha
  • Battle Droid
  • Bultar Swan
  • C-3PO
  • Captain Antilles
  • Captain Typho
  • Chewbacca
  • Colo Claw Fish
  • Commander Bacara
  • Count Dooku
  • Crab Droid
  • Darth Maul
  • Darth Vader
  • Dwarf Spider Droid
  • General Grievous
  • General Veers
  • Han Solo
  • Imperial Droids
  • Imperial Red Guards
  • Jabba the Hutt
  • Jar Jar Binks
  • Jawa
  • Lando Calrissian
  • Luke Skywalker
  • Mace Windu
  • Naboo Guard
  • Nexu
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Palpatine
  • Pit Droid
  • Princess Leia
  • Queen Apailana
  • Qui-Gon Jinn
  • R2-D2
  • Rancor
  • Rebel Trooper
  • San Hill
  • Sandtrooper
  • Scout Trooper
  • Shmi Skywalker
  • Shock Trooper
  • Snowtrooper
  • Space slug
  • Yoda

And many more

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Two hundred plus characters included in this Star Wars picture book, including heroes, villains, and robots

Star Wars Character Encyclopedia – hardcover book

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Child Care in Long Beach

. . .  licensed family daycare home that has given over twenty years of loving secure care for children in Long Beach, California . . .

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Options for Child Care Around Lakewood, CA

The following are child care businesses in and around Lakewood, California:

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Tutor Time Child Care Learning Centers, 6504 East South Street, Lkwd

Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. — Programs for children between the ages of 6 weeks – 12 years. Cost not shown online.

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Wonderland Preschool, 10440 Artesia Blvd, Bellflower, CA

“We accept ALL subsidy programs including . . .”

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Smith Family Daycare, 5737 Canehill Avenue, Lakewood

Total Capacity: 14 Children (home)

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Mrs Shirley’s Child Care, 17727 Eric Avenue, Cerritos, 90703

[They might not have their own web page]

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Mimis Daycare, 11209 Agnes Street, Cerritos, CA

 [No obvious web site found]

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Little People Destined For Greatness Universal Preschool, 5327 Iroquois Avenue, Lkwd 90713

“. . . a Child-Care/Universal Preschool that ventures beyond the traditional child care services while maintaining its ability to deliver high-quality.” [near Candlewood and Palo Verde]

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Whitcomb Family Daycare, 4503 Walnut Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807

The principle providers have over sixty years of combined experience in child care — highly recommended by parents and referred to by Children’s Home Society of California — between Bixby Knolls (Long Beach) and Lakewood — full-time weekly rate is usually $150. Daily rate normally $35. Free piano lessons and free chess lessons. Call 562-427-6027.

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Child Care Options

Let’s begin with costs and look at some typical choices in Long Beach, California, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Child Care in Long Beach, California

Children often enjoy stories for their age group, with giant story-books a favorite in this Long Beach, California child care home. Sometimes an audio recording enhances the drama.

Cost of Child Care

. . . there are two kinds: full-time and part-time. Full-time usually means Monday-Friday and is normally $150-$160 per week, depending on child-age, and hours.

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Learning in Home Child Care

Intellectual development in preschool children—that’s a worthy subject. What methods are most effective in stimulating mental growth in small children? Several tools are available in the Whitcomb Family Daycare in Long Beach, California (in the Bixby Highlands neighborhood, which is east of Bixby Knolls).

Reading to Children

Many youngsters enjoy having a grownup read to them, but the books need to be mostly appropriate to the age of the children. For the youngest preschoolers, the toddlers, a book need not contain many words of text. Pictures are important.

In the fold-out book Where’s Spot, by Eric Hill, a typical page has about five words. The fun for little ones is in unfolding the pictures. A two-year old could be enthralled by that book.

Chess Lessons in Child Care

In the Whitcomb Family Daycare, children are given the opportunity to learn to play chess, or improve their abilities with the game. Those chess lessons are free of charge, for kids enrolled in this home child care.

It may seem surprising that a study has shown that one of the benefits of playing chess, for children, is improvement in social skills. How can such an intellectual game advance ones ability to communicate and interact with people? It probably comes from traditional playing of chess, from getting involved with one or more other persons who enjoy the game.

Free Piano Lessons in Long Beach

In the above-mentioned care-home in Southern California, piano lessons are provided free of charge. Learning to play a musical instrument can help a child develop deep-seated mental capacities that only a few other intellectual activities can duplicate.

Of course, the child needs to have the desire to learn music; it cannot be forced from the outside without a distinct possibility of a negative reaction. But when a youngster is willing and prepared to practice, learning to play the piano can be fun indeed.

Jigsaw Puzzles

Another activity can be mentally stimulated: solving jigsaw puzzles. We just need to remember that there are various levels of difficulty and children need the right puzzle to keep interested and not get discouraged.

Dinosaurs and pterosaurs appear when children solve this jigsaw puzzle in Long Beach, California, near western Lakewood

A dinosaur jigsaw puzzle solved by these three kids

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Books for Preschoolers

Here a care giver reads [the] book The  Luckiest Leprechaun to a preschooler  in this Long Beach, California, child  care home.

Chess for Children

In a study by the New York City Schools, it was found that “Chess dramatically improves a child’s ability to think rationally . . . increases cognitive skills . . . improves children’s communication skills . . .

Long Beach Child Care

Children in the Whitcomb child care home are given opportunities for social growth as they learn to get along together in play and activities [including chess]. They learn how much they have in common, even with the different cultural backgrounds of these children.

Piano Lessons in Child Care

Kids need useful learning experiences, and that includes more than just physical exercise: intellectual exercise. Learning to play the piano is one of those intellectual exercises.

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Piano Lessons in Child Care

How can a home-based child care business afford to pay a piano instructor to give music lessons to the children? At Whitcomb Family Daycare, in Long Beach, California, two solutions solve the problem:

  1. One of the child care providers is a piano teacher
  2. One of the professional child care assistants is a piano teacher

Piano lessons are being emphasized in this daycare home in Los Angeles County, especially now that summer school break is beginning. Kids need useful learning experiences, and that includes more than just physical exercise: intellectual exercise. Learning to play the piano is one of those intellectual exercises.

Piano instruction details depend on the particular child. Young preschoolers with no previous lesson on the keyboard receive simple help appropriate to their ages. Older children receive help at their level.

For more information about music lessons (and chess lessons) in this family child care home in Long Beach, call Gladys Whitcomb: 562-427-6027. The California state license is #191604310

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Free Piano Lessons in Long Beach, California

Piano lessons also help children  to concentrate better. Reading  music requires focus (the same  can be applied to chess lessons),  and how many children need to  focus better in school!

Reading in Child Care

[re. reading to children] . . . The most dramatic results come from beginning the reading very early, even before the child is twelve months old. But whatever the age of a preschooler, an adult’s out-loud reading of a children’s book can improve that child’s opportunities for intellectual growth and preparation for school.

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Child Care in Long Beach, California

Between the Bixby Knolls neighborhood and western Lakewood, California, the Whitcomb Family Daycare provides care for children of all ages, both full-time and part-time. As of June 21, 2013, there are at least two openings for children who are at least 24 months old. Call Gladys Whitcomb at 562-427-6027. (The California license number is 191604310.)

Reading to Children

Children often enjoy stories for their age group, with giant story-books a favorite in this Long Beach, California child care home. Sometimes an audio recording enhances the drama.

A giant picture book is used for story telling-reading to children in this Long Beach, California, child care home

Kids listening to a story told from a giant picture book

In the spring of 2013, our new child-care helper started using her skills in our daycare home. Laura has experience in the ABC School District (which district serves Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, and parts of Lakewood, Long Beach, and Norwalk). She does well in reading to the children.

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Buggy Rides to Cherry Park

When weather permits, Gladys and her professional child care helper take the children to nearby Cherry Park in the mornings, returning in time for lunch at the house.

Six children fit comfortably in this buggy at Whitcomb Family Daycare in Long Beach

Kids love to ride in the “Bye-Bye buggy” at the Whitcomb’s home

When needed, another smaller buggy joins the six-seater so that each small child can ride safely to and from Cherry Park in Long Beach. Usually the older children (such as school-aged kids) can hold hands with an adult while walking by the buggy, depending on the number of children going to the park on any particular day.

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Misc

Gladys and her husband, Jonathan, have a state license for a large daycare and a city license in Long Beach, with annual fire department licensing renewals annually. The state license is #191604310. The telephone number for Whitcomb Family Daycare is 562-427-6027. “You’ll be glad you called Gladys.”

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Long Beach Childcare

Children in the Whitcomb child care home are given opportunities for social growth as they learn to get along together in play and activities. They learn how much they have in common, even with the different cultural backgrounds of these children.

Child Care Near Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, CA

The child care home is convenient to Cherry Park, but the Whitcomb have their own little kids’ park in their backyard, so on many days outdoor playtime is in the fenced-off “village” in back of the house: a safe and fun little playground.

Cost of Child Care in Long Beach and Lakewood

How often a mother phones a family daycare home or preschool facility with a question about cost! ”How much does it cost?” The larger facilities may have large web sites, but if they publish their fees online they sure make those fees hard to find. It seems that they want to hide the cost.

Child Care in Long Beach (Craig’s List)

This family child care is highly recommended by parents. To find our web pages search with the words “Long Beach Whitcomb childcare” or just “Whitcomb child care”

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