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Fun at the Park - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 20, 2017 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Boy, was it toasty outside today! We took a trip out to Avon Lake and went to Blesser park where it got a little sweaty for our kids. We had to reapply sunscreen so much because everyone kept sweating it off! This playground was fun for the friends because it has so many different things to do and is also a little challenging. There are many different ways to climb up onto the climber and some of they were tricky even for adults to do. It was really great to see how determined our friends were though in trying to make it through these tasks. We took some time away from the heat and colored for awhile and also had a hunt for four leaf clovers! We even had one friend that found one!! We then got to go to the library and go into the discovery center that had a lot of cool things. A favorite part of the class was the big tube that went through the whole place and you could talk to each other from both ends. Some of our friends brought in music instruments they made at home yesterday and got to share them at group time and had a blast! As more friends bring them in, we will continue to jam out! We also got to do some fun art with wet chalk and make different pictures of our liking. Tomorrow we go back to swimming which will be sure to cool us off from the hotness today!

Exploring Marshmallows - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 20, 2017 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

As we end our camping week, the children painted with jumbo marshmallows with red and orange paint to make a campfire and painted clear cups orange to make their own lanterns. At the math table we had color felt pieces with buttons for the children to practice to button to make a color train and mini chalk blocks at the manipulative table to practice lines and scribbles. For our large motor activity the children tossed jumbo marshmallows into the campfire and walked the white line back to group. We swam yesterday and will swim tomorrow. We added cups and shape water cubes for the children to play with in the pools. The children have figured out how to dump water and the cubes from one cup to the other while friends are holding the cups. This allows the children to use their imagination and creativity with simple materials.

More Fun With Nature - Summer School Age

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 20, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The week keeps rolling along and us in the Summer School Age room keep getting better acquainted with nature. On Wednesday, we went to Miller Nature Preserve. There, we toured their rose garden, met their special Parrott named Echo (who, much to our dismay, did not repeat what we said—understandable, though, I’d stonewall after hours of getting told things to say; both me and Echo hate authority), and even visited their butterfly house.

This Thursday, we spent more time in the great indoors than we have throughout the week. The kids needed some time to catch up on their Just Dance and Lego creations. However, like every Thursday, we took our trip to the Lakewood Library to check out more books for the week and quiet time. Many children are becoming more avid readers, telling me, “No, Mr. Doug. I’m looking for a chapter book. I read at a 2nd grade level. Duh.” And usually I say back, “Okay, watch the attitude, but I’m very proud of you,” and then I tell them some mumbo jumbo about how reading can take them anywhere, which, although cliché, really is true.

I think the hour we spend at the library on Thursdays may be the most I’ve technically used my English major.

Coming up on Friday, we travel to my, Ms. Holle’s, and Ms. Tara’s hood, Avon Lake, to our old stomping grounds: Blesser Park. We will play on their big playground and enjoy the beautiful weather—or we will sweat to death trying. We’re a persevering group, after all, determined and strong.


Zoo Animals - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 20, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

As we wind down our week of learning experiences about the zoo, the children are excited to learn about more animals and the special features they possess. Ask your child what monkeys use their tails for other than hanging.

The children drew pictures of their favorite zoo animal at he writing table and counted how many monkeys to place in the tree in the math area, by rolling the dice. The children also practiced self-help skills while they dressed and undressed themselves for swimming. So, if you see an inside-out shirt or backwards underwear, remember, it's the process not the goal, at this age!

Tomorrow will be a fun day as well. We'll be sorting animal cookies into their respective cages and then indulging in the iced animal cookies for our efforts, all while dressed in our PJ's!! Your child will have the opportunity to trace their arm and foot, cut it out and put together a favorite zoo animal to color and decorate! Can you guess which one?


More Baseball Fun - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 20, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

All of the infants were able to try on baseball hats and look in the mirror. The older infants liked putting on the hats and taking them off and the younger infants would smile at themselves in the mirror. The older infants stamped with sports stamps on construction paper as we described each stamp and what sport it related to. The infants have been enjoying our swim days. The older infants like playing in the pool as well as exploring the sprinkler- either standing in the water or walking around as the water falls down on them. The younger infants like sitting in the pools exploring the water toys and also watching their toddler friends plays. We have been reading many books about ballgames including: Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Baseball ABC, and Arthur Makes the Team.

Exploring Nature - Summer School Age

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 18, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This Monday we went back to the Rocky River Nature Center, only this time, rather than conduct our own scavenger hunt, we were led by a guide. Our guide taught us how to look and listen for the different animals that inhabit the wetlands of the preserve. Although she could not net us a fish or nab a snake, she spotted a baby toad and one of our friends found a praying mantis, both of which she held up for us to get better looks. At the end of our short tour, we met a toad who lives at the Center and sings for anyone who gives him a pat. I guess you could say he’s a natural performer.

On Tuesday, the Eco Explorers visited us to teach us more about animals. More specifically, the adaptations they go through to better their chances of survival. We got to touch the fur of a skunk and raccoon, and were shown a stuffed squirrel as well as a duck. Many School Agers were surprised, even after minutes of seeing the animals frozen in place and being told that the animals were dead, that the squirrel and duck were not alive. Talk about life-like. At the end of the visit, we were introduced to a box turtle named, appropriately enough, Mr. Turtle. He was a hoot and immediately the life of the party.

As the week continues, we also continue to get down and dirty with nature. On Wednesday, we go to the Miller Nature Preserve. We hope the children will use their newfound skills to gain more from the outdoors than they would have at the beginning of the summer. Perhaps, a future Survivor Man/Woman is already emerging among us.

Only a matter of time when you can send your child off with a pocket knife and nothing else into the wilderness on a Friday to pick them back up that Sunday, healthy and thriving within the habitat’s community. That’s a weekend getaway, cheap and smart.


Swimming and the Natural History Museum - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 18, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer is flying by! We are already halfway through our summer program and having a blast as we go. This week we have lots going on as we have new swim groups for some friends, we are learning about construction, fun field trips, and also some activities for families to do at home and then share about. Our class really seems to enjoy swimming and are learning a lot about back floats, how to properly do arm circles and even do the arm circles while kicking at the same time to get the idea of swimming. The noodle train that our friends do at the end of swim lessons may be the favorite activity though! This week we are beginning to learn about construction workers and all that they do. We have seem them so many times on the road when we go to our field trips so we already have an idea about things that they do. Today, we went to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and had so much fun! The favorite spot was in the tunnel going to the planetarium because it was dark, but also lit up in different ways. We looked at a lot of different animals, some real and some not real, both inside and outside. It was really exciting to see the new exhibit outside with all the animals and to find them in each spot. There was even little tunnels for us to crawl through just like the animals there do! The field trips are a super fun time and different each time, which makes them more exciting for all our friends to find out what we will be doing. This week is also special because we have some fun things to bring in from our homes. Musical instruments, recipes and exercises are all things that we ask to be brought in this week so that we can see what kinds of things you guys all do at home! I am very intrigued to see what everyone can come up with and so far i have seen some pretty cool home made instruments! Can't wait to see what else everyone brings in!

Zoo - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 18, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The children have a display of zoo animals, bushes and vines decorating their block area; not-to-mention the various zoo animals and make-shift cages to play with.

They're strengthening vocabulary with finding the letter Z and other letters, sorting zoo from farm animals and dictating "If I Lived in a Zoo, I would be . . ."

We were visited today by Ms. Phoebe from the Cleveland metro Parks, who discussed differences in how people and animals adapt to living. See even had a stuffed squirrel and duck the children were able to view up close. The skunk and raccoon skins were available for them to touch. They agreed the skunk's fur was the softest.

Tomorrow the children swim, but activities like making monkey-face sandwiches, Alligator bingo and making Big Cat masks will still be available for your child's learning experiences.

Camping - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 18, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Camping". We introduced the theme by naming camping equipment posted on the word wall. Tent, flashlight,

cooler, chair, sunglasses, sleeping bag and canteen. At the math table the children peeled felt number stickers and placed them on black paper to help with number recognition and counting. At the manipulative table we had balancing watermelon, boat, farm and ocean water. The children had to take the pieces that matched and try to balance them on the main piece without letting them fall. At group time we talked about camp fire safety- DO NO TOUCH or GO NEAR campfire- who can?, We sang a camping song called "A Camping We Will Go" and read "The Night Before Summer Camp". In the block area we added mountain blocks and people and blue sand and insects in the sensory table. Today we went swimming and played in the sprinkler. We watched a short 2min. video of a crackling campfire and made S"mores. The children got to eat their S"mores at snack time.

Baseball Fun - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 18, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we our theme is Take Me Out to the Ballgame. The older infants had fun putting tennis balls into a cardboard tube and watching them roll out the bottom of the tube. They would then run and find the balls to put them back into the tube to repeat putting them in the tube. The younger infants were able to explore a ball sensory bin with various sized and textured balls. We talked about each one's characteristics as they picked them up and looked at them.