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Come One, Come All! - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on May 25, 2017 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Well the BIG DAY is tomorrow and we couldn't be more excited! We added our decorations and are so excited for everyone to see what we have been up to! For art yesterday, we used scissors to cut out paper balloons and decorated them with bingo dabbers. For language yesterday and today, we sorted items into the letter buckets. For our math activity, we have been using the colored chains with the elephants. We read the number on the side of the elephant and added that many chain pieces to him. We have also been using the colored chains to pattern with and sort them by color. We have read and listened to many circus stories this week. One of the favorite ones seemed to be "Harold and the Circus" where Harold (with his purple crayon) draws his circus and many of the items he draws, are also in our circus! One of our other favorite books was the Dr. Seuss book "If I Ran the Circus". We liked saying "Circus McGircus" over and over! Thank you for all the support these past several weeks! It will all be worth it tomorrow!

Body Parts - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on May 25, 2017 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

As we continue our week about body parts we have been singing, moving and ready more books. Yesterday we sang the song 'The More We Get Together' and we did a song for our health and wellness physical activity The Move zyour Body Along Song, which had the children move all different parts of their bodies and it went perfectly with our theme for the week. The toddlers manipulated magnetic community helped people at the table to put the people together using all different boy parts and they sorted, counted and stacked the cans that you all have been donating. Our on going project right now is cars so yesterday we looked at pictures of different cars around the world and then the children got a chance to paint their own car how ever they wanted for art. At group we did a movement dice activity where the children rolled the dice and one said a movement and the other said a body part, it was a favorite as they asked to play it again in the afternoon. Outside on the patio we used chalk to trace our bodies as we continued to discuss the different body parts. We read a book called 'All About Me' yesterday and today we read 'My Nose, My Toes'. At group time we did the song Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes and we played Simon says. The toddlers used q-tips as bones for counting at the maths table and we had people puzzles at the manipulative table. Today we also made veggie soup, another one of our health and wellness activities, and we ate it for snack. We have had a very busy week and we will end it tomorrow with a science experiment, a noodle body collage, and some more body part movement activities!

Sea Animal Puppets - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on May 25, 2017 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The infants enjoyed listening to our sea animal puppets. We sang songs about how they swim in the ocean water and about their characteristics. The younger infants smiled and cooed when the puppets came close to them and interacted with them and the older infants liked trying the puppets on their own hands and moving them around. As an art project, the older infants put fish/under the sea themed stickers on paper plates. They liked being handed the stickers and being able to put the stickers wherever they wanted on their paper plates. We talked about each sticker and described them as the kids put them on their plates. We have been reading many books about Under the Sea including: Rainbow Fish, The Little Fish, and Way Down Deep.

Under the Sea - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on May 23, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we are learning about Under the Sea. All of the infants enjoyed looking at a light-up aquarium. We talked about how there were fish, dolphins, and various sea plants and coral. As we pointed out the different fish some of the infants said "Nemo!" because the one fish was a clown fish, like Nemo from "Finding Nemo." The older infants stamped with sea animal stampers on paper. We talked about each of the stamps, which included starfish, whales, and fish, as they stamped them on their papers.

The Body - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on May 23, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The toddlers are learning about body parts this week. We introduced the new theme with a picture of a child that has all the body parts labeled and we took turns asking each child to come up and find a different body part such as eyes, hands, legs etc. as we are focusing mainly on the common body parts which are age appropriate. At math yesterday we explored Mr. Potato head and all his body parts and today we worked with shapes and pattern cards. At the manipulative table we did line tracing using cherrios to work on our early writing skills. For art yesterday we made face collages by gluing faces cut out from magazines onto paper plates and today the toddlers painted body cut outs using four different colors of paint they they were able to choose from on their own. At group time we read some body parts books like 'My Own Human Body' and 'My Body' and we sand a new song to the tune of 'Are You Sleeping' that was called 'Where is (child's name)' and we put in each child's name I the song one at a time and it was a hit! We added all kinds of different people to the block area and in the water table we have a baby doll washing station and the toddlers are really enjoying washing the babies there. Our health and wellness activity is the soup can community project, which we will be collecting the cans in a box right outside of the toddler room all week, and then we will have the toddlers sort and count them with our help of course before we donate them to a local charity, so thank you all for donating!

The Farm - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on May 23, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This week is all about the farm. Yesterday in art the children painted with feathers and in language they worked on counting and 1 to 1 correspondence with a chicken 1 to 1 grid. In language the children answered some questions that went along with an animal they chose to be; sharing what they do as that animal, what color they are, what they eat, what they smell and how they feel. At group time we discussed things that come from a farm and make it to the store for us to buy like vegetables, milk and eggs. Today in language the children sorted pictures of farm animals and not farm animals and we talked about the similarities and differences. In math the children added cotton to sheep and in art the children painted with blocks, and rice inside nylons. We discussed how we will be making vegetable soup and what we need to do with the vegetables first. In the water table this week the children are washing fruits and vegetables.

The Greatest Show on Earth - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on May 23, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We are having so much fun with all of our circus dress-up clothes and practices! We are anxiously awaiting our big day...THIS FRIDAY! You are all welcome to THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH! At the art table yesterday, we painted with blown-up balloons in red, yellow and blue. In the science area, we are playing with a pendulum and knocking down small towers of wooden blocks. Yesterdays math was to graph if we have ever been to the circus or not. Today's math was to put the corresponding links with the number on the circus elephant. Our language activity was to write some circus words such as: circus, tent, Big Top, lions, clowns, elephants and acrobat. In the block area, we have added some colorful waffle blocks to see where the creativity can lead! We have been enjoying our days outside and have been chalking and riding bikes. Tomorrow, we will be finishing up our costumes for the animals in the circus. We look forward to the elephant ears and the lion manes to be done so we can have a dress-rehearsal!

End of Year - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on May 23, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we have been talking about the end of the school year and what that means. In reading today we did a Scholastic News about saying good-bye. Our booklet showed us different ways to say bye by rhyming. The children were excited to see how many different ways you could rhyme and say bye. Our Scholastic video showed us a new dance on the different ways to say bye. Ask your child what their favorite way was!

Digging for Insects - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on May 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Continuing our week of insects, the babies had the opportunity to dig through oatmeal to find all the plastic creepy crawlies that were hiding in there and as always, it is a lot of messy fun for them. Another great way to emphasize this week’s theme are all of our insect books. There are a lot of books to read about bugs of all shapes, sizes, and colors that they all eagerly come sit down to listen to. They also had a chance to play a game of come stand on a colored circle, a fun activity that we are using to have them begin to recognize simple colors. We are taping colored circles to the floor and inviting them to come to a circle color, they had a lot of fun with this simple activity. Also, we are making “ladybugs” where they are going to glue black dots on a larger red circle. Our smaller babies are busy perfecting their ever-expanding developmental skills- learning to sit on their own, reaching for toys, rolling over and picking up food on their own. Such a busy time for all our babies!

The Flaming Hoop - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on May 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

As we continue our Circus week, The children made popcorn tubs by gluing on cotton balls on red paper and using an eye dropper with yellow colored water to squeeze onto the cotton balls to make it look like butter, and decorated hats with confetti and pom poms to make a clown hat. For our gross motor activity we pretended to be lions as the children crawled through a "Flaming Hoop" as they growled. We also tossed the bean bags into the clowns mouth by taking turns and working our throwing skills. At the math table we had circus bingo matching cards where the children had to match the circus pieces to the board to be able to identify the same pictures. We also had family colored counters where the children had to match the same color counters to the colored paper to work on color recognition. At the Manipulative table we had bright colored play dough with popcorn bowls and crazy colored straws to manipulate and try to make stand in the play dough.

One of our butterflies came out of their cocoon yesterday and three today. We put sugar water in a bowl for the butterflies since they like and eat sugar foods. We will let our butterflies go tomorrow and discussed this with the children so they are aware and know what's going to happen. We also briefly explained that the butterflies need to be and live outside. To end our week, the children will make a special circus mix to take home.