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President's Day - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 20, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday we celebrated Presidents day with our School Age friends! We started to learn about this special day by looking at Scholastic News articles. The children learned about George Washington and Abe Lincoln. Throughout the day we read different stories, played a sorting game, and watched a couple Scholastic News videos about these two presidents. The children said they liked that George was the first president. They also liked to see where Abe grew up and that he used to practice his letter in the dirt using a stick! We also looked at a picture of Mount Rushmore and learned which four presidents are on it. Lastly, we learned and looked at the dollar and five dollar bill as well as the quarter and penny. See if your child remembers which president was on which item!

Paintings of Monet and Van Gogh - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 20, 2018 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, we looked at the works of Claude Monet. We looked at his painting titled, "The Water Lily Pond" and recreated what we saw with our own paints. We looked at many of his paintings and decided he "muted" his pictures so nothing is really crisp or clear. The children said they liked the pictures this way and enjoyed "guessing" what else could be in the pictures. Today, we worked with Vincent van Gogh and what he had created. At art, we took over the table with shaving cream and created what we saw in the painting of "The Starry Night". The children guessed as to who might live in the city below or what they would be doing at the time of the painting. At the math table, we worked with stars, counting and subtracting as we moved along in a path game. At the language area, we worked on letters and letter recognition with bean bags and our letter mat. Tomorrow is Picasso, and we will make a face with magazine cut-out pieces.

Famous Artists - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 20, 2018 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This is one of our favorite weeks of the year when we get to focus on art! Yesterday the children talked about what an artist is in language, they first shared what they think an artist is and then at group time we talked more about what artists do. In math the children worked on number recognition and numeral writing. The children first rolled a die, counted the dots and then named the number. Once they named the number they traced the numeral on paper. If the children were not sure what the number looked like we had a sheet with dots and the corresponding number of dots for them to use to help them find the correct number. In art the children created their own version of Clause Monet’s water lilies painting. The children painted a paper plate with green and blue. They added cupcake liner lily pads and lilies to their “pond” once done painting. In the afternoon the children looked at some of Claude Monet’s paintings and talked about the things they saw in the paintings and we talked about how Monet painted things that were real by setting up a stool and an easel near the view that he wanted to paint. Today we adjusted our lesson plan a bit. At the art table the children worked with play dough and number mats. Miss. Natalie also traced the children’s hands for a future art activity they will be creating that ties in with Picasso. In math the children worked on addition. The children were given a plate that was divided in three sections, 2 on top and then the bottom half. They took turns drawing a card to determine how many buttons to put on each top half of the plate. Once both halves were filled the children counted both together to see how many buttons to add to the bottom half of the plate. This was a simple introduction to adding numbers together. In language the children worked on storytelling. We have a storytellers box that’s divided into three and each box has pictures for a category “who, what, and where>” The children took a picture from each box and were encouraged to tell a story with those 3 pictures. This activity is a good focus on speaking skills, vocabulary and thinking skills. Miss. Najah lead group time today and read a book about manners and then had a discussion with the children about what manners we use, and when we use them.In the water table this week the children are exploring paintbrushes with colored trays, and paint cups.

Monet and Van Gogh - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 20, 2018 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s Artist week! We started out with Monet. At group we looked at his picture and one of his famous paintings of water lilies. We discussed how we are all artist and that Monet liked to paint landscapes and nature art we painted with cotton balls using blue and green paint to make water and grass then we put on cupcakes liners to make our own water lily painting. At we counted frogs on lily pads that had dots on them for counting and we worked on our fine motor skills by sticking flowers into colanders at the manipulative table. We also did some healthy cereal puzzles on the cuntting bench as we are talking all about healthy breakfast food this month for our health and wellness activities. At group we played leaping frogs where each friend got a turn to toss two frogs at numbered lily pads allowing us to work on many skills such as turn taking, gross motor and math. Today was all about Vincent Van Gogh. We discussed that he was an emotional painter and we used pictures of different emotions to learn about feelings. We also talked about how Van Gogh used oil paints and thick applications to be able to feel the texture so at math we used play dough with various objects such as a comb and beads to make different textures and at the manipulative table we colored with oil pastels. We used tips to paint on foil with blue and yellow paint as we discussed that Van Gogh made lines, swirls, circles and curves in his paintings. As the children painted we discussed that blue and yellow make green and we read a book called do you know colors which taught us which colors mixed together make other colors. We will continue with the famous Pablo Picasso tomorrow.

Learning About Artists - Infant

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This week we are learning about Artists. The older infants colored with pastel chalk on green paper. The did a nice job of moving the chalk back and forth on the paper, making multiple lines on their papers. All of the infants listened to books being read about various artists including Monet and Picasso. The younger infants have been enjoying playing with our bunny blocks. They like trying to put them together and pull them apart once they are linked together.

Fun on Valentine's Day - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 15, 2018 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Valentine's Day was a busy morning for us. We made our fruit-a-licious breakfast cups, watched the magic show which was a huge hit and the toddlers sat the entire time and enjoyed each trick and performance. After the magic show, each child passed out their valentine's with teacher help as they dropped them in each of the children's boxes. Today in art the children stamped with heart shaped cookie cutters and red paint, drew on mini heart shaped chalk boards with heart shaped colored chalk. We read "Mouse's first Valentine and Valentine Friends" during group time and two toddler friends brought in books from home to share with their friends. Tomorrow we will end our Valentine week with a science project called "Sparkly Explosion", music and movement- Head Shoulder's Knees and Toes", we will make a Valentine Puppy in art, and learn about "My Breakfast Plate" for our Health and wellness.

Healthy Breakfast Choices - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 15, 2018 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we have been talking about healthy breakfast choices and MyPlate. We learned about foods that are a sometimes choice and an always choice. As an activity the children cut out breakfast photos from newspapers and magazines. They then had to determine which food group it fell in grain, protein, dairy, vegetables or fruits. Look for their creation that is hung in the kitchen. Talk with your child about healthy breakfast choices! Did you know that we should be eating 3 out of the 5 food groups each morning. Ask your child what we served for breakfast each day this week!

Magic Fun - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 15, 2018 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We had such a fun-filled day yesterday starting with our magician act with Mr. Robert. Several of our class friends were chosen to help out with tricks and they couldn't be more amazed at what they saw (who are we kidding...the teachers were just as amazed!). We finished with Mr. Robert and went straight to the classroom to pass out our Valentines. It takes a while to pass out so many treats and cards, but the children were very patient and waited nicely. In the afternoon, we had a healthy snack of fresh fruit and vegetables with cheese and crackers. We are all still talking about our special day today! For our art, we painted with white on pink paper. To work our small muscles, we used small-sized red tongs to pick up small plastic red hearts. We picked up one heart at a time, squeezing the tongs tight enough so the heart didn't fall out. In language, we practiced writing our letters by copying the Valentine words on the word wall. So many friends are doing such a great job at holding a pencil, and writing their letters with patience and neatness. We are so proud of their work! Today, we read the Oo story and heard all about octopus who liked to juggle on the hour! We look forward to learning the Oo song too!

Valentine's Week - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 15, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we read books entitled Valentine Friends, The Night Before Valentine's Day, Mouse's First Valentine, just to name a few. They were books designed to help the children learn about being kind to each other and sharing. Language skills were enhanced by the children dictating who their friend was and eventually what they did on Valentine's day. They also engaged in a scavenger hunt, facilitated by Ms. Najah, our student teacher, to find objects hid in the room and match them with the letter they began with. The children were challenged to match upper and lowercase letters with puzzle hearts and find the letter V among other letters within a heart.

Fine motor skills were practiced as they traced heart stencils and cut them out. In the math area, the children sequenced AABB patterns, graphed candy hearts to corresponding heart colors, attempted Valentine's day puzzles and played Valentine's day bingo games.

There was a running color experiment and a sink and float experiment, again done by Ms. Najah.

Of course, the children had fun sharing all their creative bags and boxes they made and passing out their cards and candy. We hope you loved the Valentine's day cards they made just for you.

A great big "THANKS" to everyone who baked, wrapped, bought and participated in any other way to our successful Bake Sale!

Have a safe, fun and happy weekend!

Felt Board - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 15, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

All if the infants liked exploring our shape sorter toys. The older infants were able to figure out how to fit the shape into the corresponding space on the base of the toy. The younger infants liked holding the shapes and banging them on shape sorter base. All of the infants listened to felt board stories including 'Five Little Monkeys'. They liked watching us put the felt pieces onto the board as the stories progressed. The older infants liked helping with the stories and would help us put the pieces on and off the felt board.