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Color Week - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 20, 2017 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

What a colorful week it has been so far! Our friends have been doing an awesome job with wearing their color of the days clothes and also thinking of different things that are each color. For an art activity, we worked on going through magazines to find things that were the color of the! We then made green collages with them on some green paper to see what we could make. This was a little tricky for some friends, but there definitely were lots of conversations that occurred! As a language activity, we worked on trying to write our letters and write out some different colors that are on our word wall. We also picked out letters from a bin that are in our names and worked on identifying some other letters as well. In the afternoon we worked on figuring out what sort of things we would put in our shopping cart that are healthy for us! We had a pretty nice list that consisted of things like blueberries and peppers and also some pancakes and quesadillas :). Let's see what else we can do in this colorful week!

Fall - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 19, 2017 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Monday the children had their hands painted to make prints on Ms. Charlotte's birthday poster. Welcome back Ms. Charlotte!

Tuesday the children painted with Fall colors to create symmetrical paintings. They practiced their fine motor skills with the snap, button and velcro strips. In language the came up with words for Fall and questions for our new project, which is 'Building Roads'.

Wednesday in language the children will be dictating 'What they like to do in the Fall' and in art, they will be using Fall stampers and ink pads to create a Fall scene.

All About Autumn - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 19, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This week theme is "Autumn". We introduced the theme by looking at different colors leaves, looking at pictures and books. In the science we have small goards, yellow, orange, green and white for the children to explore. At the manipulative table we had small rigatoni noodles for threading with string. The small opening challenges the children to try and pull the string through the hole. We also had color stacking beads to allow the children to practice putting the beads on each peg stick and match the same color. At the math table we had match the color buttons to the cards and count the acorns and put them in the basket. In art the children made corn cobs by gluing cheerios to yellow and green paper and made a fall wreath by gluing on silky colored leaves to a paper plate. For our Health and Wellness, we reviewed Healthy and unhealthy food cards by looking at the smiley face or sad face to determine if it's a healthy food or unhealthy. The children played in the sand pool for the last two days but we will have water in the sensory table the rest of the week. We also read two books called Fall changes and Let it Fall.

Autumn - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 19, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we are learning about Autumn. The older infants participated in a group art project-a fall mural. We painted the bottoms of their feet with fall colored paint (red, yellow, orange) and encouraged them to walk across a big piece of colored butcher paper. Some of the infants were a little hesitant because of the texture of the paint on their feet, but others were excited to walk across the paper, watching their footprints appear on the paper. The younger infants had fun exploring various puzzles. They liked moving the pieces of the puzzles around, and tried to fit them into their corresponding place on the puzzle base. We talked about what each puzzle piece looked like (circle, train, etc.) as they manipulated them.

Being Nice - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 14, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, we read the story Don't Squeal Unless it's a Big Deal. Lately our classroom has needed a lot of reminders to use nice words. They've also been encouraged to try and problem solve before telling a teacher. We have decided to call it a "kid size" problem. This is where the children are encouraged to use their words and talk to their friends before they ask a teacher for help. In the book a little piglet told the teacher that his peer took his pink marker. The teacher had asked the piglet if he talked to his peer first. We found out that the piglet didn't asked for the marker back. The children all shared examples of kid sized problems. One example was, "You can ask a friend to give you your seat back before you tell Ms. Krystal." Another example they gave was, "Ask your friend if you can use the tracers instead of taking them away." We will continue to work on this skill!

What Are You Feeling? - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 14, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been a good week in Pre-K! We have discussed our feelings in group and how to deal with them. In language we have being asking the boys and girls "how do you feel" and to draw a picture illustrating this. A lot of our friends are feeling happy and excited for school, the Fall Festival and their siblings birthdays :). Tomorrow, we will be asking our friends "what makes you smile :)" . Yesterday in math, we rolled dice and counted out cotton balls. Today we are building with numbered blocks. Tomorrow, we will have a pattern activity based on emotions and we will have to identify the next emotion in the sequence. We are also working on our fine motor skills by picking up pompoms with tweezers. In art Wednesday, we had so much fun with shaving foam, we practiced our names and made some great creations. Tomorrow, we will be painting with water colors. All in all it has been a fun week!

All About Shapes - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 14, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The children have enjoyed all the activities we have done so far in relation to shapes. Yesterday in art the children painted triangles and in math they worked on their concentration skills to play a shape matching/memory game. In language the children worked on more letter matching to lettered shapes and at group the children used their listening skills to listen to the teacher describe a shape she saw in the room and the children needed to guess which object it was. Today in art the children stamped rectangles and in math they sorted shapes and then counted to see which shape had more than the others. In writing the children rolled a letter die and wrote the letter on a chalkboard. Tomorrow in art the children will glue together a person out of different shapes. In math they will sort shapes by sizes of large, medium and small and in language the children will talk about items placed on the table and their shapes.

Apples, Apples, Apples - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 14, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The toddlers continued their theme of Apples on Wednesday and glued red, yellow, and green apples onto green paper to make one big apple tree at the art table. At the math table, the toddlers matched ABC apple tree cutouts to each other to start to recognize different letters. When the toddler were done matching the ABC apple trees, they took apple stickers and worked their fingers with peeling and pulling off of the sticker sheet to put onto the ABC apple trees. At the manipulative table, the toddlers pushed red and green pom poms through toothbrush holders that had pictures of red and green apple trees on them to work on their fine motor skills as well as their matching skills when matching the red pom pom to the red apple tree toothbrush holder and the green pom pom to the green apple tree toothbrush holder. At group we read "Underneath My Apple Tree." and sang Way Up High In The Apple Tree. On Thursday, at the art table, the toddlers made apple suncatchers with contact paper and red squares of paper which we will hang in the back window to see if the sun lights them up. At the math table, the toddlers matched die cut # apples with apple stickers for counting and matching. At the manipulative table, the toddlers worked on stringing apple jacks onto string to build their hand eye coordination as well as their fine motor skills. At group, the toddlers worked on their large muscle motor skills by bowling with apples and bottles!

Exploring Apples - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 14, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

As a group, the infants explored real and pretend apples and we talked about the similarities and differences between the apples. The older infants were encouraged to roll the real apples back and forth with each other and with their teachers. They would get excited when they saw the apples rolling away and toward them. As a sensory activity we cut the apples open to let the infants smell what a real apple smells like. All of the infants enjoyed listening to our farm animal puppets singing songs like "Old McDonald." The infants always get excited when the puppets come near them and interact with them. We have been reading many books about Apples including: Ten Apples on Top, The Biggest Apple Ever, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

All About Apples - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 12, 2017 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddlers are learning all about apples. We introduced the theme on Monday by showing the toddlers a picture of a red apple, a green apple, and a yellow apple and having the toddlers identify each color. At the art table, we stamped with real apples, red, yellow, and green, in matching paint. At the math table, the toddlers matched red, yellow, and green apples. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used their fingers and hands to pinch and grasp tongs and pick up apple erasers to put into their cups. At group, we read I'm An Apple and Apples Here and learned that we can use apples and make apple juice and apple pie. On Tuesday, at the art table, we used red, yellow, and green crepe paper and glued it onto an apple cutout. At the math table, the toddlers identified some of their letters on red, yellow, and green apples and tried to match them by letters and color. At the manipulative table, the toddlers build and stacked apple blocks to make different creations. At group, we read Ten Apples Up On Top and had an apple taste test with red, yellow, and green apples to see which we liked the best.