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80's Dance Party - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on April 17, 2018 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we are learning about Earth Day. All of the infants liked exploring our pegs and pegboards. The older infants would do their best to try and stack the pegs and make a tower and would knock them down and rebuild it. The younger infants would hold the pegs and pass them from one hand to the other. As part of Week of the Young Child, we danced to music around the room for our 80s dance party. Many of the infants bounced up and down as they danced and smiled as they listened to the music and watched us dance.

Earth Day - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on April 17, 2018 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Recycling/Earth Day". We introduced Recycling with Recycle Smart 5 that briefly discusses paper, metal, cardboard, plastic and glass and where they belong. During group time, we had the children pick out a recycle items and put it where it belongs in each special recycle bin. We also learned and sang a new recycle song called "Recycle". I art the children made flowers out of newspaper and stamped with 2 liter bottles to make flower buds. In math the children matched colored clothespins to plastic water bottles with the same colors and ABC blocks with animal blocks for stacking various sizes. At the manipulative table we hand shape and animal lacing cards and stickers and tubes to build finger/hand manipulation. In the sensory table we have blue and green colored noodles and recycle plastic containers for scooping, dumping and filling.The books we have read so are "Why should I recycle" and "Recycling".

Recycling Week - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on April 17, 2018 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

We are off to a fun beginning of our recycling week as we are also celebrating the children! Yesterday, we painted on some cardboard boxes and will turn them into some great art sculptures. We also played a "BINGO" sort of game and worked with the letters in the words: recycle, reduce and reuse. We used Cheerios as our "markers" and when our words were covered, we got to eat our Cheerios! We also had a great time with our scavenger hunt around school. Some of the things we had looked for were: "something red", "something that is fast", "something that is cold"... It was great to see all of the children working together in their groups and literally making decisions together. Today, we had our 80's dance party and it was fantastic to see so many of our children getting into the 80's spirit! We learned a new word, "rad" from one of the pins that Miss Tara was wearing on her jean jacket. We tried using it during the day and include it in our conversations like: "I like your shirt, it's rad!" and "I think you're rad" to a friend as she helped another peer clean up! This afternoon we will be using all of our broken and tiny crayons to make new crayons by melting them in the oven. We started our science project by putting three different bird houses outside our window and we are observing all week. One has bird seed in it, one has bread in it, and the third has fruit in it. So far, only the squirrels have enjoyed the bread! Three of them ate all of it this morning during group time. One blue jay attempted the bird seed, but seemed to have been scared off a little by the squirrels. The blue jay came back eventually and ate the bird seed that had fallen on the ground. We look forward to sports day tomorrow as we consider ourselves some of the biggest sports fans around!

Week of the Young Child - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on April 17, 2018 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we are celebrating our students with the Week of the Young Child. Yesterday the children interacted and used team work with peers from all the other classrooms. In small groups everyone had a turn to go on a scavenger hunt around the building. They were given the opportunity to work together with children at different ages. Some things they had to find were things that live, change color, and that are soft. Ask your child what they found on their scavenger hunt. Today was our 80's day dance party. The children dressed like they were form the 80's and listened to 80's music. This theme lead the children to show curiosity about music from other decades. So we listened to music from the 70's all the way to today's music. This morning all of the children met in the great room for our dance party. As a school we danced to the electric slide and everyone had a turn to break dance! Ask your child what their favorite part of the week has been so far.

Pets - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on April 12, 2018 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We continued our theme of Pets on Wednesday with a picture of dogs on the Word Wall. At the art table, the toddlers stamped with dog bones in different colored paint. At the math table, the toddlers matched colored dogs and their dog bowls to their colored dog houses. At the manipulative table, the toddlers practiced sliding different patterned dog bones through the lid into the can and opening and closing the lid. At group, we read Hello Biscuit. On Thursday, we posted a picture of birds and small pets such as bunnies, hamsters, etc. on the Word Wall. At the art table, the toddlers painted with feathers with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple paint. At the math table, the toddlers explored bird seed with shape and number magnets on trays. At the manipulative table, the toddlers worked their fine motor skills and pushed bird feathers into styrofoam blocks and worked on pulling them back out. At group, we read Peekaboo Pets and guessed what different pets were behind each flap.

Songs with Animal Puppets - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on April 12, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The older infants were encouraged to put pipe cleaners in the holes on plastic colanders. They were intrigued by the pipe cleaners and would hold them and really concentrated on putting them into the holes. They needed a little help from us to guide the pipe cleaners into the holes. All of the infants liked listening to our animal puppets as we sang songs and pointed out their facial features such as eyes, nose, and mouth. We then would encourage the older infants to point out their facial features and we would the ypoint them out on the younger infants. We have been reading many books about Pets including The Puppy Book and How Do Dinosaurs Feed Their Cats?

Playhouse Square - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on April 12, 2018 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

We continue our love for pets as we share our pictures of our furry friends each day. We graphed what animals we have and it seems most of us have a dog, some have cats and there a few families with fish. We love the pictures and hope we get more tomorrow. We went to our last play at Playhouse Square for the school year. "Guess how much I love you" was a very cute play with puppets and the children all seemed to like it a lot. They were very good and we even got complimented on our manners by a few of the "red coat" volunteers that helped usher us to our seats. Today we made our very own pets...a pet rock! We also heard a story about a little girl who has a pet rock. We talked about allergies and wants and needs and discussed how not every family can have a pet, but we can all have a pet rock! Tomorrow we will be making our own dogs out of brown lunch bags and singing the song "How much is that doggie in the window?"

Seeds - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on April 12, 2018 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the last few weeks the children have shown interest in seeds. During breakfast they will pull out the seeds from their apples and pears. So this week we have started to learn about the different parts of plants and what seeds turn into. We started by looking at how a seed starts and where they're planted. The children each have a booklet where they add a new feature each day. They started with the seed. They were asked to draw it and write one sentence showing what they learned. Most children wrote that seeds are planted in the soil and lose their shell. Next they learned about roots. The children drew roots and wrote that they soak up water as well as hold the plant up straight. Ask your child what they learned about most recently!

Learning About Pets - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on April 10, 2018 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we are learning about Pets. All of the infants were excited to explore our sensory bin full of plush dogs and cats along with plastic food bowls. We talked about the characteristics of each pet and talked about how we use the bowls to feed our pets food and water. We encouraged the older infants to match colored felt dog bones on the felt board. They liked taking the felt bones on and off the board as we talked about the colors of the bones.

Our Different Pets - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on April 10, 2018 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddler are learning about Pets and different pets that you can have. We kicked off our theme on Monday with a picture of pets on the Word Wall and pointed out the various pets such as cats, dogs, lizards, bunnies, etc. At the art table, the toddlers stamped with different pet paw prints such as dogs and birds. At the math table, the toddlers matched pets to their different homes that they live in such as dog house, bird cage, etc. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used tongs to work their fine motor skills and pick up dogs, cats, and horses and fill their boxes as well as practice putting the lid on the box and taking it off again. At group, we read Sesame Street Pet Show and The Huggly Snuggly Pet. On Tuesday, we posted a picture of cats on the Word Wall. At the art table, the toddlers tried to use yarn to marble paint with red and blue paint on black paper. At the math table, the toddlers matched different colored cats to different colored pipe cleaners for their tails. At the manipulative table, the toddlers practiced lacing with string in cat lacing cards. At group, we read Five Black Cats and Have You Seen My Purr. We also made a chart of how many friends have various pets such as cats, dogs, and fish.


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