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Welcome to Summer - Summer School Age

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 4, 2020 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We are so excited to be back! Even though we couldn’t do as many field trips we have so much planned this summer! As we get back into the summer routine, we will be learning how to stay healthy during this time. We will practice proper hand washing as a class. We are learning quickly and will keep this healthy practice all summer. We will also together come up with summer rules. This week we are observing the class and how it may look different. We have toy bags and supplies for each individual kid. Cubbies are covered so no hands, but the teachers can touch them and distribute them. This summer we will be doing Art, Recreational games, Science and Social Studies, Journaling, Health and Safety and small projects. This week we are talking about the ocean. We are making ocean craft and painting, exploring seashells, and learning the importance of water. One special science activity we will be doing is creating a marshmallow shooter and landing it at a target to see how close we get! This week will be busy with a lot to learn but so far, every child is doing amazing and happy to be with friends.

Glad to be Back - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 4, 2020 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

What a fun theme to come back to! We are having a blast with all the super hero talk and play! We start our day by singing "Happy Birthday" to a Super Hero everyday (today is Ironman's "birthday") when we wash our hands. We have made a list of super heros we know and some we want to know more about.

Today, we had a long discussion on how not everyone who is a super hero wears a cape (firefighters, policemen, and even teachers don't where capes but we are here to help!). We have been busy with math games (getting the superhero to save the day path game and today was a Lego and number game). For language, we wrote about if WE were a super hero and our special name and super power. We have colored some "capes" and "shields" and practiced our scissor skills by cutting on different lines until we get to the super hero. We learned a new super hero chant and have sang the super hero ABC's ( a YouTube favorite!). We are all getting used to the new routine of the new classrooms and are happy to be back!

Our First Week Back - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 4, 2020 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The children have all transitioned awesome back to school this week! They have accommodated to some of the group changes and are building new relationships which aids in strengthening their social skills. With the activities the same ones are done on both sides of the classroom. This week’s theme was about superheroes. Monday the children glued colored tissue paper to masks in art and in math the children engaged in a superhero graph and counted which superhero had the most and which had the least. In language the children dictated what they know about what a superhero is. Tuesday in art the children made a hulk scene painting with green paint, in math they engaged in a superhero concentration activity and in language they looked for letters around the room. Wednesday in art the children made paper plate shields by tearing foil and gluing it to a paper plate. In math the children looked at different pictures of superheroes and they looked for and talked about the similarities and differences and in language the children worked on their writing skills by tracing swirly lines, curved lines and zigzag lines; a good activity for writing practice and fine motor skill of eye hand coordination. Today the children practiced cutting and they all did very well trying to cut different lines, similar to the lines they traced. In math the children matched shapes to shapes on a superhero cape and glued the matching shapes on, and in language the children came up with words based on superheroes and practiced writing them to create a word wall. Tomorrow in art the children will do some crayon resist art with watercolors and in math they will match numbers to number words. In language the children will dictate “If I were a superhero…”

We are Glad to be Back! - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 4, 2020 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Our first week back since March 16, 2020 and it's been pretty good I must say. Other than getting use to the rooms divided, change in schedule/routines, the children have adapted pretty well with a few tears here and there. We missed them all so much!!

This weeks theme is "Superheroes". For art the children made spider man hand prints, superhero cuffs by decorating with glitter red and gold stars, and a superhero crown with red, yellow, blue and white stars, At the math table we had bubble gum ball grid for counting with colored buttons, number peg boards with pegs, color masks with colored counters to practice matching colors, and number strips with colored circles and numbers with colored bears to match and count spaces.

At the manipulative table we had shoe boxes with superhero sticks for poking holes in the boxes to use and strengthen hand manipulation, rubber bands and clear plastic containers to stretch and wrap around the containers to practice eye-hand coordination and finger/hand grasp and foam blocks with pipe cleaners to make stand up by poking into the foam block with fingers. We also practiced stringing stars with string and star grids with holes.

We have been reading "Germs are Not for Sharing" modeling and practicing steps and singing ABC"s every time the children wash their hands and teachers wash with the children too.

It's great to be back, we deeply missed everyone!!

Welcome Back - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 4, 2020 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We are slowly getting back into the swing of things and the children are becoming a little more comfortable everyday with being back in the classroom with their friends and teachers. They have been participating in one on one activities and having fun with some favorite toys while playing and exploring on the floor. The teachers sat on the floor and stacked blocks while we counted how high we could make them before they fell over - which they love to watch over and over again. The kitchen set has been a facinating way for them to show us how they can turn the knobs back and forth all by themselves. The teachers have been rolling balls to the babies and encouraging them to try rolling them or pushing them back for a great back and forth interaction play. They were so excited when we pulled out the drop in rings and they were able to drop them into a container and dump them back out again - with each one having their own toy, many of them sat and were able to do this activity over and over. The babies heard us make different transportation noises while pushing trains and cars - they really love to watch these vehicles get pushed and go so far across the room. It has been a wonderful transition back to school and we are looking forward to the weeks ahead!

My Five Senses - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 12, 2020 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Kindergarten has been continuing to learn about their 5 senses. We have learned about hearing, touching and taste! These next two days we will learn about seeing and smelling. We are now counting coins in different ways to make a dollar. We will keep practicing this skill and using it in our play food station. As we make our way through March please remember to bring coats, hats and even gloves on colder days. In our parent corner the whole class came up with the idea of recommendation sheets for both the kids and the parents. So, in the parent corner I will add recommendation sheets. You can write something you think would improve the classroom or improve your child’s success. The kids will also do the same thing when they feel like they could benefit more from something! Remember to bring book baggies on Friday for new books AND also your leprechaun traps!


Blindfolding - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 12, 2020 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We continue to work on our 5 senses this week. Yesterday, we had fun being blindfolded and guessing our letters. Today, we got blindfolded and used our hands to feel bumps on cards and guess how many we felt. Out in the Great Room, we walked on jump ropes so we could feel them underneath our feet. We then tried to walk on them with our eyes closed, not being able to see what was under us or in front of us. When we take away a sense that we usually use, it changes our habits and makes us adjust to new things. We are looking forward to doing some taste testing tomorrow. We will be tasting Skittles with our eyes shut and then guessing the flavor in our mouth. Tomorrow is our "Special Friend Breakfast" and the boys and girls are really looking forward to showing their special guest around and having a little breakfast with him/her.Blin

Art With Our Senses - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 12, 2020 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We are ending the week with more fun experiences for the children to learn about the five senses. Yesterday in art the children painted with ketchup and mustard, in math they sorted 2 different soaps by the scent and then they worked on number identification and counting by looking at a numbered cup and placing that many number pieces of soap into the cup. In language the children looked at various pictures to talk about things their nose can smell. Today in art the children drew something they saw in the classroom. In math the children were give a shape and needed to look around the room and find something that matched the shape. In language the children matched letter spoons to words: eyes, ears, nose, hand and tongue. Tomorrow in art the children will paint with a color that the teacher whispers to them to use. In language the children match the picture with the sound they hear birds, train, horn, ambulance, horse and dog; and in math the children will use more of their sense of hearing to listen to the teacher whisper how many seashells to count out.

Flashlight Fun - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 12, 2020 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Continuing our theme of the five senses has been a blast! A crowd favorite in all the age groups in the infant room was watching and exploring the electric aquarium! We shut all the lights off in the classroom which got everyone’s attention in itself! It was fun to talk about how the room looks different in the dark vs the light before turning the aquarium on. Once we did flip the aquarium on, the infants loved looking at the moving fish and sea life. We talked about the how beautiful the sea colors looked to us with the lights off. We also explored flashlights together while the lights were off which was a blast. The younger infant groups also enjoyed exploring colorful scarves stuck in empty paper towel rolls. It was a wonderful cognitive and fine motor activity for all in the room. To mix up working on our gross motor skills, the infants explored a small pop up tent and small sensory balls that we rolled in and out of the tent. We looked at our reflections in the play yard mirror and talked about our own reflections and those of other friends we saw in the mirror. We’ve listened to and danced to different music as a group and enjoyed feeling and talking about cold and warm temperatures. We will continue to explore and talk about our five senses the rest of the week before moving onto Saint Patrick’s Day Theme! Until next time!

Our Five Senses - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 10, 2020 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The children will be exploring the use of all their five senses this week. Yesterday in art the children created handprints with paint on paper. In language the children matched upper case letters to lower case letters and then practiced writing the letters in a tray of corn meal. In math the children used their fine motor skills to put hair rubber bands on a popsicle stick and then counted how many bands were on the stick. Today in art the children painted with broccoli and in math they counted how many carrot slices were in each plastic bag, there were 10 bags. In language the children explored feeling different items and talked about what the item felt like and then tried to name what it was; there was a sponge, an apple, and a kiwi. This afternoon the children helped make a mix of coffee beans and coffee grounds, a good tactile experience as well as smell. In the water table this week the children are washing animals with soapy water using loofahs and sponges, and in the block area the children are building with sponges.