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Old MacDonald - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 15, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It is a week all about nursery rhymes and we are off to a running start. We sang Old MacDonald and used popsicle stick puppets for a different way for them to see the animals - and of course we worked on their sounds as well. They each had a chance to roll balls down a cardboard ramp and they all had so much fun running after them and seeing how many they could collect. Plus, the balls had Halloween items in them so they were very excited to point everything out to us so that was a very exciting activity for them. Yesterday, they painted yellow stars and then today they glued them to a big piece of paper to make a starry night so we could sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" after it was hung up for them to see what they had made. We also put a sensory tub out and gave them pitchers of water and plastic cups to try and pour the water into - some tried very hard and concentrated until they had accomplished the task. All of this and a lot of familiar books containing some favorite nursery rhymes. Lots more coming up this week with fun activities for them to explore and create.

Learning Nursery Rhymes - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 15, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The theme this week is Nursery Rhymes!

Nursery rhymes. You remember those? We are introducing them to your children. Monday they learned 'Mary had a little lamb'. We emphasized the lambs in a math activity. The children rolled the dice to place the number lambs into the field. This helps and reinforces number recognition and counting skills. Children also learn to take turns and exercise patience. The same occurred in the language area. There, they had the opportunity to participate in a path game, on their way to school. Along the way, there were buildings and community areas the children had to name. Naming and noticing the buildings goes along with our project, 'All About Building'. We will be block painting this week. There will be graph paper in the math area, where the children will have to find the shapes hidden within. Of course, the block area is always open for exploration and experimentation of creative designs. They can even use the graph paper to design a building! Fine motor skills will be developed this week as your children explore playdoh with their hands, cookie cutters, rolling pins and scissors. Tomorrow the nursery rhyme is 'Jack and Jill'. The children can exercise their fine motor skills by tracing the upper and lowercase letter J.

Help us help your children by reading and/or reciting timeless nursery rhymes to them.They're fun, funny and help to build phonetic skills for future learning.

Nursery Rhymes - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 15, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello Pre-K families! This week we have started the theme of Nursery Rhymes. Yesterday we began building our parachutes for the egg drop that we will have at the end of the week. We will continue to work on the parachutes for the rest of the week until it is time to drop the eggs. At the math table the children were adding beans to the leaves of the beanstalk. There was a number on the leaf and that is how many beans the children needed to add. At the language table, we began writing and learning the letter Dd. We will practice this letter all week. The children have come up with a list of Dd words which is on the chalkboard in the back of the classroom. We have created some fun art projects at the art table. We started our week making a handprint mother goose and today the children made their own clock from the famous Hickory Dickory Dock. We also enjoyed some Great Room time since the cubbies have been moved and we have a lot more space. The Nursery Rhyme fun continues on. Please stay warm as the crisp fall weather is slowly making its way!

This Week is on Fire! - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 10, 2019 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Fire safety week is on fire! We are having a great week learning about the colors of fire with a few sensory activities. In science, we played with the feeling of paint. Everyone loved going to the center to talk about what the paint feels like. We also used marbles to paint on Wednesday. Everyone always enjoys shaking the box like crazy and seeing how the marble has made their paint spread. We also learned about food groups and disused healthy options. Much to everyone's surprise, they found out that ice cream is not exactly healthy and should be consumed as a treat. Everyone was very knowledgeable about what food is considered a fruit, vegetable, dairy, grain, or protein. Today we focused on discussing how firefighters help us. We have also been working on our emotion regulation. We now have a glitter jar in the room, which will remind us to take time to breath and calm our bodies when we are feeling upset. Tomorrow we will be rolling play dough into the letters F, I, R, E. This helps us identify our letters as well as give us some sensory input. We will also go over the centers safety exit plan in case there is a fire related emergency.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Temperatures - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 10, 2019 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The infants have had such a great time talking about fire safety this week. We've explored a lot of different things across the board. A crowd favorite with the older infants was talking about different temperatures, hot and cold. We used a large sensory bin full of ice cubes and explored it for a while as a group. When the ice cubes began to melt a bit, we poured warm water on top of the cubes. It was fun to see the reaction of the infants when they heard the ice cubes make popping noises from the temperature change. "Burr!" was a big reaction from exploring the cold water. Also we practiced saying "cold" and "hot". The older infants got very creative and used different shapes and glue to make "fire trucks" with! It made the group smile when we practiced the fire truck sound! "Ding Ding Ding!!". We've also explored new materials in different ways. We put white shaving cream in gallon size zip lock bags, and dropped food coloring into each one. We practiced using gentle hands to mix the shaving cream and food coloring up in the closed bags! We made Yellow, Blue, Purple and Green bags after mixing everything together! We've had a great week in the infant room. On to Nursery Rhymes next week! Until next time!

Fire Safety - Toddlers

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 10, 2019 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddlers are learning about Fire Safety. We kicked off our theme on Monday with a picture of a firefighters on the Word Wall. At the art table, we painted with red, orange, and yellow paint with forks on white paper to make flames. At the math table, the toddlers matched red, orange, and yellow fire trucks and animals to matching colored paper. At the manipulative table, the toddlers explored red, orange, and yellow sensory bags with their fingers. At group, we read about different kinds of fire trucks. On Tuesday, at the art table, we painted with fire trucks. At the math table, the toddlers counted # fire trucks and red gems. At the manipulative table, the toddlers explored with firefighters, fire trucks, and fire houses. At group, we practiced putting out "fires" with red cups and blue bean bags for water.

We continued our theme of Fire Safety on Wednesday and talked about who is allowed to be around fire. At the art table, the toddlers painted paper plates red and glued on badges to make fire hats. At the math table, the toddlers matched fire clothes and fire hats to fire fighters to help them get dressed. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used their fingers and hands to push popsicle sticks into styrofoam blocks. At group, we read Firehouse Dogs. On Thursday, at the art table, we did marble painting with red and orange paint to practice rolling the marble back and forth for stop, drop, and roll. At the math table, the toddlers counted the spots on the fire dog with pom poms. At the manipulative table, the toddlers practiced peeling red, orange, and yellow tape off of cans to work their fine motor skills. At group, we practiced Stop, Drop, & Roll!

Firefighter Visit Tomorrow - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 10, 2019 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We are concluding our week of safety tips with a visit from a firefighter tomorrow! We have done so well with telling rules and reminders how to keep safe and what to do in case of an emergency. We hope the fireman is impressed with all we know! We worked on some technology skills today with a few friends working on the iPad with Miss Tara. We are doing some letter and number recognition and some shape matching for now. At the science table, we sorted items into safe/not safe to touch. At the language table, we sorted items into small lettered buckets according to their sounds. Tomorrow, we will wrap up our week with what we learned about fire safety and the letter Cc (which we have been also talking about all week!). Don't forget to ask your child about our fire drills here at school while you also talk about your fire drills at home.

Safety Week - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 9, 2019 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It's fire safety week and the children have been busy with activities that help them learn all about how to keep them safe. They have tried on fire fighter hats and looked at themselves (and their friends) in the mirror. We put out the music mats to experiment with making music with our feet and hands and then sat in a big circle and practiced rolling a ball back and forth between friends and teachers. We taped a "ladder" to the floor and let them try jumping and crawling up and down it. They "rescued" animals trapped by tape on a tray and stuck big black dots onto a dog made from contact paper. They also got to try their bowling skills out by knocking over cups with small balls. "I'm a Little Firefighter" finger play was a big hit with all of them as they practiced putting a fire out (this caused some giggles) and then some of them "called" their mommy's and daddy's on their phones. They have been busy and active but are having so much fun this week with many more fun activities to come.

Firefighters and Fire Trucks - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 9, 2019 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

This week we are increasing our knowledge about fire safety! This means that we are also learning about firefighters and firetrucks, which seems to be a hit! The first thing we did was teach the kids about 911 and to call that when there is a fire. We traced the numbers 911 with bingo dabbers as a language activity. During center time on Monday, we went over what items could start a fire. We got some great responses like a candle, fireplace, and the oven. I also showed them different ways firefighters can fight fires. Many were surprised to find out firefighters can work on boats and helicopters. On Monday, we dyed popcorn kernels yellow, orange, and red. The kids always have fun shaking the bags up. This will be in our sensory table all week. Today we practiced writing by using the chalkboards to write stop, drop, roll, and fire. We are letting the kids get a little creative this week by using marshmallows and spaghetti noodles to build buildings and make shapes. It’s a fun out-of-the-box way to get them to be more interactive in their play. Lastly, we read a book about how waiting can be hard. “Waiting Is Not Easy” made a lot of the kids laugh and we discussed how sometimes it’s hard to wait your turn. We talked about how sometimes it can feel frustrating when you have to wait, but there are ways to be patient, like going to play with something else until it’s your turn.


I look forward to seeing where the rest of the week takes us!

Fire Safety Week - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 9, 2019 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It's Fire Safety Week and we are doing a great job at reviewing some safety rules so we stay safe. Yesterday, we talked about the job of a firefighter and where they stay when they are working, not just fighting a fire. We saw pictures and a short video of the firehouse, the kitchen, where the firefighters sleep and even where they play games when they are in the firehouse. We learned that the firefighters take turns cooking meals and cleaning. Some of the boys and girls have now decided on being a firefighter when they grow up. Today, we worked on "stop, drop and roll" and heard a story about a little girl who couldn't remember those words, but words that rhymed (like "drop, plop and bowl"). We also worked our small muscles today by burying small beads in playdoh and digging them out with our pinching fingers. Tomorrow, we will be doing an art project with tissue paper and again working our hands so we can gain some strength to write and write!