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Ahoy! - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 19, 2018 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Ahoy! This week is pirate week and we had some pirate fun yesterday. To begin, some of our friends shared more of their “All about me “ bags with our student teacher Miss Caitlyn. The children made their own pirate hats in art and came up with some characteristics of a pirate for language. We have fun pirate hats and eye patches in the drama area. All this week Miss Chasity will be drawing a map of the classroom and hiding mini treasure chests around in a different place each day so the children can go on their very own treasure hunt. Today, we made pirate ships at art and the children came up with their own story of what they would do if they were a pirate. Miss Chasity also gave the children a project that is due Friday! They can either draw it here at school or make it at home. Their goal is to make their own pirate ship and give it a name for Friday. Miss Chasity and Miss Tara can’t wait to see what the kids come up with. Many of our friends wore their pirate hats from yesterday and had fun acting like a pirate and saying “Aaaargh.” The fun continues tomorrow and if your child has any pirate gear at home, feel free to let them wear it this week! Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!

Ye Landlubber - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 18, 2018 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s pirate week and we have been reading some fun books about pirates not wanting to change diapers and a pirate A,B,C treasure hunt. They have had a chance to work on some fine motor skills by pulling scarves out of a box and playing with the pounding benches getting pegs out of holes. The containers and lids are always a big hit and provides several different learning activities for the varying ages – the older children tried to match lids to containers and the babies played a fun game of dump and fill. Then when we pulled out the discovery bottles, they were able to shake them and watch the “sunken treasure” move up and down. The teachers put several different familiar play food items in bags and let them pull them out and then named them as they did, the banana is always the fan favorite. Some of our youngest are working on waving hi and/or bye to all who are coming and going from our room. The older ones made music on xylophones while the younger babies are working on holding smaller musical instruments and shaking them to hear the sounds that come from them. Lots of fun during this week of pirates!

Avast Ye Matey - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 18, 2018 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This week's theme is "Pirate Week! We introduced the theme with a picture of a pirate print and named pirate clothing. For art, the children made a pirate ship out of a paper plate by gluing on materials. Today, the children made their own treasure chest by gluing on their own coins and a key. At the math table, children counted treasure coins by placing them in a box and today the children matched pirate cards. At the manipulative table, the children explored with a treasure web by using tongs to get the treasure coins out. Today, the children practiced early writing by tracing lines with markers on an erase board. In the block area, we added boats and in the sensory table we have: sand, treasures and shovels. At group time, we read the following stories: "The ten jolly pirates and Pirates don't change diapers.

Shiver Me Timbers - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 18, 2018 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This week our activities focus on. Pirates. Yesterday in art the children sponge painted pirate flags. In language the children matched letters to a treasure map and in math the children added treasures to a 1 to 1 grid. Today in art the children created paper bowl pirates with pirate hats, eye patches, googly eys and yarn for hair. In math the children engaged in a pirate bingo game looking for pictures of various pirate themed items: treasure chest, telescope, bottle, parrot, pirates, pirate ship, treasure map, anchors, pirate flag, and an island. In language the children continued to work on letter identification with matching the letters to the treasure map and we added beginning letter sounds to the activity. In the water table this week the children are working with boats, small boat counters, coins and ice cube trays.

Pirates - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 18, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

One of our themes this week was pirates! Yesterday we listened to the story There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Map. We talked about why we use maps and why pirates would use maps. Do we use them for the same reasons? You can talk with your child about the different maps you use at home! After we went outside and aged our papers to make them look old. To do this we crumpled them into a ball and ripped tiny pieces off the sides. Then we used tea bags to die our papers a brownish color. Today we took them out to see if they were dry. Then we looked at pirate maps on the I-Pad. We learned that they normally have a X to show where the treasure is buried. We also saw that each map had a compass. So we learned about a compass and added it to our maps. Ask your child what the N, E, S and W mean on a compass! Stop by the classroom to see all of our treasure maps!

Yellow - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Today is YELLOW day! We all had on some sort of yellow in our clothes. It was a sea of yellow everywhere! For the past few days, we have been coloring our milk and water at snack. The children haven't hesitated (for the most part) on drinking something that looks so different! We have also been working on shapes this week. Today, we worked our small muscles and used play dough to roll and form shapes on a shape mat. The children made circles, triangles and rectangles. We have also been discussing three-D shapes such as the cone, cube and sphere. In the block area, we have a large paper mat to use with the blocks to match up the shapes. The children got creative and started to sort all of the blocks not only by shape, but by size as well. Tomorrow, we will be making a class rainbow using a variety of materials around to classroom to "color" it in! Only 2 more days until the Fall Festival and the children have been practicing their jumping in preparation for the bounce house! Keep in jumping!

Experiments - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 13, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

As we continue our color week, the children decorated a green diamond shape with green pom-poms, straws and green squares and added a tail to make a kite. Today the children made a yellow star wand with glitter and streamers for yellow day. At the math table we had number ducks with a pond for matching and counting aloud and at the manipulative table we had yellow plates, bees, yellow tongs and honeycombs to work on fine motor for grasping. We also experimented with baking soda, vinegar and green food coloring to watch what happens when all ingredients were combined. This activity allowed the children to ask questions, make predictions and observe.Tomorrow we will end our week with making a rainbow with cotton balls and colored strips of paper, rainbow bear color matching, health and wellness activity- parachute play and we will make a tortilla rainbow and eat it at snack time. During group time we practiced our shapes by rolling a dice with various shapes and naming the shapes aloud with teacher help if needed. We will end our story time with "My Rainbow Surprise".

Shape Sorters - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 13, 2018 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

All of the infants explored our shape sorters. The older infants would put the shapes in and out of the sorters as we talked about the names and colors of the shapes. The older infants were encouraged to toss different colored bean bags into baskets. We would call out the color names as they tossed them into the basket. They liked dumping all of the bean bags out of the basket. We have been reading many books about Shapes and Colors including: Baby's Colors and Shapes and Hello, Animals (a black and white book).

Green and Yellow - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 13, 2018 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, green fruits and vegetables, green number shells, boats, cups and bear counters were submerged in green in the water table. In addition to learning about what is green, we also learned about shapes. Circles and ovals, squares, rectangles and trapezoids, pentagons and hexagons. The children had fun looking for those shapes in the classroom and throughout the center. In the art area, the children painted with legos, mixing colors to create new ones. Thursday the children will match shapes to items of food as we encourage knowing and naming shapes. Because it's "yellow" day today, the children explored yellow playdoh with various cookie cutter shapes in the art area. Everyone looked so good in their yellow outfits, thank you! Yellow duckies, lemons, boats and cups floated around in the yellow water in the water table. The children continued to reinforce their knowledge of shapes, as they looked for different ones in the classroom and named the ones they used in the art area.

Tomorrow is Friday and the color of the day is . . . .Rainbow! The children will be creating 'Shape collages' in art, sorting objects by color, then shape in the math area and playing a 'Road sign' bingo game to help identify both shapes and colors, in the language area. Yes, you guessed it. Every color of the rainbow items will fill the water table, with bubbles added! Books read this week: One, fish, two fish, Red fish, blue fish, Green eggs and Ham, The Day the Crayons (series), Purple Green and Yellow , just to name a few. Happy Friday Everyone! Be Happy and Be Safe!!!

Piet Mondrian - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 13, 2018 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

In art this week the children have continued to learn about Piet Mondrian. After learning a new horizontal and vertical song the children made horizontal and vertical lines using black paint and rulers. We let them dry and then added the three primary colors like Piet did. The children chose which boxes and which colors to put there. Tomorrow the children will make another Piet inspired art piece but this time they will use secondary colors. Ask your child what their favorite art work is so far. They've made the color wheels and primary color art work.