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Penguins - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 15, 2019 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This month we are learning about Penguins. There are 17 types of penguins and everyday students learn about a new species. We are learning how penguins are able to stay warm in the cold and how penguin families work together to care for the baby penguin. Later this month students will get the chance to observe them on the Animal Live penguin camera.

Chef Hats - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 15, 2019 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We started our week off with making our own chef hats. The boys and girls decorated the white band of the hat with some of their favorite foods and then we added white tissue paper for the top. We looked like a bunch of professionals in the classroom! In the science area, we are sorting foods in to two categories, "healthy" and "sometimes" foods. This goes well with our our Health and Wellness unit on healthy food giving us fuel so we have energy. Today, we were squeezing oranges to make orange juice (and then we just had to eat the orange of course!) We talked about how many oranges it would take to fill up one whole cup to make juice. We listened to the story of Stone Soup at our morning group. We then discussed how stones would really not be good in a soup, but what else we would like to have in a soup. At the language table, we have a large bowl and a spoon. The bowl is filled with letters and the children are scooping them out with the spoon, telling the letter and a few words that start with the letter, before putting back in the bowl. Tomorrow, we will be making muffins and toasting our art work!

Exploring Cooking - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 15, 2019 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This week as your children learn about and explore the art of cooking, we are implementing diversity into our week. We will be learning about Africa and the children will have an African experience by way of food and costume. Monday in the art area, the children decorated construction paper which will be made into a "Kufi", one of many African hats. Also on Monday, the children created letters with beans, as they placed them on the lines making each letter. In math, they looked for letters in their name, or letters they know, in a pretend bowl of soup. They scooped out letters and sorted them accordingly.

Today we talked about what they would like to learn or know about Africa. We discussed clothing, schooling, foods, jobs and homes. Math consisted of sorting beans, counting them and deciding which had more or less. Art was exciting for your children. They choose 3 colors to put on one side of their paper. The paper was then folded over and they got to spread the paint around, to open it up to a beautiful, pleasant colored surprise on both sides!

Tomorrow, the children will be using their fine motor skills to trace the letter "C" for Cooking. They will also be helping to make Kool-aid play dough and rolling out letters with their play dough. As part of our African experience, the children will assist in creating a fruit salad. This activity involves math, health and science.

Cooking Fun - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 15, 2019 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Cooking". We introduced the theme with a picture of children making muffins and a question "Do you help mommy cook"?. We also reviewed Cooking Lesson tips: wash hands-then cook and last eat. At the math table we had sorting cups with numbers from 1-5 inside the cups and colored spoons for scooping and counting fruit and veggie water cubes and watermelon patterns with seeds varying from 1-5 to apply seeds as they count. At the manipulative table we "flipped the cookies" by using spatulas with real cookies and baking pans as the children practiced flipping by using their fine motor skills. We also had a "Fruit Toss" with various fruits and veggies, watermelon bowls and tongs to toss the fruit working their hands, arms and fingers. In art the children made "Muffins" by painting brown paper with white paint and gluing blue paper blueberry's and today the children stamped on white paper with blue and pink paint with ice cream cones to make circles on their paper. In the sensory table we have flour, cornmeal and cooking tools to experiment with and manipulate. We will add food boxes to the block area to add for building and stacking. So far, we have read "If you give a Mouse a Cookie" and "If You Give a Pig a Pancake".

Cooking - Infants

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 15, 2019 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we are learning about Cooking. The older infants were able to paint with cooking utensils. They dipped a mini whisk into a bowl of paint and were encouraged to spread it on their paper. All of the infants were able to explore brown paper lunch bags. We encouraged them to put toys in and out of the bag as we talked about what the bags are typically used for and the texture of the bags. The infants were able to pull colored scarves out of o-ring ball. We played peek-a-boo with the scarves as we pulled them out of the ball and talked about their colors and textures.

Stacking Rings - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 10, 2019 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The infants liked exploring our stacking rings. They were eager to play with the rings and figure out how to put them on the cone base. Once we showed them how to put the rings on the cone, they were able to take them off and re-stack them. All of the infants were interested in our colored scarves and ribbons. The older infants would touch and feel the scarves and wave them around a little as we talked about their texture and colors. For the younger infants, we would wave the scarves in front of them and play "Peek-a-Boo." All of the infants were able to explore our sensory bottles. They were curious about the water, glitter, and other objects floating around in the bottles.

Astronauts & Rocket Ships - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 10, 2019 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The children continue to be very interested in learning about space and rocket ships. Yesterday in art the children painted on foil with q-tips. In math they counted falling stars by picking up a handful, dropping them and then counting them. In language the children tossed bean bags onto paper plate planets and then named the letter that was on the planet. Today the children did a lot of sensory and fine motor work. In science the children explored making constellations using miniature marshmallows and toothpicks. They were very creative; some children made shapes and others lined up the marshmallows on the toothpick. In writing the children traced a letter and then added star stickers to its points and connection points to create a letter constellation. In math the children-built rocket ships with large threading beads, and without the thread of course. The children used subitize cards to determine how many beads to build up for their rocket on each turn. We added boxes in the drama area and the children used them as rockets and they opened two of the boxes, put them together to make a bigger rocket. They loaded it up with food, dishes and clothes to take to space with them. Coach Charlotte came, and the children worked on their soccer skills of dribbling the ball and kicking the ball. Tomorrow in art the children will swirl watercolor paint into shaving cream, press a paper plate onto it to create a planet. In language the children will dictate “if I went to space I would bring…” In math the children will engage in some more outer space bingo.

Blasting Off! - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 10, 2019 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Blasting off into the rest of this week, we have had some out of this world fun. At the language table, we have been practicing writing space words. We have also been learning to rhyme words as well. We are also learning the M song this week. So far, the children have a good grasp on the letters A-L. So, if you hear your children sing a random letter song, it is from class! Today, we played soccer with Coach Charlotte! The children learned how to trap, dribble and kick the ball. We still need to work on not using our hands for this sport. We also went outside and played in the snow. Winter has decided to pay us a visit since there was not much snow on the ground in December. Also, in two weeks, we will be traveling to the Playhouse Square to see Rainbow Fish. Half of the children will go on Wednesday and half will go on Friday of that week. We will send home reminders of which day your child goes. Please make sure that your child is coming to school with hats, gloves, snow pants, warm jacket, and boots. Have a great weekend!

Flat Stanley - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 8, 2019 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This month students began reading Flat Stanley. In class we designed our own Flat Stanley’s and sent them home, students will send them to other family members who will take pictures and send the back next month. This exciting pen pal activity is a great way for students to learn about other cities and states while predicting what their Flat Stanley will do next!

The Moon - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 8, 2019 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddlers are learning all about Outer Space. We kicked off our theme on Monday with a picture of the Moon on the Word Wall. At the art table, the toddlers painted paper plates gray and added aluminum foil to add some shine. At the math table, the toddlers scrunched up aluminum foil into balls and put them into silver containers. At the manipulative table, we practiced early writing by using our fingers to make scribbles and lines in blue moon sand. At group, we read Pooh Catches A Falling Star. On Tuesday, we posted a picture of stars onto the Word Wall and sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. At art, we stamped stars with yellow paint on blue paper. At the math table, the toddlers manipulated sensory bags made of hair gel, stars, and gold and silver glitter. At the manipulative table, the toddlers practiced peeling stickers on and placing on black paper.