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All About Authors - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 25, 2020 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This week is all about different Authors! In the beginning of the week we will be talking about shape recognition. With 2D shapes in mind we will also talk about 3D shapes and relating them to the real world. In Language Arts we are talking about authors, illustrators, and the authors purpose of a book. With these we are also answering and expanding our questions for a book. Some of our vocabulary this week include; plot, solution, summary, character and illustrations. Please keep practicing sight words! This week our new sight words are on, so and go.

Being Authors - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 25, 2020 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We are ready to write our own stories and be the amazing authors that we are learning about. Yesterday, we heard a story by Don Freeman called Corduroy. Since the story talks about the bear's green overalls and his white button, we worked on recognizing and reading color words. The children are getting familiar with common words that they may see in and out of school. Color words are something they might see, so those are some beginning words that we zone in on first. We also did some really cool scraper painting and sorted buttons at the math table. Today, we are listening to Ezra Jack Keats stories. Although we did not have a snowy day, we heard about one and then became authors to our own stories about being in the snow. We also did some painting with white and used empty thread spools to make impressions on the paper. At the science table, we are experimenting with gears and the track table has some new toys to explore from the Lion King movie. We are keeping busy in the Pre-K classroom! Tomorrow, we will hear many stories from Leo Lionni and make some more beautiful artwork and write more stories.

Books and Their Authors - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 25, 2020 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we introduce activities geared towards a different author and his/her stories for each day. Yesterday was all about Don Freeman and in art the children did some rainbow drip art using ink droppers. In math the children engaged in a game called mouse match and with this game the children had to find the mouse whose color matched the cheese in the middle of the board. Each match a child made, they kept the cheese and after all the cheese was taken, they counted how many pieces they had. In language the children worked on letter and word matching by matching color words and this activity included a modification to offer up a challenge. The color word cards were all color coded, red on red, yellow on yellow and so forth; this helped the children match the words easily. After they matched the color word cards together, we put out a large white paper that had the color words on it. The children then needed to find the matching word and place the matching color word card on top of the color word on the white paper. This did engage the children more too as they needed to look and find the matching word on the white paper. At group time we talked about what an author is and then we read the story Rainbow of My Own. In the afternoon the children made rainbow toast! They painted on a piece of bread with colored milk and then we toasted it, and they of course got to eat it. Today’s author was Ezra Jack Keats and the activities we had focused on the story The Snowy Day. In art the children painted white with spools, and in language the children wrote letters with their finger in a tray of sugar. In math the children dressed a person for the snowy weather. The children chose their paper person and then rolled a die which determined how many pieces of clothing to add at a time. The clothing options were pants, shirt, dress, boots, coat, gloves, scarf and hat. At group we read The Snowy Day and we talked about why we wear all those items to play in the snow. In the dry table this week the children are working on their scissor skills cutting scraps of paper in the table.

Authors Week - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 25, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the toddler room! This week we will be focusing on our theme: “Author’s” On Monday, the used their cognitive skills to count or match the different varieties of Teddy bears at the math table. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate the Mr. Potato Head pieces with their hands in order to dress the Mr. Potato head. At the dry table, the children will be using their fine motor skills to use safety scissors to cut the newspaper pieces in the table. At the art table, the children used their hands to manipulate a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their paper. The children also used their hands to add wiggly eyes and other cut out pieces to their teddy bears. On Tuesday, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate tongs to pick up the cotton balls from the table and place them in containers. At the math table, the children used their cognitive skills to match the different color pom poms to each different color : “Snowy Day" Jack piece on the table. At the art table, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate a paintbrush dipped in paint to apply over their construction paper. The children also used their hands to apply a cut out head and wiggly eyes to make their snowy day Jack. We will also read books each day to showcase the different authors: Ezra Jack Keats and Don Freeman! Have a great day!

Painting Fun - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 25, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

It's authors week and the babies are getting to enjoy so many favorite books by these wonderful people, it is so much fun to have a small group hanging onto every word and watching the beautiful pictures that depict the stories. Today they gathered around the sensory tub to practice using shovels to try and pick up cotton balls and pom poms. Our older children colored with chalk on paper and fingerpainted on a paper plate while the younger ones practiced using fine motor skills to try and undo tape to free popsicle sticks on a high chair tray. They had a chance to feel water that had been colored with food coloring. A teacher worked string and yarn through the holes of a laundry basket and placed items in the bottom of it for them to fit their hands through the string to retrieve the items - they thought this activity was so much fun! Coming up tomorrow, they will have a chance to mix paints in a plastic bag, explore the room with colored magnifying glasses and tap on windchimes that the teachers are holding to hear the different sounds. It has been a great sensory week so far and they have much more to look forward to as the week progresses.

Healthy Teeth - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 20, 2020 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This week has been dental health week. Kindergarten has learned some big vocabulary words regarding dental health! We have been learning about healthy and not healthy food. With this we create food patterns and graphs in math. We also are working on counting on and subtraction. In reading we have been learning short and long vowel sounds. We will also start learning phone numbers and addresses as well as some graduation songs! Please keep working on letter recognition and sounds, number recognition, and sight words!

Dental Health - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 20, 2020 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello families! We had another fun week here in the classroom learning all about dental health. The children gained some knowledge about this week and we hope that they continue to use that knowledge. The children learned that we have to replace our toothbrushes every 3 months in order to keep our teeth happy. During this week, the children had fun cleaning teeth in the sensory bin, practicing our letters both recognizing and writing them at the language table and playing a path game at the math table. At the art table this week, the children painted teeth, drew a mouth and added teeth in it and even put beads on a piece of floss to work on fine motor skills. The science table was a huge hit this week with having the dentist doll and tools there and the children sorted foods that are good for your teeth and bad for your teeth. They have learned that sugar is not so good for your teeth. Changing from the topic of dental health, the children have learned the letter Ss. We are getting closer to the end of the alphabet. We also had some fun with Coach Charlotte playing Volleyball! A couple weeks ago, Coach Charlotte taught us how to bump, set, and serve the ball and the children practiced these skills once again and put it into action hitting it over the net. It was a fun way to begin our Thursday. We hope that everyone had an amazing week and that the children enjoyed learning about their teeth. We hope you all have a fun and safe weekend and however this weather is this weekend, make sure you stay warm if it's cold out or stay cool if it's warm out! You have to love Ohio :)

Teeth - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 20, 2020 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The activities this week have been very enjoyable for the preschoolers. Yesterday in art they painted with toothpaste! In math the children worked on number matching by taking a number card and finding the matching number on the tooth. In language the children worked on letter recognition as they clipped lettered clothespins to match to dental words on a popsicle stick: dentist, toothpaste, toothbrush, smile, and teeth. This activity also incorporated fine motor skills to squeeze the clothespin and focus on the stick to clip it on. Today in art the children worked on scissor skills by cutting out a tooth; some children were able to focus on the lines and cut the tooth out while others explored getting comfortable with holding the scissors correctly and cutting. In math the children formed a playdough mouth and counted out beans to place on it for teeth. In language the children looked at different pictures related to dental health, and they talked about what they saw in the pictures. Coach Charlotte came and the children continued to learn a bit more volleyball skills. Tomorrow in art the children will paint with dental floss and in math they will make a tooth graph. In language the children will compare, and match beginning sounds for words like smile, dentist, toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss.

Brushing Our Teeth - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 20, 2020 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

As we continue to leran more about" Dental" week, the children explored with real egg brushing with homemade tooth paste and carton brushing to practice up and down and around in circle motions. At the math table the children practiced counting "Hippo" teeth by placing the number of mini marshmallows in front of the tooth. For art, the children finger painted with tooth paste while exploring the texture and smell, and made paper cup teeth by painting yellow/white and making a pattern of teeth on large paper. For our Health and Wellness activity, we introduced the following foods on "My Plate" Dairy, Grain, Protein, Fruit and Vegetable. We had the children find a food group asked and placed it on the plate in the category. This activity allows the children to become familar with the healthy food groups and become familar with all the foods in general. We will end our week with fact about "What sugery drink do to our teeth"?, Healthy breakfast puzzles,practice flossing duplo blocks and make a breakfast pizza with crescent rools, cheese, eggs and spinach as a part of our health and wellness activity.

Hearts - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 20, 2020 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Moving forward with our Valentine’s day theme has been a blast. The older infants have loved re-visiting our cut out hearts that we stuck to clear contact paper and then to the floor! We’ve talked about the pink red and purple colors of the hearts a ton! It was a blast counting the hearts out loud and watching the older infants react by pointing to the hearts while we counted! Another fun activity all the infants enjoyed was making a class art piece! Again, using clear contact paper taped to the wall, all the infants were encouraged to tear different shades of pink tissue paper up and to stick it to the contact paper! After we all had a chance to tear up our paper, we flipped and stuck the contact sheet to the ground to revisit the rest of the week! Another few crowd favorites included mixing red and white paint in large plastic bags to make pink, exploring felt hearts in different colors together and dancing with rainbow ribbons and looking in the mirror as we made silly faces and talked about our feelings! Next week onto our Authors theme! Until next time!