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Field Trip Fun - Summer School Age

Posted by [email protected] on July 22, 2021 at 2:20 PM Comments comments ()

This week in the Summer School Age room:

On Monday, we played at Rocky River Beach park. The kids raced up and down the hill, played on the climber, & we even found a four leaf clover! On Tuesday, half of the class went to the weaving studio & painted using different tools, such as flowers, ribbon, and Legos. The finished pieces are so neat! On Wednesday, we had a short stop at Morton park, but changed to Lakewood park. The kids loved the climbers there and we took a walk down by the water. On Thursday, the other half of the class went to the weaving studio. On Friday, we made our way to Bradley Nature Park where the kids played on the climber & we went on a hike to observe some nature.

Have a great weekend!

Merry Christmas! - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on July 22, 2021 at 2:15 PM Comments comments ()

Merry Christmas....in July!! We hope that everyone has had a wonderful week because we know we did here in pre-k. This week we celebrated Christmas in July with a bunch of different activities. The children got a head start on their Christmas list for this year and they did not disappoint! This week we also made our Christmas Palm tree where we decorated it and created presents to put under it! The children also worked on their letter writing and number recognition with some fun games. We worked on a fun experiment where we put three different cups of liquids- rubbing alcohol, water and milk and added some mints to each to see which one will dissolve faster. Overall, the mints seem to be dissolve within a couple minutes of being in each liquid. We discussed where we would go if we were Santa and we were on vacation. There were many different answers from Florida to Colorado to even Mexico! Even though it was a little chilly this week, the children did spend some time swimming. Their favorite thing to do is to take water from one pool and put it in the other to see how fast they can fill it to the top. Even though we had fun in the classroom, let’s not forget about our wonderful field trips this week. This week we went to Bain Park and Bradley Nature Park where we explored the outdoors and even saw a mama deer with her baby. We had fun this week and hope that everyone enjoyed celebrating Christmas in July….come Sunday…only 5 more months till Christmas…but who’s counting! Have a wonderful weekend!

Christmas and Summer - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on July 22, 2021 at 2:15 PM Comments comments ()

Christmas!! So fun to engage in activities and read stories about Christmas, in the summer! Monday in art the children painted with Christmas cookie cutters, in math they traced numbers with colored gems and in language the children dictated 3 things about Christmas. Tuesday the children explored using their tongue to pick up a "snowball," (marsh-mallow). In math the children rolled a die, counted the dots and then needed to find the corresponding number on a Christmas tree. In art the children painted paper plates green. Wednesday in math the children engaged in counting cookies and in language they worked with letter blocks to build them, knock them down and identify the letters face up after falling. Today in art the children created a snow scene painting with cups to create snowballs and in math the children explored geometric shapes. Today was also another fun swim day! Tomorrow in art the children will make snowflakes and in math they will work with a 1:1 mat with paper cookies and in language the children will sort the words by the first letter sound. Tomorrow the children will also decorate a Christmas cupcake; we read a story today that talked about Christmas cake, and we all agreed it'd be fun to have a Christmas cupcake tomorrow to decorate!

Christmas Fun - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on July 22, 2021 at 2:15 PM Comments comments ()

This weeks theme is" X-MAS in July"

Tuesday- Swim Day

Art

The children made X-Mas trees by Koosh painting and adding glitter to make sparkling trees, Candy canes by gluing on white strips, presents by gluing on wrapping paper squares and tomorrow the children will decorate their own Gingerbread Man.

Math

X-mas duck counting with X-mas pails and coin counting to work on and build one-to-one, Santa dry erase boards with numbers on beard to practice number recognition, pointing and counting aloud ,tomorrow we will explore with colored tiles to make patterns, stack and count.

Fine Motor

The children practiced their lacing with Holiday boards/shoestrings-this allows the children to practice weaving in and out and grip with fingers, Holiday Santa hats and colanders with pipe cleaners to put in the holes with index/thumb grasp to fill all the holes, dry erase boards with red/green markers to practice early writing/finger grasp and begin to tell stories about their drawings.

Songs/Books

Jingle Bells, Up on The House Top, Frosty the Snowman, Little Miss Spider a Christmas Wish, Jingle Bells, Ten Gingerbread Men, A Christmas Present for me, Christmas Cats, Five Christmas Penguins, Click, Clack, Ho, Ho, Ho and Christmas at Last

Tomorrow

Peppermint experiment and make fake snow

Christmas in July - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on July 22, 2021 at 2:15 PM Comments comments ()

This weeks theme is" X-Mas in July"

Friday- Swim Day

Art

Christmas Tree Sponge painting- used circle sponges to paint, Ornament painting- we used plastic ornaments to paint with, We used recycled paper, wrapping paper and ribbon to glue on tree cutout, and tomorrow we will make handprint ornament out of clay.

Math

Gift Sorting by helping children order small to big

Fine Motor

The children explored with stacking blocks by stacking and lining up and practiced lacing with shoestrings to help with finger grasp and eye-hand coordination.

Experiment

We mixed conditioner and corn starch to make fake snow- Family Cookbook

Celebrating Christmas - Infant

Posted by [email protected] on July 22, 2021 at 2:15 PM Comments comments ()

This week in the infant classroom the theme was Christmas in July! Here are a few crowd favorites. The infants loved listening to different holiday music on CD and making music together using different shakers and bells! The infants loved it when we sang jingle bells and practiced shaking our bells fast and slow. The class also explored pop up boxes and stacking rings and counting together as we took plastic ginger bread men in and out of baskets! The infants enjoyed our swim day earlier this week as well as a neighbor hood walk. We saw dogs, flowers and all different types of big trucks! It’s been a great week and we look forward to a new theme on Monday. Until next time!

Fun in the Woods - Summer School Age

Posted by [email protected] on July 16, 2021 at 6:30 AM Comments comments ()

Coach Charlotte visited us twice this week to get our bodies moving & exercising. We traveled to Bradley Woods Reservation where we discovered ducks, frogs, geese, cicadas, turtles, and a deer! Even though the park was muddy from the overnight rainfall, we all had a blast. At the center, we learned about different construction trucks & what their jobs are, we wrote our names with items we collected in nature, created fuse bead artwork, and designed different things using the 'Straws & Connecter' toys. 

Next week is full of new adventures plus it is Christmas in July!

Construction Destruction - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on July 15, 2021 at 2:05 PM Comments comments ()

This week was all about construction! We figured we would learn more about it since it is everywhere you look in the Cleveland area right now! These boys and girls were so interested in all the different kinds of trucks! On Monday, we watched a short clip of construction vehicles in a real construction site and then looked back at the pictures we have of the construction that happened right across the street from us (the hospital!). The class has been calling the hole across the street "the big pit". They also would like to fill it with water and swim in it! That's for another theme! At art, we rolled some trucks through paint and then rolled them across some paper. We also used yellow scraps of paper to make our own construction trucks or our own unique creations. For language, we used hammers to pound on rocks (paper rocks) that had letters written on them. When you saw a letter you know, pound it down like it is a nail in a piece of wood! Not only did this help with letter recognition, but it seemed to work on getting some frustration out too! We read many stories about construction and saw many books with pictures and descriptions of various trucks and their uses. Wednesday was all about water play! We took some play food out on the patio and had some "picnics" while we rested from the pool. It has been a busy, fun-filled week!

Construction - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on July 15, 2021 at 2:05 PM Comments comments ()

This theme has been an enjoyable one for the preschoolers this week, they love talking about what they know about construction nd ask questions about what they want to know. Monday in art the children constructed a building with magnet blocks, and then practiced drawing the construction on paper. In language the children dictated what they would build if they were an architect and in math the children created shapes using rubber bands on geoboards. Coach Charlotte came and the children learned some basketball skills to dribble, and push the ball up. Tuesday in art the children continued to build and draw constructions and in language they worked on writing construction words. Wednesday in art the children used masking tape to create a design, lots of fine motor work with this! In language the children shared what they know about construction and in math added pepperoni to pizza! Today was a swim day and we had a little time to get some activities done as well. In language the children matched the worker's to the tools they use, and in math matched and named shapes. Tomorrow in art the children will do some tree bark rubbings, in language they will do a hard hat letter memory game and in math they will engage in construction bingo. Coach Charlotte will be back tomorrow too!!

Construction Fun - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on July 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM Comments comments ()

This weeks theme is "Construction"

Monday -Coach Charlotte

Tuesday- Swim Day

Art

Wednesday we did Monday's art which was stamping with Legos, white paint and blue paper to make Geometric Blue prints, Build your own building using craft sticks and layer on paper and, Friday we will make a car and sign collage with various road signs and colored paper cars.

Math

the children explored with various blocks- small, large, colored and tower blocks to make patterns, build and stack as high as they could, # construction vehicles with road mats to practice number recognition and Friday, we will explore with tape shapes and blocks for matching and naming colors.

Fine Motor

Monday, the children practiced holding and working scissors with paper, Move and learn pattern road by following the paper road, construction lacing cards to practice manipulation, grip and weaving and practice tracing lines on paper with crayons.

Friday

Mentos experiment, make "Stop Light cups" healthy snack- layer green grapes, pineapples and strawberries in a clear cup and eat for snack, Practice weaving in and out of orange cones outside and review Construction signs.


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