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Martin Luther King Jr - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 21, 2020 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we will be learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and other important figures during the Civil Rights movement. Be sure to ask your child about our flipbooks that we will be making. In math we are going over number order and ordering the numbers. We also will be talking about base 10 and different ways to show it. We are starting new sight words. Our words learned so far are; but, he, had, I, see, and that. We are also working on our handwriting this week.


Black History - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 21, 2020 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello Pre-k families! We hope everyone had an amazing weekend and for those who were off yesterday, I hope you were able to enjoy the day off. We began learning about Black History in the Pre-k classroom and each day we plan to teach the children about someone who made an impact. Yesterday, since it was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the children learned about how he wanted to bring everyone no matter the color of their skin together and make them equal. We discussed our egg experiment which we did today. I asked the children if we brought in one white egg and one brown egg, would they be the same or different on the inside. Many of the children said different because they were different on the outside. When conducting the experiment today, the children noticed that they were both the same on the inside. We tried our best to explain that the eggs are just like us, we are all different on the outside, but we are all the same on the inside. Other fun activities that we did in the Pre-k room include writing Black History words on the word wall, the children giving us a word for each letter of the word D-R-E-A-M for Martin Luther King Jr. At the math table, the children also put the foot prints because Dr. Martin Luther King marched, in order from largest to smallest or smallest to largest. We also took time to learn about Harriet Tubman and how she helped many African Americans find freedom. Setting that aside, we learned the letter Oo as well, we sang our song, wrote some words on the chalkboard and throughout the week, we will practice writing the letter Oo. We will continue to learn about Black History the rest of the week and hope that the children take away some part of history when learning. Please stay warm and we will talk to you soon!

Feeling Snow - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 21, 2020 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This week has really started off with a lot of new activities and some old favorites. They played with the stacking ring toys and the peg boards and most had fun putting them on or in and then taking them off or out - it is a learning curve for them, but all of them persisted and had a good time with them. We put colored circles on the floor and then laid them on their bellies so they could see them and we could talk about the colors they were seeing. Snow was brought into the classroom and though they were a little hesitant at first to touch it, they did enjoy feeling it and playing with it for a short time. Matchbox cars were brought out for them to put into the top of a long cardboard tube to then watch them come out the bottom - they loved this activity and played with it for a long time! Fine motor skills were again worked on when we gave them playing cards to fit into a slit on the top of a coffee can and most were able to get several inside, in a row. For our smallest babies, we have been rocking and singing and looking at ourselves in the mirror. A lot of books have been out for them to explore or we have been reading them to all of them. The upcoming week has magnetic letters on a cookie sheet to explore, puzzles and finger painting. Busy as always but lots of exploration ahead.

Cooking and Health - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 16, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The past few days Kindergarten has learned about the different food groups and how many portions a day you should eat of each! We are learning what gives us good energy and fuel. Our window is updated with cool food art you should check out. So far, we have learned the sight words but, he, had, I, see, and that. In math we have been doing graphing and sorting with favorite foods and food groups. In science we learned the chemical reaction for how things bake as well. Next week we will be learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and important African American people during the Civil Rights Movement.

English Muffin Pizzas - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 16, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We are ending our week with some cooking of our own. Today, we heard a story of Curious George and his exploring of pizza making so we made some pizzas of our own. We used English muffins as our crust, added sauce (some friends REALLY like sauce!) and then we added some cheese (even more of them REALLY like cheese!). We will eat them this afternoon for snack. We also played with (paper) cookies today. We matched up the chocolate chips with the corresponding number. At the language table, we used the magnetic letters on cookie sheets to spell out words and cooking items. Some of these boys and girls are getting so good at sounding out words and have taken interest in spelling their siblings names and even their pet's names as well! Tomorrow, we will be ending our week with some vegetable painting and singing more food songs like "Apples and Bananas" and "On Top of Spaghetti".

Making Pizza - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 16, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We continue to explore cooking tools and talk about things we cook and how to cook them. In language Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, the children dictated how to make their favorite food, and drew a picture to go with their words. In math yesterday the children sorted pictures of things we cook and things we do not cook; and we discussed how to cook some of the items too. At the art table we put out foam dough, a bucket of noodles to explore, and play dough. Today in art the children marble painted in open trays. In language the children shared stories using the storyteller box game. With this game the children take a picture out of 3 labeled boxes: who, what and where. The children take these pictures and create a story, with the help of the teacher asking questions to prompt if needed. In math the children matched cookie shapes together and at group we read a book, “Tyler Makes a Birthday Cake” The children enjoyed this book as it also shared where the different ingredients came from for making a carrot cake. The children were also surprised to learn that you can make frosting with cream cheese, and now we plan to make the carrot cake with the frosting so they can try it. (A date has not been determined yet for when we will make it). Tomorrow will be the day we make pizza! As mentioned in the previous blog, we read a book, “Pizza Day,” about a boy and his father making a pizza and the children asked to make a pizza, so we will make ours tomorrow. In math the children will work on more predictions of how many tablespoons of salt will go in a jar, and how many in a cup. In language the children will create a list of things we can cook/bake in an oven and they will also add words to the word wall of kitchen tools

Making Muffins - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 16, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the toddler room! This week we continue to work on our theme: “ Cooking” On Wednesday, the children were able to use their fine motor skills to manipulate play dough with their hands. During the observation, the children also used tools such as; rolling pins, safety scissors and fruit stampers to apply to their play dough on a tray. At the math table, the children explored the magnet horseshoes on the table. The children were eagerly trying to figure out how the magnet rings worked and were able to attached to the magnet horseshoe. At the art table, the children used sponges to dip into white paint and apply over their cut out muffin piece. The children also used their hands to apply blueberry cut out pieces to their muffin. On Thursday, the children used their cognitive skills to count out money coins and place them in containers. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate a piece of string with their hands and put wood fruit pieces on the string. At the art table, the children decorated their chef hats with finger crayons and stickers. The teacher put the hats together so that the children can wear them around and wear them during making blueberry muffins. The children were able to help make blueberry muffins at the art table using a whisk and putting cupcake liners inside of a cupcake liner. On Friday, the children will observer how milk can explode using, milk, soap, baking soda and container. Have a great weekend!

Making Music with Cooking Utensils - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 16, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Wrapping up cooking week has been a blast in the infant classroom. The infants enjoyed more fun with the vinyl pear, apple, banana and oranges. We explored the fruit using plastic plates, paper bags and muffin tins some more. The infants love making music and different noises with the cooking utensils in groups and independently, so we revisited that. Some new interests from today was brought on by stacking plastic ice cream scoops! All of the infants loved talking about the different colors of the ice cream scoops! When the teachers pretended to “eat” the ice cream scoops and make yummy noises while doing it, we got a lot of giggles and puzzled faces, which was so much fun to see. We explored different sized plates pots and plastic foods together at our pretend sink and stove! It was fun to see the older infants turn the knobs on the stove and explore with teachers all while pulling up or furniture walking around the stove! Tomorrow we will “feed” our animal puppets pretend food, stamp with apples and explore more with chef hats and coats! We’ve had a wonderful week and look forward to a new theme next week! Until next time!

What's Cooking in Kindergarten/PK2?

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This week’s theme is cooking and food. We will be completing a lot of health activities this week. We are finishing our addition segment and will keep practicing ways to make ten and skills to help us count and do mental math. We are continuing reading groups and have new sight words this week. We also are talking about rhyming words to prepare us for word family activities. With healthy foods as our focus is health and wellness we are also going to be experimenting with energy and how we get it, as well as animals! Check out our window being covered in cool art. Don’t forget to check your child’s mailbox for awesome work.

Cooking Up Fun - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We are cooking up some fun this week in the Pre-K room! At the science table, we are sorting healthy and not-so-healthy foods and drinks. At the language table, we are scooping out letters from a giant pot with a ladle and making words with the letters or spelling out our names. Today, we made our own orange juice by squeezing half an orange into a cup and then we got to drink the juice (and eat the leftover orange of course!). We also got to watch some short cooking videos. We like the one of the 2 year old boy named Roman. He makes us giggle because he uses his hands a lot to stir and mix. This led us to having discussions about utencils in the kitchen. At the math table, we played a pizza game and added toppings. Out in the Great Room, we will be using the parachute with play food. We always love our time with the parachute so we may need to have it out more than once! Tomorrow, we will be "painting" bread and then toasting and eating it! Yum!