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Feeding Monsters - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 15, 2019 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (1)

What a wonderful time we've had in the infant classroom this week! The kids have been exploring Legos. The most popular activity in the room was "feeding monsters". We made monsters out of googly eyes and brown paper bags with holes cut out for their mouths. Both the older and younger infants loved feeding the monsters Legos. Each monster has a different shaped mouth, so it was really awesome to be able to talk about shapes as well. We also talked about how many googly eyes each monster had and practiced counting too! Another really great activity, was exploring large magnet letters and a cookie sheet! The older infants were so excited to talk about what each of their names began with, and to put that letter onto the cookie sheet independently! The younger infants focused on working their fine motor skills by focusing on placing the letters on with the magnet downward so that it would stick on the cookie sheet! We of course had a blast singing the ABC's once we put all the letters on the cookie sheet! We wrapped up swimming for the summer today as well! It went by so fast but boy was it fun! On to our Back to School theme next week!

Lego Time - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 13, 2019 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It's Lego time in the center and what a fun time it has been! Our children had the opportunity to build with our large Legos and they had a lot of fun seeing how high they could build their towers before they fell down and they could start again! Our older ones worked at matching outlines of toys with the actual toys themselves - they did best with the circle shapes and several were able to do it all by themselves. They also had the chance to scribble on a chalkboard with chalk and one of our newly turned one year olds had a blast moving that chalk up and down over and over again. We will try a simple matching game of various colored Legos to colored bags we have in the room and explore large letter magnets on a cookie sheet with their friends. For an art activity, they will try their hand at painting and stamping with Legos onto paper. We have been reading different books and have included one about sign language to help develop some new signs or remind them about the ones they are already using. Building and stacking are a main component this week and they are loving every minute of it!

Lego Week - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 13, 2019 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We are having so much fun building with Legos! We have Legos in just about every area this week! In the science area, we have Lego mazes, in the language area we are putting the ABC's in order (letters written on the Legos), in the block area, more Legos! At the art table yesterday, we made a Lego head (designed his face) and tomorrow we will paint with the Legos. This morning, we had to cancel our trip to the park, but we were sure to make it up to Malley's to eat our sweet treat! Tomorrow, we will have our last day of swimming/water play days. Thursday will be our last field trip and many of our friends will be leaving us for their new adventures!

Looking for Giraffes - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 9, 2019 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

It has been such a great week in the Infant classroom! This weeks theme, Rain forest and Jungle! We have been exploring many different things this week. The favorite of the week was spotting on our giraffe! We taped a long yellow rectangle and giraffe face to the ground. As a group, the older infants sat around the giraffe and pressed the sticky spots to his long neck! We ended up with a total of 14 brown spots! Mr. Giraffe is still taped to the floor. We practice counting his spots and talking about his yellow and brown colors. The class also helped one another by making a paper chain snake! We practiced using our motor skills to thread the paper strips through the paper circles, one after the other! That activity was challenging but exciting and different! Another favorite activity the children really enjoyed, was making a "tree top landscape". We taped clear contact paper to the wall in our play yard, sticky side up! The children were given different shades of green tissue paper to manipulate in whatever way they'd like. We then encouraged the children to press the tissue papers to the clear sticky paper! After we used all the tissue paper up, we flipped the clear contact paper upside down on the ground to explore! Ever since the activity, the children have loved revisiting the sensory spot on their floor! Today was swim day, always an exciting time in the pools with friends! What a great week in the Infant classroom! On to our Lego theme next week!

Hopscotch Fun- Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 9, 2019 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hopscotch is still a big hit in the classroom! Everyone is learning that they might need to slow down to be able to make all of the steps, and are trying their best at hoping with only one foot.

On Wednesday we learned how to write some rainforest words on the chalkboards. Your kids are getting really good at being able to grip the chalk. They are playing close attention to how they are forming their letters. We also used watercolors to paint flowers. Feel free to check it out in the drama area!

Today we did a “walking on water experiment” where we had three cups of water. The two cups at the end each had colored water in it. The cup in the middle has no water in it. We placed paper towels in between each cup and watched as the water moved from the outside cups into the middle cup. We also worked on our fine motor skills by stringing animal shaped beads onto string.

Tomorrow we are learning how rain gets to the rainforest floor through the thick leaves of the rainforest. We will grab a jar, put water in it, add shaving cream on top, and watch as blue dye makes its way through the shaving cream. We will also learn about things that hurt our planet (not recycling, leaving the water on when we brush our teeth).

I look forward to seeing everyone at the ice cream social this Friday.

Demolition Everywhere! - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello Families! Jungle week has been full go and we have been learning a lot about it. Yesterday, the children had water play day and we were able to watch the demolition of the front office as well! We made our own parrots at the art table, made a pattern snake at math and wrote the rainforest words on the word wall. Today, we had an awesome field trip to the Fire Station!! We used our walking feet to get there! We learned about the trucks and all the equipment that they use. Firefighter Ryan even put on his uniform for us. He even mentioned to make sure the children practice their address in case of an emergency. We also went to Madison park where we spent the rest of the time playing on the playground and in the field. The jungle fun continues tomorrow! We hope you all have an amazing weekend.

Fun Field Trips - Summer School Age

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 9, 2019 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Today we got to explore the Lakewood Fire department. It was a fun trip and students enjoyed asking questions and learning how firefighters work together to keep the city safe! Tomorrow we will stay at school and learn more about roller coasters. On Friday we are going to Rocky river nature center. Please arrive at 9 am wearing sunscreen.

Learning About the Rainforest - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddlers are learning all about the Jungle/Rainforest. We kicked off our theme on Monday with a picture of the rainforest and animals that live in it on the Word Wall. At the art table, we made rain sticks for the rainforest with beans or pasta and added stickers to decorate. At the math table, the toddlers matched different rainforest animals to a memory board. At the manipulative table, the toddlers worked their fine motor skills and practiced stacking and building with slide and build nature blocks. At group, we read a book about an elephant's life in the jungle vs. the zoo. On Tuesday, at the art table, the toddlers painted with bird feet to make toucan and parrot paintings. At the math table, the toddlers explored with small feathers and contact paper. At the manipulative table, the toddlers pushed big feathers through holes in toothbrush holders. At group, we listened to Walking In The Jungle and acted out the motions such as walking, galloping, and jumping.

Rainforest - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello, everyone!

This week we are learning about the wonders of the rainforest. So far, we have read “The Tree of Wonder”, which talks about all of the different types of animals you can find in the rainforest. After reading the book, the children were asked to name animals that they think do, or do not, belong in the rainforest. When listing animals that do not belong in the rainforest, they were asked to identify where those animals might live. On track with talking about animals, we used realistic insects to paint on Monday. We also learned about patterns by making paper linked snakes, which were hung up in the room.

Today was a swim day. Though they might tell you it’s cold, this never discourages them from splashing around! We also learned the song “If You’re an Elephant and You Know It” and enjoyed pretending that we are animals. You know the class is having a good time when it gets loud! Some of your kids learned about the layers of the rainforest. We didn’t have time to cover this fully, so we will continue to learn about the layers throughout this week!

On Monday, I set up a hopscotch activity made with lily pads. This will remain on the floor throughout the week, and I encourage you to practice this skill with your children in the morning and/or afternoon.

Jungle - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello Pre-k families! We hope everyone had an amazing weekend. This week it is all about the rain forest/jungle. We have so many fun things to learn. Yesterday, the children learned about different animals that can live in either the rain forest or the jungle. It is amazing how many different species there are! We also read a book "The Kapok Tree" which talks about how cutting down trees such as the Kapok tree in the rain forest can be devastating to many species because they use it as their home. The children grabbed the concept well that if you destroy a tree such as the Kapok tree, that animals won't have a home or a place to sleep or a place to hide. The children even made their own snakes out of construction paper. Well, you can't forget that we still have field trips!! Today, we had an awesome field trip to Elmwood Park. We were able to play for a little bit on the playground and in the field with some of our field toys. Unfortunately, our field trip was cut short due to the rain, but it is okay because we have a lot more things to learn about the rainforest this week :). We hope everyone stays dry!!