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My Five Senses - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 12, 2020 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Kindergarten has been continuing to learn about their 5 senses. We have learned about hearing, touching and taste! These next two days we will learn about seeing and smelling. We are now counting coins in different ways to make a dollar. We will keep practicing this skill and using it in our play food station. As we make our way through March please remember to bring coats, hats and even gloves on colder days. In our parent corner the whole class came up with the idea of recommendation sheets for both the kids and the parents. So, in the parent corner I will add recommendation sheets. You can write something you think would improve the classroom or improve your child’s success. The kids will also do the same thing when they feel like they could benefit more from something! Remember to bring book baggies on Friday for new books AND also your leprechaun traps!


Blindfolding - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 12, 2020 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We continue to work on our 5 senses this week. Yesterday, we had fun being blindfolded and guessing our letters. Today, we got blindfolded and used our hands to feel bumps on cards and guess how many we felt. Out in the Great Room, we walked on jump ropes so we could feel them underneath our feet. We then tried to walk on them with our eyes closed, not being able to see what was under us or in front of us. When we take away a sense that we usually use, it changes our habits and makes us adjust to new things. We are looking forward to doing some taste testing tomorrow. We will be tasting Skittles with our eyes shut and then guessing the flavor in our mouth. Tomorrow is our "Special Friend Breakfast" and the boys and girls are really looking forward to showing their special guest around and having a little breakfast with him/her.Blin

Art With Our Senses - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 12, 2020 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We are ending the week with more fun experiences for the children to learn about the five senses. Yesterday in art the children painted with ketchup and mustard, in math they sorted 2 different soaps by the scent and then they worked on number identification and counting by looking at a numbered cup and placing that many number pieces of soap into the cup. In language the children looked at various pictures to talk about things their nose can smell. Today in art the children drew something they saw in the classroom. In math the children were give a shape and needed to look around the room and find something that matched the shape. In language the children matched letter spoons to words: eyes, ears, nose, hand and tongue. Tomorrow in art the children will paint with a color that the teacher whispers to them to use. In language the children match the picture with the sound they hear birds, train, horn, ambulance, horse and dog; and in math the children will use more of their sense of hearing to listen to the teacher whisper how many seashells to count out.

Flashlight Fun - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 12, 2020 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Continuing our theme of the five senses has been a blast! A crowd favorite in all the age groups in the infant room was watching and exploring the electric aquarium! We shut all the lights off in the classroom which got everyone’s attention in itself! It was fun to talk about how the room looks different in the dark vs the light before turning the aquarium on. Once we did flip the aquarium on, the infants loved looking at the moving fish and sea life. We talked about the how beautiful the sea colors looked to us with the lights off. We also explored flashlights together while the lights were off which was a blast. The younger infant groups also enjoyed exploring colorful scarves stuck in empty paper towel rolls. It was a wonderful cognitive and fine motor activity for all in the room. To mix up working on our gross motor skills, the infants explored a small pop up tent and small sensory balls that we rolled in and out of the tent. We looked at our reflections in the play yard mirror and talked about our own reflections and those of other friends we saw in the mirror. We’ve listened to and danced to different music as a group and enjoyed feeling and talking about cold and warm temperatures. We will continue to explore and talk about our five senses the rest of the week before moving onto Saint Patrick’s Day Theme! Until next time!

Our Five Senses - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 10, 2020 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The children will be exploring the use of all their five senses this week. Yesterday in art the children created handprints with paint on paper. In language the children matched upper case letters to lower case letters and then practiced writing the letters in a tray of corn meal. In math the children used their fine motor skills to put hair rubber bands on a popsicle stick and then counted how many bands were on the stick. Today in art the children painted with broccoli and in math they counted how many carrot slices were in each plastic bag, there were 10 bags. In language the children explored feeling different items and talked about what the item felt like and then tried to name what it was; there was a sponge, an apple, and a kiwi. This afternoon the children helped make a mix of coffee beans and coffee grounds, a good tactile experience as well as smell. In the water table this week the children are washing animals with soapy water using loofahs and sponges, and in the block area the children are building with sponges.

Exploring Our Senses - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 10, 2020 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This week’s theme will be all about the five senses. Kindergarten is focusing on one sense a day throughout the week. The first two days we will be focusing on hearing and touching. We will have to try and guess what we hear and feel in certain experiments. In math we are going to be working on our coin knowledge and how to add change together. We have been learning short vowel sounds and will be finishing all short vowel sounds this week and moving on to long vowel sounds next week. In health we will be focusing on the different healthy breakfast foods and trying to name some in every color! Leprechaun traps our due this Friday 03/13!

Learning About Our Senses - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We are so intrigued with how our 5 senses work. We heard a story all about the brain and how it helps us with our senses. It sends a message back to our hand, ear, mouth, eyes, or nose to tell us if we like/dislike what the object is and what it is. This was a simple way to explain to the class and they really liked the book. We also did scenarios to see how many senses we use at different times of the day. The children talked about how we use all of our senses at a meal time, but only one senses when going to sleep. Yesterday, we used kool-aid powder as a way to "smell" our art. We also listened to the sounds around us with our eyes shut. At the math table, we used a die with different body parts on it. When you landed on a specific body part, you added that part to the Mr. Potato Head (and got to talk about what sense it used). At the language table, we are learning all about our friends as we explain, "What I like to see, smell, hear, taste, and touch in the spring. We are really getting anxious for warmer weather, can you tell? Tomorrow, we will get blindfolded and see if we can identify the magnetic letters in our hands or if we can tell what is happening when we can't use our eyes.

Touch and Smell - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This week is "5 Senses"week. We have explored with touch and smell so far this week. For art the children clued various textured materials on hanprints for the sense of touch, and made their own flowers out of cupcake liners, cotton balls and colored paper. At the math table we had animal chip clips with baskets for counting and foam rings with fake flowers for one-to-one coorespondence. At the manipulative table we had scented play dough with tools and tactile board and bins for touching, building and exploring. In the sensory table we have various size pom-poms, feathers, tongs and mini buckets for exploring various textures.

Five Senses - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This week is all about their five senses and the different ways they use them to experience the world around them. We brought out the puppets so all of the babies could enjoy them. The youngest had their body parts pointed out using the puppets while the older ones listened to them telling stories and singing fun songs. The bubbles came out and all of them enjoyed watching them until they popped (sometimes they landed on them!) The older children practiced their fine motor skills by trying to fit playing cards into the tops of coffee cans and the younger ones have discovered their hands and enjoy watching them for several minutes at a time. A lot of development activities have been happening as well - pulling up, crawling, rolling, walking - which many of them are doing together. We have had them experiment with imitation games, such as clapping after we have just shown them how and waving to others as they leave or come into our room. We have been reading fun books like "You Must Never Touch a Dragon" which gives them a great tactile experience while associating it with the words they are hearing. It has been a lot of fun having them discover new activities using their five senses and there are many more to come.

Styles of Writing - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 5, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This week is all about Dr. Seuss. So far, we have learned about some of his stories and style of writing. We have dived into creating our own adventures and stories through his work. One of our favorites is Bartholomew and the Oobleck. We plan on making our own Oobleck on Friday! In math we now know about pennies, nickels, and dimes. We are continuing our skills working on counting them individually and together. Friday we will learn about quarters and their worth and make money math problems with our own coins. We will also investigate and observe characteristics of each coin. Come check out our Dr. Seuss window. Leprechaun traps are due Friday March 13th! In the parent corner sight words will also be hung up along with a monthly calendar.