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Rockin' through Music Week - School Age

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 6, 2020 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We have been rocking right on through music week! Our room looks so awesome, decorated with all our homemade keyboards, trumpets, boomboxes AND disco balls! We have been discussing a lot about how we can hear, see, and even feel music by vibrations. And we took time each day to listen to different genres of music, discussing how those might make our moods different!

LEGO week will be our last week here. So naturally, we will be turning our room into a lego town!I We're going to create paintings using legos, buildings out of legos, lego people and we will even be doing some ice excavation guessed it! LEGOS!! I cannot believe that next week will be the last week here but we have plenty of fun things to still do! We will be making our own popsicles, and eating them too! There will be water relay races and water balloon tosses. I even have a little secret up my sleeve. I will be bringing in some whipped cream pies for all of throw at me on the last day! I have a feeling that this will be one of the activities they will be enjoying most. I'm looking forward to it all! Have a great weekend!

Dancing to the Music - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 6, 2020 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This week has been such a fabulous week with music. Let me tell you, we have been doing a lot of dancing this week! On Monday, we learned about classical music and how soothing it could be. Many of the children realized that classical music is the type of music that we listen to when napping. On Tuesday, we learned about jazz/blues. The children told us about their feelings when listening to this music. For example, when the music was upbeat, the children felt happy and when the music was a slower tempo, the children felt sad. We also learned about the different instruments used in jazz such as trumpets, trombones, bass, and the saxophone. Wednesday, we got our groove on with DISCO! The children learned the infamous John Travolta move in staying alive. Can't go wrong with the finger point to the hip and up to the sky :). The children made their own vinyl record and grooved their way through the day. Today, the children learned about the awesome 80's. We had our side ponies in and were ready to rock! The children colored their own cassette tapes with the letters of their names on it, danced to 80's music and measured some boom boxes. Tomorrow, we will end our week with pop music. We will make our own microphones to sing out of and you know it, more dancing. This week has been a magical week and love that the children could capture the different styles of music. Miss Tara and Miss Chasity sure did! We hope that you all have a wonderful weekend! Stay classy you cool cats and rock on!!

Fun with Music - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 6, 2020 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Music". So far we introduced classical music by painting on an easel while listening to classical music, Jazz- the children made a musical note by gluing on glitter ribbon, Disco- the children decorated a disco ball with shiny materials, 80's- the children made their own Boom Box by gluing parts/materials together and tomorrow for "pop" the children will make their own guitar by painting and adding rubber bands for strings.

For math this week the children practiced their colors/shapes by matching colored ice cream scoops to colored cones, number soup- the children used tweezers to pick up number magnets one at a time and say the number aloud with teacher help, Uno matching- we used Uno cards to match colored frogs to practice color recognition and number play dough- the children used small plastic magnet numbers to press into the play dough to make number shapes

At the manipulative tables we practiced with matching 2-3 piece board puzzles by having the children pick one puzzle piece and find the other match and put together, finger builders- the children used animal chip clips to open/squeeze to place on the side of baskets, balancing boards- the children used small wooden pieces to balance on top of slanted boats/baskets and spool threading- the children practiced their lacing with string and spools to work on their eye-hand coordination and work their fingers together to thread spools.

Tomorrow we will make and eat Avocado Pops made with avocado, bananas and coconut milk. We will make them in the morning and freeze them for snack time.

Music - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 6, 2020 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The theme this week is Music! We have done so much. Practicing our favorite songs including exaggerated movements and sounds has been by far the most fun for not only the infants but for us teachers! A crowd favorite has been Old MacDonald. Practicing the animal noises together always brings a smile to our older infant’s faces. Hearing a big “moo!” or “oink!” from the teacher’s has encouraged the infants to try the sounds all on their own! A few of the infant’s over the age of 1 have even tried the “Ee, I, O” part of the song! Another messy but enjoyable activity was “drumming” paint on paper using jumbo popsicle sticks! We used green paint and practiced our drumming skills to move and splatter the paint around! It was a lot of fun. We also practiced our fine motor skills in a new way, by using sponge brushes outside! We tapped colorful paper to the wall and practiced dipping our sponge brush into a water bowl and then onto the colorful paper to turn it a darker color. The infant’s did so well keeping their balance as they stood and practiced making marks with the wet sponge brushes. We’ve played game of “freeze dance”, explored colorful scarves while dancing and took a few walks this week as well! What a wonderful time we’ve had! Onto our Lego theme next week. Until next time!

Learning About Sports! - School Age

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 31, 2020 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We have been keeping our blood pumping this week for our sports theme! We have learned how to play soccer, baseball and basketball! We have also been discussing how our hearts beat, why exercise is important and the olympics! We even touched on a hard topic, Inertia!! We did a few different experiments to show how this works, using bill nye the science guy here and there to help explain in detail! We now know that an object at rest will remain at rest and an object in motion will remain in motion, unless there is an outside force! Next week we'll be learning about music families and making our very own instruments! Also, we will be talking about different genres of music, and how music makes us feel. Lots of fun crafts and experiments coming up, We look forward in sharing with you! Have a great weekend!

Sports Week - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 30, 2020 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This has been such a fun week filled with so much movement and games and activities! We started our week off with baseball, then basketball, then hockey and today is all about football! Tomorrow is bowling (with some golf mixed in too!). Besides playing all of the games, we have also been learning rules and having discussions about winning and losing. We have talked about how we should handle a "loss" in a game. We quoted some of the Pete The Cat books..."did Pete get upset? Goodness no!" We talked about how we can congratulate the winner and move on and know that we can do our best next time around. For some art projects, we made our own baseballs on Monday. Wednesday, we "skated" a magnet around and today we made our own paper footballs with stick goal posts! Outside, we are mastering some jumping skills with using hula hoops to jump in and out of and also use them as a temporary goal when we need to! Tomorrow we will finish up our sport week with some bowling in the classroom and golf outside.

Sports Fun! - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 30, 2020 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer time is a good time to play sports and learn about sports. Monday was all about baseball. In art the children painted with a baseball, similar to marble painting, rolling the painted ball around in a box to paint the paper. In math the children sorted baseballs by size, and some children put the balls in order from big to small. In language the children dictated how you play baseball. Tuesday basketball day; in art the children glued pieces of yarn to paper and in math they talked about similarities and differences of various patterned basketball jerseys. In language the children worked on letter identification by matching lettered basketballs to lettered hoops. Wednesday was hockey day! In art the children did some watercolor painting and i math we did a little air hockey! The children used cups to push a handmade puck across the table and we counted how many goals and kept track of the score of each round. The children loved this experience! We did not get a chance to do language yesterday so we did it today at group, the children practiced writing letters. The teacher would spin the letter and we identified it and practiced writing. We will do todays art this afternoon, the children will cut and glue. Today's language was word matching: matching football words. Tomorrow is bowling and in language they will create and write words for a sports themed word wall. In math the children will do table bowling; using a golf ball to roll into lettered bottles or cups.

Sports! - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 30, 2020 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom is the Sports theme. A lot has been explored but some of the favorite activities per our infants, include tossing bean bags into empty baskets, practicing kicking balls all different types of balls with our legs while we stand independently and exploring stringing toys! The stringing toys were a blast but a challenge. Us teachers would hold the tip of the lacing toy upright for the infants. We would encourage the infants to pick up and hold the different animal rings if interested. It was a fun way to not only practice some fine motor skills, but also to talk about animal noises! We practiced cat and frog noises and hopped like bunnies when we got to the purple rabbit rings! The infants then took their hand at stringing the animal rings onto the stack and some were successful in doing so all on their own! We also painted while we stood independently at the art easel with purple paint! Some infants were not too sure about standing while holding the sponge brush at the same time, while others went for it and had some messy purple fun! We’ve practiced putting stickers on paper together, and taking turns looking at our reflections while we explore colorful scarves in the play yard! It has been a wonderful week, and we look forward to our Music theme next week! Until next time!

Underwater Adventures - School Age

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 25, 2020 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)

We have been working hard over here, and using our imaginations in abundance! Our SSA friends have been exploring their minds on what their underwater adventures would be, and have even applied that to our classroom with our own ecosystems! We now have little fish friends and the kids couldn't be more excited about them! We have discovered how whales stay warm under water, with a whale blubber experiment. And We made our classroom look like we were under water, with our own school of neon jellyfish and turtle pictures! Next week is SPORTS! We will be exploring some team building exercises and playing soccer, basketball, and some more games! Should be another great week!

Excited about Christmas in July - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 23, 2020 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Merry Christmas in July! I hope everyone has been well and are celebrating the lovely Christmas in July :) The children sure have been this entire week. The children were excited to talk about Christmas all over again! They made wish lists for Santa, we made and hung up ornaments to decorate our palm tree and we even made some drums today. We had a discussion about what they children think Santa does when he isn't delivering presents in December. One common answer was that they believe he hibernates in the summer months and then he is energized to deliver all the presents in December. We kept an eye on our science experiment all week. The experiment this week was to put candy canes in oil, water and vinegar and watch to see where it dissolves faster and the results are surprising because believe it or not, the candies dissolved faster in cold water! The children worked on both letter and number recognition this week and we will continue to do so. The Christmas in July fun is almost over but until then, we will continue to rock our early Christmas spirit by listening to Christmas songs and creating Christmas art. We hope that everyone has a good weekend, Stay dry!