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Welcome Back - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 4, 2020 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We are slowly getting back into the swing of things and the children are becoming a little more comfortable everyday with being back in the classroom with their friends and teachers. They have been participating in one on one activities and having fun with some favorite toys while playing and exploring on the floor. The teachers sat on the floor and stacked blocks while we counted how high we could make them before they fell over - which they love to watch over and over again. The kitchen set has been a facinating way for them to show us how they can turn the knobs back and forth all by themselves. The teachers have been rolling balls to the babies and encouraging them to try rolling them or pushing them back for a great back and forth interaction play. They were so excited when we pulled out the drop in rings and they were able to drop them into a container and dump them back out again - with each one having their own toy, many of them sat and were able to do this activity over and over. The babies heard us make different transportation noises while pushing trains and cars - they really love to watch these vehicles get pushed and go so far across the room. It has been a wonderful transition back to school and we are looking forward to the weeks ahead!

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!

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.

Using our New Lesson Plan Format - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 5, 2020 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Wrapping up Dr.Seuss Week has been a blast in the infant classroom! Continuing with our new and improved lesson plans, all our age groups enjoyed everything brought to the table! The little ones explored watching older friends playing outside as we sat by the window and watched and talked about what we saw! This group also enjoyed singing the “Where Oh Where Oh Where Is..” song as we held noisy toys! The 6-9-month-old lesson called for talking more about our feelings while we looked in the mirror together, hiding toys under small fabric swatches to find or discover. This group also is constantly practicing more on mobility such as sitting independently, crawling, pulling up and even furniture walking! Our 9-12-month lessons included manipulating plastic eggs, finger painting and exploring the Felt Fish more together as we read “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” together! Although we have our 1-year old infants transitioning this week, in between we’ve explored jumbo legos, making tunnels out of construction paper to roll sensory balls under and large push toys on a taped lane on the ground! It’s been such a blast executing lesson plans and exploring all that is Dr.Seuss! Until next time!

Tissue Paper and Feathers - Infant

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

It is Dr. Seuss theme and we are starting something a little different in our room this week - we now have lesson plans written for age groups rather than individual children and so far, it is working beautifully. Our youngest babies got to listen to tissue paper as they kicked at it after it was hung in front of them and then felt feathers make circles in the palm of their hand. Our other babies watched red and blue felt fish tell stories on our flannel board and then they got to help try to take them off when the story was finished. They had fun with the teachers as there were balls rolled to them and some even tried pushing them back for some back and forth interaction. Old MacDonald was sung with puppets and then they played with the puppets throughout the morning. We hung a smiling face poster at their level to talk about when we noticed them paying attention to it and they were able to have some music time when they were given bells to ring. We are working around everything wanting to go in their mouths right now so activities are a learning curve for them about what is food and what is not so that has been a big emphasis as we move forward. There have been a lot of rhyming books for them to listen to as well. This week promises to have many more fun activities to come.

Shaving Cream Fun - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 27, 2020 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Finishing up Authors week has been a blast in the infant classroom! The group was able to explore water and food coloring and shaving cream in plastic baggies clear contacted to the toy shelf. It was fun to see the reactions of the infants when touching the shaving cream bag vs, the watercolor bag! It was also fun to clear contact the bags to the toy shelves for the infants to revisit through out their day independently and with others! Another crowd favorite was exploring sensory cooked spaghetti in small groups! All our infants, young and old, explored the spaghetti in one way or another! Some enjoyed pulling the noodles apart and squishing them in between their fingers! While others even brought the noodles up to their eye level for a closer look or even tried a taste bringing it to their mouths to experience! We also explored small cars and putting them down our large painted tube! It was so much fun practicing retrieving the cars after they came out the other end of the tube to continue with our activity! Tomorrow we will read “Goodnight Moon” together and before nap time, explore more sensory bottles and sticking star and moon cut outs to sticky paper together to count out loud! Next week on to Dr. Seuss! Until next time!

Painting Fun - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 25, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

It's authors week and the babies are getting to enjoy so many favorite books by these wonderful people, it is so much fun to have a small group hanging onto every word and watching the beautiful pictures that depict the stories. Today they gathered around the sensory tub to practice using shovels to try and pick up cotton balls and pom poms. Our older children colored with chalk on paper and fingerpainted on a paper plate while the younger ones practiced using fine motor skills to try and undo tape to free popsicle sticks on a high chair tray. They had a chance to feel water that had been colored with food coloring. A teacher worked string and yarn through the holes of a laundry basket and placed items in the bottom of it for them to fit their hands through the string to retrieve the items - they thought this activity was so much fun! Coming up tomorrow, they will have a chance to mix paints in a plastic bag, explore the room with colored magnifying glasses and tap on windchimes that the teachers are holding to hear the different sounds. It has been a great sensory week so far and they have much more to look forward to as the week progresses.

Hearts - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 20, 2020 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Moving forward with our Valentine’s day theme has been a blast. The older infants have loved re-visiting our cut out hearts that we stuck to clear contact paper and then to the floor! We’ve talked about the pink red and purple colors of the hearts a ton! It was a blast counting the hearts out loud and watching the older infants react by pointing to the hearts while we counted! Another fun activity all the infants enjoyed was making a class art piece! Again, using clear contact paper taped to the wall, all the infants were encouraged to tear different shades of pink tissue paper up and to stick it to the contact paper! After we all had a chance to tear up our paper, we flipped and stuck the contact sheet to the ground to revisit the rest of the week! Another few crowd favorites included mixing red and white paint in large plastic bags to make pink, exploring felt hearts in different colors together and dancing with rainbow ribbons and looking in the mirror as we made silly faces and talked about our feelings! Next week onto our Authors theme! Until next time!

Valentine's Day - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 19, 2020 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The infant room is celebrating Valentine's Day a week later than the other classrooms so the activities have been all about hearts. love and how to be kind to others (in their own little way). We stuck contact paper to the window and had them attempt to stick paper hearts to it - some needed a little help but they all had fun with the activity. Then we attached it to the floor for them to explore it some more by crawling over it. Plastic rings were put inside a shoebox and we showed them how to shake it up and after opening it, they all were able to take the rings out and drop them back in which many enjoyed doing over and over. There was some fun interactions between the babies and the teachers while we played peek-a-boo with different colored scarves. They will continue to try and build block towers and see how high they can make them and fit heart cutouts into slots in the top of coffee can lids. They will have a chance to watch us tell stories about Valentine's Day by using felt hearts that can be taken on and off the flannel board and listen to books all about love. It has been a great week to give extra hugs and kisses while we celebrate Valentine's Day and all it brings with it with many more activities to enjoy as the week progresses.

Learning About Teeth - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 13, 2020 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Wrapping up Dental Health Week the infants have continued to talk about our teeth and dental hygiene! A crowd favorite in the room has been continuing to look in the mirror together! Not only do the younger infants enjoy seeing their own reflections and those of us teachers supporting them, but the older infants have looked practicing big smiles and saying “Cheese!” We were even able to point out some of the older infant’s own teeth to them in the mirror while saying cheese! It was fun to see them point to and play with their teeth with their tongues! We used an empty ice cube tray and practiced “Brushing Teeth” with. It was fun to see all the infants using their fine motor skills to hold onto the toothbrush and ice cube tray as they explored. We had a blast trying to retrieve different light up balls inside of empty wipe containers to practice our problem-solving skills! Tomorrow we will explore puzzles, naming different types of pretend fruits and veggies and scribbling on black paper with different colored chalk! We look forward to exploring a new theme next week together! Until next time!