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Exploring Cooking - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 14, 2021 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom we have been exploring the Cooking theme! The younger infant’s practiced reaching for or holding onto measuring cups and plastic utensils, while we talked about how we use these tools to make meals! The older infant’s loved making plates of healthy foods at our pretend kitchen. We talked about the colors and sizes of the fruits and veggies, and we even practiced sorting the food by color on our plates as a challenge! The infants also got to explore their own shallow water in a bin and practiced grasping and holding small floating balls and toys in the water, one on one with a teacher! It was a great way to practice using both our hands to retrieve the toys we’d like, and such fun to splash a bit in water! Next week we will be talking about Black History! Until next time!

Space - Infant Room

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 7, 2021 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week the theme is Out of this world! This has been a fun theme to explore with the infants and we’ve done a few things together. The older infants enjoyed turning all our lights off and shinning flashlights on the walls and ceiling while we sang songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as well as crumpling foil into balls and tossing them into baskets. The entire class loved dancing with their friends and teachers! We put out ribbons and scarves and practiced waving them around, jumping and tapping our feet as we listened to fast paced songs. It was fun to hold the younger infants and see them smile as we moved to the music. We also explored stacking rings, stickers on paper and blowing bubbles! We practice touching or reaching for them and making a big POP noise. It was a wonderful full week back in the infant classroom, and we look forward to the Cooking theme next week. Until next time!

Winter, Winter Everywhere - Infants

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on December 11, 2020 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom the theme is winter! Our infants have explored quite a bit, but of course we have had some crowd favorites. The older infants enjoyed practicing safe hands and taking turns as we practiced sticking snow flake cut outs to sticky paper! After we were finished sticking all our snowflakes, we stuck the paper onto the floor of the classroom to revisit and explore throughout the rest of the week. The infants also practiced making marks in white play dough with plastic animals to make snow tracks! The younger infant’s explored their own ice baggies in a group. We talked about how the ice feels cold just like the snow that we’ve been seeing outside! We explored the big rainbow parachute together, practiced dropping snow man pins in empty bottles and paper towel rolls that we’ve tapped to the walls and sang lots of different fast and slow paced songs together! We move on to our Hanukkah theme next week! Until next time!

Dinosaur Week - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on December 3, 2020 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It's dinosaur week and we have had some fun activities taking place with the babies! They got to try and search for dinosaurs in brown paper bags and under cloths, which were great activities for them to learn that just because they can't see it, it still exists. They had a lot of fun with them. They had a chance to play with their little flashlights and move the light beams all over the floor and walls. Puzzles were introduced for them to try and fit one and two pieces into the board. We had drawn a large dinosaur onto a piece of poster board and let them try their hand at sticking stickers to it - some really worked hard at getting theirs to stay. Holding and scribbling with crayons were also tried out a couple of times, which makes a great transition activity before they move onto something else. Balls have been a great hit with all ages as they are learning to throw and roll them all over the room. Even the smallest babies have been busy - watching toys under the gym placed over them, practicing tummy time and reaching for toys and exploring paint inside a baggie taped to the floor. It was cold outside but they have been having lots of fun with many warm indoor activities. Next week, will be all about winter!

Families - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on November 19, 2020 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom our theme is Families! We’ve had a blast talking about Moms, Dads, Brothers and Sisters! Our younger infants have practiced verbally making the “m” or “d” sound for mom or dad as our older infants practice pointing to the family photos on our classroom door! We also enjoyed singing our “Look Who Came to School Today” song in large groups. It was fun for the infants to hear the name of a classmate, pointing them out in the classroom with teachers and practicing waving and clapping for friends! Today was our Thanksgiving feast day as well! The older infants participated and loved talking about the thanksgiving foods we were served! We’ve explored the plastic family dolls as well and practiced pointing and labeling body parts, like our head or feet on the dolls and then ourselves! It has been a wonderful week, but we are so excited to start our Thanksgiving theme next week! Until next time!

Exploring - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on November 12, 2020 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s theme week and it has been a lot of fun with the different activities that we had planned. The older children have had several chances to experience art activities with crayons and stickers and music has been a main component in the classroom as well. They were dancing with ribbons and shaking instruments to all different kinds of international music – that was a lot of fun! Fine motor activities have revolved around some of their favorite toys – pop up animals and peg boards – they get so excited when they see us get these particular ones out! Building block towers, shape sorters, and rolling balls have also been a constant source of entertainment for our older children. We have been reading books and they have been experiencing books in their own way as well, touching the different textures and lifting the flaps. The smallest babies have enjoyed peek-a-boo and puppets and to watch their faces light up, is so rewarding! Everything that is new to them makes them so happy which in turn makes our day so much fun as well. Sensory activities in our room have been limited but we have been trying to give them individual activities so they can experience some type of sensory experience – this week we gave them their own wad of tape to explore, some loved it and some didn’t but it was a great chance for them to discover something new. It has been a busy week but it has been fun, different and interesting! Onto families next week!

All Around the World - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on November 5, 2020 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we have explored the around the world theme! We have been exploring the multi-cultural plastic dolls and labeling body parts such as our eyes, nose, arms and legs! The older infants also loved to listen to a CD with different cultured music on it as we explored colorful scarves and different shakers! We practiced scribbling with jumbo crayons on paper and counting small waffle balls as we took them in and out of baskets! Our younger infant’s enjoyed reaching for bubbles in the air and practicing pushing jumbo trucks around the room. The crowd favorite was practicing taking toys out of a large laundry basket with yarn woven throughout the baskets holes creating a web! It was a fun and different problem solving activity we all enjoyed quite a bit! We look forward to our theme next week! Until next time!

Halloween Sensory Fun! - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 29, 2020 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom has been a blast celebrating Halloween! We have talked about and explored many things but there were a few crowd favorites that the infants loved! One being exploring googly eye sensory baggies! We practiced holding onto the bags and talking about how it feels in our hands for the younger infants, where the older infants held onto the baggies and practiced making sounds and noises as we labeled the spiders and colors we saw inside! The older infant’s also enjoyed practicing dropping bean bags into a pumpkin container! The older infants loved clapping for their younger infant friends who took the bean bags out of the pumpkin. We have also explored orange tissue paper and practiced tearing it into pieces to sticking it to sticky paper together! Also, the infants loved listening to and touching a windchime as a teacher held it, and practicing holding onto the handles of our big rainbow parachute! We look forward to our Halloween day at school tomorrow and talking about all the costumes we see, and it’s on to All Around the World next week!

Number Fun - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 22, 2020 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom the theme is numbers! We have explored quite a bit and practiced counting while we explore colorful bean bags and stacking nesting cups! With the younger infants us teachers counted fingers and toes! It was fun to see the reaction from the little ones, most even vocally reacted by cooing or letting out a high-pitched noise! Some of our infants who are working on their mobility have loved practicing exploring toys while standing with support at the low shelf and tables! We count out loud to five with the infants as they stand and play, as well as supporting them in going from a standing position to a sitting position! We’ve explored ice cubes in baggies and talked about temperature as well! We even talked about how it is starting to feel cooler outside as we get further into October! We have had a great week in the infant room, and we look forward to our Halloween theme on Monday! Until next time!

Nursery Rhymes - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 15, 2020 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom our infants have explored and done many different activities! The theme is Nursery Rhymes and Rhyming. Our older infant’s loved counting and talking about colors as we took jumbo Legos in and out of brown bags! We also used black and orange jumbo spiders and practiced dropping them down a large painted tube! It was fun to practice following simple directions by encouraging the infants to go and find the spiders we had just dropped down the tube! We also sang twinkle twinkle little star together while the older infant’s practiced painting cut out stars yellow, and then gluing them to a black poster board. The younger infants are practicing their standing at tables and toy shelves during play vs sitting on our bottoms. We practiced rhyming by labeling objects that rhyme during play as well like Blocks and Socks! It has been a wonderful week together and we look forward to exploring the Numbers theme! Until next time.