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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!

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!

Christmas in July - Infants

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 23, 2020 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom, the theme is Christmas in July. The infants have explored a lot of different things this week and it has been a blast! The crowd favorite, was counting gingerbread men as we put them in baskets! It was fun to point to the details on the gingerbread men and talk about the color of their buttons or hair! We also explored connecting the gingerbread men by their arms in a long line across the classroom floor! The infants took a walk earlier this week which was and always is a blast! We looked for birds, cars, trees and different noises as we walked! We’ve been practicing our walking skills using push carts and by holding hands! The older infants love to walk to and from their diaper changes as well as during our clean up time! Another fun activity from the week was tossing different colored rainbow bean bags into small baskets. We talked about all the different colors of the bean bags and even tried sorting them by colors with those who seemed interested! This week was a lot of fun, but we look forward to moving on to our Sports theme next week. Until next time!

Construction - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 16, 2020 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom, the theme is construction! The infants have enjoyed exploring and learning together! The crowd favorite was practicing pushing and moving large jumbo trucks outside! We looked at and talked about how the wheels on the trucks go “round and round”! The infants loved interacting with one another and pushing the trucks back and forth to one another. Some of the older infants decided to place small sensory balls on or inside the large trucks and moved them around the patio which was fun to see! We got messy practicing gluing pom poms to paper earlier in the week, and it was fun for us to see some of the infants independently dipping their brushes into the glue bowl and then onto paper! We also practiced stamping with stamps and stamp pads. The infants loved to talk about and point to the different shaped stamps such as traffic lights, trucks and houses! Today, we counted different colored plastic cones as we stacked and unstacked them! After a while we used them to make a “lane” and the younger infants held hands with teachers and practiced taking steps! We have had so much fun together this week! We can’t wait to start our Christmas in July theme on Monday. Until next time!

Old MacDonald - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 9, 2020 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom has been a blast! We’ve spent a lot of time outside. Continuing to practice walking independently as well as with push walkers and carts! Some of the older infants have taken steps alone and have been standing independently in the classroom which is a joy for us to see! The theme was farm animals this week, so Old MacDonald has been a crowd favorite! The infants love practicing animal noises with us and practicing gentle touches as the teachers used the soft animal hand puppets while we sang! We’ve practiced turning pages of books and labeling the farm animals we see in them together, and we’ve explored miniature pounding benches together, talking about shapes and sounds as we explore them. We also had a blast exploring the large rainbow parachute together! The infants loved going “Up Up Up!” and lowering it back “Down Down Down!” together! We’ve had so much fun this week, and we look forward to our Construction theme next week! Until next time.

Fine and Gross Motor Skills - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 2, 2020 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

What a wonderful week we’ve had in the infant classroom! We are still celebrating multiple first birthday’s, so singing The Happy Birthday song has been a favorite as well as practicing holding up a pointer finger to show how old we’ve become! While the older infants enjoy using push toys, balls and popping bubbles outside, the younger infants love watching their older friends play outside and practicing waiving and blowing kisses! The infants have been practicing their fine motor skills while holding onto crayons and scribbling on paper while standing at the low table, as well as exploring drop ring boxes, and mini rings! It’s wonderful to see the infants manipulating their hands as they hold the rings to successfully drop them inside the different shaped slots! We’ve talked about the colors Red, White and Blue and had fun sorting red blocks from blue blocks and counting the blocks out loud together as we stack them! Next week we will begin the Construction theme! Until next time!

Singing Happy Birthday! - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 25, 2020 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom has been quite exciting! A good chunk of our time was spent singing songs and exaggerating hand motions! We loved to put our arms up for the spider going up the waterspout, spinning our hands round one another for the wheels on the bus, and making our stars shine bright for twinkle twinkle little star! A big group of our infants have and will be turning one within the next several weeks! We've loved practicing singing the happy birthday song together pointing to and talking about letters on our friend’s birthday signs, counting to 10 while stacking ice cream scoops on cones, and practicing taking rings on and off stacking poles as well! We've also enjoyed practicing rolling sensory balls back and forth to one another and waving/blowing kisses to our older friends outside! The infants also loved exploring their own person watermelon squishy sensory bags! We talked about the color pink inside the bag, and the sparkly “seeds” we saw inside them as we poked and squished at the bags together! Next week we move on to America the Beautiful! Until next time!

All About Dads - infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 18, 2020 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It's a week all about the dads in thier life and we have been busy not only with activities about dads but also with ones that have them using all their devlopmental skills that are blossoming right now. They were able to practice fine motor skills by holding crayons and coloring on envelopes and for those that couldn't quite manage to move the crayon on their own, the teachers were using hand over hand to help them make marks, they all seemed facinated to watch the various colors show up on the envelope. Then, while we had the small group playing with the shape sorter toys, the younger ones were busy clapping two of the blocks together while the older ones were able to take the pieces out of the teachers hands and drop them into the top of the wooden sort toys. We turned off the lights and shone flashlights onto different surfaces and then talked about the various colors they could see while doing that. The magnifying glasses were not only fun to look at their toys with but the ones that are also mirrored provided a chance for them to see their facial body parts while the teacher pointed them out (eyes, nose, mouth). They are learning to identify their friends and some are starting to point to them while we sing and ask them where they are at in the classroom. Several of them are perfecting their walking skills and are learning to stand and throw balls at the same time, this was very exciting! The music shakers provided some interesting discoveries - how did they sound when they are all pulled apart versus when they are stuck all together. All of this while fitting in some books about daddies and grandpa's has made for a busy, fun week. Next week is all about summer!

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!