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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.

Learning About Community Helpers - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 8, 2020 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom we’ve explored the theme of Community helpers and Fire safety! There has been a lot that we’ve talked about and explored but a few activities stood out to be favorites among the infants. Our older infant’s over 1 year old, took their hand at letter stamps as we sang the ABC’s with our younger infants and talked about the sounds each letter makes together as a group! The infants also enjoyed exploring their own personal baggie of shaving cream with drops of food coloring inside the bag. We talked about how we can use our hands to mix the contents of the bag and change the color of the shaving cream! Our older infants over 1 year, also enjoyed sticking uncooked spaghetti noodles in Plato for each infant to have their own. We then imitated and used hand in hand to string cheerios on the uncooked noodles! It was challenging but new and fun for our older children in the room! Our younger infants are working on their mobility, sitting up, rolling over and standing with support at furniture for play! It has been a fun week in the infant classroom, but we look forward to our Nursery Rhymes theme next week! Until then!

Fun with Pirate Week - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

It's pirate week and we have been having so much fun! Language activities have included ocean puppets, Row, Row, Row, Your Boat and singing the A,B, C's. The younger babies found us as we hid behind scarves and played peek-a-boo with them and then explored the busy boxes watching the animals pop up one at a time. Cognitive activites had some of them trying to pull scarves out of balls filled with holes, trying to find items that had been hidden under washcloths, pulling pipe cleaners through holes in a colander and dropping cars down a long tube to wait for it at the other end. Trying to identify friends and body parts has become a focus for our older infants while our youngest babies watched floating bubbles and practiced how to clap and wave. They had an opportunity to fingerpaint or brush paint this week and music has been playing with much dancing going on as well. As always, outdoor play has continued as well as many developmental milestones being reached for as they are all learning something new. Busy week but so much fun!

Exploring Leaves - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 24, 2020 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It's a fall theme in our room so we have been having a lot of fun playing with leaves inside and out. We brought out the parachute and put pretend leaves in the middle and moved it up and down over the small babies while our big kids helped hold the handles. They loved watching the leaves bounce up and down in the middle. The older toddlers colored with brown, yellow and orange crayons at the easel and stamped leaves on a teacher drawn tree trunk. All of them love watching bubbles and when the teachers do it outside, it it even more exciting to watch how far they will float up in the air. Songs have included a lot of motion like Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Itsy, BItsy Spider and Wheels on the Bus. Glitter balls were used to take in and out of a muffin tin and paper was crumbled by the teachers and children - all fun, great fine motor activities that they have the opportunity to try doing on their own. The smallest babies were laid atop of a piece of foil to explore and they thought it was wonderful - the smiles told us how much they were enjoying it! We will be giving them the opportunity to smell fall scents such as nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and pumpkin - it will be interesting to see their reactions. Next week, we will move onto the high seas and a pirates life!

Colors and Shapes - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 17, 2020 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom we explore the theme of colors and shapes! It has been an exciting change of pace. Some of our older infant's are beginning their transition to the young toddler classroom! Although we will miss our older infants, now young toddlers we are excited to build new relationships with our new families and infant's that have joined our family! The younger infant's have enjoyed exploring colorful transparent scarves! We talked about the colors of each scarf, and even played a game of peek-a-boo with the scarves! It was wonderful to see the reactions from our little ones, and talk to them about their reactions out loud with them! We also have older infant's who are moving forward in their mobility! Practicing taking steps with our push walker's has been a main event during outdoor time! The older infant's also enjoyed exploring stacking rings, talking about colors more and the circle shape of the rings! We listened and sang songs, talked about our reflections in the mirror and practiced gluing shapes to paper as well this week! We look forward to our Fall theme next week! Until next time!

Celebrating Our Friends - Infant

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

It's Friends week and we have been very busy and having a lot of fun! We had two new friends join our room this week and several of our older toddlers have been busy meeting new friends in the young toddler room so there have been a few changes but everyone is doing great! Their activities have been keeping them on their toes - literally! They seem to have discovered a love for music that they can dance to and they think it is so funny when all of them are doing it at once, so dance parties have become a daily occurrence. We got out the flashlights and turned off the lights for them to explore the room as it was bathed in greens and reds. They colored on chalkboards and practiced rolling balls back and forth to the teachers. The younger babies watched the parachute move up and down above them and experienced bubbles float back and forth in front of them. All this while many are learning so many developmental milestones - walking crawling, sitting, and rolling. This has been a great week for them to familiarize themselves with others around them all while having fun!

Singing! - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 3, 2020 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom we have explored so many things! The younger infants have enjoyed singing Row Row Row Your Boat one on one with teachers! While sitting on our laps, laying on their backs and watching from below or sitting face to face, our younger infants love to hear us sing! We also used the spider hand puppet to sing The Itsy-Bitsy Spider song, with hand motions! As our younger infants continued to practice sitting up with support and tummy time, the older infants enjoyed holding teachers’ hands and practicing jumping/hopping like a frog! Today we explored small color changing flashlights and small sensory light up balls in empty clear containers as we sat with the lights off. We practiced shaking the containers to cause the balls to light up inside. The infants loved clapping for one another and encouraging each other to cause the balls to light up. We have also explored gluing paper strips to bird cut outs together, a bit messy but always fun. We will continue to talk about our rainforest theme the rest of the week, and we move onto Friends next week. Until next time!

Learning About Me! - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom the theme is All about me! The infants have enjoyed different activities, but a few have stuck out as being the crowd favorites! The infants enjoyed practicing clean up during transition time quite a bit! After putting the cleanup song on, a teacher held a shallow sensory bin and the infants practiced picking up toys and and dropping them into the bucket. Another different activity we did with the older infants was a shoe matching game! We talked about whose shoe belonged to who and pointing out/recognizing our friends around us by name! We used a large colorful pop up tunnel and practiced rolling light up balls through it. Most of the infants were somewhat hesitant to go all the way through the tunnel, but it was fun to see them walk around the outside of the tunnel to the other end, to retrieve balls that had rolled through. We also explored baggies with shaving cream and food coloring drops inside the bags. Each infant got to explore their own personal bag and practice poking and squishing the bag to turn the shaving cream a beautiful color of purple or blue! We will continue to explore the All About Me theme this week and move onto a new theme on Monday!

Back to School - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 20, 2020 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

It's back to school time and the babies are having a lot of fun discovering and exploring colors, letters and shapes. They tried their hand at dropping shape blocks into their corresponding shape holes while we had the shape sorters out to play with and they practiced stacking large shape blocks and ice cream cone pieces as we named the colors for them. We gave them flashlights that change colors and they watched as a simple push of a button made that color change happen which in turn made them all want to try pushing that button - what a great fine motor activity for them! We took a walk today and they saw so many buses that we just had to sing "The Wheels on the Bus" while making the movements to the song, they had so much fun and were so full of smiles! The older children painted with an apple half and drove cars through paint for our art activities this week. The younger babies watched animals appear with our pop up toys and "rowed" with a teacher while she sang "Row, Row, Row Your Boat", which they all enjoyed and wanted to do over and over again. Playing peek-a-boo with scarves was a fun activity for all of them but when the older children started trying to play it with the smaller babies, it became even more fun and all of them thought that it was so silly - definitely an activity that was full of laughs and smiles. It has been a busy sensory week for them but it has also been full of discovery and wonder.

Lego Fun! - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 13, 2020 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This week’s theme in the infant classroom was Legos! The infants enjoyed exploring jumbo Legos together. We practiced stacking them up high and knocking them down! Along with that activity, we talked about colors together and which we liked in the jumbo Legos! Another crowd favorite for the infant’s was painting with Legos, a new and exciting way to paint for our group. Some of the infants weren’t too sure what to make of this activity but others enjoyed tapping the Legos down in the paint and then on paper to make small circle prints all over! We also enjoyed counting small star connector shapes together as we put them in and took them out of baskets! We also explored sticking jumbo pom poms to sticky paper as we practiced standing. The infants also had their feet painted one at a time and practiced taking steps across poster board! We’ve had a blast this week, but we look forward to our Back to School theme on Monday! Until next time!