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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.

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!