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Space - Older Toddler

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

Art

The children made made Rockets by gluing on shape foam pieces and foil, Moons- by stamping with sponges and silver glitter powder, Letter S for star- glued various size colored starts, Earth- stamping with space stampers and stamp pads and tomorrow the children will make a space wreath with space stickers and black paint.

Math

The children explored with rocket ship shape dot boards with colored bingo chips for lining up and making pattern as they follow the dots. For Moon and Star patterning, the children used a white crayon to trace lines from star to star, practiced counting by using marbles and trays and tomorrow we will name planets/solar system by matching cards.

Manipulatives/Fine Motor

We had foam blocks with straws and pipe cleaners to push down into the foam block to make them stand up to build finger strength, instead of playdough, we used blue/green slime with foam beads to press and manipulate We had foam blocks with straws and pipe cleaners to push down into the foam block to make them stand up to build finger strength, instead of playdough, we used blue/green slime with colored craft sticks and tomorrow we will practice how to orbit the sun using round pie pans and marbles.

Tomorrow we will make Moon Sand with flour and baby oil- The children will explore the texture on their own individual trays.

Books

Good Night Moon, Stars, Roaring Rockets and Solar System planets

Learning About Winter - Older Toddler

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

This week we have been talking about winter. We have learned a few new songs such as “Five little snowman” and “dashing through the snow”. The children have been very excited and we are working on these songs as group. We also discussed at group the importance and safety of keeping our gloves and hats on outside. We also talked about snow and ice safety this week helping the children to understand walking feet when it’s icy out.

On Monday for art the children used glue to glue on Qtips to light blue paper resulting in making snowflakes. At the math table they worked on using tongs to pick up and count snowballs (cotton balls) and put them into winter buckets. At the manipulative table they used their fingers to peel back winter stickers and place them onto paper.

On Tuesday for art the children they used green paint and silver glitter mixed together and used a lofa to spread around on red paper. At the math table we had mitten cut outs all different colors and matched them with colored bears. At the manipulative table they used tongs to pick up snowman erasers and place them into buckets.

On Wednesday for art the children used glue to build a snowman adding scarf, carrot nose, eyes and buttons with stick arms. At the manipulative table they used hot chocolate Matts and placed marshmallows on the Matts while counting. At the math table we used scissors to cut white paper to make them into snowflakes.

On Thursday for art the children will use Styrofoam cups and glues marshmallows on to make “Igloos”. At the math table we will have different shapes on snowmen they can use our big colored shapes to match. At the manipulative table we used our trays with glitter and snowman pieces on their trays and sticks for a sensory activity.

On Friday for art the children will make a “polar Bear” out of a white paper plate and cut outs. At the math table the children will use Snowflakes on sticks to put into winter buckets while counting. At the manipulative table we are going to make fake snow and explore some on our trays.

Learning About Dinosaurs - Older Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on December 3, 2020 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddlers are learning about Dinosaurs. We kicked off our theme on Monday with different pictures of dinosaurs and asking the toddlers if they knew any of them. Most of the toddlers were able to name the Trex and even some knew triceratops and brontosaurus. At the art table, we made a dinosaur collage with die cut dinosaurs. At the math table, the toddlers matched dinosaur cards such as stegosaurus, brontosaurs, triceratops, etc. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used tongs to pick up pom poms and place on dinosaur pom pom mats. On Tuesday, at the art table, the toddlers decorated dinosaur eggs with sparkly paper. At the math table, the toddlers counted dinosaurs and dinosaur eggs and practiced opening plastic eggs. At the manipulative table, the toddlers explored and tried to excavate dinosaurs out of frozen eggs made of ice. On Wednesday, at the art table, the toddlers made dinosaurs out of qtips and glue. At the math table, the toddlers practiced tracing dinosaurs with qtips or making bones out of qtips. At the manipulative table, the toddlers practiced burying dinosaurs and rocks in sand and brushing them off with paint brushes. On Thursday, at the art table, the toddlers made dinosaurs out of shaped paper. At the math table, the toddlers matched practiced dinosaur tangrams with blocks for matching. At the manipulative table, the toddlers slid dinosaurs shape cards into containers.

All About Families! - Older Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on November 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we have been talking about families. During group we made a House chart and we asked each child who lives in their house. We have talked about our pets, and family that doesn’t always live in our houses. This week-

On Monday the Children used glue to put our Family die cut people into a collage, each child was able to put their own Die cut mommy, Daddy, and siblings. At the math table they used wooden blocks to build houses for their play people. At the manipulative table the children used cheerios and raisins to make faces with.

On Tuesday They used glue to put together a house by adding windows, doors, and a triangle roof. At the math table they play with our family houses uses our Disney play people. At the Manipulative table they used their hands to connect the rainbow people connectors, they also used them to match the colors.

On Wednesday Each child used their hands with green paint to put on our cut out tree trunks to make a family tree. At the math table we used sour patch kids and colored plates with tongs to pick up and count as they place on the plates. At the manipulative table they used play dough and play dough matts to create people making mouth, eyes, nose and hair using their playdough.

On Thursday we cut out pieces from magazines and the children arranged them onto the paper using glue. At the Math table we matched our family pictures and used our gingerbread man connecters to match by color. At the Manipulative table we used tongs with our pet counters to place into buckets while counting them.

On Friday we are using our Handprint stamps or paw print stamps for stamping onto the paper with different colored paint. At the math table we are doing a puppy color match so they will match the colors of the dogs with its correct match. At the manipulative table we are using baby dolls and scissors to give “haircuts” The baby will have a piece of paper on their head and the children can use their scissors to cut their hair. This is a good skill to help them using their fingers and thumbs to work the scissors.

Theme Week Fun - Older Toddler

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

This week, the toddlers got to explore Theme Week. We kicked off Theme Week on Monday with Backwards Day. At the art table, the toddlers made a rocket because we counted backwards down to blast off! At the math table, the toddlers used their fingers to push qtips and straws into styrofoam blocks and matched the colors. At the manipulative table, the toddlers practiced stringing with ribbon and paper towel tubes. On Tuesday, it was Disney Day! At the art table, the toddlers made a Mickey Mouse face. At the math table, the toddlers matched Disney video covers. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used scissors to cut Disney wrapping paper. On Wednesday, it was Veteran's Day. We talked about red, white, and blue! At the art table, the toddlers made a flag painting with red, white, and blue paint. At the math table, the toddlers counted with red, white, and blue stars, both big and little. At the manipulative table, the toddlers pushed red, white, and blue straws and pipe cleaners through cans. On Thursday, it was Sunglasses Day! At the art table, the toddlers made a sun with yellow paint and added yellow strips of paper to it. At the math table, the toddlers matched letter sunglasses with letter popsicle sticks. At the manipulative table, the toddlers pushed toothpicks into styrofoam balls to make suns.

Fun Around the World - Older Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on November 5, 2020 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

At group time every week we talked about a different culture, country and traditions as simple as we could with pictures, props and books.

Art

Monday-The children made globes by Koosh painting green paint on a blue circle to resemble the earth and glued on a hand print for all around the world,

Tuesday- The children made African masks by gluing on glitter and feathers, each one is unique.

Wednesday- We made the "London Double Decker Bus" by gluing on wheels and square paper windows.

Thursday- Today, the children made "Chinese Drums"- Painted two paper plates red, glued on Chinese symbols of animals and tomorrow we will file them with beans and put together.

Friday- The children will decorate the letter"D" in Arabic with feathers and paper pieces.

Manipulatives

The children manipulated green/blue play dough on earth dry erase boards by pressing the play dough on the board to strengthen fine motor by using all finger and hands to pull a part the play dough.

Tuesday- We practice weaving ribbon in and out of baskets by using eye-hand coordination and manipulation.

Wednesday- Each child had their own sand tray as they used small counter buses to make lines in the colored sand.

Thursday- The children used chop sticks to work their fingers to try to pick up pom-poms and put them in paper chinese boxes.

Friday- Tomorrow we will play "Freeze" which requires the children to listen, move and freeze as directed.

Math

Monday- At the math table the children explored with pictures cards of children from all around the world by matching two or more together.

Tuesday- We practiced peeling colored dot stickers, and placed them on the spots all over the large plastic Giraffe's for counting.

Wednesday- We re-vised with colored number peg boards to practice counting up to the number on the boards.

Thursday- Today, we matched Chinese animal symbols while naming each exotic animal.

Friday- Tomorrow, we will name animals sounds we hear, and match shapes on egg shapes.

Tomorrow we will make Elephant tooth paste, and name fruits available in winter on flannel board and explore and cut a winter fruit open and taste.

Halloween Fun - Older Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 29, 2020 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Art

Monday- The children made a ghost by painting with cotton balls and white paint covering their paper and glued wiggly eyes.

Tuesday- We finger painted mixing yellow and blue paint together while the children used their whole hands to spread all over the paper.

Wednesday- The children made a "witch Face" by painting paper plate green, glued on face and black yarn for hair.

Thursday- We made a "Mummy" by gluing on white strips of paper on paper body.

Tomorrow the children will make a "Skeleton by gluing on Q-tips on black paper.

Math

Monday- the children played a witch match game by matching witches, black cats and bats to practice matching by same characteristics.

Tuesday Science- We cut open a pumpkin and the children had an opportunity to feel inside the pumpkin and they decorated it with funny face pieces and the teachers carved the pumpkins

Wednesday- We practiced counting by placing candy corn pieces on the number of dots on the pumpkin pattern. This allows the children to use one-to-one- co-orespondence.

Thursday- Today we did some ghost matching by color and size to practice big, bigger and biggest.

Manipulatives

Monday- we practiced with tongs to pick up small Halloween erasers and filled the buckets

Tuesday- The children practiced peeling Halloween stickers using their fingers and problem-solving to figure out how to peel the stickers, and put them on pumpkin paper shapes.

Wednesday- We used black cat craft sticks to slide them in the slits on top of container lids to practice manipulation.

Thursday-Today we had Halloween pencils with halloween buckets to practice making them stand straight and practiced counting as well.

Books: Five Black Cats, The Little Pumpkins, Clifford's Halloween, The Spooky Wheels on the bus and There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bat.

Games: Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss and Ring around the Ghost

Singing Nursery Rhymes - Older Toddler

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

Greetings from the Older Toddler Room! This week we are focusing on our theme: "Nursery Rhymes" So we are going to be singing a lot and learning about Nursery Rhymes that have been passed down the generations. Believe it or not? A lot of children as early as grade school all the way to high school do not know their "Nursery Rhymes" because they were not ever taught or exposed to them. Let's teach our children fun "Nursery Rhymes:-) On Monday, the children used their cognitive skills to count or sort the plastic money coins and place them in containers. At the manipulative table, the children used their manipulation skills to manipulate a piece of string and put it through the holes of a lacing board. At the art table, the children used their hands to hold a paintbrush dipped in white paint and frosting to apply to their cutout "Hot cross bun" The children also used their hands to apply raisins to their cutout. On Tuesday, the children used their manipulation skills to manipulate their playdough and place in a muffin tin. Some children broke pieces of their dough and placed them in each muffin tin hole. At the math table, the children used their cognitive skills to match their colored pom poms with the colored circles on the cupcake boards. The children also counted the pom poms and placed them in a container. At the art table, the children used a paintbrush dipped in blue paint to apply to their paper roll. The children used their hands to apply a paper flame for their candlestick. (Jack be Nimble) On Wednesday, the children used their cognitive skills to count the cotton balls and clothespins. The children could also put their items in a container. (Baa Baa Black Sheep) At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate a piece of yarn to wrap around a toy sheep. At the art table, the children used a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to paper and used their hand to stick wiggly eyes and cotton balls for their sheep. On Thursday, the children used tongs at the manipulative table to pick up their safari animals and place them in containers. At the art table, the children used their fingers dipped in paint to apply to their paper. The children also used their hands while using a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply their cutout spider, sun and spout. (Itsy Bitsy Spider) On Friday, the children will explore a science experiment where we find out does a boiled egg vs. raw egg will break first when dropping it (Humpty Dumpty) We hope you have a great weekend:-)

Pirates - Older Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 1, 2020 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Pirate".

The children made the following for art this week:

Treasure chest- painted with brown paint and glued on gold paper coins

Parrot- Painted paper red and glued on feathers, googly eyes and beak

Pirate Paper plate ship- glued on paper pole, flag and colored paper squares

Pirate- glued on hat, eye patch, eyes

Math

The children explored with the following materials

Various size pirrate hats to practice number size and patterning

Treasure coins to practice counting as they drop them in the containers

Pirate Bingo to match all the pictures cues/patterning

Tomorrow the children will count the toothpick flags with boats

Manipulatives

The children explored with the following materials:

Pirate lacing cards with string to practice lacing/eye-hand coordination to strengthen fingers/hands

Tresure chest sensory bags filled with gel and various coins to squeeze and manipulate/sensory

Boat and people connectors to practice snapping, pushing and pulling

Tomorrow the children will sort and count jumbo gems with tongs to continue number counting

All About Fall - Older Toddler

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

Greetings from the Older Toddler Room! This week we are focusing on our theme: "Fall" On Monday, the children used their fine motor skills at the manipulative table to manipulate a string into the hole of a leaf lacing board. At the math table, the children used their cognitive skills to sort the food sorters by color, pattern and use counting skills. At the art table, the children used their fine motor skills by using a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their cutout corn on the cob. The children also used their fingers to apply pieces of cheerios onto their paper cut out by patting it down. On Tuesday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the different leaf patterns at the table by color and pattern. When we saw that the children were getting bored with the activity, we added contact paper so that they could stick their leaves on the contact paper. At the manipulative table, the children used leaf cookie cutters to manipulate with their play-dough while using their hands. At the art table, the children used a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their wreaths. The children also used their hands to apply silky leaves to the wreath. On Wednesday, the children at group were able to observe the teacher cut into a gourd so that the children could see what was inside of the gourd for our science experiment. At the math table, the children used their cognitive skills to count the acorn and popsicle pieces and place them in containers. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to peel stickers off of their sticker sheet and stick them on their paper. At the art table, the children used their fine motor skills to use a cork dipped in paint and use it to stamp on paper. The children also used their hands to apply their cut out tree to their paper. On Thursday, the children used their cognitive skills to count the raisins (seeds) to put on their apple. When the children were done, the teacher allowed the children to eat the raisins:) At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to use tongs to pick up the silk leaves and put them in the strainers at the table. At the art table, the children used a cookie cutter leaf stamp dipped in paint to stamp on their paper. On Friday, the children will receive trays with fall natural items from outside such as; leaves, pine cones and silky leaves for science/sensory. At the art table, the children will use a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their cutout acorns and apply cutout paper squares to their acorn. We hope you have an amazing weekend!