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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!

Exploring Colors and Shapes - Older Toddler

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

Art

Monday, we painted with 2 cup sizes, large and small. The children dipped the cups in blue paint and stamped all over white paper making circle shapes-Tuesday- we glued red squares on black paper-Wednesday- we stammped with a triangle cutter and green paper- Thursday- We sponge painted on an easel with white paper and yellow paint- tomorrow we will glue the letter "S' on black paper and paint with Q-tips and white paint to make stars all over paper.

Math

The children manipulated colored shape sorters and dropped them in the container witht the matching shape, the children practiced color matching and counting by placing the colored chips on the bubble board grid, we use colored dot stickers to match them on the same color shapes to practice color recognition, the children explores with various size yellow ducks and practiced lining them up on the table by size with teach guidance and tomorrow, the children will practice counting with stars on number boards.

Manipulative

Monday, the children manipulated various colored shape puzzles, worked with red play dough and tools, practed lacing with large shape buttons to build theri strength in fine motor, used a plastic writing tool to make marks on doodle boards to practice holding the pen and tomorrow, the children will work with star links to make chains.

Group Time

Every day at group, we introduced the shape and color for the day on the word wall board by having the children guess first, then repeat teacher. Today, we had the children roll a die that had all the shapes and colors to practice and begin to recognize their colors and shapes.

Tomorrow

We will do a rainbow skittles experiment and make a healthy snack as a part of are Health & Wellness; Pita, peppers and cream cheese and end with parachute play.

Fun with Friends! - Older Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 10, 2020 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddlers are talking about friends. We kicked off theme on Tuesday, since being off on Monday, with a picture of friends on the Word Wall. We talked about what we do with our friends such as play, use safe hands, go outside, etc. At the art table, the toddlers made a magazine collage of different people. At the math table, the toddlers matched their toddler friends pictures together. At the manipulative table, the toddlers explored little people and doll houses.

On Wednesday, at the art table, the toddlers glued on the letters in their name on paper. At the math table, the toddlers matched ABC letters to the letters in their name or to each other. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used pool noodles to push onto paper towel holders.

On Thursday, at the art table, the toddlers made a friendship link which we will connect together and make into a friendship chain. At the math table, the toddlers matched colored bracelets to paint samples. At the manipulative table, the toddlers worked their fine motor skills by connecting shower curtain rings together to make a chain.

Learning About the Rainforest - Older Toddler

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

Greetings from the "Older Toddler Room!" This week, we will be focusing on our theme: "Rainforest/Jungle" We are talking about both concepts since they are similar. On Monday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the jungle animals together by animal type (ex. Monkeys together) At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate the wooden nature blocks by sliding them together using both hands or putting blocks inside of blocks through the holes of blocks. At the art table, the children made a jungle scene by gluing cut out trees and animals to their construction paper. On Tuesday, the children were given their own feathers and had to use their fine motor skills to place the feathers on contact paper. The children also explored the feathers by looking at them along with touching them. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills again in this scenario to stick the feathers into the strawberry strainers. At the art table, the children used a feather dipped in paint to stamp on their paper making pretend bird feet. On Wednesday, the children used their cognitive skills to count the number monkeys and the fruit sorters. The children also tried to match the fruit sorters with by color or fruit. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to open and close the lids of their jars in order to put sea animals inside of the jars. At the art table, the children used a paintbrush dipped in paint to apply to their paper plate. The children used their hands to apply wiggly eyes, cut out banana mouth and ears for their paper plate monkey. On Thursday, the children used their cognitive skills to put the pegs in the number boards by how many holes by the number. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to place the frogs and snakes counters on a log. At the art table, the children glued together pieces of cutout bananas, leaves and trees for their banana tree. On Friday, the children will be observing insects during outdoor play for our science activity/project activity. The children will also be making a yummy fruit salad for health and wellness. Have a great holiday weekend!

All About Me - Older Toddlers

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

We introduced "All About Me" by having the children look in a hand held mirror, while Miss Brenda asked each child "what color is your hair?" and Who's in the mirror?'.( A lot of toddler friends have blue, green and purple hair). For art this week the children made their own mirror out of foil, frame and decorated with gems, face paper plates- glued on eyes, nose, mouth and yarn for hair, handprint flowers by stamping their hand on paper and gluing on stem/colored leaves, family collage out of people cut outs and tomorrow the children will make their own photo frame by gluing and decorating. Math- the children used plastic colored chips and drop containers for counting, color heart people match to practice matching colors, # lady bug peg boards to manipulate and fit the colored bug pieces, colored staking cups and colored acorn tops for matching and stacking various sizes and tomorrow we will have a color sticker matching wall.

manipulatives- The children worked with Mr.Potato heads/parts to manipulate and make fit, connecting rainbow people- connect hands/head/feet in various directions to make connections, peel the tape off the table- children used and worked their fingers/hands to build and strengthen fine motor as the peeled colored making tape od the tables, bracelets- we used colored straw pieces to string on pipe cleaners to practice eye-hand coordination/fine motor.

We also measured all the children's height by having them stand against the wall on poster board and used masking tape to mark their name. Tomorrow we will end our week with an ice cream treat since we couldn't go to Dairy Queen this year after more than 12 years of going ever August.

Legos! Legos! Legos! - Toddler Room

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 13, 2020 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the Older Toddler Room!

We hope everyone is doing great and staying safe:-) This week in the Older Toddler room, we have been focusing on our theme: "Legos" On Monday, the children explored the math table where they had to use their cognitive skills to match the color Legos to the color paper or match the Legos together. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to build Legos on top of their own Lego boards. At the art table, the children used paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their construction paper and use their other hand to stick cut out Lego shapes to their paper. On Tuesday, the children used their fine motor skills to sort and place their Pom poms inside of their Lego pieces. At the math table, the children used their cognitive skills to count or match the Legos by number. At the art table, the children dipped their Lego piece in paint and use their hands to stamp the Lego onto their construction paper. On Wednesday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the Legos with the colored cups by color at the math table. At the manipulative table, the children use their fine motor skills to manipulate play-dough in their hands and use Lego pieces to put on their play dough. At the art table, the children used a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their construction paper and use their other hand to put Popsicle sticks on their paper. On Thursday, the children used their cognitive skills to count out Lego pieces and place them in containers. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to put the colored pegs into their foam boards. At the art table, the children use their hands to roll a toy car in paint and move it around their construction paper. This is a short week due to tomorrow! We hope you have a great weekend:-)

Fun with Music - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 6, 2020 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Music". So far we introduced classical music by painting on an easel while listening to classical music, Jazz- the children made a musical note by gluing on glitter ribbon, Disco- the children decorated a disco ball with shiny materials, 80's- the children made their own Boom Box by gluing parts/materials together and tomorrow for "pop" the children will make their own guitar by painting and adding rubber bands for strings.

For math this week the children practiced their colors/shapes by matching colored ice cream scoops to colored cones, number soup- the children used tweezers to pick up number magnets one at a time and say the number aloud with teacher help, Uno matching- we used Uno cards to match colored frogs to practice color recognition and number play dough- the children used small plastic magnet numbers to press into the play dough to make number shapes

At the manipulative tables we practiced with matching 2-3 piece board puzzles by having the children pick one puzzle piece and find the other match and put together, finger builders- the children used animal chip clips to open/squeeze to place on the side of baskets, balancing boards- the children used small wooden pieces to balance on top of slanted boats/baskets and spool threading- the children practiced their lacing with string and spools to work on their eye-hand coordination and work their fingers together to thread spools.

Tomorrow we will make and eat Avocado Pops made with avocado, bananas and coconut milk. We will make them in the morning and freeze them for snack time.

Having Fun with Christmas

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 23, 2020 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the Older Toddler Room:-) This week we are focusing on our theme of the week: "Christmas in July" On Monday, the children used their cognitive skills to either match or count out the various Christmas ducks at the math table. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to put a string through the holes of the Christmas lacing boards. At the art table, the children made a snowman/snowflake collage by using a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to construction paper and use their hands to pat down the cutouts onto the paper. On Tuesday, the children used their cognitive skills to place beads on their number columns by number or color. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to place bracelets and rings around the mini cones on their trays while using their hands. At the art table, used a paintbrush dipped in paint to apply to their paper plates. The children also used their hands to apply odd and ends pieces to make their Christmas ornament. On Wednesday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the color shape buttons to the color buttons on the snowman sheet at the math table. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to peel stickers off their Christmas sticker pad and stick them on paper. At the art table, the children used a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their construction paper and then used their hands to apply Christmas wrapping paper onto their construction paper. On Thursday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the gingerbread cut-outs by color at the math table. (Please note this was a change from the lesson plan instead of Christmas light blubs) At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to hold their safety scissors properly and make cuts into Christmas wrapping paper. Some children if they couldn't used their safety scissors yet, used their hands to tear the paper into pieces. At the art table, the children used sponges dipped in red and white paint for them to stamp on their construction paper making candy canes. On Friday, the children will explore their science experiment which is using their hands to feel shaving cream mixed with paint. Have a great weekend:-)

Farm Time - Toddlers

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 13, 2020 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddlers are learning about the farm and the animals that live on the farm. On Monday, we kicked off our theme by making a barn at art and adding popsicle sticks for the trim. At the math table, the toddlers matched farm stickers on cards together. At the manipulative table, the toddlers explored barn houses with different farm animals such as horses, cow, sheep, chickens, etc. On Tuesday, at the art table, the toddlers used hoof prints to stamp paint onto their paper. At the math table, the toddlers matched glitter ponies and horses to colored paper. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used scissors to cut cow patterned paper. On Wednesday, at the art table, the toddlers made a sheep with cotton balls. At the math table, the toddlers used clips and clothespins to pick up cotton balls and count them. At the manipulative table, the toddlers stuck sheep cards on popsicle sticks into pool noodles. On Thursday, at the art table, the toddlers used plastic chickens to paint with. At the math table, the toddlers matched emotion chick egg shells to chicks in cartons. At the manipulative table, the toddlers manipulated chicken easter eggs and put wooden chicks inside.

America the Beautiful - Toddler

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

Greetings from the Older Toddler Room! We are focusing on our theme: "America the Beautiful! this week as we celebrate America's independence day. On Monday, the children used their fine motor skills to put pieces of plastic string through the holes of the American flag lacing boards at the manipulative table. At the math table, the children used their cognitive skills to count out the assorted ice cubes and place them in containers. At the art table, the children used paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their construction paper. They used their hands to apply the cut out American flag pieces and stars to the paper. On Tuesday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the various color ice cream cutouts by color. At the manipulative table, the children used spatulas and tongs to pick up the play toy meats and pretend they are grilling food on the grill. For art, the children used their fine motor skills to hold a sponge dipped in paint and apply to their paper. On Wednesday, The children explored the math table where they used their cognitive skills to count the flags and put them in containers. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills by receiving their own sticker pads and using their fingers to peel off the stickers and stick them on paper. At the art table. the children use fine motor skills to apply glue with a paintbrush onto their paper and use their hand with a teacher's hand over theirs to apply glitter glue on their paper. On Thursday, the children used their fine motor skills to place the pipe cleaners into the holes of the strawberry strainers on the table. At the math table, the children used their cognitive skills to match the various color blocks by color. At the art table, the children use paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their paper and use their other hand to apply the cut-out popsicles tp their paper. Hope you have a great holiday weekend:-)