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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:-)

Celebrating Summer - Toddler

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

This weeks theme is "Summer". For art so far this week the children made Lemonade cups by stamping with spools and gluing on a straw with an umbrella, watermelons by painting paper plate and gluing on black seeds, ice cream cones by gluing and stacking ice cream paper scoops and fish by gluing on shiny cupcake liners, bubbles and eyes.

At the manipulative tables the children explored with fruit/veggie counters with tongs and corn trays to practice open-close motions and squeeze, watermelon lacing cards,colored popsicles for snapping and pulling, colored plastic fish with tongs and fish bowls and tomorrow the children will make patterns with clothes pins.

At the math table we had lemon/lime counting cubes with number cups, watermelon seed counting, ice cream bowls and colored ice cream scoops to match colors and stack and tomorrow the children will use paper ray strips to make patterns.

Summer songs we sang this week: In Summer, Summer Poem and Summer Melon

Father's Day - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 18, 2020 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddlers were learning about Father's Day! We kicked our theme off with asking the toddlers what they like to do with their daddies. A lot of them said play outside, see trains, play inside with their toys, etc.

On Monday, at the art table, we made a special gift for our daddies for Father's Day. At the math table, the toddlers matched daddies doing different activities such as grilling, going to the park, building things like birdhouses, etc. At the manipulative table, the toddlers worked their fine motor skills and used tongs to pick up vehicle sorters and sort into ice cube trays.

On Tuesday, at the art table, we made a card for our daddies to attach to the special gift for Father's Day. At the math table, the toddlers matched sports balls to sports players. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used popsicle sticks with sports balls on them to stick into styrofoam blocks.

On Wednesday, at the art table, we made a #1 dad award with yellow paint and glitter. At the math table, the toddlers matched award die cuts with stickers and emotions faces on them. At the manipulative table, the toddlers sorted ties laminated into cans.

On Thursday, at the art table, we painted with plastic chicken legs to pretend we were grilling. At the math table, the toddlers sorted fruit ice cubes into bowls. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used spatulas and tongs and pretended to grill on black poster board with different meats.

Happy Father's Day!

Under the Sea - Toddler Room

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 12, 2020 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the Older Toddler room!

This week we are focusing on our theme: "Under the Sea" On Monday, the children used their fine motor skills to put a piece of string through the Penguin lacing board's holes at the manipulative table. At the math/science table, the children used their cognitive skills to count out the ocean animals counters and put them in containers. For art, the children made a paper plate fish using a paintbrush with glue, feathers, glitter and wiggly eyes. On Tuesday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the number whales with the number submarines. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills with tongs to pick up the sea animals from the table. At the art table, th children made a "shark face" using glue, cutout teeth and mouth. On Wednesday, the children used their fine motor skills to put the popicle sticks inside of the octopus bottles at the manipulative table. At the math table/science table, the children explored and use their cognitive skills to look at and count the various seashells on the table. At the art table, the children made octopus using Cheerios for the suction cups, and wiggle eyes for the eyes. On Thursday, the children explored the science table where there were mini magnetic horseshoes with magnetic metal rings. The children explored all the ways they could use the magnets. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to peel off stickers off their own sticker sheets and stick them on construction paper. For art, the children used starfish to dip into paint and stamp them on construction paper. In addition, we did our health and wellness by making a snack called: ocean snack. The children watched the teacher make ocean frosting then each child was able to use a plastic knife to spread their own frosting on graham cracker with sprinkles. On Friday, the children will explore a science experiment by making their own sea scene using a container, water, food coloring, seashells and glitter. Have a great weekend!

We are Glad to be Back! - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 4, 2020 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Our first week back since March 16, 2020 and it's been pretty good I must say. Other than getting use to the rooms divided, change in schedule/routines, the children have adapted pretty well with a few tears here and there. We missed them all so much!!

This weeks theme is "Superheroes". For art the children made spider man hand prints, superhero cuffs by decorating with glitter red and gold stars, and a superhero crown with red, yellow, blue and white stars, At the math table we had bubble gum ball grid for counting with colored buttons, number peg boards with pegs, color masks with colored counters to practice matching colors, and number strips with colored circles and numbers with colored bears to match and count spaces.

At the manipulative table we had shoe boxes with superhero sticks for poking holes in the boxes to use and strengthen hand manipulation, rubber bands and clear plastic containers to stretch and wrap around the containers to practice eye-hand coordination and finger/hand grasp and foam blocks with pipe cleaners to make stand up by poking into the foam block with fingers. We also practiced stringing stars with string and star grids with holes.

We have been reading "Germs are Not for Sharing" modeling and practicing steps and singing ABC"s every time the children wash their hands and teachers wash with the children too.

It's great to be back, we deeply missed everyone!!

Touch and Smell - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This week is "5 Senses"week. We have explored with touch and smell so far this week. For art the children clued various textured materials on hanprints for the sense of touch, and made their own flowers out of cupcake liners, cotton balls and colored paper. At the math table we had animal chip clips with baskets for counting and foam rings with fake flowers for one-to-one coorespondence. At the manipulative table we had scented play dough with tools and tactile board and bins for touching, building and exploring. In the sensory table we have various size pom-poms, feathers, tongs and mini buckets for exploring various textures.

Wacky Wednesday - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 5, 2020 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We continued our theme of Dr. Seuss on Wednesday with a picture of Wacky Wednesday on the word wall. At the art table, the toddlers painted with cups to make a wacky painting. At the math table, the toddlers matched wacky pictures such as clothes, hair, etc. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used pipe cleaners to push into colanders. At group, we read Wacky Wednesday. On Thursday, we introduced Fox In Socks. At the art table, the toddlers made their own socks with tissue paper, shiny paper, etc. At the math table, the toddlers matched different patterned socks. At the manipulative table, the toddlers stuck socks on popsicle sticks into pool noodles to make them stand up. At group, we read Fox In Socks and also looked at what socks we had on and voted on our favorite kind of socks in the classroom.