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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.

Dr. Seuss Week - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 3, 2020 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddlers are learning about Dr. Seuss. We kicked off our theme on Monday with a picture of Dr. Seuss on the word wall. We introduced Red Fish, Blue Fish, One Fish, Two Fish. At the art table, we made either blue or red fish with blue and red crepe paper. At the math table, the toddlers counted and matched red and blue fish with a Swedish fish. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used tongs to pick up fish and stones in fish bowls. At group, we read Red Fish, Blue Fish, One Fish, Two Fish. On Tuesday, we introduced a Green Eggs & Ham. At the art table, we made green eggs and ham on brown paper. At the math table, the toddlers counted green pom poms and put them inside green eggs. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used spatulas to practice flipping green eggs on cookie sheets. At group, we read Green Eggs & Ham and voted on who liked green eggs and ham and who did not.

Fun With Authors - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 27, 2020 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the Toddler Room! This week we continue to focus on our theme: "Authors" On Wednesday, the children used their fine motor skills to put pipe cleaners through the holes of the strawberry strainers at the manipulative table. At the math table, the children used their cognitive skills to put the number beads on the number columns. At the art table, the children used their fine motor skills to hold a watercolor brush dipped in water to apply to watercolors. The children painted with watercolors on coffee filters and construction paper. On Thursday, the children explored the math table where they used their cognitive skills to see how the mini magnet horseshoe works and to pick up the steel rings using the magnet horseshoes. At the manipulative table, the children manipulated the rings, rubber bands and bracelets around the cones on the table. At the art table, the children made their own purse bag using a paper plate, paint, odds and ends and glitter. On Friday, the children will be exploring a science experiment tasting different types of sugar such as; sugar and brown sugar. Have a great weekend!

Authors Week - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 25, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the toddler room! This week we will be focusing on our theme: “Author’s” On Monday, the used their cognitive skills to count or match the different varieties of Teddy bears at the math table. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate the Mr. Potato Head pieces with their hands in order to dress the Mr. Potato head. At the dry table, the children will be using their fine motor skills to use safety scissors to cut the newspaper pieces in the table. At the art table, the children used their hands to manipulate a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their paper. The children also used their hands to add wiggly eyes and other cut out pieces to their teddy bears. On Tuesday, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate tongs to pick up the cotton balls from the table and place them in containers. At the math table, the children used their cognitive skills to match the different color pom poms to each different color : “Snowy Day" Jack piece on the table. At the art table, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate a paintbrush dipped in paint to apply over their construction paper. The children also used their hands to apply a cut out head and wiggly eyes to make their snowy day Jack. We will also read books each day to showcase the different authors: Ezra Jack Keats and Don Freeman! Have a great day!

Brushing Our Teeth - Toddler

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

As we continue to leran more about" Dental" week, the children explored with real egg brushing with homemade tooth paste and carton brushing to practice up and down and around in circle motions. At the math table the children practiced counting "Hippo" teeth by placing the number of mini marshmallows in front of the tooth. For art, the children finger painted with tooth paste while exploring the texture and smell, and made paper cup teeth by painting yellow/white and making a pattern of teeth on large paper. For our Health and Wellness activity, we introduced the following foods on "My Plate" Dairy, Grain, Protein, Fruit and Vegetable. We had the children find a food group asked and placed it on the plate in the category. This activity allows the children to become familar with the healthy food groups and become familar with all the foods in general. We will end our week with fact about "What sugery drink do to our teeth"?, Healthy breakfast puzzles,practice flossing duplo blocks and make a breakfast pizza with crescent rools, cheese, eggs and spinach as a part of our health and wellness activity.

Dental Health - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 19, 2020 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Dental Health". We introduced the theme with a picture of a Dentist with some of his tools-toothbrush, mirror, mask and gloves. For art the children painted with toothbrushes to explore other ways we can use them, and today the children glued foam and paper teeth to a mouth as we counted the teeth during the activity. At the math table we had number paper teeth toothpicks with white clay to build fine motor strengthen by making them stick and stand up straight, and colored number paper toothbrushes and colored counters to practice matching colors. At the manipulative table, we had red play dough and white/red straw pieces to resemble teeth for pushing and making prints to work fingers and hands, and today we had real colored toothbrushes and holders to practice eye-hand coordination and problem-solving as they put the brushes in each of the holes. We have packing peanuts, marshmallows, toothbrushes, tongs and containers for further exploration and imagination. We read the following books so far; "A Visit To The Dentist" and Mooses's Loose Tooth". We will continue to explore other tools used by dentist and many other dental activities the rest of our week.

Valentine's Day - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 13, 2020 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddlers have been learning all about Valentine's Day. We kicked off our theme on Monday with a picture of Valentine's on the word wall. At the art table, we glued on heart tissue paper onto pink paper. At the math table, the toddlers matched conversation hearts to matching colored paper. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used Valentine's pencils to push through holes in lids on cans. At group, we read Guess Who Loves Blue. On Tuesday, at the art table, the toddlers made a love bug with wings, eyes, spots, etc. At the math table, the toddlers counted heart gems in heart boxes. At the manipulative table, the toddlers worked their fingers and stuck heart picks into styrofoam circles. At group, we read Happy Valentine's Day.

On Wednesday, we continued our theme of Valentine's Day. At the art table, the toddlers made a rose with petals, leaves, and a stem. At the math table, the toddlers matched colored roses to colored vases. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used scoops to pick up rose petals and put them into Valentine's buckets. At group, we read Valentine's For Everyone. On Thursday, at the art table, the toddlers stamped with heart cookie cutters in purple paint. At the math table, the toddlers matched Valentine's M & Ms to colored doileys. At the manipulative table, the toddlers manipulated playdough with heart cutters and rollers. At group, we read The Night Before Valentine's Day.

Coconuts - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 4, 2020 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the toddler room! This week we will be focusing on our theme: “Luau” On Monday, the children explored the math table where they used their cognitive skills to count out the number coconuts with showers rings and put them in containers. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate a piece of string and fruit lacing beads on to each other using both of their hands. At the art table, the children used paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their construction paper. The children also used their hands to put cut out palm leaves, bark and coconuts onto the paper. Our wet table will have soapy water, blow up flamingoes, rubber ducks, rubber frogs and rubber animals this week. On Tuesday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the fruit sorters into pairs of different colors. At the manipulative table, the children explored the sensory boxes where they didn’t know what was inside of them until they used their hands to manipulate the items inside of the boxes. In some of the boxes were Hawaiian flowers, grass, rocks, flamingo sticks, rubber fruit and rubber animals. The children expressed what each item felt like when touching it. At the art table, the children used a paintbrush dipped in paint and colored sand to apply over their paper. Some children used their hand to feel the paint and sand mixed together. During group time, the children listened to ocean music while doing yoga stretches with the teacher. Have a great day and we will continue our blog on Thursday!