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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!

Look at Our Artwork - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 30, 2020 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

We continue to learn about more Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo and tomorrow we will end with Vincent Vangough. Please check out our front classroom window where we posted all of the children's art work inspired by all the Artists we learned about. For math we we explored with face emoji matching and flower sorting, and at the manipulative table we had magnet face people, planting flowers with play dough and will explore with black sand writing and star math snack counting grid.

Learning About Artists - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 28, 2020 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Artists". Each day we will introduce an artist and the children will carry out their art work by imitating through pictures and materials. Monday, we introduced Jackson pllock and what hes famous for... "paint splatter". For art the children used various paint brushes with 4 different colors of paint and splatteed the paint on a large roll of what paper. Today, we introduced Claude Monet... "Water Lilly" . The childrern made their own Water lillies by painting paper plates with blue and green paint and glued on cupcake liners to represent "Water Lillies". At the manipulative table we had peg boards and rubber bands to stretch and place over the pegs to work and strengthen fine motor, and at the math table we had color paint samples with colored clothespins to practice colors and matching while learning how to work the clothespins by squeezing to open and close.Today, at the math table we had water lilly number pads and frogs to practice counting by covering up the number of dots, and at the manipulative table we had "frogs on a Log" to practice manipulation and balance as the children lined up the frogs on the log. Our sensory table is "Monet" inspired with blue/green rice, lilly pads and frogs.Miss brenda will also introduce color Spanish words this week and we will practice for a few weeks.

I Had a Dream Pictures - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 23, 2020 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddlers are learning about Black History Week. We kicked off our theme on Monday with a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. on our Word Wall. At the art table, we made I Had A Dream pictures with clouds, glitter, and blue paint. At the math table, we matched different pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. to a poster board. At the manipulative table, we used bingo dauber to stamp on dove cutouts. On Tuesday, at the art table, we made a friendship wreath with different colored hands. At the math table, we matched paint chip people to matching colored cups. At the manipulative table, we used tongs to pick up vehicle sorters and match to colored plates. On Wednesday, at the art table, we glued on different colored crayons to make a crayon box. At the math table, we matched shaped states together. At the manipulative table, we connected rainbow people connectors together. On Thursday, at the art table, we glued on magazine pictures onto paper. At the math table, we matched sports players to sports balls. At the manipulative table, we pushed sports balls through holes in cans.

Making Muffins - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 16, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the toddler room! This week we continue to work on our theme: “ Cooking” On Wednesday, the children were able to use their fine motor skills to manipulate play dough with their hands. During the observation, the children also used tools such as; rolling pins, safety scissors and fruit stampers to apply to their play dough on a tray. At the math table, the children explored the magnet horseshoes on the table. The children were eagerly trying to figure out how the magnet rings worked and were able to attached to the magnet horseshoe. At the art table, the children used sponges to dip into white paint and apply over their cut out muffin piece. The children also used their hands to apply blueberry cut out pieces to their muffin. On Thursday, the children used their cognitive skills to count out money coins and place them in containers. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate a piece of string with their hands and put wood fruit pieces on the string. At the art table, the children decorated their chef hats with finger crayons and stickers. The teacher put the hats together so that the children can wear them around and wear them during making blueberry muffins. The children were able to help make blueberry muffins at the art table using a whisk and putting cupcake liners inside of a cupcake liner. On Friday, the children will observer how milk can explode using, milk, soap, baking soda and container. Have a great weekend!

Cooking Fun! - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 14, 2020 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the toddler room! This week we will be focusing on our theme: “Cooking” On Monday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the felt picnic food pieces with each other to place on a picnic blanket. The children also used the felt pieces to make patterns based off the food’s colors or the food. At the manipulative table, the children used their hands to hold kitchen spatulas to pick up oatmeal cookies from the trays. The children also used the spatulas to stack the cookies on top of each other. At the art table, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate a paintbrush dipped in paint to apply over a circular cardboard piece for their pizza. The children also used their hands to apply their pizza toppings using cut out peppers and mushrooms. On Tuesday, the explored the math table where they used their cognitive skills to put raisins on top of the watermelon cards with seeds. Some of the children counted their raisins as they place them on the watermelon seeds. At the manipulative table, the children used fine motor skills to use tongs to pick up the fruit slices and different food erasers on the table. For art, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate a brush dipped in glue to apply to their cut out soup pot. The children used their hands to apply alphabet letters, a spoon and veggies onto the glue. At the sensory table, we have oatmeal, felt food pieces and kitchen tools for the children to manipulate. Have a great day and we will pick back up on our theme week on Thursday!