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Our First Week Back - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 4, 2020 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The children have all transitioned awesome back to school this week! They have accommodated to some of the group changes and are building new relationships which aids in strengthening their social skills. With the activities the same ones are done on both sides of the classroom. This week’s theme was about superheroes. Monday the children glued colored tissue paper to masks in art and in math the children engaged in a superhero graph and counted which superhero had the most and which had the least. In language the children dictated what they know about what a superhero is. Tuesday in art the children made a hulk scene painting with green paint, in math they engaged in a superhero concentration activity and in language they looked for letters around the room. Wednesday in art the children made paper plate shields by tearing foil and gluing it to a paper plate. In math the children looked at different pictures of superheroes and they looked for and talked about the similarities and differences and in language the children worked on their writing skills by tracing swirly lines, curved lines and zigzag lines; a good activity for writing practice and fine motor skill of eye hand coordination. Today the children practiced cutting and they all did very well trying to cut different lines, similar to the lines they traced. In math the children matched shapes to shapes on a superhero cape and glued the matching shapes on, and in language the children came up with words based on superheroes and practiced writing them to create a word wall. Tomorrow in art the children will do some crayon resist art with watercolors and in math they will match numbers to number words. In language the children will dictate “If I were a superhero…”

Art With Our Senses - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 12, 2020 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We are ending the week with more fun experiences for the children to learn about the five senses. Yesterday in art the children painted with ketchup and mustard, in math they sorted 2 different soaps by the scent and then they worked on number identification and counting by looking at a numbered cup and placing that many number pieces of soap into the cup. In language the children looked at various pictures to talk about things their nose can smell. Today in art the children drew something they saw in the classroom. In math the children were give a shape and needed to look around the room and find something that matched the shape. In language the children matched letter spoons to words: eyes, ears, nose, hand and tongue. Tomorrow in art the children will paint with a color that the teacher whispers to them to use. In language the children match the picture with the sound they hear birds, train, horn, ambulance, horse and dog; and in math the children will use more of their sense of hearing to listen to the teacher whisper how many seashells to count out.

Our Five Senses - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 10, 2020 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The children will be exploring the use of all their five senses this week. Yesterday in art the children created handprints with paint on paper. In language the children matched upper case letters to lower case letters and then practiced writing the letters in a tray of corn meal. In math the children used their fine motor skills to put hair rubber bands on a popsicle stick and then counted how many bands were on the stick. Today in art the children painted with broccoli and in math they counted how many carrot slices were in each plastic bag, there were 10 bags. In language the children explored feeling different items and talked about what the item felt like and then tried to name what it was; there was a sponge, an apple, and a kiwi. This afternoon the children helped make a mix of coffee beans and coffee grounds, a good tactile experience as well as smell. In the water table this week the children are washing animals with soapy water using loofahs and sponges, and in the block area the children are building with sponges.

Recognizing and Writing Letters - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 5, 2020 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi, everyone! We are finishing up our week on Dr. Seuss. In language, we are still working on our letter recognition and being able to match letters. Tomorrow we will focus more on writing letters down so we can see how everyone is progressing on their pencil grip. I'm excited for Friday's math because we are not using numbers, we are using sounds. We will be getting the rhythm sticks out and having the kids follow a simple pattern. Recognizing patters can be difficult but sometimes starting off with an easy and fun activity like this can make patterns more enjoyable. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow we will be discussing social skills, specifically how to help friends. We will be reading Try A Little Kindness and Have You Filled a Bucket Today?. Tomorrow, we will all sit down together and discuss ways that we can help our friends, parents, and teachers.

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the only one who'll decide where to go." -Dr. Seuss

Green Slime - Pre-School

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

Hi, everyone! This week we are learning about the the incredibly talented author Dr. Seuss. This might have been my favorite week to plan, as there were so many great books to choose from. We are reading a new Dr. Seuss book each day, and have currently read Bartholomew and the Oobleck as well as Green Eggs and Ham. On Monday, we made green slime in two different groups. For one group, I added extra food coloring and slime. Today, we discussed the differences in color and texture and they were questioned on why there was a difference between the two slimes. We also worked on matching our upper and lower case letters, as well as matching numbers 1-10. Today, we worked on our scissor skills while cutting play dough. We also got the iPad out and used a cool new app, Magic Piano, where the kids pressed on the lit up dot to make music.

"If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good." -Dr. Seuss

We Love Books - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 27, 2020 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been a fun week reading books of famous authors and we have also been talking about how to be gentle with books and put them back on the shelf when we are done. Yesterday in art the children worked on gluing and tearing paper to create a mosaic of their own creation. In language the children matched letters to nan alphabet tree and in math the children measured various items around the room that were an inch; we introduced the use of a ruler and showed the children where one inch is and how to measure, it was a little hard for some to grasp, but also good exposure to how measuring works. Yesterday’s author was Leo Lionni and we read Swimmy at morning group, and The Alphabet Tree in the afternoon. Today in art the children painted with feathers and in language the children worked on letter identification by matching letter stones to their name card. In math the children played a game that involved counting, predicting and talking about same and different. The children rolled a die and added that number of crayons to a bowl. There were 3 bowls to fill and after each was filled the children talked about if the bowls had the same color crayons, if they had the same number of crayons and predicted which bowl had more and which had the least. We read Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes at group this morning and in the afternoon, we read So Happy. Tomorrow the author is Margaret Wise Brown and in language the children will read Goodnight Moon and then sequence the story using picture cards. In math the children will match pillows by pattern and in art they will paint with shaving cream. We will read My World at group time as well.

Books and Their Authors - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 25, 2020 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we introduce activities geared towards a different author and his/her stories for each day. Yesterday was all about Don Freeman and in art the children did some rainbow drip art using ink droppers. In math the children engaged in a game called mouse match and with this game the children had to find the mouse whose color matched the cheese in the middle of the board. Each match a child made, they kept the cheese and after all the cheese was taken, they counted how many pieces they had. In language the children worked on letter and word matching by matching color words and this activity included a modification to offer up a challenge. The color word cards were all color coded, red on red, yellow on yellow and so forth; this helped the children match the words easily. After they matched the color word cards together, we put out a large white paper that had the color words on it. The children then needed to find the matching word and place the matching color word card on top of the color word on the white paper. This did engage the children more too as they needed to look and find the matching word on the white paper. At group time we talked about what an author is and then we read the story Rainbow of My Own. In the afternoon the children made rainbow toast! They painted on a piece of bread with colored milk and then we toasted it, and they of course got to eat it. Today’s author was Ezra Jack Keats and the activities we had focused on the story The Snowy Day. In art the children painted white with spools, and in language the children wrote letters with their finger in a tray of sugar. In math the children dressed a person for the snowy weather. The children chose their paper person and then rolled a die which determined how many pieces of clothing to add at a time. The clothing options were pants, shirt, dress, boots, coat, gloves, scarf and hat. At group we read The Snowy Day and we talked about why we wear all those items to play in the snow. In the dry table this week the children are working on their scissor skills cutting scraps of paper in the table.

Teeth - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 20, 2020 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The activities this week have been very enjoyable for the preschoolers. Yesterday in art they painted with toothpaste! In math the children worked on number matching by taking a number card and finding the matching number on the tooth. In language the children worked on letter recognition as they clipped lettered clothespins to match to dental words on a popsicle stick: dentist, toothpaste, toothbrush, smile, and teeth. This activity also incorporated fine motor skills to squeeze the clothespin and focus on the stick to clip it on. Today in art the children worked on scissor skills by cutting out a tooth; some children were able to focus on the lines and cut the tooth out while others explored getting comfortable with holding the scissors correctly and cutting. In math the children formed a playdough mouth and counted out beans to place on it for teeth. In language the children looked at different pictures related to dental health, and they talked about what they saw in the pictures. Coach Charlotte came and the children continued to learn a bit more volleyball skills. Tomorrow in art the children will paint with dental floss and in math they will make a tooth graph. In language the children will compare, and match beginning sounds for words like smile, dentist, toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss.

Taking Care of Our Teeth - Pre-School

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

This week the children will explore activities focusing on dental health. Yesterday in art the children painted with toothbrushes. In math the children looked into a mirror and counted how many teeth were in their mouths. In language the children looked for the lowercase letters of the word “tooth,” that were mixed in with other letters on a large tooth. Today in art the children made a toothbrush gluing together pieces of construction paper. In math the children matched toothbrushes with numbers and in language the children dictated a response to the question, “How do we take care of our teeth? In science the last 2 days the children have been exploring toothpaste in a baggie, and in the water table this week the children are brushing baby doll teeth.

Valentine's Day Fun - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 11, 2020 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week is going to be a fantastic week. We started off the week by asking if our friends knew what Valentine's Day was or what you do during Valentine's Day. We are going to save these responses and go over them during group at the end of the week. It will be interesting to see if their answers change. For language on Monday we practiced using pebbles to trace letters and in math we used conversation candy hearts to finish the pattern. Today we had a sensory day and made play dough for Valentine's Day. Everyone had a change to stir and the play dough became an option at group time. Yesterday we dyed rice pink so we could add it to the sensory table, and we added hearts and seashells, too! Today I wrote down the words conversations hearts usually have on them and we identified letters we knew and wrote them down on the chalkboard.