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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.

Hawaii Time - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 6, 2020 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been fun doing activities for Luau and Hawaii, makes us want summer to come quickly!! Yesterday in math the children worked with the linking fish, sorting them by color and in language they matched fish by letters. In art today the children put together a coconut tree, gluing all it’s parts: trunk, coconuts and leaves. This was a good activity and fine motor as they used glue bottles to practice squeezing small dots of glue on their paper. In math the children did a visual discrimination activity looking at an assortment of Hawaiian shirts and talking about the similarities and differences. In language the children painted Japanese scriptures with a small paintbrush and looking at different scriptures in Japanese to look at and copy. Coach Charlotte came and the children began learning some volleyball skills. Tomorrow in art the children will paint with rice inside a nylon stocking, in math they will play a surfboard number matching game and in language the children will work on a dictation talking about what they want to do when they go to Hawaii.

Hula in the Coola - Pre-School

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

We started our week off with Hula in the Coola yesterday. In art the children made flowers on grass crowns to wear and in math they strung small paper flowers and straws on plastic string to make a lei. In language the children worked on letter sounds by looking at a picture and the putting a clothespin on the letter it started with. We joined all the other classes out in the great room and watched a video that taught how to hula! After some hula dancing the children practiced the limbo, that was fun too! Today in art we painted with the bottom of pop bottles to create flowers, math the children worked on creating simple AB, AAB, and ABC patterns using colored fish. In language this afternoon the children will work on writing words of the Hawaiian Island names. In the water table this week the children are exploring fish, seashells and starfish.

More Fun With Artists - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 30, 2020 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The children have shown a lot of interest with listening to stories and getting to know more about each of the artists this week. On Wednesday the children learned about Pablo Picasso, we read a story about Picasso and how his studio was filled with all sorts of materials such as metal, shoes, cardboard, paints, fish bones and many other random items. The children looked at some of his work on the computer; we looked at his paintings and some of his sculptures. In art the children created their own bouquet of peace; they cut strips of green paper for stems and used colored tissue paper for the flowers. In math the children were introduced to simple addition. They were given a plate with 3 sections; the top half in two sections and the bottom half as the third section. They drew cards to determine how many fruit counters to out in the two top sections, and then they counted both sections all together and placed that many in the bottom half to show that the two amounts together made a bigger amount. In language the children worked on lower case letter recognition. They rolled a letter die and whatever letter it landed on, they needed to find that letter on their paper and erase it. Today’ artist is Frida Kahlo and in art the children worked on still life painting, by looking at a bowl of fruit and then painting it on their paper. In language the children worked on beginning letter sounds by matching a picture to the beginning letter, for example s to sink, p to pickle, b to balloon and so on. At group we read a book about Frida and how her paintings were of things she saw, many of which were people, and she painted portraits of herself and added different things such as flowers, masks, trees and other things to them. Tomorrow is about Vincent Van Gogh. In math the children will watercolor paint letters and in math they will play a path game to get the paintbrush to the paint cup. Our art is in relation to our picnic project and the children will paint over a sink mat to create a picnic tablecloth.

Famous Artists - Pre-School

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

This week we explore activities that help the children learn about famous artists in history. Yesterday was Jackson Pollock, we read a story about how he created his art, which was using his whole body at times, using all sorts of materials, and painting with house paint. I art the children used one of Jackson’s techniques to create splatter painting, by throwing the paint off the brush onto the paper on the floor. The children had so much fun and enjoyed doing it barefoot as well! In math the children worked with a deck of playing cards. Each child was given 5 cards to start, and the teacher would say for example, “I have an eight, who has an eight?” The children would look through their cards to see if they had the number and then we put those in the middle of the table. This was a good activity to focus on counting, subitizing and number identification. In language the children worked on writing by connecting dots on a paper; this encouraged the use of eye hand coordination and pincer grip. Today the children learned about Claude Monet. We read a story about Monet going to the beach with his painting canvas, palette, paint and brushes. The story showed how he liked to paint real things in real time and he painted fast due to the light changing. The children also learned that when he got angry he would throw his work in the water, or ripped it. We then added that we should always be proud of the work we create. In art the children used a picture of Monet’s water lilies as provocation, to paint their own water lily on a paper plate. In language the children dictated what an artist is and then drew a picture to go with their words. Ion math the children built a picnic. The children rolled a die to determine how many items to take out of the picnic basket to set up a picnic. In the water table this week the children are exploring paint cups, water and paint brushes.

Black History - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 23, 2020 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we are focusing on learning about Black History! All of the books this week have focused on pigmentation of the skin, accepting individuals who are not like us, and focus on an African American individual as the main character. Having this variety of books for children is important as it can help improve their ability to relate to others who do not look like them. Yesterday we discussed historical figures such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, and Harriet Tubman. In language we have been working on our letter recognition and how we write our letters. In math we are using legos to match patterns and tomorrow we will be working on our ability to recognize numbers and to be able to put them in order. Our project for this week is on picnics and tomorrow everyone will be exploring the seeds of the different fruits and vegetables we eat.

Making Pizza - Pre-School

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

We continue to explore cooking tools and talk about things we cook and how to cook them. In language Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, the children dictated how to make their favorite food, and drew a picture to go with their words. In math yesterday the children sorted pictures of things we cook and things we do not cook; and we discussed how to cook some of the items too. At the art table we put out foam dough, a bucket of noodles to explore, and play dough. Today in art the children marble painted in open trays. In language the children shared stories using the storyteller box game. With this game the children take a picture out of 3 labeled boxes: who, what and where. The children take these pictures and create a story, with the help of the teacher asking questions to prompt if needed. In math the children matched cookie shapes together and at group we read a book, “Tyler Makes a Birthday Cake” The children enjoyed this book as it also shared where the different ingredients came from for making a carrot cake. The children were also surprised to learn that you can make frosting with cream cheese, and now we plan to make the carrot cake with the frosting so they can try it. (A date has not been determined yet for when we will make it). Tomorrow will be the day we make pizza! As mentioned in the previous blog, we read a book, “Pizza Day,” about a boy and his father making a pizza and the children asked to make a pizza, so we will make ours tomorrow. In math the children will work on more predictions of how many tablespoons of salt will go in a jar, and how many in a cup. In language the children will create a list of things we can cook/bake in an oven and they will also add words to the word wall of kitchen tools