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Sports Fun! - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 30, 2020 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer time is a good time to play sports and learn about sports. Monday was all about baseball. In art the children painted with a baseball, similar to marble painting, rolling the painted ball around in a box to paint the paper. In math the children sorted baseballs by size, and some children put the balls in order from big to small. In language the children dictated how you play baseball. Tuesday basketball day; in art the children glued pieces of yarn to paper and in math they talked about similarities and differences of various patterned basketball jerseys. In language the children worked on letter identification by matching lettered basketballs to lettered hoops. Wednesday was hockey day! In art the children did some watercolor painting and i math we did a little air hockey! The children used cups to push a handmade puck across the table and we counted how many goals and kept track of the score of each round. The children loved this experience! We did not get a chance to do language yesterday so we did it today at group, the children practiced writing letters. The teacher would spin the letter and we identified it and practiced writing. We will do todays art this afternoon, the children will cut and glue. Today's language was word matching: matching football words. Tomorrow is bowling and in language they will create and write words for a sports themed word wall. In math the children will do table bowling; using a golf ball to roll into lettered bottles or cups.

Christmas Fun - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 23, 2020 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Talking about Christmas this week has been fun, and we have seen a lot of happiness on the children’s faces. In play the children have been talking together and saying: “it’s okay if it’s not snowing outside, we can still celebrate Christmas.” Monday in art the children glued together an elf and in language they described different items such as a Christmas tree, dog, table, and banana. Tuesday, the children made a Christmas tree with Styrofoam plates plates with holes in it and green yarn to string through the holes; this was a good activity for fine motor skills and eye hand coordination. In math the children were given 10 slices of a pool noodle with a number on it, and they needed to place the corresponding number of toothpicks in the noodle. This activity focused on counting and number identification; this was also another good fine motor experience. In the afternoon the children made their own maracas by scooping rice inside and egg, adding a small rock and the teacher taped it closed and taped spoon handles onto it, the children loved this activity and getting to shake them all afternoon. Wednesday in art the children made a snow card for one of their friends. In language it’s about to knock the alphabet down by tossing a ball at lettered cups and identify the letters that fell over, and in math they counted chocolate chips on a cookie so they could “give to the mouse.” Today in language the children rolled a letter die and then matched with letters on the table. In math the children explored shapes and traced them with a popsicle stick, and in art the children painted with a cotton ball which was their “snowball” Tomorrow in language the children will work on letter sounds by sorting words by their first letter sound. In math the children will toss bean bags onto a large poster board of numbers, and identify the number the bean bag lands on, and in art they will be doing more easel painting!!

Down on the Farm - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 9, 2020 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s all about the farm this week. On Monday in language the children sorted animals in two groups, farm animals and not farm animals. We talked about each farm animal, what they looked like and what they eat and make. In math the children added cotton balls to sheep, rolling a die to see how many to add each turn. In art the children stretched and glued cotton to paper. Tuesday in language the children dictated answers to questions about what they would do if they were a farm animal of their choosing. In math the children graphed their favorite farm animal and in art the children painted in art. Yesterday in language the children wrote farm animal words for the word wall, in math they measured various veggies and in art they painted at the easel. Today in language the children matched rhyming words, in math they engaged in musical chairs and identified the number under their chair when they sat. In art the children painted with foam brushes. Tomorrow in language the children will dictate what they would have on their farm. In math they will compare similarities and differences of the inside of fruits and veggies and in art they will explore painting with brownie batter.

Celebrating America - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 2, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

A fun way of presenting the holiday to the preschoolers this week was telling them that the Fourth of July is basically a big old birthday party for our country. We have been reading many books to them so they can learn a little more about America. They seem to know a lot about it too, when we asked them what is America? They know and proudly said: the country when we live. Then after that they said" I have a flag in my house the American flag,"

On Monday in art art the children created “fireworks” with forks and mixed many colors. In language they matched letters for words: flag, star, America and eagle. Math focused on counting, they made necklaces and counted how many pieces of straws added. At group we talked about what melts in the sun, they all had good guesses, like ice, ice-cream, and butter.

Tuesday in art they explored the colors of the flag with crayons to try and create their own flag. In language they practiced writing skills with their name, the state where they live (Ohio) and the country America. In math they worked on counting and number identification by adding the corresponding number of starts to the number that was on the flag.

Wednesday in art the children glued together parts to make an eagle and in math theysorted flags by size. In language the children looked at several pictures of the American flag and talked about what they see. Today in language the children matched letter stickers to letters and in math they will sort numbers by color. They will explore more colors in art and paint with red, white, and blue.

Summer Fun - Pre-School

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

Hi everyone!

This week we are doing activities related to summer. Earlier in the week we used popsicle sticks to help work on our letter identification. We also used them to help recognize our letters by matching the popsicle sticks. Today we had a scavenger hunt for letters hidden around the room. For math this week, we worked on our knowledge that a number means a certain amount. We used "ice cream scoops" to put an identified amount of scoops onto a cone. Today we strung fruit loops onto pipe cleaners and counted the amount strung of every color. This helps with color identification and counting, but is also a nice treat after doing all of the work! We have been creative with materials we can paint with this week and have used bubbles, string, and foil to paint pictures. While most of our discussions about summer were focused on activities we do during the day, I also wanted to add in nighttime summer activities. We talked about how many stars we can see in the sky at night and learned about the planets in the sun's orbit. We read the ABC's of the Universe and there were a lot of questions about what stars are and why we can't see all of them. Many kids were also interested in astronauts so I am going to find a video of an astronaut for them to view tomorrow!

This has been such a fun week!

Celebrating Dad - Pre-School

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

With father’s day approaching, this week’s theme and some activities related to father’s day! Monday in art the children glued some things together for a special something for dad. In language the children worked wit telling stories, they were given a picture of a who, a what, and a place; and using those pictures created a simple sentence or a short story about those pictures. In math the children matched paper numbers to a number line, this helped expos them to what a number line looks like as well as what the numbers look like written in order 1-10. Tuesday in art the children continued to glue some things together. In language the children worked on letter sounds by identifying a letter the teacher held up, practicing it’s sound and then practiced writing the letter. In math the children engaged in a concentration game of different patterned ties. Yesterday in art the children painted with cups and in language they dictated answers to questions all about dad. In math, the children in group 1 sorted animal counters by color and then counted how many in each color group, and the children in group 2 worked with pet counters on a 1:1 grid. Today in art the children painted on paper using paintbrushes and in math the children worked with button sorting using solo cups. This afternoon we will do the language activity which is a listening focused activity where the children will answer who, what, when, where and why questions; this activity will also show comprehension and understanding of questions asked. Tomorrow in art the children will do some sponge painting and in language they ill dictate why dad is special. In math the children will work on counting items throughout the room such as all the blue items, red items, chairs, tables and so on.

Life Under the Sea - Pre-School

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

This week children have been learning more about life under the sea. They have been enjoying pictures of sea animals from the many books we have been reading to them, they like sharks the most! On Monday in language the children described what they saw of under the sea. In math they worked with counting seashells and placing them into bottle caps and in art they painted with colors of the sea. It’s joyful and a great time when they can express their imagination and have conversation with their friends about what they are doing. On Tuesday, they practiced their writing skills with names of different sea animals like shark, octopus, crab, and clown fish. In math they practiced patterning with counting fruits, and in art they made a turtle craft. Wednesday in language the children traced the first later of their name with rocks, it was was fun and a good activity for fine motor skills. In math the children matched the number of seashells with the numbers of the dots on clothespins and clipped the match to the seashell. In art the children painted with celery to symbolize the fish scales. Today the children matched letters of their name by clipping the letter clothespin to the letters in their name on a popsicle stick. In math the children counted fish in different pictures and matched the number card to the corresponding picture. In art the children glued colored paper dots to a star fish. Friday the children will work on letter sounds in language, and in math the children will work on a concentration game to match fish. In art the children will be painting with fish template.

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.