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Humpty Dumpty Fun - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 15, 2020 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This week has been a fun filled week of Nursery Rhymes! At group time, the children were asked if they knew what a Nursery Rhyme was. Many answered saying that a Nursery Rhyme is a story that has a couple rhyming words in it. From there, it lead to us working on rhyming words this week. Sometimes before going to an area, we will call on a friend and ask them to give us a word that rhymes with hat and if they got it right, then they were able to choose their area. It is a skill that we will continue to work on! This week, at the science table, the children worked on their parachute because we started our egg drop experiment which goes off of learning about Humpty Dumpty. The children got their own bag of supplies which included a small cup, a small cupcake liner, string and a paper towel. We did a couple egg drops today and the children had a blast! Miss Chasity hard boiled some of the eggs, so some eggs did not make as much as a mess as a non-hard boiled egg! This week at art, the children made a mother goose out of their hand, a clock from Hickory Dickory Dock, their very own Humpty Dumpty out of a plate, and painted a paper plate while using a plastic spoon. This week our letter was Ee. The children read a story and sang a song that went along with this letter. We also came up with some words that started with the letter Ee and will work on writing the letter. Nursery Rhyme week has been fun but sadly it is slowly coming to an end. We will have more fun next week though! We hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead of you!

What is Your Job? - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 8, 2020 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We played a game to do some thinking. We gave clues to see if the boys and girls could think of what community helper we were thinking. We sometimes told a tool, described a uniform or maybe what the person worked with. We also reviewed some fire safety rules, including STOP, DROP and ROLL. We practiced calling 911 on a "phone". On Monday, we did some clean "painting" with red, yellow and orange in a plastic bag. We also made some white paintings with toothpaste while we used a toothbrush on our paper. Today, we made traffic lights and talked about different police officers. For math, we used spatulas and flipped cookies that had numbers on them (and chocolate chips of course!). Our science this week was all about experimenting with various tops. We had bigger bulky tops and we had small round tops and triangular tops. We counted how long a top could spin for too! Outside, we watched the landscapers cut the grass and we got on the topic of if they are community helpers too. The boys and girls decided they HAD to be a community helper because they HELP the community (and school!) look "pretty!" Tomorrow we will playing a path game for the sanitation worker to get to the dump. We will also sing our favorite song for the week, "There's a fire station down the street!" Stay safe and don't forget to discuss your family's plan in case there is a fire.

Ahoy Me Hearties! - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 1, 2020 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

That's right, this week was all about pirates! The children had some fun as we dove into the high seas. We learned about what a pirate is and that they are not the nicest of people since they like to take other people's treasures! We learned different phrases of a pirate such as Jolly Roger (the pirate flag). Which we read a story about why it is called a Jolly Roger because of a pirate named Roger. The children made pirate hats and telescopes this week as well as two cute handprint pirates. This week we also learned about the letter Cc. We read a book, listened to the sound the letter makes, sang a song and wrote some Cc words on the chalkboard. The children have been playing with fun gems all this week as well as mini treasure chests. We did an experiment in the beginning of the week where we put pennies in salt and vinegar and then soap and water to figure out which solution cleaned the pennies the best and we noticed it was the soap and water! We also took gems outside and hid them around the patio and the children had a blast trying to find the treasure. We had a blast this week learning and talking like pirates! We hope that everyone has a fabulous weekend and enjoy the cool weather!

Fall Fun! - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 24, 2020 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We did some walking this week and it was great to get out and see some new things! Some of the neighbors around us have decorated for Halloween already and the class really liked to stop and look for certain things like the pumpkins, bats and spiders! We also did some collecting of leaves and acorns and used some of that at the art table. We collected our "Bb" homework and we had a GREAT response from that. Almost everyone did the homework and found something that started with "B". We heard GREAT clues before we saw what was in the bag as well. We learned a new apple poem and used the children to hold up the "apples" in the tree as we did a countdown. Outside, we made some hopscotch drawings and used a play apple as a marker. The boys and girls did a wonderful job at using one foot, then two, and skipping the square the apple was on. Such talent and coordination in this class! This afternoon, we will be finishing up a paper apple we made and then doing some apple taste testing!

Discovering Colors and Shapes - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 17, 2020 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (1)

This week has been a fun-filled week learning about different shapes and colors. We want to say thank you to everyone because each day was a different color and the children all had that color shirt on! It was great and it looked really cool to see the whole class in that color. The children worked on painting blue circles, their cutting skills, and worked on picking up foam objects with tongs. The children answered questions of the day such as if they knew how to spell the word "green" and if they knew a shape that had four sides to it. The children did a great job of naming a square and rectangle. We learned that a diamond is also called a rhombus and that another four sided shape can be a trapezoid or a parallelogram. The children even spent time to learn the colors blue, red, orange, black, white, yellow, and green in Spanish! We had fun this week learning about our shapes and our colors. We will continue the fun next week with a new topic. We hope that everyone has a fun and exciting weekend!

Friends Forever - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 10, 2020 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This week was all about friends, how to be a friend and how to be a Bucket Filler (when you make someone feel good by helping, sharing or just saying "hello". We can be Bucket Fillers to our friends, family and even our neighbors. We heard the story of Rainbow Fish and had discussions of sharing and how then you will have friends that want to play with you, not "swim" away from you. The boys and girls told ways to share and we added their words to our own Rainbow Fish. We have been working on simple number recognition for math (Pre-K2 boys and girls are challenged other ways) and putting numbers 1-10 in order. We have been working on counting to 20 out loud to help with math skills and also a way to time ourselves when washing our hands. For art, we have been coloring a lot to strengthen our small muscles in our hands. We also made some friendship bracelets to not only work our hands, but to make a peer smile! In science, we have been exploring with magnifying glasses and examining leaves, rocks and other nature. Tomorrow, we will using some people stampers on paper and trying out different colors of stamp pads, mixing some colors and getting ready for "color week" which is next week.

Welcome to the Jungle - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 3, 2020 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We have been having fun this week monkeying around in the pre-k room. The children have been learning all about the jungle and rain forest. Each day, we have been going over the different layers of the rain forest and some of the animals that can live there. If you did not know, the rain forest has 4 layers: the emergent (where birds live), the canopy (sloths live), the understory (tree frogs live) and the forest floor (tigers and jaguars live). This week, the children played with safari animals and while playing, many of our friends would make the animal noises :). We have been having fun playing the "guess the animal" sound game on the computer. It is amazing how similar some of these jungle/ rain forest animals sound! We also played some Jungle BINGO and have been working on writing jungle animal words such as macaw, toucan, butterfly and snake. Our pre-k friends have also worked on some fine motor activities this week with cutting out different shapes and playing with their play-doh. This week, Miss Chasity has set up a daily job board for the children which includes the task of carrying the basket outside, a door holder, a gate holder for when we go out on the playground, and a water bottle holder. Each day a new friend will have a job and will keep that job all week or on the days that they are here. We hope the children enjoyed monkeying around as much as we did and we will continue more fun tomorrow and into next week with a new lesson! We hope that everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday weekend and we will see everyone on Tuesday!

Learning All About Me - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 27, 2020 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We have had a busy week with getting to know each other, some even more than we already knew! We have been telling our favorite ice cream, graphing our eye color and pets and practicing to write our names with upper case first letter, lower case for the rest. We collaged and colored. Today, we looked in mirrors and drew ourselves. We also heard a book called, I Like Myself and then talked about what each like about ourselves. We have noticed how much this group of children love to be outdoors so we have been discussing different items to take out with us and various activities to enjoy while being outside. We started a "question of the day" wall. Each of the boys and girls have a laminated name card. They find their name each morning and move it to answer the question (either a yes or no answer). This will allow for letter and small word reading. Ask your child about the questions and see if they remember what they answered. Thank you to all those who brought back the "homework". They are displayed on the window for everyone to see!

Back to School Fun - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 20, 2020 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (3)

We are excited for another school year even though things may be a little different this time around. This week was all about Back To School week and with that being said, we would like to welcome all of our new friends! We are so excited to have you in class and can't wait to teach you all and watch you all grow. This week, we have been getting to know the children a little more. We worked on a little questionnaire and asked the children questions such as favorite color, favorite food and book, etc. We also made many different back to school crafts such as working with water colors, painting our hands to make a crayon box, a school bus and marble painting an apple. Boy! we are super busy in the Pre-k room for sure. The children have been involved in science experiments such as the dancing stick man. You take a plate (dinner plate not plastic) draw a stick figure with dry erase marker and put some water on it and watch him move. It deals with the chemical reaction of the dry erase marker and water. The children have also enjoyed the magic pencil experiment. You add in a cup-half water and half vegetable oil and when you stick the pencil in it, it gives off the effect that you broke the pencil with your mind! The children have been enjoying their time playing with one another and everyone is getting along great. We are excited to continue the week with more fun back to school activities. Once again, welcome to our new friends, we are super excited to have you in class and can't wait to learn more about you! We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Everything is Awesome! - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 13, 2020 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (1)

It has been a fun-filled building week! We had so much fun building and doing various activities all with Legos! We painted, patterned, and even played BINGO with Legos! We heard stories of Emmett the Lego guy and all his adventures and EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! Yes, the song got stuck in our heads all week but it so worth it because it was so fun! We also said good-bye to many friends (and hence had lots of treats). We know everyone will be amazing in their new adventures! Keep building and keep learning!