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Glad to be Back - Pre-K

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

What a fun theme to come back to! We are having a blast with all the super hero talk and play! We start our day by singing "Happy Birthday" to a Super Hero everyday (today is Ironman's "birthday") when we wash our hands. We have made a list of super heros we know and some we want to know more about.

Today, we had a long discussion on how not everyone who is a super hero wears a cape (firefighters, policemen, and even teachers don't where capes but we are here to help!). We have been busy with math games (getting the superhero to save the day path game and today was a Lego and number game). For language, we wrote about if WE were a super hero and our special name and super power. We have colored some "capes" and "shields" and practiced our scissor skills by cutting on different lines until we get to the super hero. We learned a new super hero chant and have sang the super hero ABC's ( a YouTube favorite!). We are all getting used to the new routine of the new classrooms and are happy to be back!

Blindfolding - Pre-K

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

We continue to work on our 5 senses this week. Yesterday, we had fun being blindfolded and guessing our letters. Today, we got blindfolded and used our hands to feel bumps on cards and guess how many we felt. Out in the Great Room, we walked on jump ropes so we could feel them underneath our feet. We then tried to walk on them with our eyes closed, not being able to see what was under us or in front of us. When we take away a sense that we usually use, it changes our habits and makes us adjust to new things. We are looking forward to doing some taste testing tomorrow. We will be tasting Skittles with our eyes shut and then guessing the flavor in our mouth. Tomorrow is our "Special Friend Breakfast" and the boys and girls are really looking forward to showing their special guest around and having a little breakfast with him/her.Blin

Learning About Our Senses - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We are so intrigued with how our 5 senses work. We heard a story all about the brain and how it helps us with our senses. It sends a message back to our hand, ear, mouth, eyes, or nose to tell us if we like/dislike what the object is and what it is. This was a simple way to explain to the class and they really liked the book. We also did scenarios to see how many senses we use at different times of the day. The children talked about how we use all of our senses at a meal time, but only one senses when going to sleep. Yesterday, we used kool-aid powder as a way to "smell" our art. We also listened to the sounds around us with our eyes shut. At the math table, we used a die with different body parts on it. When you landed on a specific body part, you added that part to the Mr. Potato Head (and got to talk about what sense it used). At the language table, we are learning all about our friends as we explain, "What I like to see, smell, hear, taste, and touch in the spring. We are really getting anxious for warmer weather, can you tell? Tomorrow, we will get blindfolded and see if we can identify the magnetic letters in our hands or if we can tell what is happening when we can't use our eyes.

Dr. Seuss Fun - Pre-K

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

Oh! The places you'll go! And we have gone to many different places this week for Dr. Seuss. We heard the Who's with Horton, tried to save the Truffula trees with the Lorax, and dealt with a Wacky Wednesday! Boy, Dr. Seuss sure knows how to keep us busy. Yesterday, the children measured truffula trees at the math table and even created their own at art. At the language table, the children played Dr. Seuss inspired BINGO. The fun continued today with rhyming words at the language table and working on our fine motor skills with picking up pom poms with tongs. The children also played with Oobleck at the science table so be aware that some of the food coloring which is green may still be on their hands, we told them that it will come off so no worry! The fabulous Coach Charlotte came today and taught the kids all about golf. The children learned to hold the golf club properly with the golf ball in front of them. We would also like to thank all of our friends who brought in and shared their Dr. Seuss book with us, we had a blast reading them! We hope that the children enjoyed Dr. Seuss week as much as we did. We wish all the families a fun and enjoyable weekend!

Blue Fish, Red Fish - Pre-K

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

Hello families! We have an exciting week this week celebrating the amazing Dr. Seuss. Yesterday, we kicked off the week by reading One fish, two fish, blue fish, red fish. To go along with the book, the children painted red or blue fish at the art table. The children also worked with red fish and blue fish at the language table. The children would grab a fish with a letter on it and then try to find the same letter on the pebble in the fish bowl. We also did a fun experiment with Swedish fish in three different liquids. We will see if any of the fish dissolve by tomorrow. We also began the letter Uu. We listened to a story and sang a song with different Uu words. If you would like to come up with a list of Uu words for our chalkboard, that would be fantastic. Today, we continued our activities from yesterday. At the art table, we worked on fine motor skills by stacking cups on top of each other with paper in between. The Dr.Seuss fun continues tomorrow with Wacky Wednesday. If you have any Dr. Seuss books at home, please bring them in! We hope everyone enjoys the nice weather! Spring is finally here....hopefully! ??

Meet the Authors Window - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 27, 2020 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Our author week is coming to a close but not before we hear several more stories. Today, our author is Kevin Henkes. We heard a book titled Chrysanthemum. The children counted the letters in her name and discovered it had 13 letters! At the language table, we used our name cards to count how many letters we have in each of our own names. Although nobody has 13, we did realize that we have a lot of children that begin with the letter "M". We also painted with orange paint and lids from various containers. We also heard the story of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. We then sorted purple items in the math area. We got outside and enjoyed the snow too! We made snowmen and discovered some pine branches work well for arms and legs of a snowman! Tomorrow's author is Margaret Wise Brown. We will hear Goodnight Moon and The Noon Balloon and tie in some activities for those stories as well. We made our own "Meet The Authors" window. Stop and take a look to learn all about the Pre-K authors!

Being Authors - Pre-K

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

We are ready to write our own stories and be the amazing authors that we are learning about. Yesterday, we heard a story by Don Freeman called Corduroy. Since the story talks about the bear's green overalls and his white button, we worked on recognizing and reading color words. The children are getting familiar with common words that they may see in and out of school. Color words are something they might see, so those are some beginning words that we zone in on first. We also did some really cool scraper painting and sorted buttons at the math table. Today, we are listening to Ezra Jack Keats stories. Although we did not have a snowy day, we heard about one and then became authors to our own stories about being in the snow. We also did some painting with white and used empty thread spools to make impressions on the paper. At the science table, we are experimenting with gears and the track table has some new toys to explore from the Lion King movie. We are keeping busy in the Pre-K classroom! Tomorrow, we will hear many stories from Leo Lionni and make some more beautiful artwork and write more stories.

Dental Health - Pre-K

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

Hello families! We had another fun week here in the classroom learning all about dental health. The children gained some knowledge about this week and we hope that they continue to use that knowledge. The children learned that we have to replace our toothbrushes every 3 months in order to keep our teeth happy. During this week, the children had fun cleaning teeth in the sensory bin, practicing our letters both recognizing and writing them at the language table and playing a path game at the math table. At the art table this week, the children painted teeth, drew a mouth and added teeth in it and even put beads on a piece of floss to work on fine motor skills. The science table was a huge hit this week with having the dentist doll and tools there and the children sorted foods that are good for your teeth and bad for your teeth. They have learned that sugar is not so good for your teeth. Changing from the topic of dental health, the children have learned the letter Ss. We are getting closer to the end of the alphabet. We also had some fun with Coach Charlotte playing Volleyball! A couple weeks ago, Coach Charlotte taught us how to bump, set, and serve the ball and the children practiced these skills once again and put it into action hitting it over the net. It was a fun way to begin our Thursday. We hope that everyone had an amazing week and that the children enjoyed learning about their teeth. We hope you all have a fun and safe weekend and however this weather is this weekend, make sure you stay warm if it's cold out or stay cool if it's warm out! You have to love Ohio :)

Learning How to Brush our Teeth - Pre-K

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

Hello Pre-k families! We hope everyone had an amazing weekend and those who were off for the holiday that you enjoyed your extra day! Since Valentine's Day was last week, we are sure that a lot of sweet treats were eaten over the weekend. So, coming into this week, we are learning all about Dental Health! Yesterday to kick off Dental Health week, we learned all about how to properly brush our teeth, instead of going up and down which can hurt our gums, we have to brush in a circular motion. We also learned that we need to change our toothbrushes every 3 months. At the math table, the children worked with dental clip cards and at the science table,we have a dentist puppet that the children can play with and pretend to be a dentist and check out their friends' teeth! The children painted a tooth on brown paper all white to get rid of that cavity and the fun part of it all, they were painting it with a toothbrush. At language, the children sorted the lower-case letter teeth and the upper-case letter teeth in the appropriate bin. The sensory bin is a fun one this week, so go and check it out. We have some fake teeth in there with some toothbrushes so the children can practice cleaning teeth and get into the habit of properly brushing their teeth. Today was fun filled as well! We learned about the letter Ss, we added marshmallows (teeth) in the mouths at the math table. The number on the mouth represents how many teeth to add. The children also worked on fine motor skills by putting beads on floss. We also did the amazing Plaque Attack Experiment. In two cups, you add some warm water and yeast but in one of the cups, you add some sugar and watch how the plaque grows. This was to show the children that if they don't brush after eating sugary foods, then plaque can build up and grow. We hope the children are starting to learn that brushing is good and that we need to take the time to brush and have healthy teeth. Happy Brushing!

Party! - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on February 13, 2020 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

We are finishing up our week the right way...with a party! We are so excited for the magician and to pass out our Valentines tomorrow. In the meantime, we have been busy making Valentines for others. Today, we used our eye-hand coordination and small motor skills to weave yarn in and out of a heart. The children were told the Valentine could be for anyone. It was a nice surprise to find out that many children wanted to give their Valentines to peers, grandparents and even teachers! Awwww we are feeling the love! At the language table, we played BINGO with candy hearts as our markers. At the math table, we are putting "chocolates" in the candy box. At the science table, we are using some problem solving and putting together marshmallows and toothpicks and making heart shapes. We continue to hear Valentine stories and talk about being kind friends. Tomorrow, we will be doing some easel painting and eating some snacks in the afternoon. What a fun week we are having!