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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!

How To Be A Good Friend - Pre-K

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

This week, we are not only working on Valentines for the ones we love, but are really trying to remember how to be a good friend. Yesterday, we started making some friendship bracelets for those peers in the classroom. We are also trying to get back in the habit of complementing, saying "I like your picture" or "Thank you for helping me" or "I need some help please". All to often, we forget the good and dwell on the not-so-good. We are working on being kind in the classroom. One of the phrases we say a lot is "Teamwork makes the dream work!" If we work together, we can get a lot more done. We also say, "kindness matters!" Yesterday we did some spin art with red and white paint. We also have been working on our numbers today with the heart clip cards in the math area. The highlight of our two days so far has been the field trip to Emerson kindergarten classrooms! We had so much fun, learned all about kindergarten at Emerson and got to see what kind of things that kindergarten boys and girls like best! Tomorrow, we will be having our annual morning Valentine celebration with the toddler classroom. We will be the "big" kids and we will be able to help the little ones around our room. We will make a project, play some games and even make a snack! We are having a fun-filled week and it's only Tuesday!

Fun at the Luau! - Pre-K

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

Aloha again families! Luau week has been a blast for the children. Yesterday, the children made their own tiki masks out of craft rolls, played luau bingo and sorted the shells at math. Today, the luau party continued for the children. The children put the leis in order at the math table from 1 to 10 and at the language table, the children were able to write the alphabet, their names or any other words they wanted in the sand. At the art table, we worked on our fine motor skills. We put a spaghetti noodle in some play-doh to hold it up and one by one the children had to put beads on the spaghetti noodle. It was also an exciting Thursday because the lovely Coach Charlotte came and taught us all about volleyball. The children learned how to bump, set, and serve the ball today and it was a blast! Tomorrow will conclude our Luau week and we have even more fun activities. We hope that the children enjoyed luau week and there will be more fun next week! Everyone have a safe weekend and stay warm!

Aloha! - Pre-K

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

Aloha! This week is Luau week and we started it off in the best way- Luau party! That’s right....we had Hula in the Coola. The children learned how to hula dance and we played limbo with everyone in the center. It was a blast and the children wore their best Hawaiian attire which made the day even better! When the Luau party was done in the Great Room, we continued the fun in class. We made leis with string and construction paper flowers. At the language table, we put flowers in alphabetical order and at science, the children are playing with ocean in a bottle and a sea squish bag with sea items, gel and blue food coloring. At the math table, the children played a sea creature memory game. The fun continued today where the children played Luau Bingo at language, sorted seashells at math and worked on fine motor skills at the art table. The fun will continue tomorrow learning more about Hawaii and Hula dancing. Aloha my friends! Until next time.

Eric Carle Play - Pre-K

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

It has been a busy week in the Pre-K classroom and we are having a blast! The second half of the class went to the field trip to see Eric Carle books performed on stage today. We are very proud of the children as they were all very good at the performances and we even got a few compliments from strangers! We will be finishing our artist week with Frida today. We learned all about how she likes to paint herself and why she does. Tomorrow, we will learn about Van Gogh and see his works. We will use some sunflowers as our inspiration to paint. We will also be looking at other artists from around the world as we take some virtual tours of different museums. We are enjoying our artists week and we hope you have enjoyed all of our works of art displayed around the classroom.

Making Masterpieces - Pre-K

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

It's all about the artists this week and we are already enjoying it all! Yesterday, we learned all about Jackson Pollock and we saw some of his work. We decided to be inspired by him. We put paper down on the floor and used our brushes to splatter the paint. We made a mess and we loved every bit of it! See our group work on the front window! We also have been continuing our work with rhyming words and letter recognition at the language table. At the math area, we are sharpening our listening skills by following rules with games. We are working on handling when we lose a game as well. Half of the class went on the field trip today to see some of the work that Eric Carle has done with his books. They saw plays about The Hungry Caterpillar, The Mixed Up Chameleon and The Little Cloud. The rest of the class will attend on Thursday. Today at the art table, we used watercolors on canvas to paint a picture by Clause Monet. We looked at this painting of The Japanese Bridge as our inspiration. We sure do have some budding artists on our hands!

Inventing Things - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 23, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello families! We hope everyone is having a good week. This whole week, we have been learning about Black History and those who have made an impact. On Monday, we learned about Martin Luther King Jr., Tuesday we learned about Harriet Tubman, and yesterday we learned about Jackie Robinson (we always need to add a little sport in our life :) ). Today, we learned about Garrett Morgan who was the first African American to own a car in Cleveland, Ohio and invented a better version of what we like to call the traffic light. Going off of this great inventor, the children created their own inventions at the science table. There were different materials set out at the science table and they were able to make what they wanted using those materials. At the language table, the children were able to practice name writing using shaving cream which also helps clean off those hard crayon and markers stains. At the art table, we used it as our fine motor station and the children took pipe cleaners and put beads on them. We also had the lovely Coach Charlotte here today teaching us the skills for soccer. The children learned to trap, dribble, and shoot a goal during their time with Coach Charlotte. We will wrap up Black History week tomorrow and our hope from this week is that the children learned that no matter how different we all look on the outside (the color of our skin), that we are all equal and the same on the inside. We hope you all have an amazing weekend!