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Cooking Week - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 14, 2021 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been all about cooking, making a variety of food and how we can use food and kitchen items in our daily play! We started our week off with "painting" with colored ice. We discussed our favorite foods (many of our friends REALLY like macaroni-and-cheese!). We also graphed our favorite ice cream topping and pretended to eat our ice cream! We squeezed our own orange juice and learned that it takes A LOT of oranges to fill up one cup! We painted with food coloring on bread and then toasted it. Many of the children were surprised to find that the toast wasn't flavored even when it had 3 or 4 colors on it! We also used some cereal to string. We talked about patterns and more, less and the same. In the science area, we started our week with sorting healthy and not-so-healthy food. Some of the children found our plastic fruit and vegetables fun, so we added them to sort as well. At the art table, we made a noodle collage and used a variety of kitchen gadgets to paint with on paper. Tomorrow is all about pizza! We have a pizza game to play, a book about pizza and we will be making our own pizzas as well!

Blasting Off - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 7, 2021 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

3...2...1....Blast off! That's right, this week has been all about Out of this World and traveling to space. It has been a fun filled week learning all about the planets, stars and galaxies. This week, we learned the order of our planets and the children have had their thinking caps on. While learning about the planets, we read and saw that Uranus and Neptune are two planets that are blue and are cold planets. I asked the children why they think that is and they all came to a conclusion that it is because those are the two furthest away from the sun! We have some smart astronauts in this class. We have also found a fun song talking about the planets. It is called the Planet Song by Kids Learning Tube on YouTube. It tells us different facts about the planets and the children seem to enjoy it. The children worked on a fizzing Jupiter experiment where we took some baking soda, water, and food coloring together, patted it into a ball and with eye droppers and vinegar created the planet to fizz. We did a lot of dancing this week because what better way is there to get the wiggles out but to have multiple dance parties!! We played a moon rock toss game, roll and cover and astronaut ten frames at math this week. We worked on our writing skills at language this week as well as letter recognition. We definitely had some fun this week at art with making our own moon stamps, marble planets and using star and sun punchers to create our own galaxy! It has been fun my little astronauts and we hope that you enjoyed exploring space with us as much as we did with you! On to the next mission of next week. Enjoy your weekend!

Winter Fun - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on December 11, 2020 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello all!

This week has been a fun filled week learning about Winter. We began the week talking about how we know when it is Winter outside. The children came up with many different answers such as the leaves are off the trees, it turns colder and of course the big one was that it snows!! This week, the children worked on many different number recognition activities at the math table. At language this week, the children worked on some rhyming words, letter sounds and writing the different winter words from the word wall. At science, the children played with the artic animals and had some fun making snowstorms in a jar. This week, we also learned about the letter Ll. The children came up with Ll words, we sang the letter Ll song and read the Ll book. Our art this week dealt a lot with making wintery things such as snowmen, snowflakes, and igloos. We also got to watch "A Christmas Peril" done by the Beck Center on the big screen! The children were amazed on how we were able to get it from my computer into the projector and on to the screen. The Winter fun is sadly coming to a close, but there will be even more exciting things to learn next week!

Stay warm!

Stomp! Stomp for the Dinosaurs - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on December 3, 2020 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you feel the Earth move when we were marching around like the dinosaurs? It lasted all week long! We love the Laurie Berkner song "We are the dinosaurs" so we listened to it everyday as we marched and did the actions to the song. We also talked about the difference between a carnivore and a herbivore. We made some dinosaurs with bones on Monday and yesterday we painted our own dinosaurs and turned them into magnets for our home refrigerators! We explored with some small dinosaurs and sorted and patterned with them as well. We were paleontologists and dug up our own dinosaurs from the frozen ice at the science table. At the math table, we played with dinosaur dominoes and matched the various dinosaurs to the corresponding dinosaur. We got snow...lots and lots of snow and we are loving it! We have had so much fun making snowballs, small snowmen and rolling down the hill out on the playground. We will be wrapping up our week tomorrow by measuring our feet and seeing how many of our feet fit inside a dinosaur foot print.

We are Family! - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on November 19, 2020 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

What a busy week! We learned all about each others families, some traditions and who has the biggest family! We graphed for our math activity the other day, and the biggest family award goes to Jay's family for a total of 8! We drew our families, we wrote out family member names and talked about our cousins....a lot! It sounds like our friends REALLY like spending time with their cousins. That is great to hear! Chasity and I both have wonderful memories of us growing up with our cousins too! We also reviewed the letter Jj! We thought of 20 words on our own that begin with the letter and then heard the Jeremy Jaguar story. Today was our annual Thanksgiving Day feast! Although it was not the same as years past, we still ate well and discussed how we are thankful we all got to be together (and to be honest, we were really thankful for Miss Nautica and her delicious food!). Tomorrow we will wrap up our week with some easel painting and more stories on different families here and around the world.

Theme Week was a Blast - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on November 12, 2020 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy Theme Week to all my Pre-K families! I want to thank everyone for letting their children participate in theme week because it has been a blast! Monday was a fun day because it was backwards day! The children wore their clothes backwards, spelled their name backwards and some even attempted to walk backwards (that was a little tricky). Tuesday was Disney day! The children wrote the names of Disney characters, traced the Mickey Mouse numbers with buttons, drew their favorite character on a paper plate and played "Can you guess the character voice" game on the I-pad. The children sure do know their Disney movies :). Wednesday was Red, White, and Blue day in honor of our Veterans. We learned a little bit about Veterans' day and why we celebrate this holiday. Hopefully the children has someone who served and were able to say "Thanks!" for their services. The children made an eagle out of a brown paper bag and gave us a word for each letter of Red, White and Blue. Thursday was sunglasses day, so good thing the sun decided to come out so we can all look cool and stylish with our shades on :). The children got creative and made their own mini version of sunglasses using pipe cleaners for the frame and black construction paper for the lens. We also had the amazing Coach Charlotte come in and teach us about football! The children were thrilled to see her again and so were we! We love and missed her so much :) They learned about the parts of the football and how to throw the football the correct way. Friday brings Crazy Hair!! We can't wait to see all the fun and awesome styles! With all the excitement in the class, we also learned about the letter Ii. All week we wrote the letter Ii on the white boards and come up with Ii words on the chalkboard. We look forward to more theme week fun and hope that you all have a fabulous weekend!

London, Paris and Ireland - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on November 5, 2020 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We have "traveled" all over the world this week! We have been to London, Paris and Ireland! Did you miss us? We had many short trips so you never knew we were gone! We also read lots of stories about boys and girls all over the world and how they celebrate and clothes they wear, and schools that they go attend. We have made projects inspired from China, Japan and Kenya. We have learned to say hello in 5 different languages as well. Since we had such great weather, we spent a lot of time outside making leaf piles and jumping in! In our language area, we continue to work on letters. Sometimes they are put in order, sometimes we use them to make words we know or words for the theme of the week. This week, we also borrowed some fun plastic locks and keys with letters on them from the preschool room. They were a big hit. We also worked with foam letters with pegs. This keeps the boys and girls going with hands on activities. In the science area, we have been exploring and experimenting with the pendulum and some small blocks. The boys and girls have to figure out how close or how tall to put the blocks and pull the pendulum arm to knock it down. Our math activities have included match games, and number puzzles. Tomorrow we will be working with an Around the World puzzle and seeing all the different clothes children wear.

All About Halloween - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 29, 2020 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Boo! - did we scare ya! This week was all about Halloween. The ghouls and goblins have been busy in the Pre-k classroom with different activities such as a memory game at science and a fun experiment that we worked on today. Miss Chasity put some water in some gloves and froze them overnight and then she cut off the gloves and had the children determined what worked better to melt the hand (hot or cold water). The children determined that the warm water made the ice melt faster! The children danced their little hearts out while listening to Halloween songs. We went on a ghost hunt around the classroom (goes off of the going on a bear hunt song). All the children were creative this week by making spiders out of aluminum foil, blow art ghosts, rip art candy corn, and a hand print skeleton. The children worked on numbers and letters this week as well with number and letter matching activities. This week our letter was Gg. We went over the letter sounds that Gg can make and we came up with words that began with Gg. We have been letting each other know what they are being for Halloween and let me tell you that all the costumes sound amazing! We hope everyone has a safe and healthy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!

Numbers Big and Small - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 22, 2020 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It was all about numbers this week! We did a lot of counting and working out to Jack Hartmann! When we count, we exercise with Jack! We started the week with counting to 20, but are ending the week with counting to 100! We used dice with a lot of our activities this week and are now perfecting "reading" 1-6 dots on a die (without having to stop and count each dot). At science, we had magnetic numbers with magnets and explored how the different magnets work and how to "stick" tow different things together. For language, we listed animals with zero legs, two legs, four legs and more. We also practiced writing some letters and wrote out number words like "one", "two", "three"... Since we had some rain this week, we did a lot of music and movement in the classroom. We marched around the room and took turns playing "follow the leader". We will wrap up our number week with writing numbers outside and adding a hopscotch on the ground.

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!