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Dancing to the Music - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 6, 2020 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This week has been such a fabulous week with music. Let me tell you, we have been doing a lot of dancing this week! On Monday, we learned about classical music and how soothing it could be. Many of the children realized that classical music is the type of music that we listen to when napping. On Tuesday, we learned about jazz/blues. The children told us about their feelings when listening to this music. For example, when the music was upbeat, the children felt happy and when the music was a slower tempo, the children felt sad. We also learned about the different instruments used in jazz such as trumpets, trombones, bass, and the saxophone. Wednesday, we got our groove on with DISCO! The children learned the infamous John Travolta move in staying alive. Can't go wrong with the finger point to the hip and up to the sky :). The children made their own vinyl record and grooved their way through the day. Today, the children learned about the awesome 80's. We had our side ponies in and were ready to rock! The children colored their own cassette tapes with the letters of their names on it, danced to 80's music and measured some boom boxes. Tomorrow, we will end our week with pop music. We will make our own microphones to sing out of and you know it, more dancing. This week has been a magical week and love that the children could capture the different styles of music. Miss Tara and Miss Chasity sure did! We hope that you all have a wonderful weekend! Stay classy you cool cats and rock on!!

Sports Week - Pre-K

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

This has been such a fun week filled with so much movement and games and activities! We started our week off with baseball, then basketball, then hockey and today is all about football! Tomorrow is bowling (with some golf mixed in too!). Besides playing all of the games, we have also been learning rules and having discussions about winning and losing. We have talked about how we should handle a "loss" in a game. We quoted some of the Pete The Cat books..."did Pete get upset? Goodness no!" We talked about how we can congratulate the winner and move on and know that we can do our best next time around. For some art projects, we made our own baseballs on Monday. Wednesday, we "skated" a magnet around and today we made our own paper footballs with stick goal posts! Outside, we are mastering some jumping skills with using hula hoops to jump in and out of and also use them as a temporary goal when we need to! Tomorrow we will finish up our sport week with some bowling in the classroom and golf outside.

Excited about Christmas in July - Pre-K

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

Merry Christmas in July! I hope everyone has been well and are celebrating the lovely Christmas in July :) The children sure have been this entire week. The children were excited to talk about Christmas all over again! They made wish lists for Santa, we made and hung up ornaments to decorate our palm tree and we even made some drums today. We had a discussion about what they children think Santa does when he isn't delivering presents in December. One common answer was that they believe he hibernates in the summer months and then he is energized to deliver all the presents in December. We kept an eye on our science experiment all week. The experiment this week was to put candy canes in oil, water and vinegar and watch to see where it dissolves faster and the results are surprising because believe it or not, the candies dissolved faster in cold water! The children worked on both letter and number recognition this week and we will continue to do so. The Christmas in July fun is almost over but until then, we will continue to rock our early Christmas spirit by listening to Christmas songs and creating Christmas art. We hope that everyone has a good weekend, Stay dry!

Trucks and Trucks - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 16, 2020 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We started our week off with trucks and more trucks! We rolled trucks through paint and watched the different tire tracks appear! We have been learning different truck names and finding them in various books. We made a shape collage yesterday and so many of the creations looked like trucks and vehicles! We have also been busy building in the block areas while wearing our construction hats! We have quite a few future engineers on our hands! We have read about various jobs of construction workers and their trucks/vehicles. In math, we have been sorting and measuring. For our science this week, we have been walking the room with a magnetic wands and seeing what it sticks to. Tomorrow, we will be making our own construction worker vest! We will be able to wear our creations too!

Farm Fun - Pre-K

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

Howdy! This week has been jammed pack with fun farm activities. This week, the children have been busy making so many different crafts. We made sheep, chickens, tractors, corn on the cob and will end the week creating a horse from a brown paper bag. We have read so many different farm books and we all realized that in almost every book that dealt with a farmer, the farmer's name was Farmer Brown :). We made a list of jobs that should be done around the farm. Out list included feeding and cleaning the animals, milking the cows (which we watched a video on how that is done), cutting the grass and cleaning the animals' pens. With our crafts that we did this week, it helped us work on our cuttings skills which we will continue to practice on! We had some fun experiments this week. One experiment was to milk a cow. Since we could not milk a real cow, all we did was take a latex glove, added white paint and water to make it look like milk, we poked a hole in one of the fingers (udder) and the kids were on their way to milking. Another fun experiment that we will finish off the week with is popcorn kernels in different liquids. The goal is to see what will happen to the kernels in gatorade, water, milk and lemonade. For example to see if the kernels will float to the top and overflow from the cup or if they will sink to the bottom. With that said, we hope that the children had a fun time learning about the farm and learning about all the different animals and jobs. There will be more and exciting things next week when we learn about something different! We hope you all have a great weekend, stay cool and dry (We heard there was some rain in the forecast). Happy Weekend!!

America Week - Pre-K

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

It's all about America this week and had a lot of fun! We made several projects with red, white and blue. We used our small muscles to bead, cut, and glue. We also heard many stories about the flag, the states and how we all celebrate the holiday. We had our own parade around the room and played our instruments as we waved to the "crowds!" We used red and blue plastic cups to build with in the block area. We saw many towers and castles made of red and blue. We enjoyed our outside time this week because it never rained on us! Hooray!

We also learned a new song about fireworks (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat). Today, we practiced our writing skills by writing some 4th of July words like: Holiday, celebrate, picnic and America. We are anxious to get our long weekend started!

All About Summer - Pre-K

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

That is right, we learned about summer all this week. The children have been busy making watermelons, painting with pool noodles and even making flower prints from paper towel rolls. During the week, the children also measured some fish and sea animals with unifex cubes, put the sun in numerical order and made patterns using different colored spoons. At the science table all week, we have had our lovely "Walking Rainbow" experiment. All you need is 4 cups of water and put whatever food coloring you would like in each cup and then take paper towels and put it in each cup with an end overlapping. It is pretty cool to see how the paper towel soaks up the water. You can also find the experiment on pinterest. The children have been working on rhyming words and writing different summer words as well. We took some time out of our day to practice our name writing and we will continue to practice name writing as much as we can. Throughout the week, we have also been listening to the Moana soundtrack as well as Lilo and Stitch because who doesn't like a little summer music and of course Elvis Presley (Lilo and Stitch). The summer week sadly ends tomorrow but there will be more fun next week! We hope everyone has an amazing weekend and hope the weather holds up!

Learning About Our Dads - Pre-K

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

It's all about the dads this week! We have been busy making special gifts for our dads and we can't wait to take them home! We also worked on our letter writing this week with words like: dad, father, grandpa and uncle. In math, we have been working on counting and number recognition. Today, we "parked" our numbered cars in the lot (Matchbox cars on a poster board!). We have noticed that many of the children can now count higher than 20 so we keep encouraging their success with various activities. Outside, we have been playing some golf with clubs, balls and tees. These boys and girls are ready for the Master's! They are good (and have remembered all they learned from Coach Charlotte!). We are also working on our hopscotch skills and balance. Tomorrow, we will wrap up our week with discussions of our dads work, hobbies and what he likes to eat on a pizza!

Learning About the Sea - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 12, 2020 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello Pre-K families! Boy, it has been awhile since I wrote one of these and we are so happy to be back in action with the children. This week has been a fun week learning all about Under the Sea. This entire week, we learned about different animals that live in the ocean. The children wrote some ocean words this week and we practiced our beginning sounds. The children were able to sort shells and play with little sailboats as well. We had some fun making a paper plate jellyfish and a starfish with the bingo dabbers. The children have also been working on their math skills. We sent home some ocean clipcards for the children to practice recognizing their numbers. The children also traced numbers 1-10 with pebbles. The fun will continue on tomorrow where we play "Who am I?" where we describe a sea animal and have the children guess what it is. We will also paint the ocean on some rocks. We hope that everyone has a fantastic weekend!

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!