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Nursery Rhyme Fun - Young Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 15, 2020 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, in the Young Toddler room, we are learning all about Nursery Rhymes. On Monday, the young toddlers dropped 5 little Monkey popsicle sticks into small containers and practiced dumping them all out and starting over. Tuesday, we practiced building large towers with shaker stackers that rattle which made building them up tall and knocking them over noisy and fun! On Wednesday, we explored playing with velcro by using a paper plate spider web and small spider cutouts attached to velcro. The children were able to pull the spiders off the plate and push them back onto the “sticky” web. Today, we sat down for “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt” and then took turns going through the long tunnel. Tomorrow, we will be ending our nursery rhyme theme with one of our favorite songs, The Wheels On the Bus! Along with singing, our art activity will be making a yellow school bus. The young toddlers will add windows and wheels to their bus using glue and a paintbrush to paint the glue on and push their pieces onto their school bus. Next week, we will be learning all about numbers! Until next time!

 

Community Helpers - Young Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 12, 2020 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the Young Toddler room! This week's theme was fire safety/community helpers. Monday, the young toddlers enjoyed reading "Awesome Ambulance" and exercising our fine motor skills by building and stacking with alphabet animal blocks. Tuesday, we enjoyed a very special finger puppet show all about fire safety followed by painting during art with paintbrushes, water and colored chalk! Wednesday the young toddlers, decorated fire fighter hat cutouts with glue, glitter and tissue paper. Thursday we matched big and small laminated cutouts of community vehicles and read "Who lives here?". Today we practiced our fine motor skills by grasping feathers with clips and dropped them into small baskets as well as sang and danced to the "Fire Engine" song. What a fun and important week in fire safety we've had in the Young Toddler room. Next week's them is Nursery Rhymes where we will learn and explore our favorite nursery rhymes. Until next time!

Walking the Plank - Young Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This week’s theme in the Young Toddler Room is Pirates! To start our Pirate themed activities, the young toddlers walked (or hopped!) the plank using contact paper images of a pirate ship, a happy and angry pirate, and a treasure island to guide them from one end of the “plank” to the other. On Tuesday, we worked as a team to hold the rainbow parachute way up high and down to our toes! To take it up a notch, we added lots of fun bouncy balls to the rainbow parachute. We practiced making the balls bounce around fast and slow and when the balls bounced out we chased them and threw them back in! Wednesday, the young toddlers practiced fine motor through writing and finger painting. While writing on the notebook paper with crayons, we discussed all the different crayon colors and practiced not mouthing on the crayons. For music and movement on Thursday, we sang 10 Little Pirates and practiced “Arrrrrr”ing like a pirate, chomping like a giant squid and squawking like an albatross! Tomorrow we will finish out our Pirate week with putting lots of colorful feathers on a parrot cutout using a paintbrush to brush on the glue and pushing the feather on. Next week, we will be learning all about Fire Safety and Community Helpers! Until next time!

Learning About Fall - Young Toddler

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

What an exciting week it has been in the Young Toddler room! This week, we've been learning all about the Fall season. We began our week utilizing our fine motor skills by coloring on leaf shaped paper with jumbo crayons. For art on Monday, the young toddlers enjoyed piecing together brown and yellow tissue paper onto an acorn cutout using glue. Tuesday, the young toddlers were up and moving inside the classroom while listening to "We're going on a leaf hunt". We also explored our cognitive skills by sorting and discussing leaves inside large plastic eggs. Wednesday, we began the day reading Hello Autumn" and pushing fall flowers and roses into small holes cut into the lids of cylinders. The children also enjoyed painting with real pinecones dipped in orange and brown paint! Today, we discussed all the colors of fall and danced to The ants go marching in" outside on the patio. Tomorrow we discover fall sensory bags with leaves and sand for our young friends to hold and explore. Next week, we will be learning all about Pirates! Until next time!

Fun with Colors and Shapes! - Young Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 17, 2020 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the Young Toddler room, we have been learning all about shapes and colors. Every day this week has it's own special shape and color that we will learn about through art and play. Our special shape for Monday was red circle The young toddlers used blue paint and paper cups to stamp blue circles onto their construction paper. On Tuesday for music and movement we sang the Shapes Song to the tune of "Are You Sleeping" and pointed to shapes and colors in the picture board books in the reading area. Wednesday, the young toddlers played and practiced not mouthing play dough with shape cookie cutters. We practiced pressing the play dough flat onto our trays and pushing the shapes into the dough. Today, we explored magnets on a metal cookie sheet and how the magnets pull and stick together. Tomorrow, we will practice matching shapes with egg shape sorting cartons. Next week we will talking all about Fall! Until next time!

Learning About Our Friends - Young Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 10, 2020 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the Young Toddler room, we have been learning all about friends! We began the week discussing what a friend is and the importance of having friends. We've read lots of books illustrating great friendships, a classroom favorite is Stick and Stone. The children also enjoyed painting with small figurine sponges on paper and utilizing their fine motor skills by pressing boy and girl shaped cookie cutters into play-dough! We have also enjoyed singing songs about friendship and dancing to "if your happy and you know it". Also, outside on the patio, our young friends have enjoyed painting with chalk and water on large sheets of paper! We have also practiced counting and stacking with small numbered wooden blocks. The young toddlers love to count out loud the number of blocks stacked and watch them all fall down! We have also added lots of new books for our young friends to read about friends and the fall season in our classroom reading area! We've had an amazing week! Until next time!

Rainforest - Young Toddler

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

This week's theme is Rainforest and Jungle! The Young Toddlers have enjoyed practicing twisting lids off of plastic cars filled with different color frogs and making rainforest animal footprints in playdough with rainforest animal toys. For art this week, we have made frog footprints with frog feet sponges with green paint onto contstruction paper and created fun jungle masks with glue, paint, feathers and rainbow confetti. During group time, the young toddlers read Five Little Monkeys and sang together as we practiced counting on our fingers. On the patio, we are exploring "painting" with water and watching how the sun makes the water disappear. The young toddlers love making small marks and pointing to where the was had been but is no longer there! With fall around the corner, we have updated our science area with laminated fall leaves for exploring all the fall colors like red, yellow and orange. Next week, we will be talking all about friends and what makes them so special! Until next time!

Making Faces - Young Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This week's theme is All About Me! The young toddlers enjoyed sorting and counting large puzzle pieces and using their fine motor skills to weave pipe cleaners through large beads! We have also enjoyed making different faces from paper plates using googly eyes, glue and mouth and nose cutouts.This week, the young toddlers have also enjoyed playing outside on the patio with the tunnel, taking turns crawling through to the other side! In the classroom, we've read various books themed on what makes us all special. The children really enjoyed "Marvelous Me" by Lisa Bullard and "I Like Myself" by Karen Beaumont. We also enjoyed painting figurine cutouts with water and chalk! The young toddlers also explored pressing beads and buttons into balls of play dough! We've danced and sang along to "I Can Do That", discussed various emotions on the classroom feeling's chart and took turns looking in the mirror and discussing the things we saw! What a wonderful week it has been in our classroom! Until next time!

New Faces - Young Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on August 20, 2020 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

What a wonderful week we've had in the young toddler room! We have welcomed many new faces to our rooom and are ready to jump into our back to school theme. The young toddlers are very busy exploring their fine and gross motor skills.In the classroom we have been practicing holding crayons and scribbling on paper, while sitting down at the low tables. For our new comers we used hand over hand assistance holding and moving the crayon across the paper. During outdoor play on the patio, the young toddlers are having a blast popping bubbles and riding around in the little tikes crusier cars. Also during outside patio play, the young toddlers enjoy throwing and kicking various sized sensory balls. Next week we will begin the All About Me theme! Until next time!