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Treasure and Pirates - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 1, 2020 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been a fun week doing pirate themed activities. Monday in art the children painted a paper plate red for a ladybug for our bug project, in language the children matched gold letters to a treasure map and in math the children added treasures to a 1 to 1 correspondence grid. Tuesday in art the children sponge painted red paint on black paper for a pirate flag, in language the children worked on rhyming by matching rhymes by picture and as we said the words we focused on the beginning letter sounds. and in math the children engaged in a pirate bingo activity. Wednesday in art we switched it up and the children worked on tearing paper and gluing and in math the children engaged in a pirate patch concentration game. Today in art the children painted paper with q-tips and in language they dictated answers to some "pirate talk questions." This afternoon we will discuss why we have rules in the classroom and the children will share rules they have at home. Tomorrow in art the children will explore paint with glitter painting and in language they will dictate, "If I were a pirate," and the children will also play an emotions bingo game.

Pirates - Older Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on October 1, 2020 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This weeks theme is "Pirate".

The children made the following for art this week:

Treasure chest- painted with brown paint and glued on gold paper coins

Parrot- Painted paper red and glued on feathers, googly eyes and beak

Pirate Paper plate ship- glued on paper pole, flag and colored paper squares

Pirate- glued on hat, eye patch, eyes

Math

The children explored with the following materials

Various size pirrate hats to practice number size and patterning

Treasure coins to practice counting as they drop them in the containers

Pirate Bingo to match all the pictures cues/patterning

Tomorrow the children will count the toothpick flags with boats

Manipulatives

The children explored with the following materials:

Pirate lacing cards with string to practice lacing/eye-hand coordination to strengthen fingers/hands

Tresure chest sensory bags filled with gel and various coins to squeeze and manipulate/sensory

Boat and people connectors to practice snapping, pushing and pulling

Tomorrow the children will sort and count jumbo gems with tongs to continue number counting

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!

Fun with Pirate Week - Infant

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

It's pirate week and we have been having so much fun! Language activities have included ocean puppets, Row, Row, Row, Your Boat and singing the A,B, C's. The younger babies found us as we hid behind scarves and played peek-a-boo with them and then explored the busy boxes watching the animals pop up one at a time. Cognitive activites had some of them trying to pull scarves out of balls filled with holes, trying to find items that had been hidden under washcloths, pulling pipe cleaners through holes in a colander and dropping cars down a long tube to wait for it at the other end. Trying to identify friends and body parts has become a focus for our older infants while our youngest babies watched floating bubbles and practiced how to clap and wave. They had an opportunity to fingerpaint or brush paint this week and music has been playing with much dancing going on as well. As always, outdoor play has continued as well as many developmental milestones being reached for as they are all learning something new. Busy week but so much fun!

Fall Fun! - Pre-K

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

We did some walking this week and it was great to get out and see some new things! Some of the neighbors around us have decorated for Halloween already and the class really liked to stop and look for certain things like the pumpkins, bats and spiders! We also did some collecting of leaves and acorns and used some of that at the art table. We collected our "Bb" homework and we had a GREAT response from that. Almost everyone did the homework and found something that started with "B". We heard GREAT clues before we saw what was in the bag as well. We learned a new apple poem and used the children to hold up the "apples" in the tree as we did a countdown. Outside, we made some hopscotch drawings and used a play apple as a marker. The boys and girls did a wonderful job at using one foot, then two, and skipping the square the apple was on. Such talent and coordination in this class! This afternoon, we will be finishing up a paper apple we made and then doing some apple taste testing!

Leaves, Leaves, Leaves - Pre-School

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

Dry, dead leaves crunch beneath our feet is what we see every morning. The children have been enjoying the leaves outside and learning about them inside by different activities and books we have been reading to them. On Monday in art the children painted tree branches, in language they worked on an alphabet maze and in math they explored the difference between various leaves. Tuesday in art the children cut leaves and glued them to paper, in language they practiced writing their names on a dry erase board and in math they drew number cards to determine how many nature items to take out of the bucket, and after a few rounds the children counted how many items they had all together. Wednesday in art the children painted with apples, in language they did the game where they had to park the car to the name they picked from a tray, and in math they sorted buttons by the color. Today in art they created circles as they painted with plastic cups, in language they dictated what they like most about the fall and in math they matched and/or identified the numbers from 1 to 19. Tomorrow in art they will do an apple craft, in language they will “bake some words” and in math they will fill baskets with foil balls and tell how many balls are in each basket.

All About Fall - Older Toddler

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

Greetings from the Older Toddler Room! This week we are focusing on our theme: "Fall" On Monday, the children used their fine motor skills at the manipulative table to manipulate a string into the hole of a leaf lacing board. At the math table, the children used their cognitive skills to sort the food sorters by color, pattern and use counting skills. At the art table, the children used their fine motor skills by using a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their cutout corn on the cob. The children also used their fingers to apply pieces of cheerios onto their paper cut out by patting it down. On Tuesday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the different leaf patterns at the table by color and pattern. When we saw that the children were getting bored with the activity, we added contact paper so that they could stick their leaves on the contact paper. At the manipulative table, the children used leaf cookie cutters to manipulate with their play-dough while using their hands. At the art table, the children used a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their wreaths. The children also used their hands to apply silky leaves to the wreath. On Wednesday, the children at group were able to observe the teacher cut into a gourd so that the children could see what was inside of the gourd for our science experiment. At the math table, the children used their cognitive skills to count the acorn and popsicle pieces and place them in containers. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to peel stickers off of their sticker sheet and stick them on their paper. At the art table, the children used their fine motor skills to use a cork dipped in paint and use it to stamp on paper. The children also used their hands to apply their cut out tree to their paper. On Thursday, the children used their cognitive skills to count the raisins (seeds) to put on their apple. When the children were done, the teacher allowed the children to eat the raisins:) At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to use tongs to pick up the silk leaves and put them in the strainers at the table. At the art table, the children used a cookie cutter leaf stamp dipped in paint to stamp on their paper. On Friday, the children will receive trays with fall natural items from outside such as; leaves, pine cones and silky leaves for science/sensory. At the art table, the children will use a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their cutout acorns and apply cutout paper squares to their acorn. We hope you have an amazing weekend!

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!

Exploring Leaves - Infant

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

It's a fall theme in our room so we have been having a lot of fun playing with leaves inside and out. We brought out the parachute and put pretend leaves in the middle and moved it up and down over the small babies while our big kids helped hold the handles. They loved watching the leaves bounce up and down in the middle. The older toddlers colored with brown, yellow and orange crayons at the easel and stamped leaves on a teacher drawn tree trunk. All of them love watching bubbles and when the teachers do it outside, it it even more exciting to watch how far they will float up in the air. Songs have included a lot of motion like Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Itsy, BItsy Spider and Wheels on the Bus. Glitter balls were used to take in and out of a muffin tin and paper was crumbled by the teachers and children - all fun, great fine motor activities that they have the opportunity to try doing on their own. The smallest babies were laid atop of a piece of foil to explore and they thought it was wonderful - the smiles told us how much they were enjoying it! We will be giving them the opportunity to smell fall scents such as nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and pumpkin - it will be interesting to see their reactions. Next week, we will move onto the high seas and a pirates life!

Discovering Colors and Shapes - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 17, 2020 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (1)

This week has been a fun-filled week learning about different shapes and colors. We want to say thank you to everyone because each day was a different color and the children all had that color shirt on! It was great and it looked really cool to see the whole class in that color. The children worked on painting blue circles, their cutting skills, and worked on picking up foam objects with tongs. The children answered questions of the day such as if they knew how to spell the word "green" and if they knew a shape that had four sides to it. The children did a great job of naming a square and rectangle. We learned that a diamond is also called a rhombus and that another four sided shape can be a trapezoid or a parallelogram. The children even spent time to learn the colors blue, red, orange, black, white, yellow, and green in Spanish! We had fun this week learning about our shapes and our colors. We will continue the fun next week with a new topic. We hope that everyone has a fun and exciting weekend!


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