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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!

Celebrating Dad - Pre-School

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

With father’s day approaching, this week’s theme and some activities related to father’s day! Monday in art the children glued some things together for a special something for dad. In language the children worked wit telling stories, they were given a picture of a who, a what, and a place; and using those pictures created a simple sentence or a short story about those pictures. In math the children matched paper numbers to a number line, this helped expos them to what a number line looks like as well as what the numbers look like written in order 1-10. Tuesday in art the children continued to glue some things together. In language the children worked on letter sounds by identifying a letter the teacher held up, practicing it’s sound and then practiced writing the letter. In math the children engaged in a concentration game of different patterned ties. Yesterday in art the children painted with cups and in language they dictated answers to questions all about dad. In math, the children in group 1 sorted animal counters by color and then counted how many in each color group, and the children in group 2 worked with pet counters on a 1:1 grid. Today in art the children painted on paper using paintbrushes and in math the children worked with button sorting using solo cups. This afternoon we will do the language activity which is a listening focused activity where the children will answer who, what, when, where and why questions; this activity will also show comprehension and understanding of questions asked. Tomorrow in art the children will do some sponge painting and in language they ill dictate why dad is special. In math the children will work on counting items throughout the room such as all the blue items, red items, chairs, tables and so on.

Father's Day - Toddler

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

This week, the toddlers were learning about Father's Day! We kicked our theme off with asking the toddlers what they like to do with their daddies. A lot of them said play outside, see trains, play inside with their toys, etc.

On Monday, at the art table, we made a special gift for our daddies for Father's Day. At the math table, the toddlers matched daddies doing different activities such as grilling, going to the park, building things like birdhouses, etc. At the manipulative table, the toddlers worked their fine motor skills and used tongs to pick up vehicle sorters and sort into ice cube trays.

On Tuesday, at the art table, we made a card for our daddies to attach to the special gift for Father's Day. At the math table, the toddlers matched sports balls to sports players. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used popsicle sticks with sports balls on them to stick into styrofoam blocks.

On Wednesday, at the art table, we made a #1 dad award with yellow paint and glitter. At the math table, the toddlers matched award die cuts with stickers and emotions faces on them. At the manipulative table, the toddlers sorted ties laminated into cans.

On Thursday, at the art table, we painted with plastic chicken legs to pretend we were grilling. At the math table, the toddlers sorted fruit ice cubes into bowls. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used spatulas and tongs and pretended to grill on black poster board with different meats.

Happy Father's Day!

All About Dads - infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 18, 2020 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It's a week all about the dads in thier life and we have been busy not only with activities about dads but also with ones that have them using all their devlopmental skills that are blossoming right now. They were able to practice fine motor skills by holding crayons and coloring on envelopes and for those that couldn't quite manage to move the crayon on their own, the teachers were using hand over hand to help them make marks, they all seemed facinated to watch the various colors show up on the envelope. Then, while we had the small group playing with the shape sorter toys, the younger ones were busy clapping two of the blocks together while the older ones were able to take the pieces out of the teachers hands and drop them into the top of the wooden sort toys. We turned off the lights and shone flashlights onto different surfaces and then talked about the various colors they could see while doing that. The magnifying glasses were not only fun to look at their toys with but the ones that are also mirrored provided a chance for them to see their facial body parts while the teacher pointed them out (eyes, nose, mouth). They are learning to identify their friends and some are starting to point to them while we sing and ask them where they are at in the classroom. Several of them are perfecting their walking skills and are learning to stand and throw balls at the same time, this was very exciting! The music shakers provided some interesting discoveries - how did they sound when they are all pulled apart versus when they are stuck all together. All of this while fitting in some books about daddies and grandpa's has made for a busy, fun week. Next week is all about summer!

SuperHeroes - Summer School Age

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

So far everyone’s first week back has been awesome! This week’s theme is Superheroes! We will be making crafts every day based off our theme! In health and safety, we finished talking about water and its importance and will start learning about plants and the different parts we eat. In science we launched marshmallows and will be making boats and seeing how many Legos it can hold. Friday we will also be doing a tower stacking competition. Look for emails coming out on Friday about how the week has went for your child! We are having an awesome start to our summer!

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!

Life Under the Sea - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 12, 2020 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This week children have been learning more about life under the sea. They have been enjoying pictures of sea animals from the many books we have been reading to them, they like sharks the most! On Monday in language the children described what they saw of under the sea. In math they worked with counting seashells and placing them into bottle caps and in art they painted with colors of the sea. It’s joyful and a great time when they can express their imagination and have conversation with their friends about what they are doing. On Tuesday, they practiced their writing skills with names of different sea animals like shark, octopus, crab, and clown fish. In math they practiced patterning with counting fruits, and in art they made a turtle craft. Wednesday in language the children traced the first later of their name with rocks, it was was fun and a good activity for fine motor skills. In math the children matched the number of seashells with the numbers of the dots on clothespins and clipped the match to the seashell. In art the children painted with celery to symbolize the fish scales. Today the children matched letters of their name by clipping the letter clothespin to the letters in their name on a popsicle stick. In math the children counted fish in different pictures and matched the number card to the corresponding picture. In art the children glued colored paper dots to a star fish. Friday the children will work on letter sounds in language, and in math the children will work on a concentration game to match fish. In art the children will be painting with fish template.

Under the Sea - Toddler Room

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 12, 2020 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the Older Toddler room!

This week we are focusing on our theme: "Under the Sea" On Monday, the children used their fine motor skills to put a piece of string through the Penguin lacing board's holes at the manipulative table. At the math/science table, the children used their cognitive skills to count out the ocean animals counters and put them in containers. For art, the children made a paper plate fish using a paintbrush with glue, feathers, glitter and wiggly eyes. On Tuesday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the number whales with the number submarines. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills with tongs to pick up the sea animals from the table. At the art table, th children made a "shark face" using glue, cutout teeth and mouth. On Wednesday, the children used their fine motor skills to put the popicle sticks inside of the octopus bottles at the manipulative table. At the math table/science table, the children explored and use their cognitive skills to look at and count the various seashells on the table. At the art table, the children made octopus using Cheerios for the suction cups, and wiggle eyes for the eyes. On Thursday, the children explored the science table where there were mini magnetic horseshoes with magnetic metal rings. The children explored all the ways they could use the magnets. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to peel off stickers off their own sticker sheets and stick them on construction paper. For art, the children used starfish to dip into paint and stamp them on construction paper. In addition, we did our health and wellness by making a snack called: ocean snack. The children watched the teacher make ocean frosting then each child was able to use a plastic knife to spread their own frosting on graham cracker with sprinkles. On Friday, the children will explore a science experiment by making their own sea scene using a container, water, food coloring, seashells and glitter. Have a great weekend!

Welcome to Summer - Summer School Age

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on June 4, 2020 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We are so excited to be back! Even though we couldn’t do as many field trips we have so much planned this summer! As we get back into the summer routine, we will be learning how to stay healthy during this time. We will practice proper hand washing as a class. We are learning quickly and will keep this healthy practice all summer. We will also together come up with summer rules. This week we are observing the class and how it may look different. We have toy bags and supplies for each individual kid. Cubbies are covered so no hands, but the teachers can touch them and distribute them. This summer we will be doing Art, Recreational games, Science and Social Studies, Journaling, Health and Safety and small projects. This week we are talking about the ocean. We are making ocean craft and painting, exploring seashells, and learning the importance of water. One special science activity we will be doing is creating a marshmallow shooter and landing it at a target to see how close we get! This week will be busy with a lot to learn but so far, every child is doing amazing and happy to be with friends.

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!


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