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Exploring Our Senses - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 10, 2020 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This week’s theme will be all about the five senses. Kindergarten is focusing on one sense a day throughout the week. The first two days we will be focusing on hearing and touching. We will have to try and guess what we hear and feel in certain experiments. In math we are going to be working on our coin knowledge and how to add change together. We have been learning short vowel sounds and will be finishing all short vowel sounds this week and moving on to long vowel sounds next week. In health we will be focusing on the different healthy breakfast foods and trying to name some in every color! Leprechaun traps our due this Friday 03/13!

Learning About Our Senses - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We are so intrigued with how our 5 senses work. We heard a story all about the brain and how it helps us with our senses. It sends a message back to our hand, ear, mouth, eyes, or nose to tell us if we like/dislike what the object is and what it is. This was a simple way to explain to the class and they really liked the book. We also did scenarios to see how many senses we use at different times of the day. The children talked about how we use all of our senses at a meal time, but only one senses when going to sleep. Yesterday, we used kool-aid powder as a way to "smell" our art. We also listened to the sounds around us with our eyes shut. At the math table, we used a die with different body parts on it. When you landed on a specific body part, you added that part to the Mr. Potato Head (and got to talk about what sense it used). At the language table, we are learning all about our friends as we explain, "What I like to see, smell, hear, taste, and touch in the spring. We are really getting anxious for warmer weather, can you tell? Tomorrow, we will get blindfolded and see if we can identify the magnetic letters in our hands or if we can tell what is happening when we can't use our eyes.

Touch and Smell - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This week is "5 Senses"week. We have explored with touch and smell so far this week. For art the children clued various textured materials on hanprints for the sense of touch, and made their own flowers out of cupcake liners, cotton balls and colored paper. At the math table we had animal chip clips with baskets for counting and foam rings with fake flowers for one-to-one coorespondence. At the manipulative table we had scented play dough with tools and tactile board and bins for touching, building and exploring. In the sensory table we have various size pom-poms, feathers, tongs and mini buckets for exploring various textures.

Five Senses - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 10, 2020 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This week is all about their five senses and the different ways they use them to experience the world around them. We brought out the puppets so all of the babies could enjoy them. The youngest had their body parts pointed out using the puppets while the older ones listened to them telling stories and singing fun songs. The bubbles came out and all of them enjoyed watching them until they popped (sometimes they landed on them!) The older children practiced their fine motor skills by trying to fit playing cards into the tops of coffee cans and the younger ones have discovered their hands and enjoy watching them for several minutes at a time. A lot of development activities have been happening as well - pulling up, crawling, rolling, walking - which many of them are doing together. We have had them experiment with imitation games, such as clapping after we have just shown them how and waving to others as they leave or come into our room. We have been reading fun books like "You Must Never Touch a Dragon" which gives them a great tactile experience while associating it with the words they are hearing. It has been a lot of fun having them discover new activities using their five senses and there are many more to come.

Styles of Writing - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 5, 2020 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This week is all about Dr. Seuss. So far, we have learned about some of his stories and style of writing. We have dived into creating our own adventures and stories through his work. One of our favorites is Bartholomew and the Oobleck. We plan on making our own Oobleck on Friday! In math we now know about pennies, nickels, and dimes. We are continuing our skills working on counting them individually and together. Friday we will learn about quarters and their worth and make money math problems with our own coins. We will also investigate and observe characteristics of each coin. Come check out our Dr. Seuss window. Leprechaun traps are due Friday March 13th! In the parent corner sight words will also be hung up along with a monthly calendar.

Dr. Seuss Fun - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 5, 2020 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Oh! The places you'll go! And we have gone to many different places this week for Dr. Seuss. We heard the Who's with Horton, tried to save the Truffula trees with the Lorax, and dealt with a Wacky Wednesday! Boy, Dr. Seuss sure knows how to keep us busy. Yesterday, the children measured truffula trees at the math table and even created their own at art. At the language table, the children played Dr. Seuss inspired BINGO. The fun continued today with rhyming words at the language table and working on our fine motor skills with picking up pom poms with tongs. The children also played with Oobleck at the science table so be aware that some of the food coloring which is green may still be on their hands, we told them that it will come off so no worry! The fabulous Coach Charlotte came today and taught the kids all about golf. The children learned to hold the golf club properly with the golf ball in front of them. We would also like to thank all of our friends who brought in and shared their Dr. Seuss book with us, we had a blast reading them! We hope that the children enjoyed Dr. Seuss week as much as we did. We wish all the families a fun and enjoyable weekend!

Recognizing and Writing Letters - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 5, 2020 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi, everyone! We are finishing up our week on Dr. Seuss. In language, we are still working on our letter recognition and being able to match letters. Tomorrow we will focus more on writing letters down so we can see how everyone is progressing on their pencil grip. I'm excited for Friday's math because we are not using numbers, we are using sounds. We will be getting the rhythm sticks out and having the kids follow a simple pattern. Recognizing patters can be difficult but sometimes starting off with an easy and fun activity like this can make patterns more enjoyable. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow we will be discussing social skills, specifically how to help friends. We will be reading Try A Little Kindness and Have You Filled a Bucket Today?. Tomorrow, we will all sit down together and discuss ways that we can help our friends, parents, and teachers.

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the only one who'll decide where to go." -Dr. Seuss

Wacky Wednesday - Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 5, 2020 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We continued our theme of Dr. Seuss on Wednesday with a picture of Wacky Wednesday on the word wall. At the art table, the toddlers painted with cups to make a wacky painting. At the math table, the toddlers matched wacky pictures such as clothes, hair, etc. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used pipe cleaners to push into colanders. At group, we read Wacky Wednesday. On Thursday, we introduced Fox In Socks. At the art table, the toddlers made their own socks with tissue paper, shiny paper, etc. At the math table, the toddlers matched different patterned socks. At the manipulative table, the toddlers stuck socks on popsicle sticks into pool noodles to make them stand up. At group, we read Fox In Socks and also looked at what socks we had on and voted on our favorite kind of socks in the classroom.

Using our New Lesson Plan Format - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 5, 2020 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Wrapping up Dr.Seuss Week has been a blast in the infant classroom! Continuing with our new and improved lesson plans, all our age groups enjoyed everything brought to the table! The little ones explored watching older friends playing outside as we sat by the window and watched and talked about what we saw! This group also enjoyed singing the “Where Oh Where Oh Where Is..” song as we held noisy toys! The 6-9-month-old lesson called for talking more about our feelings while we looked in the mirror together, hiding toys under small fabric swatches to find or discover. This group also is constantly practicing more on mobility such as sitting independently, crawling, pulling up and even furniture walking! Our 9-12-month lessons included manipulating plastic eggs, finger painting and exploring the Felt Fish more together as we read “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” together! Although we have our 1-year old infants transitioning this week, in between we’ve explored jumbo legos, making tunnels out of construction paper to roll sensory balls under and large push toys on a taped lane on the ground! It’s been such a blast executing lesson plans and exploring all that is Dr.Seuss! Until next time!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! - Kindergarten/PK2

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on March 3, 2020 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we will be talking about the life and work of Dr. Seuss. We will explore many of his illustrations and stories. We will learn in depth rhyming words and how to count syllables. We will also be looking for short I words because that is our vowel this week. In math we have started talking about money. So far; Kindergarten has learned how to count and add pennies and nickels. We also be creating our own Dr. Seuss book. Once we finish it, we will keep it in the parent corner for you to take a look at! REMINDER: Leprechaun traps will be due March 13th NOT March 3rd.


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