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Friends - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 10, 2020 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (1)

This week the children read stories about friends and we had a lot of discussions about what friends are, what we do with friends and how we help our friends. On Tuesday in art the children painted with sponge people and people stampers. In language the children dictated what a friend is and in math they engaged in a concentration game of numbers. On Wednesday in art the children glued various shapes to paper, in language they practiced using their pincer grip as they traced the letters of their name. In math the children engaged in a mouse color game. Today in art the children painted with cotton balls and in language they looked for letters displayed around the room. In math the children played dominoes, lots of counting!! Tomorrow in art the children will paint with koosh rings and in language they will match letters. In math the children will graph colors using frog counters.

Friends Forever - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 10, 2020 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This week was all about friends, how to be a friend and how to be a Bucket Filler (when you make someone feel good by helping, sharing or just saying "hello". We can be Bucket Fillers to our friends, family and even our neighbors. We heard the story of Rainbow Fish and had discussions of sharing and how then you will have friends that want to play with you, not "swim" away from you. The boys and girls told ways to share and we added their words to our own Rainbow Fish. We have been working on simple number recognition for math (Pre-K2 boys and girls are challenged other ways) and putting numbers 1-10 in order. We have been working on counting to 20 out loud to help with math skills and also a way to time ourselves when washing our hands. For art, we have been coloring a lot to strengthen our small muscles in our hands. We also made some friendship bracelets to not only work our hands, but to make a peer smile! In science, we have been exploring with magnifying glasses and examining leaves, rocks and other nature. Tomorrow, we will using some people stampers on paper and trying out different colors of stamp pads, mixing some colors and getting ready for "color week" which is next week.

Fun with Friends! - Older Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 10, 2020 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddlers are talking about friends. We kicked off theme on Tuesday, since being off on Monday, with a picture of friends on the Word Wall. We talked about what we do with our friends such as play, use safe hands, go outside, etc. At the art table, the toddlers made a magazine collage of different people. At the math table, the toddlers matched their toddler friends pictures together. At the manipulative table, the toddlers explored little people and doll houses.

On Wednesday, at the art table, the toddlers glued on the letters in their name on paper. At the math table, the toddlers matched ABC letters to the letters in their name or to each other. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used pool noodles to push onto paper towel holders.

On Thursday, at the art table, the toddlers made a friendship link which we will connect together and make into a friendship chain. At the math table, the toddlers matched colored bracelets to paint samples. At the manipulative table, the toddlers worked their fine motor skills by connecting shower curtain rings together to make a chain.

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!

Celebrating Our Friends - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on September 10, 2020 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

It's Friends week and we have been very busy and having a lot of fun! We had two new friends join our room this week and several of our older toddlers have been busy meeting new friends in the young toddler room so there have been a few changes but everyone is doing great! Their activities have been keeping them on their toes - literally! They seem to have discovered a love for music that they can dance to and they think it is so funny when all of them are doing it at once, so dance parties have become a daily occurrence. We got out the flashlights and turned off the lights for them to explore the room as it was bathed in greens and reds. They colored on chalkboards and practiced rolling balls back and forth to the teachers. The younger babies watched the parachute move up and down above them and experienced bubbles float back and forth in front of them. All this while many are learning so many developmental milestones - walking crawling, sitting, and rolling. This has been a great week for them to familiarize themselves with others around them all while having fun!

Welcome to the Jungle - Pre-K

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

We have been having fun this week monkeying around in the pre-k room. The children have been learning all about the jungle and rain forest. Each day, we have been going over the different layers of the rain forest and some of the animals that can live there. If you did not know, the rain forest has 4 layers: the emergent (where birds live), the canopy (sloths live), the understory (tree frogs live) and the forest floor (tigers and jaguars live). This week, the children played with safari animals and while playing, many of our friends would make the animal noises :). We have been having fun playing the "guess the animal" sound game on the computer. It is amazing how similar some of these jungle/ rain forest animals sound! We also played some Jungle BINGO and have been working on writing jungle animal words such as macaw, toucan, butterfly and snake. Our pre-k friends have also worked on some fine motor activities this week with cutting out different shapes and playing with their play-doh. This week, Miss Chasity has set up a daily job board for the children which includes the task of carrying the basket outside, a door holder, a gate holder for when we go out on the playground, and a water bottle holder. Each day a new friend will have a job and will keep that job all week or on the days that they are here. We hope the children enjoyed monkeying around as much as we did and we will continue more fun tomorrow and into next week with a new lesson! We hope that everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday weekend and we will see everyone on Tuesday!

Animal Fun - Pre-School

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

The children have been exploring the rainforest and the jungle through books and activities this week. We started the week with jungle animal's book and with guessing animals sounds. The children enjoyed the guessing game and were quiet to wait for the next sound. Monday in language they matched the first letters of their name. In math they worked on counting up to 10 with different animals. In art they explored how fun it is to paint with a lion foot print or a tiger tail.

Tuesday the children worked with pocket words, they needed to place the matching letter to the word, into the pocket by the matching letter.In math the children worked on counting again, and number identification by counting jungle animals and one of the children noticed that in our "cardboard jungle" the most animals we had was the giraffes. Painting with leaves was explored in art.

Wednesday the children traced letters with q-tips to help strengthen their small muscles. In math the children engaged in more counting by counting how many monkeys were in the tree. In art the children drew their favorite jungle animal and at the end of the the day we had our rain-forest and jungle all setup with their drawings.

Sorting uppercase and lowercase letters was the language topic today and math was matching numbers. Art was fun today with spray bottle painting and we extended it and took the bottles outside to spry the walls.

Tomorrow in language ithe children will put together the sticky notes words with the wall words and math will be all about sorting the bears by size and in art some finger painting fun!

Learning About the Rainforest - Older Toddler

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

Greetings from the "Older Toddler Room!" This week, we will be focusing on our theme: "Rainforest/Jungle" We are talking about both concepts since they are similar. On Monday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the jungle animals together by animal type (ex. Monkeys together) At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to manipulate the wooden nature blocks by sliding them together using both hands or putting blocks inside of blocks through the holes of blocks. At the art table, the children made a jungle scene by gluing cut out trees and animals to their construction paper. On Tuesday, the children were given their own feathers and had to use their fine motor skills to place the feathers on contact paper. The children also explored the feathers by looking at them along with touching them. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills again in this scenario to stick the feathers into the strawberry strainers. At the art table, the children used a feather dipped in paint to stamp on their paper making pretend bird feet. On Wednesday, the children used their cognitive skills to count the number monkeys and the fruit sorters. The children also tried to match the fruit sorters with by color or fruit. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to open and close the lids of their jars in order to put sea animals inside of the jars. At the art table, the children used a paintbrush dipped in paint to apply to their paper plate. The children used their hands to apply wiggly eyes, cut out banana mouth and ears for their paper plate monkey. On Thursday, the children used their cognitive skills to put the pegs in the number boards by how many holes by the number. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to place the frogs and snakes counters on a log. At the art table, the children glued together pieces of cutout bananas, leaves and trees for their banana tree. On Friday, the children will be observing insects during outdoor play for our science activity/project activity. The children will also be making a yummy fruit salad for health and wellness. Have a great holiday weekend!

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!

Singing! - Infant

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

This week in the infant classroom we have explored so many things! The younger infants have enjoyed singing Row Row Row Your Boat one on one with teachers! While sitting on our laps, laying on their backs and watching from below or sitting face to face, our younger infants love to hear us sing! We also used the spider hand puppet to sing The Itsy-Bitsy Spider song, with hand motions! As our younger infants continued to practice sitting up with support and tummy time, the older infants enjoyed holding teachers’ hands and practicing jumping/hopping like a frog! Today we explored small color changing flashlights and small sensory light up balls in empty clear containers as we sat with the lights off. We practiced shaking the containers to cause the balls to light up inside. The infants loved clapping for one another and encouraging each other to cause the balls to light up. We have also explored gluing paper strips to bird cut outs together, a bit messy but always fun. We will continue to talk about our rainforest theme the rest of the week, and we move onto Friends next week. Until next time!


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