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Christmas Fun - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 23, 2020 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Talking about Christmas this week has been fun, and we have seen a lot of happiness on the children’s faces. In play the children have been talking together and saying: “it’s okay if it’s not snowing outside, we can still celebrate Christmas.” Monday in art the children glued together an elf and in language they described different items such as a Christmas tree, dog, table, and banana. Tuesday, the children made a Christmas tree with Styrofoam plates plates with holes in it and green yarn to string through the holes; this was a good activity for fine motor skills and eye hand coordination. In math the children were given 10 slices of a pool noodle with a number on it, and they needed to place the corresponding number of toothpicks in the noodle. This activity focused on counting and number identification; this was also another good fine motor experience. In the afternoon the children made their own maracas by scooping rice inside and egg, adding a small rock and the teacher taped it closed and taped spoon handles onto it, the children loved this activity and getting to shake them all afternoon. Wednesday in art the children made a snow card for one of their friends. In language it’s about to knock the alphabet down by tossing a ball at lettered cups and identify the letters that fell over, and in math they counted chocolate chips on a cookie so they could “give to the mouse.” Today in language the children rolled a letter die and then matched with letters on the table. In math the children explored shapes and traced them with a popsicle stick, and in art the children painted with a cotton ball which was their “snowball” Tomorrow in language the children will work on letter sounds by sorting words by their first letter sound. In math the children will toss bean bags onto a large poster board of numbers, and identify the number the bean bag lands on, and in art they will be doing more easel painting!!

Having Fun with Christmas

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 23, 2020 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the Older Toddler Room:-) This week we are focusing on our theme of the week: "Christmas in July" On Monday, the children used their cognitive skills to either match or count out the various Christmas ducks at the math table. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to put a string through the holes of the Christmas lacing boards. At the art table, the children made a snowman/snowflake collage by using a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to construction paper and use their hands to pat down the cutouts onto the paper. On Tuesday, the children used their cognitive skills to place beads on their number columns by number or color. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to place bracelets and rings around the mini cones on their trays while using their hands. At the art table, used a paintbrush dipped in paint to apply to their paper plates. The children also used their hands to apply odd and ends pieces to make their Christmas ornament. On Wednesday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the color shape buttons to the color buttons on the snowman sheet at the math table. At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to peel stickers off their Christmas sticker pad and stick them on paper. At the art table, the children used a paintbrush dipped in glue to apply to their construction paper and then used their hands to apply Christmas wrapping paper onto their construction paper. On Thursday, the children used their cognitive skills to match the gingerbread cut-outs by color at the math table. (Please note this was a change from the lesson plan instead of Christmas light blubs) At the manipulative table, the children used their fine motor skills to hold their safety scissors properly and make cuts into Christmas wrapping paper. Some children if they couldn't used their safety scissors yet, used their hands to tear the paper into pieces. At the art table, the children used sponges dipped in red and white paint for them to stamp on their construction paper making candy canes. On Friday, the children will explore their science experiment which is using their hands to feel shaving cream mixed with paint. Have a great weekend:-)

Christmas in July - Infants

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 23, 2020 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom, the theme is Christmas in July. The infants have explored a lot of different things this week and it has been a blast! The crowd favorite, was counting gingerbread men as we put them in baskets! It was fun to point to the details on the gingerbread men and talk about the color of their buttons or hair! We also explored connecting the gingerbread men by their arms in a long line across the classroom floor! The infants took a walk earlier this week which was and always is a blast! We looked for birds, cars, trees and different noises as we walked! We’ve been practicing our walking skills using push carts and by holding hands! The older infants love to walk to and from their diaper changes as well as during our clean up time! Another fun activity from the week was tossing different colored rainbow bean bags into small baskets. We talked about all the different colors of the bean bags and even tried sorting them by colors with those who seemed interested! This week was a lot of fun, but we look forward to moving on to our Sports theme next week. Until next time!

Fun with Construction - School Age

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 16, 2020 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We have had a busy construction week here at LCCC! A few things we have worked hard on include a huge spaghetti bridge, some catapults, marshmallow 3D buildings/sculptures, and parachutes for our egg drop! Everyone has been very busy, and we will be starting to build our very own ecosystems as well! Which will tie into next weeks theme, for school agers, under the sea! Where we will will be introducing some fishy classroom friends! We have learned about construction site safety and have stressed the saying "THINK SAFETY ACT SAFELY!" along with finding out what kind of tools and gear wed wear on a construction site!

Stay safe and stay healthy!

Trucks and Trucks - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 16, 2020 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We started our week off with trucks and more trucks! We rolled trucks through paint and watched the different tire tracks appear! We have been learning different truck names and finding them in various books. We made a shape collage yesterday and so many of the creations looked like trucks and vehicles! We have also been busy building in the block areas while wearing our construction hats! We have quite a few future engineers on our hands! We have read about various jobs of construction workers and their trucks/vehicles. In math, we have been sorting and measuring. For our science this week, we have been walking the room with a magnetic wands and seeing what it sticks to. Tomorrow, we will be making our own construction worker vest! We will be able to wear our creations too!

Construction - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 16, 2020 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom, the theme is construction! The infants have enjoyed exploring and learning together! The crowd favorite was practicing pushing and moving large jumbo trucks outside! We looked at and talked about how the wheels on the trucks go “round and round”! The infants loved interacting with one another and pushing the trucks back and forth to one another. Some of the older infants decided to place small sensory balls on or inside the large trucks and moved them around the patio which was fun to see! We got messy practicing gluing pom poms to paper earlier in the week, and it was fun for us to see some of the infants independently dipping their brushes into the glue bowl and then onto paper! We also practiced stamping with stamps and stamp pads. The infants loved to talk about and point to the different shaped stamps such as traffic lights, trucks and houses! Today, we counted different colored plastic cones as we stacked and unstacked them! After a while we used them to make a “lane” and the younger infants held hands with teachers and practiced taking steps! We have had so much fun together this week! We can’t wait to start our Christmas in July theme on Monday. Until next time!

Farm Time - Toddlers

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 13, 2020 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

This week, the toddlers are learning about the farm and the animals that live on the farm. On Monday, we kicked off our theme by making a barn at art and adding popsicle sticks for the trim. At the math table, the toddlers matched farm stickers on cards together. At the manipulative table, the toddlers explored barn houses with different farm animals such as horses, cow, sheep, chickens, etc. On Tuesday, at the art table, the toddlers used hoof prints to stamp paint onto their paper. At the math table, the toddlers matched glitter ponies and horses to colored paper. At the manipulative table, the toddlers used scissors to cut cow patterned paper. On Wednesday, at the art table, the toddlers made a sheep with cotton balls. At the math table, the toddlers used clips and clothespins to pick up cotton balls and count them. At the manipulative table, the toddlers stuck sheep cards on popsicle sticks into pool noodles. On Thursday, at the art table, the toddlers used plastic chickens to paint with. At the math table, the toddlers matched emotion chick egg shells to chicks in cartons. At the manipulative table, the toddlers manipulated chicken easter eggs and put wooden chicks inside.

Farm Week - Summer School Age

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 10, 2020 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 

This week our theme has been FARM! We have all been working very hard on art projects and experiments!!

We have even transformed our classroom into our very own farmland! We have free range chickens, apple trees, bee hives and sheep! Everyone is now experts at butter making and have been using milk in other ways too, like making it magical! Going hand in hand with farm week, we have been talking a lot about the food pyramid. Learning about how and where we get our food, and what kind of food groups there are! I can't wait for you all to join in the fun of watering/caring for our baby pepper plants, which right now are just tiny little seeds! We will be taking notes on their growth for the next week or so, seeing just how cool it is to be in touch with where and how our foods make it to the grocery stores! It has been an exciting week, with an even more exciting theme next week, CONSTRUCTION!!! Have a wonderful weekend!


Farm Fun - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 9, 2020 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Howdy! This week has been jammed pack with fun farm activities. This week, the children have been busy making so many different crafts. We made sheep, chickens, tractors, corn on the cob and will end the week creating a horse from a brown paper bag. We have read so many different farm books and we all realized that in almost every book that dealt with a farmer, the farmer's name was Farmer Brown :). We made a list of jobs that should be done around the farm. Out list included feeding and cleaning the animals, milking the cows (which we watched a video on how that is done), cutting the grass and cleaning the animals' pens. With our crafts that we did this week, it helped us work on our cuttings skills which we will continue to practice on! We had some fun experiments this week. One experiment was to milk a cow. Since we could not milk a real cow, all we did was take a latex glove, added white paint and water to make it look like milk, we poked a hole in one of the fingers (udder) and the kids were on their way to milking. Another fun experiment that we will finish off the week with is popcorn kernels in different liquids. The goal is to see what will happen to the kernels in gatorade, water, milk and lemonade. For example to see if the kernels will float to the top and overflow from the cup or if they will sink to the bottom. With that said, we hope that the children had a fun time learning about the farm and learning about all the different animals and jobs. There will be more and exciting things next week when we learn about something different! We hope you all have a great weekend, stay cool and dry (We heard there was some rain in the forecast). Happy Weekend!!

Down on the Farm - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on July 9, 2020 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s all about the farm this week. On Monday in language the children sorted animals in two groups, farm animals and not farm animals. We talked about each farm animal, what they looked like and what they eat and make. In math the children added cotton balls to sheep, rolling a die to see how many to add each turn. In art the children stretched and glued cotton to paper. Tuesday in language the children dictated answers to questions about what they would do if they were a farm animal of their choosing. In math the children graphed their favorite farm animal and in art the children painted in art. Yesterday in language the children wrote farm animal words for the word wall, in math they measured various veggies and in art they painted at the easel. Today in language the children matched rhyming words, in math they engaged in musical chairs and identified the number under their chair when they sat. In art the children painted with foam brushes. Tomorrow in language the children will dictate what they would have on their farm. In math they will compare similarities and differences of the inside of fruits and veggies and in art they will explore painting with brownie batter.


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