Lakewood Childcare Center

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DEVELOPMENT AND DRAMATIC PLAY

Dramatic play helps develop skills the children need for future learning. Dramatic play enhances four areas of development; social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. With social/emotional the children work together to negotiate roles and cooperate to bring it all together. The children also learn to show more empathy as they have acted or tried out being someone else. With physical development the children use these skills when role playing various types of people. Firefighters crawling and climbing, parents feeding and dressing, construction workers building. The children use both fine motor and gross motor with these roles. Eye hand coordination is also used when putting materials away.


With cognitive development the children already have ideas in their mind of what and how a role can play out. They create past experiences they are familiar with into their roles which shows as a form of abstract thinking. Familiar experiences they show in dramatic play can be dialing a phone, setting a table, feeding a baby, hammering a nail, reading a book, and many more. With the addition of other materials such as magazines, food boxes or road signs this aids in the development of literacy skills. When the children come together in dramatic play, they learn to share ideas and solve problems together.


The last month the children have really been engaged in dramatic play and are getting extremely creative with the limited numbers of toys and materials. They take what they can and expand and construct many props to represent various things such as shelves, phones, and baby dolls. So much creativity and imagination that adds to their already growing development.

SOCIAL SKILLSTREAMING - ASKING FOR HELP

We work with the children daily to learn how to use the prosocial skills they need to help them interact with others in effective ways. The main skill we have put attention to is asking for help. The children will approach a teacher seeking help with putting on a shoe, a shoe tie, getting soap, or trying to open a pack of crackers. Some children however will not say anything, we simply tell them to ask with their words and we give them the words to use. One of the social skill streaming skills is asking for help, this simple tool gives the children the steps to take to be able to ask for help independently with not only teachers, but with their peers.


The steps of the skill are:

  1. Try it

Talk about the importance of trying on your own first. Sometimes people ask for help instead of trying something difficult by themselves but doing something difficult on your own can give you a feeling of pride.

2. Say "I need help"

Acknowledge that sometimes its frustrating when something is difficult to do but stress the importance of using kind talk.

Please help your child at home by doing the following:


  • Remind your child to use the skill when you see a time the skill could be helpful.
  • Respond positively to your child’s skill use (allow the skill to be successful).
  • Reward your child’s use of the skill (you may use a parent reward and have your child return it to school).
  • Ask your child to teach you (or a brother or sister) the skill.

MATH

We have daily math activities that cover the various concepts in early mathematics. We focus on counting 1-5 and then 1-10, counting one to one while pointing to each object and then eventually, subitizing, which is the skill of looking at a set of objects and counting them without pointing to each object to know how many are present. This skill is an important skill for further on in their math career. We also work on comparing amounts of objects, shapes, measuring, and simple math problems.


We approach math as a learning experience through play and games. We want children to like math not be intimidated by the subject. Therefore, we often let the child try the skill then model the skill as it should be performed. We refrain from saying “no that’s not how you do it “or any negative remarks that make the child feel like they have done it “wrong” so as not to discourage their interest. Mathematics can be a difficult concept. By using the proper approach, we can build strong mathematical minds and future mathematicians

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LANGUAGE AND WRITING

In the language area/writing area, we do daily activities that help children develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. 


Activities that promote these skills are dictations, letter recognition and matching activities, rhyming word activities, letter sounds, sharing and telling stories, writing words with the use of modeled writing from the teacher, and drawing. 


This area also promotes the fine motor skill of eye hand coordination and pincer grasp as the children learn to hold a writing utensil with two fingers and a thumb when writing and drawing. Listening skills are supported as we look to see if the children can hear and follow through with directions given, listening and responding to questions from a story and listening to sounds and rhymes. 


Language development is used more throughout all areas of the classroom and not just in the language area.