Lakewood Childcare Center

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BRAIN BREAKS

Try out some of these spring themed brain breaks we have been doing in the classroom.

  • Hope like a bunny for one minute
  • Do a rain dance for 30 seconds
  • Pretend to climb a tree
  • Blow like the spring wind
  • Pretend to jump in a muddy puddle
  • Hop like a frog for one minute
  • Buzz around the room like a bee for 30 seconds
  • Slooooooowly grow like a flower.\

Feel free to include your own movements as well!

SOCIAL SKILL STREAMING - LISTENING

We use this social skill daily in the preschool classroom.

The steps are:

  1. Look - Discuss the importance of looking at the person who is talking. Point out that sometimes you may think someone isn’t listening, even though he or she really is. These steps are to show someone that you are really listening.
  2. Stay Still - Remind the children that staying still means keeping hands and feet still and not talking with friends.
  3. Think - Encourage the children to think about what the person is saying, and be sure they understand if the person is asking them to do something.

Please help your child practice at home 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.
  • Ask your child to teach you, or a brother or sister, the skill.

THANK YOU & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Thank you to Brooke and her family for the beautiful flowers given to us for May Day!


We would like to welcome Emery and her family to the LCCC and the preschool classroom!

PRE-SCHOOL PAGE

CALM DOWN TIPS FROM CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE

Preschooler’s emotions run high and low and there are times when they need some help controlling their sad and upset feelings. In the classroom we try to focus on a lot of breathing tips used from Conscious Discipline. There are four different ways to breath we use:

Drain – Extend arms out, pretending your arms are faucets. Tighten arm, shoulder, and face muscles. Exhale slowly making a “sssshhhh” sound and release all your muscles, draining out the stress.


Pretzel – Standing up, cross your ankles. Now cross your right wrist over left, turn your hands so your thumbs are facing the floor, put palms together and interlace fingers. Bend your elbows out and gently turn your hands down and toward your body until they rest on the center of your chest. Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Relax and breathe.


Balloon – Place your hands on top of your head and interlace your fingers. Breathe in through your nose as you raise your arms, inflating an imaginary balloon. Release the air in the balloon by pursing your lips, exhaling slowly, lowering your arms and making a “pbpbpbpbpbpb” sound.


S.T.A.R. – Smile, Take a deep breath, And Relax. Encourage belly breathing where the tummy goes out when the air goes in, and in when the air goes out. Also help your child learn to exhale slower than they inhale.

OTHER MILESTONES

Happy Birthday to Morgan! She turns 4 on May 12th