Lakewood Childcare Center

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MATH & SCIENCE

One math skill that we work on a lot of in preschool is one to one correspondence. One to one correspondence is the act of counting each object in a set one time. This is an important beginning math skill for preschoolers, and it is not a skill that is mastered quickly; it can take months or a year for a child to fully grasp and display this skill. It is important to provide many experiences like this for your child at home. 


At school we offer a lot of activities with 1 to 1 grid where children can place 1 item in each square on the grid, and then count. We sort objects and count how many in each group, we use trays and cups, and any other type of object to aid in the understanding of the concept. 


We provide math path games, another form of counting in 1 to 1 correspondence. We also incorporate math into other areas of play asking the children to count how many blocks they have, how many crayons, how many pieces of food and so on. 


Giving the children the opportunity to hold real materials/objects in their hands and manipulate are the most effective when it comes to learning one to one correspondence. Some simple things you can do at home to assist with this are giving your child an ice cube tray with buttons, paper clips, or any type of small manipulative that will fit, and let them explore the materials and count. Muffin tins are another good tool to use; you can number the muffin tins and then your child can place that many items in each muffin (1 button for #1, 2 buttons for #2 and so on).

CREATIVE ARTS

Learning to write is a fun and exciting experience for preschoolers. Writing their own name and other letters gives them more confidence in their abilities and an added good feeling to gaining their independence. Having good strong small muscles in their hands, fingers and wrists also makes the writing process a little easier to be able to grip a writing tool between 2 fingers and the thumb and control the writing with their fingers and wrists rather than the whole arm.


We provide so many fine motor materials in the classroom to help the children strengthen their small muscles. We have tongs to picks up items, small plastic tweezers, stringing letters, stringing small and large beads, small flexi-blocks, button, snap and zip boards, puzzles, playdough and so much more! We plan and create creative fine motor experiences for the children, using a broad range of teacher resources from books to the internet. Here are some fun ways you can provide fun fine motor experiences at home.


  • Add basters to the tub at bath time.
  • Pick up plastic caps with tongs
  • Squeeze playdough through the holes of a citrus or garlic press
  • Sort cereal by shape or color, using tweezers to pick them up
  • Thread pasta with straws
  • Push sticks through holes made in an empty box
  • Clip clothespins onto homemade letter cards
  • Peel masking tape off a table
  • Wrap rubber bands around a can
  • Push q-tips through cut straw pieces

OTHER MILESTONES

We would like to welcome more friends that have joined, and will be joining later this month, the preschool classroom. We welcome Anson and Sophia and from the toddler room we welcome Nathan and Emily!

PRE-SCHOOL PAGE

LANGUAGE 

All the children are currently working on recognizing all the letters of their name and writing their name. Each child has a name card to use as a guide for when they write their name on their artwork. 


We provide various letter identification activities such as letter matching, letter tracing and letter copying. Their names are posted on their small and big cubbies to help identify. 


The first step in recognition is that they are familiar with the letter and can say, “that’s in my name,” when seen. Naming the letter can take some time but with these every day experiences the children can grasp this skill. 


You could do activities like these at home. You can make these experiences more engaging by playing these games with your child. 


Another way to help is writing their name. We have a sign in book for the children that they can sign in every day when they come to school. 


We encourage the parents to do this school experience with their child at either drop off or pick up times. The children love to do this too!