Lakewood Childcare Center

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CREATIVE ARTS

With our recent project of exploring how things are built, we added various size and types of boxes to the block area for the children to work with. The children first stacked the boxes up, and then they discovered they could put smaller boxes inside the bigger boxes. There was a lot of trial and error exploration with the boxes as the children did more than just build. The boxes were seen being lined up along the wall and the children sat and talked about them. Boxes were laid across the floor and used as a road for the cars and other boxes were used to make houses for the animals and people. Adding different materials such as the boxes, provided the children more opportunity to show their creativity and imagination in block play.


As the children explored what they could do with the boxes we found that they were very interested in the different kinds of boxes: pizza boxes, package boxes, cereal boxes, small cereal boxes, cracker boxes and many more. We have now taken this interest to another project about boxes, and it’s simply titled exploring boxes. The children will explore how boxes are put together, how they are packaged, and all sorts of things boxes are used for. The children will learn how to measure boxes, sort boxes, seriate, and predict how many items can fit in a box. They will paint boxes and build a town with the boxes or build something that interests them; these are just a few mentioned activities we have planned for this project.


LANGUAGE ARTS

These two areas of development work very well together. The language children have to communicate with each other aids in building social skills from interacting with others to expressing feelings and solving conflicts. In the preschool room we work with the children to be kind with our interactions through language and using our words to stand up for rights. For our younger threes we give the words to use to help them build their confidence to be able to communicate easily with others. This all takes time and with consistent modeling for and with each other, the children will grasp these basic language and social skills.


We are currently working with the group on how to join in play with others successfully and we use our social skill streaming resources as a guide for us to teach the children these skills. The steps for joining in play are:


  1. Move closer – Point out that the children should be close to where the activity is taking place.
  2. Watch – tell the children to watch the ongoing activity and wait for a pause. Discuss the importance of choosing a time to follow through with the next step (i.e., before the activity has begun or when there is a break in the activity).
  3. Ask – suggest possible things to say such as, “That looks fun! Could I play too?”

We guide the children when following these steps and do a little role play to help them understand.

OTHER MILESTONES

Our friends from the toddler room are all adjusting well to the room. Nicholas and Faye will be officially preschoolers on the 11th, and we welcomed 2 new friends on the 4th, Cameron and Mae, they have settled in nicely as well.

PRE-SCHOOL PAGE

MATH & SCIENCE

Puzzle play; not only is working on puzzles good for the motor skills and problem-solving skills, but it also has math related skills benefits, especially when exposed at an early age. I’ve included links to articles about the benefits of puzzles in early education, with the first based off a study to show how puzzles aid in learning math skills.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120217101906.htm


https://teach.com/blog/the-benefits-of-puzzles-in-early-childhood-development/


We have puzzles available to the children every day, and all the children have a strong interest in doing them. The puzzle shelf is in the math area, and we have added some puzzles to the language area as well. We recently put out a large floor puzzle and we are seeing more social skills at work as the children work together looking for and fitting pieces together.