Lakewood Childcare Center

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Listening takes practice- so does getting young children to listen, especially 15 toddlers. We use many techniques to get the children to listen and settle down. Although, they may not always work depending on the day, their mood and what’s going on in the classroom, the children respond to our cues. 

 Below you will find what we work on daily to have a well-managed classroom and provide tools for the children to listen effectively to the daily happenings. By avoiding shouting and standing or kneeling next to the children gets their attention. We use hands signals without speaking which catches their attention quite well by placing our finger to our lips or tugging at our earlobes. 

In the mornings before and during breakfast we play relaxing music to create a relaxing atmosphere to start their day. You may find some of the techniques helpful to try or use at home as well.

Be a listening role model

 Give light-hearted reminders and praise

Use hands signals without speaking

Talk about how eyes “ listen”

Model an “indoor voice”

 Zip and lock

We have the children zip and lock their lips with an invisible key and put the key away in their pocket.(mainly used at group time).


Lets Make Ice cream!

You will need the following: 1 tablespoon sugar, ½ cup whole milk, ½ teaspoon vanilla, 4 tablespoons salt, 1 sandwich-size zippered freezer bag, 1 large zip lock bag, ice cubes.

Mix the sugar, milk and vanilla together into small freezer bag. Zip the bag shut- remove air. Fill large bag halfway with ice. Add salt to the ice in large bag. Place small bag into large bag. Wrap large bag in towel. Shake for 5-10 minutes or until mixture hardens. Remove from and enjoy!



We will be adding some new tools in the quiet corner to help with calming down and self-regulation. The tools will be rotated bi-weekly so the children can have a variety of materials to help with their soothing process. 

You can expect to find the new materials within the next month or so. Below you will find a list of our new tools:


 Rubik’s cube

Doodle pads

 Ceramic Tiles

Nature music/sound machine


Stress balls

 Look & Find Books