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Music Genres - Summer School Age

Posted by [email protected] on August 4, 2022 at 7:40 PM

This week's theme is Music where the children listen to different genres of music such as Classical, Jazz/Blues, Raggae, Country, and 80's. They had to guess what genre the music was and most recognized Classical and Jazz music because they said their parents listen to these. We drew and/or painted pictures while listening to music. The purpose of this is to see if the children are drawing/painting to the beat of the music they are listening to. It was interesting to see what they drew. We talked about what music we liked and I had them listen to different instruments and guess what the instrument was. They did pretty well and I was happy to see how many instruments they knew and recognized just by sound! We also played the instruments in the classroom to see if we can play quietly or loudly but most of the children did not like the instruments played loudly. It hurt our ears!

We went to Bradley Nature Park, Edgewater Park, and Elmwood Park. We went for a walk on the trails, looked at the water, went hiking, and played on the playground. We had so much fun and we were worried that it would rain, but the rain held off which made us happy. We would like to thank Ryan's dad, Mr. Krems for giving us ice cream! Thank you so much, Mr. Krems!

With school starting very soon, we talked about kind words and bullying. It happens daily and I wanted to see if they remembered what to do if they were ever in this situation and they all said that they would stand up for themselves, their friends, and the child. They told me that they would go to a trusted adult such as their teacher or their parents to let them know what's going on so that it does not happen again.

Next week's field trips: Bain Park, South Mastick, and Lakewood Park with PreK. Please check your child's cubbies for surveys. Once they are filled out, please give to Ms. Judy or Ms. Holle.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.

Music Fun! - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on August 4, 2022 at 7:40 PM

Hello families! We hope you are doing well and we wanted to let you know what this week was all about. This week the children learned about different genres of music. We started our week calm with some classical music on Monday then Tuesday we picked up the pace with some reggae. Wednesday we learned about jazz/blues and the children felt that the music was too sad for their liking. On Thursday it was all about that country music and we will end the week taking it back to the 80's! The children worked on their number and letter recognition as well as beginning sounds. We played our very own xylophone which was made from Mason jars filled with different levels of water....more water=low pitch and less water=high pitch with some food coloring to make it fun! We had two special guests Aunt Tiffany and Aunt Cheryl who are bee keepers and they came to share their bees with us! That honey sure was good. We went on two field trips this week which included Edgewater Park and Miller Road Park. The children also enjoyed a swim day! We also began talking about how we all feel with starting a new chapter of Kindergarten. We have been reading books about emotions and how it is okay to feel a million emotions at once. We will continue to talk about preparing for Kindergarten and our emotions on starting this new chapter! We hope you all have a great and wonderful weekend!

~Chasity and Tara~

Music! Music! Music! - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on August 4, 2022 at 7:35 PM

This week the children engaged in activities with a music theme. Monday in math the children engaged in a musical instrument bingo game and in art they painted at the easel with sponges. Tuesday the children engaged in musical instrument bingo again and practiced writing letters in language. We took a nice walk around the neighborhood. Yesterday the children listened to various sounds and tied to identify the sound using their listening language skill. In art the children painted with scrpaers and then the children had online music class with Ms. Lindsey! Today was swimming day!! So much fun in the water, they had a lot of fun splashing in the splashing pool as well. Tomorrow, we end the week with the children dictating what their favorite song is and what they like about the song for their language experience. In math the children will engage in a concentration activity of musical instruments and in art they will do some splatter painting!

Music Fun - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on August 4, 2022 at 7:35 PM

Music Week

Tuesday- swimming

Wednesday- Classroom Outside

I introduced the theme with short video's, music and pictures to help the children have a visual and better understanding of different types of music. We also played various music on our record player.


The children painted on the Easel while listening to classical music, Music Note- glued different colored glitter on a music note, Cowboy Hat- The children will decorate a pattern hat to wear, and Friday we will make an 80's style microphone-decorate with gems, foil on a black tube.

Motor Development

The children explored with 3-4 piece puzzles-some with pictures on board to find fit and some without to encourage and work on problem-solving, balance boards- make various patterns to build and balance various shape/size small wooden pieces, spool threading to practice lacing with small hole openings to build eye-hand coordination/finger grasp and manipulation.


the children used real ice cream cones for stacking ice cream, counting, name colors and make patterns, the children used small Uno cards and colored coded clothes pins to match same color pin to card to practice color recognition, play dough w/ number magnets to press onto play dough to make number impressions.

Sensory Table

Water w/ sea animals/ducks


Fun Bubbles experiment

Water Balloon Toss outside

Make Avocado Banana Pops for snack

Fun in July with Christmas - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on July 28, 2022 at 1:50 PM

Christmas in July



X-mas Tree- The children painted a tree pattern with their finger tips with various colors decorating with lights, the children made ornaments by gluing on glitter with ribbon for hanging, we marbled painted with bells, red paint and green paper, and tomorrow we will make Holiday wreath's.


X-mas ducks with x-mas buckets- The children practiced counting with the small rubber x-mas ducks by placing them in the bucket one at a time. The children practiced balancing small/large solo cups to make patterns, the children practiced their colors by exploring with number pegs boards to match colors while stacking them all on the same same color peg, and tomorrow the children will use math tiles to count, line up and explore number recognition.

Motor development

Holiday x-mas mail boxes with Santa cards for pretend mailing working fingers to open and close box, put cards in and take out of the box, We practiced opening and closing mitten purses using thumb and index fingers while putting coins in purse, the children manipulated pipe cleaners in and out of Santa Hats to practice {weaving-lacing}, and tomorrow we will practice more lacing with X-Mas lacing cards.

Sensory Table

Snow w / buckets/bells/scoops

Social Emotional

Made Blueberry Smoothies-Thursday

Make X-mas cookies on Friday

Celebrating Christmas in July - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on July 28, 2022 at 1:50 PM

It's Christmas in July! Minus the presents. This week our theme was Christmas and the children enjoyed incorporating the Christmas spirit in their activities. In language this week, we read various Christmas related books, played "I Spy" with Christmas themed objects, and wrote letters to Santa. In math this week, we counted Christmas ornaments on Christmas trees, we counted reindeer, and we played with puzzles. In motor development this week, we manipulated animal connectors, math tiles, and sound and shape stackers. In art this week, we painted Christmas trees, rolled ornaments around in a box with paint, glued tissue paper on Christmas trees, and colored with markers to create Christmas cards. Tomorrow we will play "Santa Says" to work on following directions, manipulate shape sorters and pound benches for cognition development, play "Pin The Nose on Rudolph" to work on motor development, and in art we will create handprint ornament keepsakes (so I guess there is a present in this after all).

Science! - Summer School Age

Posted by [email protected] on July 28, 2022 at 1:45 PM

We started the week off by going to Great Lakes Science Center where the children learned different things about Space, did many different hands-on exhibits, played in the Polymer Funhouse, and Port Polymer. We had lunch by the harbor where we saw ships docked! There was so much to see and they had so much fun! Did you know that there are a ton of Astronauts that are from Ohio such as John Glenn Jr, Neil Armstrong, James Lovell, to name a few? We went to Huntington Reservation where we played with field toys, swung on the swings, and we looked at the water. The children were disappoint because we only saw 1 boat on the water. I explained that it would be raining soon which did happen and we ended up leaving a little bit early. We finished off our week by going to Kauffman Park where the children played on the playground, explored how the water works by pumping it, and they climbed on the climber. It was a fun and busy week!

We went to Weaving Supply Co where the children finished off their clay creations by adding magnets and ribbons. They got to try different weavings such as paper weaving, loom weaving where they made coasters, and they used different looms such as wooden, rigid heddle loom, etc. It was certainly a new experience for them and they seemed to enjoy it. Our theme for this week is Christmas in July and we did different art projects such as making a snowman out of construction paper, making a snowy picture using cotton balls and/or paint, we made a Christmas tree out of different materials such as scrap paper, and some drew a picture of their own version of what Christmas is about. We talked about what our favorite thing(s) about Christmas and we all agreed that we like opening up Christmas presents. Of course, who doesn't like opening up presents on Christmas!

Our field trips next week: Bradley Nature Park, Edgewater Park, and Elmwood Park. We are almost done with Summer School Age Camp! Time really flew by!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me!

HO HO HO in July! - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on July 28, 2022 at 1:45 PM

We had a fun week celebrating Christmas in July! We made Christmas lists, a palm tree Christmas tree and played with lots of green and red in the sensory table! We heard lots of Christmas books and wrote short stories about what we think Santa wears in the summer...his "off" time! We wrote Christmas words like holiday, reindeer, elves and presents. We even had a familiar visitor come back to the classroom just for the week... Steve our elf from December made an appearance this week just to remind us that we are always to be listening to our teachers, family and friends. Our science this week was a peppermint experiment. We put one mint in water and one in vinegar. We made some predictions first, and then watched as the mints changed over the week. A few math activities centered around patterning with (paper) Christmas lights and another we figured out what number was missing when the lights had numbers on them. Our field trips were fun! We went to two different places with giant hills! We can't pass up a hill and not roll down! Westlake Rec Center (the outside) has a pond, playground, walking trail and the best hill ever! We also went to Bradley Woods and walked their short trail, watched for frogs in the pond and again, ran up a hill only to roll down it! Summer is almost over and we are having the best of fun!

Christmas in July! - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on July 28, 2022 at 1:35 PM

We love Christmas! Monday in art the children painted Christmas trees green and in language the children engaged in an activity to look at a number card the teacher held up, identify and/or find it's match on their tree and cover up the letter. Tuesday the children did some cutting practice at the art table and in math they rolled a die to add the corresponding number of shape buttons to a gingerbread house. Wednesday in art the children glued red and green tissue paper to a stocking and in language they dictated what they would do or see if they went to the North Pole. In math the children matched various size straw to lines on paper that created a tree shape. Today was a swimming day!! Prior to swimming in math the children matched shapes to a Christmas tree and also worked with fine motor experiences of fidget toys, spinners, small magnet rings and cutting. Tomorrow in art the children will marble paint and in math they will help measure ingredients for sugar cookie mix and they will help stir and roll out and cookie cut the shapes for their Christmas cookies. The cookies experience hits all areas: science, math, language, social, motor and sensory! After baking the cookies, once they cool off the children will decorate them. In the sensory table this week the children explored water with fruit counters and ice cube trays. We also had some sensory buckets; one with noodles, cups and scoops and the other with rice, a shovel and cups.

Christmas Fun! - Infant

Posted by [email protected] on July 28, 2022 at 1:35 PM

This week in the infant classroom the theme is Christmas in July! Here are a few of our favorites from the week. The infants all enjoyed making snow man sensory baggies with whip cream inside! We pointed to eyes nose and arms on the snowmen as well as our own bodies. We also made jumbo ice cubes with pop sticks from inside them and practiced pushing them around on red and green colored paper! The group also loved using cotton balls to stamp on sticky paper with to make a snowy scene! We also used mini jingle bells as we sang familiar songs together. The group also enjoyed matching containers and lids, rolling balls to one another and stacking nesting cups with teachers! It has been a great week, but we look forward to our swim day tomorrow and a new theme on Monday. Until next time!