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Learning About Black Inventors - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2022 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (330)

This week we learned all about black inventors and figures. In art we glued a variety of different people on a bus, we reinvented Garrett Morgan's stop light as we glued red, yellow, and green paper on our very own stop lights, and we painted with colored shaving cream. We developed our language skills this week by reading various books about celebrated African-Americans, we used bingo daubers to trace the word dream, and we listened to and sung different songs. In math and science this week, we played with magnet numbers, matched numbers on a phone, matched different colored peanuts, sorted pom poms by color, and did a color changing water and oil experiment. We had a blast outside as we threw snowballs at each other. Inside, we played Red Light, Green Light, twisted lids off of jars, sorted ourselves into different groups and raced cars down ramps. We learned about different food that gives us energy. We also washed our baby dolls in our water table and brushed and combed her hair in our dramatic play area. Tomorrow we will use our listening skills as we play Simon Says, count and search for stars, and make our own Underground Railroad.

Learning About Black History - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2022 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (2)

Hello Families!

This week has been a good week learning all about Black History. This week the children worked on letter recognition, number recognition, building and working on their fine motor skills such as cutting and beading a spaghetti noodle. There is so much to learn about Black History so we tried to learn as much as we can throughout this week. On Monday, the children learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he had a dream for everyone to be kind to one another no matter the color of their skin. The children learned that back then some friends were treated poorly due to their skin color! We also created two wreaths that are on our door where the children's hands were traced on either yellow, light brown or dark brown paper and cut out to make a friendship wreath by connecting their hands. We did an experiment with a white egg and a brown egg where the children had to guess if they are the same or different on the inside. Many friends said different because that's how they looked on the outside. In the end, we concluded that just because we are different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside. The children learned about Jackie Robinson, Michael Jordan, Barack Obama, and Ruby Bridges just to name a few who had an impact on Black History. By the end of this week, if the children have not grasped certain things due to learning so much, the one thing that we want them to take away is that just because we are all different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside and we need to be kind to everyone.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The time is always right to do what is right."

We hope that you all have a safe and wonderful weekend and to stay warm!

~Chasity and Tara~

Exploring Black History - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2022 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (1)

The children explored activities in relation to famous inventors and people in Black History. Monday in art the children engaged their small muscles as they cut, or tore, yellow, red, and green paper to glue together a traffic light. In math the children engaged in a bingo game, Dodgers Bingo to celebrate Jackie Robinson. Tuesday in art the children continued working on their traffic lights of cutting or tearing the paper. In math the children worked on number identification and putting numbers in order 1-10, and in language the children practiced writing letters. Wednesday in art the children mixed paint colors and discussed the colors that represent different shades of skin. In language the children dictated what they would invent for people use, and in math the children patterned Lego's. Today in art the children marble painted, but with a golf ball!! In math the children used tongs to pick up small pom poms and place them on golf tees, and then count when they finished. This was a good fine motor experience too. In language the children will dictate what their dream is. Tomorrow in art the children will create glasses using straws and paper. In math the children will count the numbers on a clock and tell what number the hand is pointing too and in language the children look at a picture and tell a story. In he sensory table this week the children explored baby doll shampoo ith baby dolls, brushes and loofahs!

Black History Week - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2022 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (3)

Black History Week

We introduced the theme daily with a picture and print of a famous/well known African American people.

Monday-Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday- Rosa Parks

Wednesday-Barack Obama

Thursday-Jackie Robinson

Friday- Garrett Morgan

Art

The children made clouds by gluing on cotton balls to paper for Martin Luther King Jr. "I have a Dream", Hand print wreath with various colors related to different skin tones, Crayon Box- glue different color crayons on box shape, Baseball- marble painted with red paint on white paper to resemble a Baseball and Friday, we will make a Traffic Light by gluing on red/yellow and green circles to orange paper.

Math

Egg math w/ brown/white/black skin tone colors, cotton balls/tongs and solo cups to practice grip and finger grasp, Color match fruit sorters to practice and recognize various colors/place in same section of egg tray to group same colors, Sports Ball Grid- match various balls on grid by placing same picture ball on top to fill grid board.

Motor Development

Rainbow connect people to snap together to hold hands using fingers/hands to push together, color boards with yellow/green/blue/red chunky pegs to make patterns on board, weaving baskets w/ ribbon to practice lacing/finger grasp and eye-hand coordination, sports craft sticks to make stand up on foam pieces to strengthen strength and grip and, Friday we will stick red/yellow/green squares on contact paper to manipulate fingers and place all materials on contact paper.

Sensory

Colored rice, scoops and pots

Books

Busy Toes, Bright Eyes Brown Skin, Hair Love, Feast For Ten and All The Colors of the Earth

Great Room Activity Friday

Kick the Cups with soccer ball

Shopping Obstacle course

Celebrating Black History - Infant

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2022 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (3)

This week in the infant classroom the theme is Black History month! We have talked about quite a bit this week but here are a few crowd favorites. The older infants loved reading different cultural books and talking about diversity and black history! We tried gluing red, yellow and green shapes to paper and talked about how Garrett Morgan invented the traffic light! It was fun to see the infants move glue to paper and then stick shapes to the paper. The group also enjoyed talking about the laminated photos hanging on our play yard wall, and practicing saying “mama” or “dada” or trying to point to familiar body parts like our head or nose. It’s been a wonderful week but we look forward to our new theme of Artists next week. Until next time!

Learning How to Cook - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on January 13, 2022 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (262)

The children had a fun week learning about cooking. We learned how to be safe while we are helping our mommies and daddies cook and that some stuff in our kitchen may hurt us. We learned how to use measuring cups and different utensils in the kitchen such as tongs, spatula, measuring spoons, etc. We did a few science experiments as well! Did you know that oil sits on top of water? We put items such as penny, fuse beads, googly eye, and water beads inside the water bottle to see which items sinks and which items floats. We did a healthy/not healthy sorting activity and some of the children mentioned that pop is not good for us because it has too much sugar and they said they did not like some fruits and vegetables I explained to the children that its okay not to like something but we should at least try it. Who knows, they may like it.

We did play indoors at the beginning of the week because it was too cold to go outside but the children didn't seem to mind because they got to go on the monkey bars! We have been practicing on how to use our bodies to get across the monkey bars. Some of the children were not able to do it and some were. I explained that it will take some time to learn because some of us have never been on the monkey bars and some have. They had a great time and they were sad that we went outside when it was warm enough for us to go out. It's good to get some fresh air and not be cooped up inside all the time.

I did add some games and puzzles for the children to play such as Shrek memory game, My Little Pony memory game, Candyland, and puzzles that are a little bit more challenging. The children were very excited and they played well together by working together on the rules of the game, who goes first, and how to put the game away. They look forward to coming to school and playing the different games.

What's Cooking in the Kitchen? - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on January 13, 2022 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (4)

This week was all about food, cooking and healthy vs. not-so-healthy food choices. We started our week with painting with colored ice. We made a noodle collage with 3 different kinds of noodles, we used kitchen utensils to paint with and we even "painted" on bread and then toasted it for a little treat. We also squeezed our own oranges to make juice and used our small muscles to string cereal pieces on a piece of yarn. Our sensory table is filled with rice and we have been using the funnels to fill up cups, cylinders and bowls. Our science table is sorting food. Our math activities have been centered around using the play food to sort, pattern and even discuss what food group they are in. Our language activities have been fun! We had 3 large bowls and pretended to make "vegetable soup!" We had letters in the bowls along with play vegetables. The idea was to put your ladle in and pull out a letter and identify it. We got so good at it that we were also able to tell a word that started with the letter we had on our spoon. We actually got outside a few times! Wahoo! We had a hopscotch on the ground and we practiced our hopping on one and two feet. While it was super cold, we enjoyed our time in the Great Room with a "snow ball" fight and the monkey bars! We even had some relay races to see what group could make a "salad" with the play food. One of our favorite pastimes was to watch a few minutes of chefs on YouTube. We watched Emeril and a few other adults, but our very favorite was the Swedish Chef and a little boy named Roman...they were the messiest!

Cooking is Fun - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on January 13, 2022 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (5)

This week the children explored cooking themed activities and experiences in the classroom. Monday in art the children glued together a pizza by using a red paint/glue mixture to paint on sauce and then add yellow "cheese" paper strips, and green "peppers" and red "pepperoni" circles to the plate. In math the children sorted veggie counters by type and counted to see which had more and which had less. In language the children dictated a recipe of their favorite food to eat. Tuesday in art the children painted with either a potato masher or a fork, and in language the children looked at pictures of people cooking and dictated what they saw, what kitchen tools they were using and how they were using them. In the afternoon th children watched a little video of a child making a cake! Wednesday in art the children did some marble painting and uin language they practiced writing words of kitchen tools/appliances. The math activity we did as a large group experience of sorting pictures of foods we cook and foods we do not cook, and the children learned that some foods can be eaten cooked or not cooked. Today the children explored using a grater to help shred some zucchini for the chocolate zucchini muffins we made. This was a good fine motor/sensory experience. The children then watched a love cooking show of Miss Natalie mixing the ingredients together and we talked about how the ingredients consistency changed once it was all mixed together. The children are very excited to have a muffin at snack too! We combined our math and language experience together as the children played kitchen tool bingo. The children learned names of tools and they talked about what they are used for. The children then counted ow many pictures were on their bard once they got a bingo! Tomorrow in art the children will do some puffy snow painting and in math they will match number mittens to a number hat. In language the children will pick a letter out of a bowl, identify it and add it to a pot. This week the children were very creative in the sensory table exploring rice with ladles and ice cream scoops. We added yellow shreds of paper and plastic eggs too and we've been hearing lots of talk o make cakes, pizza, ice cream and soup!

Fun with Cooking - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on January 13, 2022 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Language: Word wall with cooking pictures and utensils, food line tracing and on Friday we will talk about cooking safety- adults only and hot stove.

Cognitive and knowledge: "Alphabet" soup magnets with cooking sheet, waffle blocks, exploring playdough with cooking tools, playdough in colored muffin wrappers and on Friday we will match the circles on the cupcake cut out and pom poms.

Motor development: Vegetable counters with tongs and containers, polling pill with sensory bags filled with cereal, grocery store bingo matching, flipping cookies onto plate with spatula, and on Friday we will do pasta stringing.

Social emotional: Taking turns rolling the rolling pin and rolling it over various items and adding "chocolate chips and sprinkles" to our cut out cookie.

Art: Spatula painting on construction paper, decorate a cookie with glue and sprinkles, make a chef hat to wear and on Friday we will make a spaghetti plate with string, cut out meatball and red paint.

Health/ safety: Made berry muffins and fun-fetti cookies.

Sensory bin: Pasta, sand, ladles with cooking materials.

Playing With Our Food! - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on January 13, 2022 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (5)

This week the children learned all about cooking! We added popcorn kernels to the sensory bin and read various books in regards to cooking like, Growing Vegetable Soup and Alphabet Soup. In art this week, the children painted with whisks and spices, stamped with pears, and glued colorful shapes onto a pizza. The children practiced their fine motor skills by using tongs to pick up corks and put them in containers. In math this week, the children counted and sorted eggs into cartons, cupcakes into tins, and sprinkles onto cupcakes. The children practiced their language skills by playing with magnet letters and cookie sheets and tracing letters in rice. On Friday, the children will stamp letters on a soup bowl, mix colors in different liquids, make s'mores, and create their very own ice cream cones in art. I know we're not supposed to play with our food, but just this once, could you blame us?


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