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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.

Art

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.

Math

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

Friday

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

Tuesday-Swimming

Art

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.

Math

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

Sports - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on July 21, 2022 at 3:25 PM

Sports

Coach Charlotte- Monday Golf

Swimming -Tuesday

Classroom Outside- Wed, Thurs & Friday

Art

Marble painted baseballs, made Ice Hockey rink by gluing on black circles and colored craft sticks for Hockey sticks, Football- painted brown football shape and glued on white stripes, and tomorrow the children will make Soccer balls -Koosh ring painting w/ black paint.

Math

Different from plan

Various size/textured stacking blocks to make patterns, colored dinosaurs for matching colors, wedgits to make pyramid shapes, red/black play dough w/ bowling craft sticks.

Motor Development

Sports lacing cards-baseball/football/basketball/soccer foam cards with shoe strings to practice lacing/eye-hand coordination and grip, craft sticks and various size plastic lids to hit back and forth with a peer on the table or by self- this helps with eye-hand coordination and directions, Lacing rigatoni with colored pipe cleaners- allows the the children to build fine motor skills with materials that have small openings, and Friday the children will use crayons and small marbles to pretend bowl- the children will work to make crayons stand up and knock them over by rolling a small marble. Directions of objects and eye-hand coordination come into play.

Sensory Table- Various size sports balls, rice, buckets and shovels

Social Emotional

Balloon Hockey on the play ground-Thursday

We will make Blueberry smoothies instead of "sports drink" children requested

Parade outside w/ instruments- Friday

Construction Fun - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on July 14, 2022 at 4:10 PM

Construction

Monday- Coach Charlotte

Tuesday- Swimming

Wednesday- Classroom Outside

Friday- Classroom Outside

Art

The children painted with Construction trucks with yellow paint on black paper to make various tracks, and Friday we will make a car/road collage.

Math

the children worked with various size blocks and play construction tools to pretend build/measure/cut, number construction trucks and roads to follow patterns moving trucks in various directions, and Friday the children will match colored tool boxes with colored paper to recognize colors.

Motor Development

The children practiced lacing large foam construction tools to hold string with fingers and tool lacing cards in the other hand to build eye-hand coordination, we worked with holding scissors while making cuts or slits on paper, and Friday the children will explore with various size balls by catching/throwing to peers and teachers. This helps with direction and coordination with certain parts of the body.

Sensory

Sand, mini construction trucks and rocks

Social Emotional

Reviewed construction signs: Stop, yield, at work, construction zone

Feeling Cards- we looked at various feeling cards, modeled expressions and named feelings

Friday-

We will do an obstacle course with cones and weave in and out outside

Make Stop Light fruit cup with strawberries, pineapples and green grapes

Farm Week - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on July 7, 2022 at 4:25 PM

Farm Week

We introduced the theme with a Farm felt board, song and picture book with various things you find on a farm.

Classroom outside- Tuesday & Friday

Swimming -Tuesday

Art

Paper plate sheep- painted with black paint/ Brillo pads covering the entire plate/glued on cotton balls, Chick tracks- use a chick foot stamper to makes tracks on white paper with yellow paint and Friday, we will make mud prints stamping with pig animals/brown paint pink paper.

Math

Block connectors to practice snapping together to build and strength fingers/hands/make color patterns and build, wooden towers with colored beads to practice counting, lining up same color beads and Friday, the children will work with various size tiles to make own creation while lining up and counting as high as they can.

Motor Development

The children practiced using scissors w/ paper to build hand/finger grasp, Egg sorters to match shapes on egg to egg carton, and Friday the children will work with waffle/Lego blocks to make a "Pig Pen" for their farm animals.

Sensory

Red water w/ farm animals/large and small, watering cans/animal pails.

Social Emotional

Friday we will pretend to milk a cow using a glove and fill it with milk-take turn squeezing the "Udders" and watch the milk squirt out.

Classroom outside Friday

Make Mud Pies

All About Fathers - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on June 19, 2022 at 1:05 PM

Father's Week

Tuesday- Swimming

Wednesday- Coach Charlotte

Thursday- Classroom outside

Art

Making special gifts and cards for Dad's all week

Math

Animal print sorting tubes with people(dads) in different roles for sorting by size, naming size and explore how tubes fit inside of various tubes, colander with Q-tips to practice counting each time the children put the Q-tip in the hole of the colander(one-to-one), Fish number matching to practice number recognition, numbers they know by finding the matches and putting them together, and Friday the children will use mini Uno cards with colored pins to practice naming colors and matching with the same colored pins.

Motor Development

Fruit and vegetable counters w/ corn on the cob trays and tongs to practice finger grip, squeeze and eye-hand coordination, Lemon/watermelon lacing cards- the children used pipe cleaners to practice lacing with a sturdy grip to later graduate to shoe strings for easy weaving in and out of the lacing holes, Fish bowls w/ fish/tongs to practice grip and open and close motions to grasp the fish, pick it up and place it in the bowl and Friday, we will use plastic clothes pins to place all around yellow plates to create rays.

Sensory Table

Colored rice, fruit bowls. scoops and Safari animals

Book

"A Day with Daddy",I Love My Family, How Do I Love You, and I Love you Stinky Face

Songs

"Daddy" sung to Bingo tune, "I Love My Daddy" and "Happy Father's Day"

Social/Emotional

Cover you cough/sneeze- Model and review steps to practice: Cough and sneeze in your elbow, use tissue to wipe nose and wash your hands after each

Thursday

We made chocolate chip cookies outside

Under the Sea Week - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on June 9, 2022 at 1:55 PM

Under The Sea Week

We introduced the theme with various Sea Animal pictures cards with a brief description of what they eat and how they feel. We also named new and familiar Sea Animals in a book called "Sea Life". During the week we will watch short videos of various Sea Life in action.

Tuesday-Swim day

Wednesday & Friday Classroom outside

Art

Starfish- The children glued cheerios on an Orange starfish pattern and sprinkled white glitter sand, We made Whale's by gluing on pieces and painting blue, Thursday- Seahorse glued colorful scales and shimmer dust and Friday we will make a Crab by gluing on pieces

Math

The children sorted Sea Animals by color and placed then in square tin containers, Science-Magnet shoe Horse rings, sea animal balancing boards to practice patterning and counting, and tomorrow the children will use nets to count how fish they put in their net.

Motor Development

We worked with tongs to pick up tropical fish and place them in the clear plastic cups to work on manipulation/eye-hand coordination/grip,, Connecting colored fish to snap together with fingers, Octopus bottles with clothespins/colored craft sticks to drop, dump and clip, sea animal counters with clear containers with lids to practice twisting/turning to open and close the lid, and tomorrow we will explore with play dough and sea animal cookie cutters to make animal impressions.

Sensory Table

Green water and Sea Animals

Added bath bombs for experiment to watch the fizz and color change

Today, Thursday we made Mango smoothies-Fresh Mango, yogurt and OJ

Health & Wellness

We will briefly discuss the importance of drinking water

Animal Graph.... "What's your favorite Sea Animal"?

Watermelon- Does it sink or float in water?

Superhero Fun - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on June 2, 2022 at 2:20 PM

Superhero week

During group time, we introduced the popular well known Superhero's Spiderman, Batman and Wonder Woman with pictures and print on the Word Wall. We named each Superhero and the children pointed to their favorite Superhero.

Art

The children made "power Cuffs" by decorating with lightening Boltz and glitter on sentence strip colored paper, Crowns by gluing on stars on purple crown paper, Spiderman webs- glued black yarn on red/blue paper with hand prints, and tomorrow the children will make a Super hero shield and decorate with stars/blue/red paper pieces on paper plates.

Math

The children practiced colors and counting with small colored bear counters with number dot grid to place on top of the dots and count during activity, Bubble Gum machine grid with colored coins for counting bubble gum balls and matching the same colors, button shapes/color grid for matching, naming colors they know. work on colors they don't know along with shapes and tomorrow, the children will work on number foam puzzles with teacher help.

Motor Development

We used colored various size rubber bands and foam cups to stretch over the cups and layer as many rubber bands as the children could-this allows the children to use their fingers/hands and eye -hand coordination to stretch the rubber bands as wide as they can to make them fit around the cups, Star stringing- the children practiced stringing with star lacing cards and shoe strings to begin the process of grip and multi-tasking by holding materials in both hands to begin to string, we strengthened our fine motor skills by using Nuts-n-Boltz to practice twist and turn motions.

Sensory Table

Rotini noodles, colored buckets and shovels

Social Emotional

Friday

We will make mango smoothies- The children asked to make smoothies and the vote was Mango.

Songs

"what it's like to be a Super hero" and If I were a Super hero"

Circus Week - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on May 26, 2022 at 2:55 PM

Circus Week

What a great learning experience this week! Mostly all the children did not know about the "Circus". We watched short videos of all the circus acts, animals and yummy food you eat at the circus. By the end of the week, the children were naming animals, foods and the famous "Ring Master".

Art

The children made paper plate clown and clown hats by gluing materials to make a clown face and decorations for hats, we made popcorn bags and glued the word "popcorn" and decorated with red/white striped paper and red glitter, and the children made "cotton Candy" tubes gluing on cotton balls on paper tubes.

Math

The children practiced counting with jumbo plastic popcorn counters and popcorn paper bags for one-to-one counting, we used colored ice cream scoops and ice cream bowls to stack, count , name colors and make color patterns with the scoops, clown hats with dots and colored chips for matching colors and counting how many chips on filled the hat and circus paper cone hats and pom-poms for filling and counting, dumping and naming colors, and Bingo matching grid boards.

Motor Development

The children practiced with opening and closing animal chip clips and clipped them on popcorn buckets, scoops with popcorn counters and popcorn boxes to practice working the handles by open/clos motions, we used circus tickets to drop in circus box to push in with fingers, pull out and lift boxes to gather the tickets, and small colored stacking plastic glasses to make towers/pyramids/building/castles etc....

Sensory Bin

Popcorn, circus marshmallows peanuts, scoops and popcorn buckets

Circus Performance

We watched all the Circus acts on IPAD/Computer for 1-2 minutes each act

Friday

We will watch the Pre-K Circus in AM in great room

Walk the tight Rope

Crawl through flaming hoops

Take popcorn bags home filled w/ popcorn

Camping - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on May 19, 2022 at 2:15 PM

Camping Week

We started the week with singing "A Camping We Will go", named camping item and foods, and talked about Camping stories. Many children took mac & Cheese camping and took a boat to get there.

Art

The children painted with Jumbo marshmallows , made their own fire pit by gluing on logs and sponge painted on top of the logs to resemble fire, star cookie cutter stamping w/ blue paper to resemble a starry night of camping, we decorated colored tubes with food stickers to make Binoculars and tomorrow we will make Lanterns by stuffing green clear cups w/orange/red/yellow tissue paper and pipe cleaner for a handle.

Math

The children counted cotton balls and placed them in between brown paper to make pretend S'mores, we practice color/shape matching with shape grid, mini marshmallow counting w/ fire pit cups-count the marshmallows using spoons, colored coin matching w/ foam sorting tray to match same color coins/same size coins by separating them into the sections in the tray.

Motor Development

The children explored with pretzel sticks and small/large marshmallows by creating their own structure- the children were very creative, animal print paper and toddler scissors/preschool scissors were at the manipulative table to practice holding both pair of scissors and manipulate how they both work and Hook the fish w/ magnet wands- name numbers on fish you know, bracelet/rings with cones -see how many you can fit on cone or arm.

Sensory Bin

Mini marshmallows, straws, small plates/small clear containers and graham crumbs

Social Emotional

We have a tent and pretend fire pit/camping food/Smores/ cups and picnic food plates. Song: A Camping we will Go!

Friday

We will make S'mores, crazy cube activity outside