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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).

Three Strikes!- Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on July 21, 2022 at 3:55 PM

Three strikes, you're out! Or is it three strikes is a turkey? Guess it all depends on which sport you're playing. This week, we learned about different sports including bowling, baseball, soccer, basketball, and football. We read several books about sports and we took part in playing some sports on our own. We took turns hitting a softball with a bat and kicking a soccer ball into cups. In language this week we wrote on scoreboards with markers, colored on baseball bats, colored on foam fingers, and wrote on dry erase boards. In math and science this week, we counted bowling pins, matched baseball items (bat, ball, helmets, mitts), bounced different types of balls and compared them, and we matched different colored basketballs. In motor development this week, we put bowling pins into containers, laced a baseball with string, stuck felt pieces on a soccer ball, and used pompoms to make basketball shots. In art this week, we glued different sports ball on paper, we painted a baseball cap, we used bingo daubers to decorate soccer jerseys, and we used Q-tips to paint a basketball. We also added balls and buckets to ours sensory table and bowling pins to our block area. We put together our recipe book and pretended to cook some of them in our drama area. Tomorrow we will write on chalkboards in language, sort different sports balls in math, placed tissue paper on a football contact paper cutout in motor development, and create a team spirit windsock in art.

Kicking Off Summer - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on June 23, 2022 at 4:10 PM

What a way to kick off summer! This week was so exciting as we talked and learned all about summer! In language and literacy this week, we colored on the letter "S" for summer, we wrote with chalk on chalkboards, we stamped letters on paper, we wrote on magnetic writing boards, and we read various books about summer. In math and science this week, we mixed water and paint and froze them to make ice paint, we counted insects and used tongs to sort them, we mixed juice together and froze it to make popsicles, and we collected items outside and placed them on our sticky wall to see which ones would stick and which ones would fall. To work o n our motor development this week, we fit straws into the bottom of cups, we did an obstacle course, we threaded beads on strings, and we stacked pool noodle pieces. In art this week, we painted over our names, we painted with chalk and water, we painted with ice paint, and we painted using spray bottles. The children really enjoyed using different mediums to paint. We also went over pool safety this week and blew bubbles outside. The children played with shovels and pail and pasta noodles inside our sensory table and we added some fun cars and trucks to the block area for them to play with as well. Tomorrow we will color on flowers, count using large dominos, have a pretend summer picnic, and paint outside on a shower curtain.

Fin-tastic Fun! - Young Toddler

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

This week's theme was under the sea and it was fin-tastic! We started off this week with a vocabulary poster board of pictures and words relevant to the theme. We continued working on language and literacy development throughout the week by coloring on the letter "S" with crayons, writing with dry erase markers, playing "Starfish Says," tracing letters in the sand, and reading various books related to the theme. To work on our cognitive skills (which includes math and science) this week, we counted fish as we fed the hungry shark, we did an experiment where we combined oil and water, we counted different fish and we matched different fish by color. To help us with our motor development this week, we hung fish on clothespins, danced to the goldfish song, pressed seashells into play-doh, made ocean sensory bags, and used bingo daubers on an octopus. In art this week, we made a cheerio starfish, used tape to make a negative space clown fish, painted a sea turtle, and made paper plate jellyfish. This week we also tried to play duck duck goose, but we're not quite there yet. We also sang along to "If Sharks are Happy" sing-along song. We added pool noodle pieces to our sensory table and gel shapes to our block area and the young toddlers enjoyed them very much. Tomorrow we will search for fish with our names on it, rescue ocean animals from ice, string rigatoni on an octopus, glue macaroni scales on a fish, and of course read about fish in our book, A School of Fish.

It's A Bird, It's A Plane - Young Toddler

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

It's a bird... It's a plane... It's... Superhero week! This week we learned about what it means to be a superhero! In language and literacy this week, we read books and did some superhero line tracing. In the area of cognition this week, we learned the color red as we drew with red crayons on a red poster board, we blew up balloons by mixing baking soda with vinegar, we worked on puzzles, and we played with and matched different colored triangles. For motor development this week, we threaded beads on laces. We practice our social skills this week by making Captain America's shield mini pizzas (that was a yummy snack!). In art we glued red and blue squares and white stars on paper plates to make Captain America's infamous shield and we used red and blue paint to make Spider-Man handprints. Tomorrow we will use markers to write on "S" papers, count spiders, do superhero yoga, and make superhero cuffs.

The Circus is in Town! - Young Toddler

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

Come one, come all! The circus is in town and boy did we have a blast this week! In language this week, we read books about the circus and different circus animals. We colored the letter "C" and wrote on magnetic writing boards. We also laid on our backs and wrote upside down underneath the table, and we also played with different letter blocks. In math and science this week, we counted clowns and matched clown faces. We measured and mixed ingredients together to bake cupcakes and we matched different colored balloons. We manipulated math tiles, waffle blocks, and lego. To work on our motor development this week, we placed tissue paper on contact paper clown ties, we ripped tickets and placed them in a box, we picked up popcorn pompoms and filled our buckets, and we decorated our clown cupcakes with small candies and sprinkles. In art this week, we each decorated a triangle for our circus banner we glued pompoms onto our clown hats, we painted cotton candy using shaving cream, and we glued shredded paper onto a lion face. This week we also explored airsoft balls and shaving cream in our sensory table. While outside, we practiced taking turns as we tossed paper plates onto a paper towel roll, hit a softball off a cone with a bat, and used paper plates to hit balloons in the air.

Tomorrow we will write using chalkboards and water, do various puzzles, glue cotton balls onto a popcorn tub, and glue glitter on candy apple cutouts. We will also be enjoying the Pre-K circus that they have worked so hard on!

Gong Camping - Young Toddler

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

This week we went camping! Not literally, although I'm sure the children would enjoy it. We started the week off by introducing the children to the camping theme. They used bingo daubers to mark on the letter "c" and chalk and chalkboards in language this week. We kept the theme going in art as they painted with marshmallows, made a campfire on contact paper, glued popsicles sticks on paper and painted with pine cones. We worked on our cognition and general knowledge by counting insect counters, manipulating letter blocks, interacting with magnet numbers, and making animal prints in play-doh. To work on their motor and social skills this week, the children manipulated and connected math tiles, played catch outside, and chased each other on the patio in our own version of tag. We also engaged the children in language and literacy by reading multiple books to them every day.

Fun With Gardening - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on May 12, 2022 at 2:55 PM

This week was all about gardening! In language this week we practiced writing by drawing on fruits underneath contact paper, tracing letters in soil, using scented markers to write on flower cutouts, and coloring with various shades of green. We also read various books centered around gardening. In math and science this week we counted and sorted vegetable counters, made mud and manipulated it, sorted flowers by color, and manipulated different puzzles. To help us with our fine motor development this week we fed caterpillars by scooping pompoms into toilet paper rolls, we planted popsicle stick flowers in play-doh, we threaded flowers into a strainer, and we wiped down different fruits with water and rags. In art this week we painted flowerpots, and we painted with broccoli, flowers, and apples. We also played with flowerpots, flowers, and watering cans in our block area and manipulated soil in our sensory table. We learned about working together and taking turns as we planted sunflowers seeds in our painted flowerpots and tossed apples into a basket. Tomorrow we will continue our gardening week by counting flower petals and sticking them to a felt board, drawing flowers on magnetic boards, sticking tissue paper on contact paper flower cutouts, and gluing gluing flower petals on paper.

Mother's Day - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on May 5, 2022 at 5:40 PM

This week's theme was Mother's Day. We dove into this week by reading several books in regards to mothers to work on our language and literacy skills. For math and science this wee we played with magnet letters, puzzles, and magnet rods and balls. To work on our motor development we put pom poms into ice cube trays. In art this week we focused on our Mother's Day craft as we painted flowerpots and made homemade cards. We also did a ziploc bag painting. Tomorrow we will play Simon Says to work on our language skills, manipulate math tiles, play with animals connectors to work on our motor development and add dress up clothes to our drama area.

Fun with Cars, Trains, Boats - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on April 28, 2022 at 4:10 PM

We raced through this week as we learned about transportation. We practiced our language skills by reading various books about transportation, using bingo daubers on the letter T, coloring on road signs and writing with markers. To work on our math and science skills we matched colored cars, parked cars in parking spaces, sorted vehicles according to color, and did an experiment to see how many blocks it would take to sink our boat. To work on our fine motor skills we put together vehicle puzzles, traced roads with our cars, manipulated easter egg cars and trucks, and played with construction trucks and play-doh. in art we painted with cars, used glitter on road signs, made traffic lights, and stamped boats and planes on paper. We also played in our pop up bus with our friends, held onto each other as we pretended to be a choo-choo train, and we played with cars and ramps in our block area. We also listened to various songs about transportation such as The Wheels on the Bus, Drive My Car, and Row, Row, Row Your Boat.