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Learning About Hanukkah - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on December 2, 2021 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (4)

Art

The children made eight hand prints to represent the eight days of Hanukkah. They used tissue paper and contact paper to make dreidels (these are displayed on our window by the patio).

Math

The children counted latkes in celebration of Hanukkah. They also enjoyed different puzzles as they worked put the pieces where they go.

Language

The children used bingo dabbers in an attempt to trace Hebrew letters. They were taught some Hanukkah related words such as menorah and dreidel (though I doubt they’re going to be saying them at home).

Motor Development

The children continued to use crayons to make marks and scribbles on paper. They ran outside and even tried to hop over cones. This week, we have a new edition to our room and the children were more than ecstatic to climb and rock with our new climber/rocker.

Social/Emotional

We practiced putting on our coats using the flip trick. When outside, one of our favorite games to play is “Where Is?” and the children take turns pointing to their friends when their names are called.

Books

We read Hanukkah books all week.

Science

The children were excited as they participated in an oil and salt experiment. They were fascinated by the droplets that were created and how the water changed colors.

Friday

The children will continue to use crayons as the draw on H’ papers (H is for Hanukkah). They will spin and stamp dreidels onto paper and do a cold versus hot experiment. The children will also create oil and water sensory bottles.

Fun With Theme Week - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on November 11, 2021 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (2)

Theme Week

Art

The children made sunglasses by gluing on foil to paper shades, Hat Day- glued on various materials, Inside Out Day- painted inside and outside of cups, Pajama Day- glued on strips to paper PJ bottoms and tomorrow the children will glue various colored yarn on paper face shape.

Math

The children explored with large and small textured tiles, Dinosaur colored snap connectors to begin to match colors and Legos to name practice naming colors.

Motor Development

The children practiced holding toddler safety scissors with teacher help and modeling so they can begin to work scissors by opening and closing, and used crayons to scribble and make marks on large sun paper,

Social/Emotional

We practiced naming colors as a group by naming colors aloud and having the children repeat, and practiced fixing sleeves on jackets by turning them right side out with teacher help/modeling.

Books

Pete the Cat books all week

Sensory

Oatmeal

Friday

Animal Yoga and Pegs and peg boards

Learning About Different Cultures - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on November 4, 2021 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (6)

Our theme this week has been All Around the World and the children have had opportunities to experience different cultures through books, songs and activities. Art activities had them painting a large circle with green and blue paint to make the earth, using the bottom of a bottle to paint with pink onto a tree trunk to make cherry blossoms and making a shape pizza on paper. They were given musical instruments to march around the room with as music played, they danced to music from around the globe and there have been books that have been shared about children from around the world. Color concepts were introduced with dyed water and table activities included exploring math tiles. Famous buildings pictures were hung up in the block area for them to look at while they built their own block towers. Later in the week, continents will be taped to the floor for the children to practice walking from one to the other. It has been a week full of new discoveries and next week promises to be a lot of fun, with a different center-wide theme each day!

All in with Halloween - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (10)

Halloween Week

Art

The children painted with spider rings, painted pumpkin bags and made spiders out of hand prints.

Math

We practice stacking and counting with stacking rings, counted insect counters with teacher help, and counted spider rings by placing them in Halloween bowls.

Motor Development

We dance to the song "Monster Mash and connected waffle blocks to build finger .hand grasp

Social/Emotional

We played "Hot Potato" using a mini pumpkin instead by passing the pumpkin around taking turns

Books

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin, Happy Halloween Daniel Tiger, Haunted Halloween, Click, clack Boo

All About Numbers - Young Toddlers

Posted by [email protected] on October 21, 2021 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom the theme is Numbers and we have had a blast! Our younger infants have loved listening to teachers count their fingers and toes out loud as they explore in the classroom. We also tried counting out loud as we held the infants one on one and moved from side to side or up and down. Our group also enjoyed exploring pounding benches. The younger infants tried knocking the shapes together where the older infants used the hammer on the pounding bench to press the shapes down and out. We explored the large rainbow parachute, paint in baggies and different sensory books as well! It has been a wonderful week but we look forward to our Halloween theme next week.

Nursery Rhyme Fun - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on October 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Nursery Rhymes

Art

The children marble painted with white paint on black paper, made candle sticks to resemble "Jack Be Nimble", painted with school buses by rolling them back and forth to make tracks, stamped with star cookie cutters and tomorrow the children will put Humpty-Dumpty back together by gluing on pieces.

Math

Money counting and sorting with jumbo plastic coins and baskets, cotton ball counting by placing them on sheep pattern contact paper ,egg matching and tomorrow the children will explore with colanders and black pipe cleaners to practice counting.

Motor Development

The children practiced lacing with spider rings and straws, rip white paper to strengthen fine motor skills. egg balancing on jumbo spoons and tomorrow the children will manipulate play dough into muffin tins.

Social activities:

The children learned how to do "London Bridges" by pairing up with partners/teachers, we pretended to be spiders by crawling on the spout on the floor, Exercise Cube, made play dough and dry erase boards.

Learning About the People in our Neighborhood - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on October 7, 2021 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (3)

It has been a week of fire safety and community helpers and they have been having a lot of fun with the activities that they have been doing. Red and yellow paint were added to baggies and the children had a chance to manipulate them on the outside of the bags with their hands and fingers and they also painted with whisks - what fun and different ways to experience paint in their environment. They put stickers on road printouts, glued cut up newspaper to other pieces of paper, and rolled trucks through paint. Flashlight beams were chased around the room, they ran from wall to wall out on the patio and followed a line made of chalk. They are planning a parade with instruments around the room and will try picking up cotton balls with tongs. It has been a week full of fun and learning and next week promises to be just as much excitement when it will be all about nursery rhymes.

Pirate Week - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on October 4, 2021 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Pirates this week

Art

the children made a treasure chest by gluing on coins to paper, Telescope- painted tubes gold, Pirate Hats- decorated w/ materials and made a Pirate ship by gluing on brown paper squares and hand print for flag.

Math

The children explored with number magnets/cookie sheets to practice number recognition.

Motor Development

During activity time, the children manipulated materials to see how they work, magnet people to see how they connect, stacking, corks w/ cartons and treasure chests w/ counters.

Social/Emotional

Walk the plank, find the hidden "ship" outside and parachute play outside

Sensory

Oatmeal, boats & coins

It's Fall - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on September 27, 2021 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (2)

It's Fall at the center and the room has been busy with all the colors of the season - reds, oranges and yellows. There have been books and songs about pumpkins and leaves, 5 Little Pumpkins was a huge hit! They each painted their own small pumpkin, stuck tissue paper to a large contact paper leaf and used loofahs to stamp up and down on a paper tree. Miss Gabby made cinnamon scented play dough for the children to manipulate and they really enjoyed it, plus it made the room smell really good! Paper leaves were stuck to the floor for them to move over by jumping or walking, they tossed balls into baskets, tongs were used to practice picking up cheerios, and they made their own creations with waffle blocks. Next week, we will be taking to the high seas while we discover the world of pirates, ahoy matey's!

Learning Colors & Shapes - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on September 16, 2021 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (13)

This weeks theme is "Colors & Shapes"

Art

The children used various cup sizes to stamp on paper with blue paint to see the different size circles shapes, glued red squares on white paper, painted with bristle blocks and used a hand sponge to stamp on paper with yellow paint.

Math

The children practice shape recognition by manipulating shape blocks into shape sorters, practiced color sorting by placing colored legos on colored mats, colored peg boards/pegs to match on boards and colored dot stickers on colored paper to match with teacher help and naming.

Sensory Table

Various colored shapes/materials and scoops

Books

Paddington's Colors, My First book of Shapes, Hide and Seek Colors, Shapes and Colors