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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.

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?

Space - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on January 6, 2022 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (2)

The children blasted out of this world and into art as they glued various shapes together to create their own rockets. They did a moon painting with silver paint and an earth painting with blue and green paint. They used contact paper and tissue paper to create suns.

They practiced their math skills with peg boards, counting and putting bracelets on cones, and counting and sorting blocks by color. They got to emerge in science as they created and played with moon sand.

The children practiced their language skills by reading various books about stars and rockets and singing songs such as, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. They interacted with playdough, used bingo daubers and even attempted to help Miss Rasta put together a solar system puzzle. The children worked on their physical development as they did a moon race with foil balls across the great room. The children also talked about and read about different feelings and practiced making feeling faces.

On Friday, the children will practice their cognitive skills by matching planet and solar system cards. They will practice their motor development by using tongs to put foil balls into containers They will continue the space theme by creating a black wreath with stars and planets and practicing their language skills as we sing, Mr. Sun.

Roar! - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on December 9, 2021 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (34)

This week started off with a roar as we studied dinosaurs. We read various books about how dinosaurs clean their rooms, eat their food, and go up and down. We added dinosaurs and eggs to our sensory table and the children absolutely enjoyed it. We created our own dinosaurs and stomped the dinosaurs around our names with paint. The children also stomped themselves as they wore a paint colored dinosaur footprint. The children used their fine motor skills as they put small dinosaurs into eggs and placed Q-tip "bones" on dinosaurs. The children had fun with math and science as we counted and sorted the different colored eggs and even made our very own dinosaur fossils! We learned about different fruits and vegetables as we sorted them and matched them to colors. Friday we will make a paper salad, hatch a dinosaur, paint our very own dinosaurs, and no dino week is complete without a dinosaur dance party-which is sure to boost the children's movement and motor development.

Learning About Hanukkah - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on December 2, 2021 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (29)

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 (15)

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 (22)

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 (19)

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 (19)

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 (33)

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.