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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.

Learning About All Sports - Summer School Age

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

This week's theme is Sports and Coach Charlotte taught the children how to play golf, they did Yoga, exercises, etc, They love it when she comes because they get to run around the Great Room and learn new sports. We learned a lot about Sports this week. The children expressed how much they liked Golf. One child said, "Golf is the safest sport because you cannot get hurt at all because you're by yourself and the ball cannot hurt you. But you can get mad if the ball does not go into the hole."

We did not go on a field trip on Monday due to it raining but that did not stop us from having fun at school! We talked about sports that we liked to play and what we know about sports. We did fun crafts, painted, and made a soccer net out of blocks and legos while it was raining. We went to the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and we saw a short video in the Planetarium called, "The Little Star That Could". The video was amazing because we learned that the sun is actually a star and we learned how the solar system came about. We ended the week going to the Cleveland History Center and it was pretty cool learning about different things about our history such as aviation, clothes, cars, etc. There was so much we saw that it's hard to name it all! The children especially enjoyed the carousel!

We made some Sports related crafts this week. We painted sports related suncatchers. They made baseball bat, baseball mitten, and glove out of construction paper and they made made a golf ball out of clay. We will paint them white once they dry completely. We also drew pictures of different sports such as Soccer, basketball, and baseball. We also made predictions as to which ball will drop first. Most children guessed it would be the basketball because it was the heaviest,; however, it was actually the golf ball because of it being smaller and lighter. We were shocked but it was interesting and the children really enjoyed learning about which ball will drop first.

At Weaving Supply Co., they painted their ornament and magnet that they made out of clay. Ms. Joanne "cooked" the clay so that they can paint it and she will put it back in the oven to "cook" one more time. We have 3 more sessions at Weaving Supply Company and the children are sadden but Ms. Joanne reminded the children that they can always come to back with their parents and do fun crafts.

Our field trips next week: Great Lakes Science Center, Huntington Reservation, and Kauffman Park.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.

-Ms. Michelle

They Shoot...They Score! - Pre-K

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

They shoot....they score!!!! That's right, it was sports week all week! Each day of the week, the children learned about a different sport. On Monday we learned about bowling, created a masterpiece bowling with apples, watched videos on bowling and learned some terms. For example, we learned about a strike, spare, gutter ball and turkey. On Tuesday, the children learned about baseball which is one of the sports I grew up playing. The children created a baseball at art table, we wrote baseball related words and created our own ball diamond with rubber shapes. Miss Chasity brought in some show-n-tell and showed the children what I bring when I play softball which includes : cleats, batting gloves and a mitt. On Wednesday, we learned about soccer which is also another sport Miss Chasity plays. The children worked on a letter recognition activity and put the soccer balls in order 1-20. I also showed the children the type of shoes that I wear when I play, both outdoor and indoor. The children learned that the goalie is only allowed to use their hands as long as they are in the goalie box but once they are out of the goalie box then they have to use their feet like every other player. On Thursday, we learned about basketball where the children created a basketball and we talked about basketball as well. Lastly, we will end the week talking about another favorite of football! Now, let's not forget that we had two awesome field trips this week which included the zoo and rainforest as well as the Rocky River Nature Center. We had a blast!! We also had some fun in the pools on our water play day. We hope that you all have a wonderful, fun and safe weekend!

~Chasity and Tara~

Sports! Sports! Sports! - Pre-School

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

A week of all kinds of sports this week. Monday in art the children did some fly swatter painting and in language they drew letter cards and wrote the letter on a chalkboard. Coach Charlotte came and the children learned some golf skills! help to Others came on Monday as well and they helped the children learn golf with Coach Charlotte. Tuesday, baseball day! In art the children painted with baseballs, similar to marble painting style. In language the children dictated how to play baseball and in math the children sorted baseballs by size. Wednesday soccer day! IIn art the children worked on tearing paper, a good fine motor strengthening experience, and then gluing the pieces to paper. In math the children added soccer ball stickers to a grid using a die to determine how many stickers to add. This was another good fine motor activity with peeling the stickers off the sheet, a lot of eye hand coordination. Today was a swimming day and aways a fun day for the children. Tomorrow is football day and in art the children will paint with cups, in language they will clip letter clothespins to letters on footballs. This week in the sensory table the children explored working with noodles, scoops and cups.

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

Sports Fun - Infant

Posted by [email protected] on July 21, 2022 at 3:20 PM

This week in the infant classroom the theme is Sports! Here are a few of our favorite activities from the week. The entire group enjoyed using empty juice bottle lids, and sliding them across the tile floor as we “played air hockey” together! The older infants tried pushing the pucks with jumbo pop sticks. The group also enjoyed practicing dribbling with colorful balloons and teacher help! It was fun to encourage and see the infants try and “dunk” the balloons in our laundry basket we used as a hoop! The infants also enjoyed making marks on paper with stamps and jumbo crayons and rolling balls back and forth to each other to practice taking turns! We sang Take me out to the ball game together, and talked/looked at different pictures of sports balls and equipment too. It has been a wonderful week but we look forward to a new theme on Monday! Until next time.

Halfway Through Summer - Summer School Age

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

We are officially halfway though the Summer! Time really flew by! This was a busy week for the School Agers! We started the week of by learning about Soccer from Coach Charlotte and going to the Rocky River Nature Center where the children learned about different animals, did a Scavenger Hunt, and going for a walk. We tried to walk up the 155 steps but it was too hard and we decided to go halfway before walking back down. We went to Bradley Woods where we played with our field toys, swung on the swing set, and after lunch, we went for a walk on the trail. We saw a bunch of geese and talked about the different things we saw in the woods. One child said, "We cannot eat the berries because they could be poisonous!" We ended the week learning about Volleyball from Coach Charlotte and going to the Botanical Gardens and looking at the beautiful flowers and butterflies. We talked about the different flowers we saw and played in the play area where the children used the watering can to water the flowers.

The children wrote in their journals about what they liked about the Rocky River Nature Center and the museum. Most of the children said they liked the museum because they got cookies! Our theme this week is Construction where the children did some STEAM activities such as building their own plane and birdhouse which they painted. We also worked together in groups of 2 or 3 to create and build a bridge. Some children built houses, bridges, and a corral on their own or with peers. One child even made a blue print before building! A few of the children did fuse beads and/or drew pictures of buildings or made maps to get to buildings.

Upcoming field trips: Rocky River Beach Park, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, and Cleveland History Center. We also have Coach Charlotte next week as well. Please make sure your child is here before 9:15 and they have comfortable shoes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me!

-Ms. Michelle

Construction Destruction - Pre-K

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

We have been out and about on our field trips this week and have seen LOTS of construction trucks busy at work (or sometimes, not so busy!). We have seen many that we know, and researched a few we didn't know. We watched a video about a truck that you go in and take the steps upstairs! It had 32 wheels! We decided that is a lot of tires to take care of! Our art has been driving trucks through paint and using various shapes to make our own construction vehicle. Our math has been counting. We counted rocks to put in a truck and sorted various tools as we learned the name of things like wrench, screwdriver, pliers and more. Our science table has been busy with magnetic wands and different items. Our sensory table has been the biggest attraction this week. It is full of dirt, mulch, and lots of trucks! Our field trips included a visit to the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and some field time at Wolf Picnic Area. We also had a wonderful hike at Elmwood Park in Rocky River. We love the playground there as it is all shade! We again brought out our field toys for some baseball and frisbee throwing. Friday will be another adventure to Weaving Supply to get our craft on!

All About Construction - Pre-School

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

It's all about construction tools, workers, and trucks! Monday in art the children painted with hammers and in math the children engaged in community helpers' bingo. Coach Charlotte came and the children learned some basic soccer skills. Tuesday in language the children worked on writing various letters as they chose construction words to practice writing and in art the children worked on cutting. Tuesday the children went for a walk around the block again. Wednesday in math the children engaged in a construction bingo game and in language they dictated if they could build anything what it would be, how they would build it and what tools they need. Today in art the children wanted to paint with the stampers, so we did that and in math the children matched tools by shape and the children also engaged in a things that go bingo game. Coach Charlotte was back today, and the children learned some basic volleyball skills. Tomorrow in art the children will paint with koosh rings, in language they will engage in a construction tools memory game and in math the children will build a tower using a die to determine how many blocks to add each turn.

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


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