Every year at TLC, we put on a center wide "snowed in" day. During the winter the kids spend a lot of time inside, so we like to dedicate a day to getting messy and having fun inside! Take a look at what each class did for their extra messy activity.
Ms. Ashley noticed her kids loved playing with the ice that was forming outside, so she came up with this fun activity based off that interest! They mixed a little bit of water in their paint and froze it in plastic cups with popsicle sticks sticking out to use as handles. The children had a great time discovering how to create art with this new medium.
Ms. Jenna's toddlers are getting a head start on valentines day with these adorable heart crafts. Putting their pictures and names by their art work for everyone to see is not only adorable, but helps communicate to the children that we value their work and they can take pride in a job well done!
Coming up with activities to do with older infants can be so challenging. Finding an activity that is beneficial to the child's development and engages the child can be near impossible at this age. Here are some ideas our infant teachers use to continuously be encouraging the development of each child's individual goals.
Below you can see our infant teacher made a sensory hula hoop. They tied patterned cloth, plastic rings, loofas, and rattles on the hoop for the children to explore. They set the child in the middle of the hoop and allowed the child to explore the hoop. This encourages their natural curiosity and confidence in experiencing new things. It also helps encourage movement like, rolling onto their side or belly, and grabbing for the sensory items.
Ms. Jenna's toddler 2 class went on a hunt for shapes while on their walk today. Each child got to pick which shape they wanted to hunt for and carried around the cut outs, pictured below, to help them find their shape! It can be very beneficial to bring learning out side of the classroom. A new and exciting environment will increase a child's curiosity, and therefore their engagement in the lesson. The children had a blast while learning along the way!
The best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear!
Our TLC children are having so much fun helping their teachers decorate, playing holiday dress up, singing holiday songs all day long, and of course, playing in the snow!
We love seeing how much fun our teachers have with the children everyday. All of our teachers love to play and act silly with the children. This creates a bond between the children and teachers that makes the children feel safe and have so much fun while away from their parents. Check out the video and pictures below to see how we celebrated the first Christmas snow indoors with a "snow" ball fight!
The first snow of the season is always so magical to a child. Our Young Explorers got to play with snow from outside, talking about the sensory elements, finding leaves in the snow, and scooping snow into stacking cups. It is always a great idea to help your child explore the world around them. It aides in the development of expression, curiosity, and confidence when you regularly expose your child to new experiences and teach them the words to express those experiences.
TLC follows a unique curriculum that we believe is the most effective way to teach and engage children. This is called Reggio Emilia. Our teachers are always observing what peeks the children's interest and then using those observations to plan educational activities. The pictures below show the perfect example of our play-based curriculum in action. Here is what Ms. Jenna had to say about what sparked the idea and how she utilized their interest and engagement as an opportunity for learning.
"While outside in the mud kitchen we noticed our toddler friends would collect logs and put them in piles to have a “fire” so we decided to bring the campfire inside! We used a big tire and the children went on a hunt around the classroom to gather blocks of any kind to use as wood. We then realized we need flames for it to be a fire! So we got out a bunch of red and orange paper to crumble up and toss in! While sitting by the fire we talked about camping and what we did with our family’s at campfires! Some friends shared that they sang songs, cuddled with mommy’s or daddy’s, and roasted marshmallows! Then we pretended to be firefighters and had to put the fire out! Friends tried to use blankets to cover the fire first, then they began getting cups from our kitchen baskets and filled them with water to pour on the fire! The next day the fun continued as they roasted "marshmallows" over the fire and then got to enjoy some real smores around the fire!" - Ms. Jenna
Yesterday the preschoolers took part in one of our nation's rights as an American, they voted! They talked about voting and what it means to vote. The children were so proud to be able to vote like their parents. They voted for things that were important to them; what kind of theme day to have next Friday. On the Ballot was, A Game Day, PJ Day or an Ice Cream Day.
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