Ms. Loretta's preschool class worked on a painting, but with a twist, they used sand!
They started with making a pattern on their canvas with painters tape. Then they covered the canvas in glue and used sand to make beautiful colors and patterns. Take a look below at the finished art.
We love to let our kids guide their own creativity when doing art projects. As you can see, one students chose to keep the tape on their canvas, another used the tape as guidelines, and the last took the tape off. All amazing works of art!
All of our classrooms love to do art projects and proudly hang them in the room or in our hallways. The kids love seeing their hard work displayed, proudly pointing it out to teachers and parents.
Here is what our Lead Toddler Teacher has to say about this project, "One of our biggest goals in our toddler room is teaching and encouraging positive ways to express ourselves. That is hard when you’re a toddler but expanding our vocabulary and tuning into our body’s 5 senses is a good place to start. Today we finished our textured flower! During this project we used oats, sand, corn meal, paint, watercolor, contact paper, wax paper, string, foil, shaving cream, cinnamon, and fabric. Exploring different textures with toddlers creates so much opportunity for them to organically express their senses and expand their vocabulary. " -Ms. Kendra
Sometimes it can be difficult finding activities to do with your infant. At TLC, our creative and motivated teachers always find a way to keep a smile on all the babies face's. Here are some of our infant teachers favorite activities to keep the day interesting and the babies giggling!
One of our absolute favorite things to do with our infants and young explorers is a daily walk or outside play time. Not only is it a good way to pass the time but it is so good for babies to get outside, get a change of scenery, some fresh air and sunshine. Spending time outside is associated with improved mood and happiness!
Staying Engaged: We love finding ways to work on our infants sensory skills as they discover the world around them. In nature there are so many things for your baby to discover: the feel of the grass or dirt, pulling leaves from trees, seeing and hearing animals, rushing water, cars, and so much more. With so much to see and do, being outside can increase their natural curiosity, building their confidence when it comes to experiencing new things.
Putting together a sensory bin is a fun way for your child to stay occupied while still learning! You can fill your bin with anything that's safe for your child to touch, smell, and inevitably, put in their mouth. Some of our favorite things to use are items like uncooked rice and macaroni noodles, nut-free cereals, balls, water, sponges, plastic toys and what ever else you can think of. Not afraid of getting messy? Make a bowl of jello, cooked spaghetti or whipped cream and let them get messy. The possibilities are endless!
Staying Engaged: Sensory bins, as you could've guessed from the name, are great for developing sensory processing skills. Sight, touch and sound are involved in any sensory bin, but don't be afraid to implement smell and taste. Our toddler class loves to use cinnamon in their sensory activities! It also is great for practicing fine motor skills as your baby learns to gasp and manipulate the items in the bin. Sensory bins can also promote attention span, so what are you waiting for?!
Looking for a fun way to create art with your little one? One of our wonderful assistant teachers, Ms.Jolie organized this craft for the Young Explorers. All you need is a canvas, a gallon sized zip lock bag, some paint, and painters tape. Stay tuned to see how the canvas' turned out!
Step 1: place pieces of painters tape on a clean canvas. This way after the kids are done painting, you can remove the tape to reveal the pattern of your choice.
Step 2: place your canvas in a zip lock bag and add what ever colors your little one wants.
Step 3: let your little one take the reins! Let them discover the different ways they can move the paint around; with their hands, feet, using toys, etc. Once the canvas is covered, let it dry and see what you and your child created together!
Staying Engaged: Practicing with paint helps develop hand-eye coordination skills as well as the idea of cause and effect. At this age, 10-18 months, your child is still learning about their own abilities and one of the best ways to learn is through doing. This craft allows them the opportunity to discover things like all the different way they can cause the color to spread on the canvas or that paint colors can mix together to make more colors. This also gives you the opportunity to practice words with your child by pointing out colors and other simple words involved in the process. They may not be able to ask and answer questions but they are always absorbing information.
Through out the year we love to plan special activities for the preschoolers that will be leaving us for kindergarten. We do an ice scream social, parent days, grandparent days, apple picking and even field trips to the splash park on veterans way or a special lunch at Yours Truly. This year we are restricted, but here are some ways we have continued to make graduating to kindergarten special for our kids. Stay tuned for more special events that we have planned for our amazing Preschoolers.
Our Preschool classrooms enjoying a pajama day, watching Lilo and Stitch with movie snacks!
Staying Engaged: Our Preschoolers picked the movie and brainstormed about the best movie snacks, but mostly, this was a way to reward our amazing kids!
Our Preschoolers had a blast making homemade ice cream.
Staying Engaged: Ice Cream has been of great interest to our Preschool 2 kids (for obvious reason!). Our wonderful lead teacher Ms. Ashley has noticed that and implemented ice cream into the lesson plan. They brainstormed all the supplies needed to run an ice cream shop and put together their own imaginary shop. The kids were able to learn about the science that goes into making ice cream, play out selling and buying scenarios, and of course, enjoy some delicious treats!
Welcome to the new TLC blog! Here we will post about our day-to-day activities, our special events, as well as give any parents of young children ideas of how to entertain their children at home in a way that promotes development. If you are considering TLC for your child, look though this blog to see if we provide the type of care you want for your child. If it is, reach out to us in the office and we would be happy to answer all questions and give you a tour!
Our Toddler 1 class enjoying a walk around our walk path!
Staying Engaged: We love giving our kids the opportunity to explore nature, searching for plants, bugs, or whatever they are interested in. At TLC, we take notice of what each kid is finding interest in and then find a way to implement those interests into our lesson plans. We believe that teaching through their interests promotes engagement and provides a more valuable learning experience.