Tummy Time!

Care-a-lot babies enjoy lots of tummy time!  So much learning and development happens when babies are placed on their tummies and later when they begin to crawl.  When most people think about the benefits of tummy time, they think about muscle development and strengthening the neck, arm, and back muscles.

Something just as important is the visual aspect of the baby’s development.  Tummy time and crawling help babies measure the world around them; the distance between their eyes and hands when on their tummies will become fundamental in everything that they do and will have an impact on future development.

Visual perception is the total process responsible for taking in and understanding visual stimuli.  It is dependent on the relationship between visual movement, body movement skills, and tactile perception.  Visual perception allows a person to make accurate judgments of size, configuration, and spatial relationships of objects.  Children with perfectly healthy eyesight may still suffer from severe visual difficulties that can affect academics, sports, or daily life performance, if their eyes haven’t developed visual perception correctly.

Therefore it is important to make sure that babies get that tummy time, which is vital to forming neurological connections.  If babies are constantly kept upright or placed in front of screens, their eyes will not develop properly and they will have trouble in the future seeing things that are near, such as letters and picture books or things that are far, such as words on the black board.  So get down on the floor with your baby and see all the benefits!

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100 Days of K!

The Kinders at our Henrietta center celebrated 100 Days of School on Friday, February 12th!  All year long the children have been learning place value, even though they didn’t realize it!

To celebrate their 100th day of kindergarten, the Kinders made 100th Day Posters.  The only rule for creating the poster was to include the number 100 on the display. Each of them did a fantastic job!  The posters are on display outside of our classroom. The celebration also included juice and muffins!  We will continue counting and learning about the hundreds, tens and ones places in a variety of ways until the end of the school year.

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Painting Snow!

Painting snow is a wonderfully creative winter activity! The 4 year olds at our Greece center took advantage of winter days to add some color to the white snow, making a beautiful rainbow of colors outside their room.

In their classroom, they first colored water with primary colored dyes. Once outside, they filled their water blasters with the colored water and began to create. What an easy and hands-on way to teach kids about primary and secondary colors while they giggled and smiled! A whole pallet of colors was created by mixing the sprayed colors on top of each other in a variety of concentrations.

The children also learned that spraying the paint changed the consistency of the snow. Squirting the colored water on the fluffy snow made the snow sink. When the snow was firm, the colored water was better seen and didn’t create pools of colored water. The children used this knowledge to use their bodies to pack down the snow before spraying. More visual science lessons on the form and expressions of matter!

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Mask Making!

To celebrate Groundhog’s Day, the children created their own groundhog mask!  Such projects provide opportunities for using many fine muscles for cutting, tearing, and pasting.

Using their own individual and unique imagination, each child created his / her representation of a groundhog.  Having opportunities for self expression supports the growth of healthy self-confidence.  Although you may need to use your imagination to see the likeness, we can celebrate that we all see and appreciate things differently!

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Heavy Learning!

Weights and measurements is one of the fundamental units of math included in the Kindergarten curriculum at Care-a-lot.  To make the exercise relevant to the Kinders, a variety of objects that they commonly use in the classroom are a part of their learning.

The Kinders each use a balance to see how much objects weigh.  For example, one drawing marker may weigh as much as three Unifix cubes.  The Kinders are learning to put the marker on one side of the balance and one Unifix cube at a time on the other side until both sides are balanced.  It takes a steady hand and a keen eye to balance objects!

The balancing activity also offers opportunity for the language of weights to be used as the KInders determine what object is heavier or lighter than another.

Visit Care-a-lot Child Care at the Henrietta location if you are interested in full day Kindergarten beginning September 2016!  For more information, contact us at 585-292-4880.

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