In the preschool classrooms, children’s scribbles may begin to look like real letters, but writing is one of those developmental milestones that varies greatly from child to child. A lot depends on fine motor development.

Our goal is to help children enhance their fine motor skills and understand that writing connects to reading.  Writing communicates information, through words and symbols.  To encourage writing skills, we support children in:

  • Expressing ideas and stories through pictures they draw
  • Using crayons, markers and pencils for drawing and writing
  • Copying and drawing lines and circles
  • Attempting to write some of the letters in their first name

Writing centers in the classrooms include various types of paper, cards, and writing utensils.  Children are encouraged to write notes to their family, as well as center friends!

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Exploring Paint!

The teachers in the Greece toddler room prepared simple art stations for the children to visit and explore. Each station was equipped with different colored paints and tools with which to experiment.  The children enjoyed painting with finger paints, watercolors, squatters, brushes, and their fingers.

Exploring art medium is important to stimulate children’s creativity, convey ideas, express emotion, use their senses, and explore color, processes and outcomes.  The soothing process of painting is also interesting to young children.  The pleasant feeling of painting relaxes children as they use brushes, sticks, or their fingers to experience the material.

Painting provides enjoyable experiences and supports development at the same time; what a masterpiece for all involved!

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Reading is Fun!

As part of our Month of the Young Child celebration, two librarians, Miss Laura and Miss Cathy, from the Town of Henrietta Library visited Care-a-lot!  They shared some of their favorite books and taught the toddlers the “I See Rainbows” dance.  While dancing, the children thoroughly enjoyed using the rainbow streamers to create movement and color!

Our guests also taught the preschoolers how to use sign language with the song “Apple and Bananas” and read the magical book, “Press Here” by Hervé Tullet.  Their interactive and animated sharing fully engaged the children in reading and learning!

Some of the books read to the older children were “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle,  “I’m a Frog (an Elephant & Piggy Book)” by Mo Williams, and “Cookie’s Week” by Cindy Ward.  Having children hear the written word read by different people is important for many aspects of learning!  Basic speech skills are reinforced, the practices of how to read a book are reviewed, communication skills are supported, and thinking and concentration skills are challenged.  Enjoy all the time you can read together with your child!

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Light Learning!

The Greece preschoolers enjoyed a topsy-turvey week exploring opposites!  One whole day was devoted to light and dark.  The children experimented with dark and light by using battery-operated candles and flashlights, learning how to control the light with a switch.  They observed how light makes everything bright.

The scientific learning continued as they played with light on the walls, making shadows of different shapes and sizes.  They also changed the colors of the light by shining their flashlights through colored tissue paper.  What a fun way to color the walls!

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Sensory Learning!

Sensory experiences are vital for young children’s brain development. Sensory play stimulates children’s senses which strengthen neural connections necessary for all areas of a child’s development. Exploring through touch helps children start to gain more knowledge about the environment around them and learn more about the world.

Infants at the Farmington / Canandaigua center use a variety of senses to explore a sensory board with a range of textures and sensations.  Sensory boards help children practice their fine motor skills as they coordinate their movements to feel the different materials. This supports infants in gaining a sense of themselves as they begin to develop preferences as to which textures they like and dislike. A sensory board can also help children learn new words as you use words to describe the different things they are feeling.

Teachers in the Care-a-lot infant classrooms are always working to encourage babies’ natural curiosity and investigative skills!

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