Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Have a Happy Summer!

This summer session at the CDLL went by so fast! Today we had our last day of school having our family celebration. We had fun having snacks, photo booth, face painting, foam flowers drawing activity, and bubble blowing! We had such a great summer session and hope you all have a great summer! See you in the fall!

Divine blowing bubbles!

Ms. Prudhomme and Sage while she paints the Captain America that he wanted on his face!

Andre: "Look at me!" when he is getting ready to go inside the photo booth!

Michigan State Standard:\

Social and Emotional Development
3. Early Learning Expectation: Children develop healthy relationships with other children and adults. 

Paige Prudhomme, HDF 409

Monday, June 19, 2017

An Exciting Afternoon!

Today was a busy day in the CDLL. This afternoon featured two pleasant surprises. First, the children gathered in the indoor movement room for rest time. We watched The Peanuts Movie and ate snack before some children went outside. The water was turned on in the sandbox, and the children dug holes to fill with the water. Then a special guest came to visit: Mr. Dan! He sang lots of songs with the children. He even sang a book!

J.J. dug in the sand near his water hole.
"That feels weird," he said about the foam
that topped the water.

The children, Mrs. Weller, and Ms.
Goodman danced to a song about fish
sung by Mr. Dan.

Mr. Dan sings a story about a king who
spends his entire day in the bath!

Emily Andersen 
HDF 409
TS Gold Objective 34: Explores musical concepts and expression.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Building in the Oak Room

Today in the Oak room, the children got creative with the multiple different types of building materials that are provided. The children used blocks and legos to construct many structures that they made to represent different places that can be found within a community. 

Lilly C. added onto a structure made of blocks.
She said "This is our school but very tall!"

Coen built a truck out of legos.
"This truck can help to build different buildings"

Mathias and Divine building a structure out of blocks.
"This is a really tall store people can shop at" said Mathias
Teaching Strategies Objectives:

14: Uses symbols and images to represent something not present.
7: Demonstrates fine motor strength and coordination.

Courtney Shatney, HDF 409

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Police Visit!!

Today the CMU Police came for a visit! We started the day off with the police talking to us about safety in childhood, what is an emergency that the police should be called for, and what it takes to be an active officer. After our discussion with the police officers, children got to try on a police hat, their 20 pound belt that they wear everyday, their uniform, and their vest! Children then were able to go and explore in the police cars with the police officers explaining what they have inside. And of course the children had a blast playing with all the different sirens that the cars make. Lastly, we finished off the morning with a picnic lunch in the dining room and having fun conversations! It was such a fun day!

Officer Martinez:
"What is an emergency that you need to call a police officer?"

Harper: "A fire"

Audrey: "A robber, stealing something"

Victoria: "When someone steals"

Michael: "When a bad guy gets out"

James: "When a cat is stuck in a tree"

JJ trying on a police hat.

Busola pretending to drive the car while Jace, James. and Graham play with the police sirens.

Hunter riding the police bike with Officer Martinez.

Michigan State Standard:

Social and Emotional Development
3. Early Learning Expectation: Children develop healthy relationships with other children and adults. 

Paige Prudhomme, HDF 409

Monday, June 12, 2017

Fun in the Sun!

Today the children experienced different temperatures! It was warm outside in the morning, hot in the late afternoon, and nice and air conditioned inside. There was a wide variety of activities at the center today. Outside, the art cart featured loofah painting and spray bottle painting. The full body clay was also moved outside. Indoors the children experimented with peppermint and lavender scented play doughs. There were water beads and Legos at the light tables.The Bridges program had their final visit for the school year, and our senior friends joined the children for snack. We look forward to seeing them again in the new year!

Annika was carrying mud bricks back to the teacher after seeing which ones broke when dropped.

"Look! I'm balancing it!" Ryan exclaimed.

Gavin and Avryl worked together to carry a tray of unbroken mud bricks back inside.

Emily Andersen
HDF 409
TS Gold Objective 3: Participates cooperatively and  constructively in group situations.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Watering the flowers!

Today while outside the kids had a chance to water the growing flowers we have here. Thanks to Miss. Potter, the children could go and fill up their watering cans and find flowers throughout the playground to water. They really enjoyed helping keeping our outside looking great!

Miss. Potter helping the children fill up their
watering cans

Graeme: "I'm keeping the flowers alive!"

Michael helping water the flowers

Spencer: "I like this, this is fun!"

Taevion agreed that watering the flowers is
a good way to help them grow
State Standard:
1.  Early Learning Expectation: Relationship in Place. Children begin to understand and interpret their relationship and place within their own environment.
                    5. Demonstrate a developing sense of respect for nature and its components.

Caitlyn Key, HDF 409

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Shaggy the Llama Visits the CDLL

Today the children got a surprise visit from Shaggy the llama! This afternoon during rest/center time, Shaggy and his owners stopped by to visit the children. The children loved being able to pet him and some even fed him some grass and leaves outside. While outside, the children walked him around the playground showing him where they play and enjoyed the sunshine!

"His lips tickle my hand!" -Coen

The children got to walk Shaggy around the playground.

Shaggy visits the Maple room during rest time!
Michigan State Standards:

Early Learning in Science
2. Early Learning Expectation: Children show a beginning awareness of scientific knowledge related to living and nonliving things.

Courtney Shatney
HDF 409