Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Last Day Of School

Happy last day of preschool!
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

This morning we went outside during morning centers. The children had so much fun doing all different sorts of activities. Tommy kept showing the teacher how high and far he could jump over the swing. Ashtin, Makayla and Hunter asked the teacher to watch how high they could climb on the rope. The children kept asking Ms. Bushey and Ms. Lewis to blow bubbles so they could chase and pop the bubbles. It was a very active and fun morning outside.


"Watch me jump."
"I can jump so high."

"We are like two little monkeys hanging in a tree."
- Ashtin

Teaching Strategies #6: Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills

Monday, June 20, 2016

Oink Oink!

Today we had some special visitors...PIGLETS! We had two 3 week old piglets come to the CDLL today. The children got to pet them and tried to feed them grass. The children spent quite a bit of time with the piglets.

Andrew: "They feel like bacon."
Trevor: "They said, 'Squeak Squeak!'"
Charlie: "They're eating our grass!"
Daniel: "Oink, Oink!"

Teaching Strategies Objective #25: Science and Technology - Demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics of living things

Friday, June 17, 2016

Thursday June 16th,2016

Rain Rain Go Away!

  Today the children of the CDLL stayed inside for morning centers and had the opportunity to stay inside and check out all of the new materials. In the Oak room some of the teachers and students had a "dance party" they dressed up and danced to music with scarves and egg shakers! This gave the students to explore new dances and open up and share their end of the school year excitement. 

"Play the Baby Beluga song! play it, play it, play it!"-Aliana

"I love dancing!"-Andre

"I like throwing the scar up in the air"-Brody

Teaching Strategy: #34 Explores musical concepts and expressions

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Game Time!!!

Thursday Thursday Thursday!!!

June 16th, 2016

The board game tables have become an interest to some of the children at the lab. The kids have been making up their own rules to how the games should be played. The typical board games have specific rules while the board game tables at the lab don't have any rules to follow. They have the chance to use their imagination and make decisions of their own.

"Every time it lands on red you get to move two spaces forward on the black" -Daniel          
"I want to play on the checker board first." - Axel

Teaching Strategy: Cognitive; Shows flexibility and inventiveness in thinking

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Everybody Dance Now!

Happy Wednesday!

"[His ears should be] grapes, I mean blueberries!" -Charlie

Today the father of one of the children came in to sing and dance with them. In the afternoon, everyone met in the indoor movement room and waited excitedly for the music to begin. Within moments he had children, and teachers, singing and dancing along with him to the music! Many laughs, smiles, and good times were had by all.

"Mr Dan, will you do 'the more we get together'"? - Carter B


Teaching Strategies: Objective 35- Explores Dance and Movement Concepts

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wash, wash, wash!

While outside at the CDLL, the children got the opportunity to learn to wash the baby dolls with soap and water. The children also got the opportunity to hang dry the clothes using clothes pins and a drying rack. There was soap bottles, babies, clothes pins, clothes, and a drying rack made available for the children to use their imaginations.

Teaching Strategy: Objective 36: Explores drama through actions and language 
June 14, 2016 


Pine Room Fun!

Pine Room Fun!

We have new beach items in the Pine Room this week!  Many children have come to enjoy these activities and engage in socio-dramatic (pretend) play with the flippers, pool, visors, beach chair, and floaties.  The Pine Room also has an ice cream shop where the children collect money and deliver ice cream to their customers.

 "I'm drinking lemonade in the pool because it's hot." -Alison

"What flavor would you like?" -Tegan

 June 14, 2016
Teaching Objective #14: Engages in sociodramatic play

Monday, June 13, 2016

Ohh, Slime!

How Can Children Manipulate Different Textures

Today in the Walnut room, there was a new texture for the children to manipulate at the texture table. This week, it is blue ocean slime! The children were describing the different ways that the slime felt to them. The children manipulated it by stretching it, burying things in it, and creating things with it. A teacher asked some students how the slime felt to them.

"It feels wet and sticky!" Divine

"It's sort of bouncy! It makes my hands feel cold." Andrew

Teaching Strategy #3: Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations

Monday Madness

Monday Madness!!

June 13, 2016

In the Pine room today, the children came into school with a new setting. A beach theme has been created to really kick start that summer feeling. At the "beach" they can swim in the kiddie pool (pretend), they can look for seashells and they can even lay out on the beach on their beach towels. The children really enjoyed this new setting and it seemed to really put a smile on their faces :)

"I want to swim!"- Brody

"Look at the flippers!"- Ayrez

Teaching Strategy: 11; demonstrates positive approaches to learning

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sawing away!

In the Maple room the children have been working on cutting through wood blocks with a saw. The children have been so close for two weeks! Today Charlie and Ashtin worked very hard to break through. Ashtin ended up breaking through one of the blocks and was so excited! Charlie and Hunter were so excited for Ashtin! Ashtin decided to continue and try to break through the other block. After much sawing he finally did it! Sarah took the sawed off pieces to the other wood working table and began to hammer them.

"We're so close on this one!" - Charlie

"I'm going to break through this one too!" - Ashtin

"I did it!" - Ashtin
"Hunter, look! He sawed all the way through it!" - Charlie
"We need new wood! - Hunter

"This is perfect to build a house with!" - Sarah 
Teaching Strategies Gold: Objective #28 Science and Technology - uses tools and other technology to perform tasks

Happy Thursday!

Recently, us teachers have added an ice cream shop in the Pine room since summer is right around the corner. It has been a big hit with all the children. Everyday we see children lining up to buy some ice cream. They get to choose four different flavors of ice cream. The children go above and beyond with their imaginations when at the ice cream shop. A lot of the children seem to love it. 

"What flavor would you like?"
- David

"Here you go! Enjoy your day!"

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Teaching Strategy: #10 Use appropriate conversational and other communication skills

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Water fun!

Water fun!

          Today in the Walnut Room we played with blue and red water. We got to play with the colors and how they mixed. We used turkey basters, graduated cylinders and funnels to transport the water.
Children said that they felt like they were doing  experiments.

Teaching Strategies- Objective 24: Using scientific inquiry skills 

Police day!

  Happy Tuesday!

   Today we had the privilege of having the Central Michigan University police officers stop by! There were four officers they allowed the students,staff, and parent visitors to try on hats and different uniforms. After the assembly the student had the opportunity to go into the police vehicles and honk the horn and use the Syrians! Overall everyone had a great day and an exciting lunch eating with the police officers and parent volunteers. Thank you to everyone who came!

"I feel so cool!" -Micah

                                          "Police offers save puppies and kitties!"- Zoey H.

                                                     "I wanna be a cop one day!"-Divine

Family Fun

Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday!!!

June 8th, 2016

Today some of the children had the opportunity to go on a picnic with their families. They created a story of their own with their own words and their own pictures. They began by listening to the story underneath the Maple tree in the shade. Once the story was finished they sat down on blankets and had lunch together, especially enjoying the dirt cups the children had made the day before. After lunch everybody spent the rest of the time playing games and having a good time with one another.

"Look I'm in the middle." - Lila Beau 

"The dirt is made of Oreo's. Not real dirt." - Stephen 
"I'm going to beat you Dad."- Stephen 
"Here is a piece of grass. It was right on my sandwich."- Anaya 
Teaching Strategy: Social-Emotional; Establishes and sustains positive relationships  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June 7th- Sand Slime!

"That's a puddle" -Angela
"It's slimy" -Trevor
 "They have to dump it (the sand slime) right here" -Angela

June 7, 2016

This week, we have had sand slime for the children to manipulate and explore in the Walnut Room! Some have come to discover they do not like the cold, sticky feeling, while others have loved stretching the material, driving dump trucks through it and pretending scenarios with it.

Teaching Objective #6: Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills

Monday, June 6, 2016

Inventive Painting

Today in the CDLL, the children used balls dipped in whatever color paint they chose. They put the balls into a cardboard tube with a piece of paper in it. After the ball was put into the tube, the children got to roll it around to spread the paint across the paper. 

Teaching Strategy: Objective 33: exploring the visual arts 
June 6, 2016 

Phenomenal Parachute

June 6th, 2016

Happy Tuesday!

"Let's move it super, super fast!" -Ashtin 

Today Mrs. Kauppi and Mrs. Bristley's small groups spent time in the Zen Garden playing with the parachute. The children were able to explore moving the parachute at different speeds, jumping while holding the parachute, and throwing balls onto the parachute. 

"It's fast!" -Aira

"I can hide under it!" -Angela

Learning Strategies: Objective 6- Demonstrates gross motor manipulative skills

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Picnic Fun

Thursday Thursday Thursday!!!

June 2nd, 2016

Today we took a little adventure to the Maple Tree. The children had the chance to have a picnic, sing a song walking around the tree, use hula hoops and just have some fun. They jumped from hula hoop to the next and swung it on their arms too! They wanted to spread them far away from each other so it was more of a challenge for them. 

"Look at me. It's spinning so fast on my arm."- Stephan 
"We can play with the hula hoop together Lila Beau!"-Anaya
"We love the Maple tree."- James
"Woah, that was a huge jump!"- Jonathan

Teaching Strategy: Physical; Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills