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Taste Testing!

The five senses—hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch—help shape children’s development through the variety of experiences they encounter. So it is important for every age group to explore our 5 senses.  Each classroom at Care-a-lot Child Care provides a wide variety of sensory activities throughout the day.  It may be playing with maracas in the infant room, getting hands wet in the toddler room water table, manipulating sand with the preschoolers, or trying out the tastes of different cultural foods with the school-agers.

The school-agers in the Paradise room tasted a variety of foods regularly eaten in China, including seaweed, water chestnuts, and fortune cookies.  Some of the foods were better received than others, but we talked about each of the items to encourage their curiosity.

Exploring the sense of taste, identifying the properties of foods, and making observations are key components of science.  Because science requires making skillful observations using our senses, taste testing strengthens the skills we use to become active learners!

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Sensory Fun!

Young children are oriented towards sensory experiences. From birth, children learn about the world by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, and hearing. Sensory play also contributes in crucial ways to brain development. Stimulating the senses sends signals to children’s brains that help to strengthen neural pathways important for all types of learning.  Think of sensory play as “food for the brain.”

Our young toddlers enjoy sensory play with homemade ‘moon sand’, made from vegetable oil and flour. The children experience the feel of the ‘sand’ with their fingers and the properties of the ‘sand’ by scooping and pouring the media with spoons.  Fun and learning all in one!

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Water Play and Business!

The outside is a wonderful extension of the learning environment for children!  Care-a-lot kids take full advantage of the sun and warm days to enjoy plenty of water play and water games.

The school-agers planned and coordinated a most successful center car wash.  The business plan resulted in many happy customers and the kids found water play the perfect way to keep cool!

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Wild Wings Visit!

Our preschoolers and school-agers enjoyed an educational and fun field trip to Wild Wings! Wild Wings is a wildlife sanctuary focusing on birds of prey. These previously injured or abandoned “raptors” are unable to survive on their own in the wild.

Our tour guide, Mr. John, shared stories about how Wild Wings acquired or rescued each of the birds in their care. We learned many facts about a variety of species of birds. Did you know that if an owl can see you, then it can also hear your heartbeat?

The children were also face to face with Athena, the Bald Eagle. She has a wing span of over 7 feet! Unfortunately, because of a gun shot wound, Athena is no longer able to fly.

After learning about the birds and their habitat at Wild Wings, we took a hike on the trails of MendonPondsPark.  We were amazed by all that nature had to share with us!

 

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