Making Music!

Infants love music and making noise! At the Canandaigua center, our infants have lots of fun making their own music with a variety of materials. The babies play music on pots and pans with wooden spoons and also use shakers for some added rhythm.

As the music is playing, teachers talk about what is being heard, whether it is loud or soft, high or low in sound.  Conversation also includes where the sound is being heard…through our ears; and where our ears are located on our heads.

Trying out different rhythms and beats, the babies also enjoy dancing to their music! Music offers many benefits to young children; it supports developing creativity, memory, mathematics, language, emotional intelligence and much more!

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Celebrating milestones is one of the many fun things we do at Care-a-lot! Many children join Care-a-lot when they are only infants and it’s our great pleasure and privilege to watch them learn and grow through the years. One of the biggest milestones that we celebrate with families is graduation day! At the end of each school year, the Pre-K, UPK and Kindergarten classrooms plan a graduation ceremony to celebrate all of the hard work and growth that has occurred during the school year.

The graduation ceremonies are short in length and very child friendly. The children sing songs, share their favorite moments from the school year, and then cross over a tiny bridge after they receive their certificate.  Families are invited to share treats in the classroom and snap pictures of the “graduates” with their teachers and friends. It’s always such a joy to see families beam with pride as they watch their child “graduate” to the next level!
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Paw Print Painting!

In learning about animals and the tracks that they make, the Greece preschoolers worked on creating their own paw prints!  With construction paper and a plate of tempera colors, the children explored making animal prints with paint!

This activity offers many experiential benefits!  Children can practice creating patterns with the tracts, exploring paw print shapes, and replicating on paper a visual form that they see.  Part of the lesson also included learning to recognize the animal tracks and matching them to the animal.

In addition to the animal tracks, this activity also provided an opportunity to explore paint as a medium.  Paint consistency affected their prints and the pressure they applied to the paper affected whether their prints were more defined or faint.  Multiple hands-on learning experiences were a part of the fun!

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