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Week of the Young Child®

 

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April 10th - 16th 

 

Beginning Monday, April 12th - Friday, April 16th particpate in daily activities to celebrate Week of the Young Child®.  

 

What is Week of the Young child?

The Week of the Young Child® is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association, with nearly 60,000 members and a network of 51 Affiliates. 

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child® is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child® in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families. Find out more here

Music Monday

Music Monday is more than singing and dancing, it’s a way to encourage children to be active while developing their early literacy skills and having fun with friends and family!

Here's how you can participate in Music Monday:

  • Put the playlist on below and jam out with your little together! 
  • Using objects found in your home create musical instruments
  • Create drums using pots and pans 
  • Listen to music from around the world like: Folk, Salsa, Jazz, etc., 

Tasty Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday isn’t just about eating your favorite snacks together. It’s also about cooking together and connecting math with literacy skills and science while introducing ways to incorporate healthy habits into children’s lifestyles

 

Here's how you can participate in Tasty Tuesday;

  • Follow along to the video below and make your very own pizza! 
  • Try making a brand new recipe together
  • Have your little measure out all the ingredients for you

Work Together Wednesday

When children build together they experience teamwork and develop their social and early literacy skills. Grab some materials and create! 

Here's how you can participate in Work Together Wednesday:

  • Ask your little how they'd like to play today 
  • Put 10 min on the clock and go around your house gathering materials, then build something together 
  • Let your little make the play decisions 
  • Give them a random blank object, a pool noodle, a toilet paper tube, a wrapping paper tube, etc., and see how many different ways they can play with it. Then switch and you try
  • Try working together to create Stomp Rockets from Discovery Center

Artsy Thursday

Children develop creativity, social skills, and fine muscles with open-ended art projects that let them make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands.

 Here's how you can participate in Artsy Thursday:

  • Go to the library and grab a Take Home Craft
  • Go outside and play with sidewalk chalk 
  • Let your little finger paint and hang up their artwork 
  • Create your own art gallery with your little's artwork. Hang it up in various places of your home and walk around. You could even put out cheese and crackers and something to drink for the full effect.
  • Gather up art materials around your home and let your little create anything that comes to them

Family Friday

Parents and families are children’s first teachers. Family Friday focuses on engaging families to support our youngest learners.

You might be thinking, “I’m a parent, not a teacher.” The great news is, whether you’ve had training or not, you are your child’s first teacher.

 

Here's how you can participate in Family Friday:

  • Tell storiesStories can be something you make up or about your family traditions.
  • Go for a walk together and point out things that you see a bird, the trees, the sky Let your little point out things too
  • Read a story together or go to the library and pick a book out together. Let your little flip through on their own 
  • Let your little set the exploration, but safely 
  • Ask open ended questions "Oh you found a bug? What does it look like" Have them explain to you what they see
  • Let your little touch nature, safely Let them touch the bark, the moss, the grass, the water