Week of the Young Child 2016

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.  We are celebrating the Week of the Young Child at Partners in Learning April 11 through April 15. week of the young child 2

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Music Monday!   April 11, 2016

Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills – All while having fun and being active! This year’s song is “One Love,” as performed by Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus. You can record the song with the official lyrics, or make up your own unique version and share it on NAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag#woyc16.

TRY THIS: Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.

Music resources for families and teachers
NAEYC For Families also has a great collection of family-friendly songs and musicians to inspire more ways to learn with music!

Taco Tuesday   April 12, 2016

Healthy eating and fitness at home and school

This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and salsa. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom by creating your own healthy tacos and then share the recipes and photos of your creations onNAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc16. Your unique recipe could even end up in our new WOYC Taco Tuesday Cookbook!

Taco Tuesday is sponsored by our friends at Bright Horizons.

TRY THIS: Measure your ingredients while making your tacos! Ask children if they’d like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.

For more fun ideas on how to incorporate Taco Tuesday into your classroom activities, check out how one NAEYC-accredited center prepared for the day!
Cooking and nutrition resources for families and teachers

Work Together Wednesday   April 13, 2016

Work together, build together, learn together

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any building material–from a fort of branches on the playground to a block city in the classroom, or a hideaway made from couch pillows at home Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC’s Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc16 hashtag.

Work Together Wednesday is sponsored by our friends at Walden University.

TRY THIS: Practice organizing blocks by size! Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on top!

‘Building Together’ resources for families and teachers

Artsy Thursday   April 14, 2016

Think, problem solve, create

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials – from crayons to paint, clay to crafts! Create and share a photos of your children’s creations on NAEYC’s Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc16hashtag.

TRY THIS: Bring art outdoors! Offer dark and light paper, chalk and pastels, and suggest children create their own versions of the day and night sky!

Open-ended art resources for families and teachers

Family Friday   April 15, 2016

Sharing family stories

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers.  Share pictures and stories about your family on NAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc16 as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children’s learning and development.

TRY THIS: Invite parents for a Family Friday breakfast, where children can prepare and share breakfast treats with their families!

Resources for engaging and celebrating families 

 

For examples of WOYC celebrations and activities, please check out the highlights from last year’s celebration.

By participating in this event and posting video and/or photos, you are representing that you have written permission from each person in the video and/or photos, and if a child, written permission from the child’s parent or legal guardian, to post the video and/or photos and use the likeness of such person therein. By posting the video and/or photos, you grant NAEYC the right to use the video and/or photo and/or any portion thereof in any manner it so chooses, including, without limitation, posting or sharing the video on NAEYC’s website, Facebook page or Twitter account. 

 

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