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.
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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.
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!
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!
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!
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.