Week of the Young Child is one of my favorite weeks. It is a week where you can spend extra time appreciating the little bit of learning that happen in every day life. For 2018, NAEYC Week of the Young Child is April 16-20. NAEYC is The National Association for the Education of Young Children, which you can read more about, here. In this post I have compiled a list for Week of the Young Child Activities you can do!
Week of the Young Child gives parents and educators to come together to celebrate their children. Not that we don’t celebrate and focus on them anyway. 😉 The themes for 2018’s Week of the Young Child is Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday. You can see NAEYC’s explanation of each day by clicking this link.
Week of the Young Child Activities
Music Monday – April 16th
With music you can focus on math and/or literacy! Take this Monday to focus on learning a new counting song, singing your favorite song, or making your own song! You can also create your own instruments! With these instruments you can practice keeping a beat or matching a rhythm.
Tasty Tuesday – April 17th
I don’t know about you, but my kiddos LOVE food! Use Tuesday to celebrate food! Let them participate in cooking part of their lunch or snack. You could also let children measure their food which incorporates math concepts. There are a lot of science experiments you can do with food. Why not build vocabulary buy tasting food? NAEYC mentions that this day is all about because healthy so you can also incorporate a lot of movement. The best place to move around? Go outside! There are many benefits of outside play which you can read about here.
Work Together Wednesday – April 18th
The best way to work together is to build! Take the beginning of the week to plan out the building using journals. Everyone will be on the same page. When it is time to build, refer to the drawings, make this experience meaningful when working together! Build with on specific material, or build with a lot of materials! The choice is up to you! We love to build!
Artsy Thursday – April 19th
When I think of young children and art I think of mess. But not the kind of mess that makes you cringe. The kind of mess that makes you smiles because you know the children got something out of it. It was a meaningful experience for them. I personally love process art over product art. The main difference is process art focuses on the process, the final product is up to the children. Product art is more procedural, where children have to follow steps to match an already created product. This link has 50 different ideas for process art!
Family Friday – April 20th
Children love their families. Do you remember being in school and being SO excited that mom, dad, or grandparents came to help or visit. It was the best day. Use this day to incorporate families into your day. Have a sack lunch day for parents to join in on. Bring in pictures or draw pictures of families to talk about as a group. This is a great way to build a community in the classroom.
You don’t have to do all of these Week of the Young Child Activities and you don’t have to do them in order! Do them in a way that works for you and your children. On their page they remind you to share your images on their Facebook page at tweet them using #woyc18.
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