Week of the Young Child 2018


Child Led Play / Saturday, April 21st, 2018

I’ve celebrated the Week of the Young Child for the past 6 years. Even though I don’t follow the daily themes, I do try to celebrate and appreciate children and their accomplishments more than I normally do. You can read my post about Week of the Young Child here. For Week of the Young Child 2018 we spent time enjoying the sunshine. The warm weather is starting to break through and we are enjoying every minute of it!

Being outside presents less behavior issues, a lot of gross motor practice, and smiles on everybody’s face! I love giving children the chance to explore nature, run around, trip, climb, and roll around. Playing outside forces children to use all of their senses while playing which makes learning more meaningful! There are so many other benefits of playing outside by clicking here.

NAEYC’s themes for this year were Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday. I think we touched on all of the themes…just not in order. 🙂

Week of the Young Child 2018 Week in Review

Music Monday

This was actually Friday. Out kiddos decided to push one of the slide underneath the wind chime. They turned it into a game, the louder and crazier the chimes were being played, the crazier the game got. I like having the slide underneath because then I don’t need to lift all of the kids up to play with the wind chimes.

Week of the Young Child 2018 | Playland Preschoolers

Week of the Young Child 2018 | Playland Preschoolers

Week of the Young Child 2018 | Playland Preschoolers

 

Tasty Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday was the hardest for me. On NAEYC’s website they mention that tasty Tuesday is about being healthy. You don’t have to try new foods, but being active is also a great way to celebrate. This week we definitely became more active than normal. Getting outside has been so beneficial for all of us.

Week of the Young Child 2018 | Playland Preschoolers

 

Work Together Wednesday

We work together most days while we’re playing. I tried to make extra effort to photograph these moments rather than focusing on one person. Being outside, the kids love to play this game where they get “stuck” on the hill. The others rush down to save them and help them up!

Week of the Young Child 2018 | Playland Preschoolers

Week of the Young Child 2018 | Playland Preschoolers

Artsy Thursday

We do some bit of art every day, sometimes it is just coloring. Which is okay because “just coloring” improves fine motor and pencil grip. All is needed for early literacy skills! When we were coloring in our journals we had friends teaching each other how to make the first letters of their name.

Week of the Young Child 2018 | Playland Preschoolers

Week of the Young Child 2018 | Playland Preschoolers

 

Family Friday

Now for this I had things planned, but with the weather being so nice I just wanted to be outside as much as possible. We have a few siblings in our group and I love seeing how much they love and appreciate each other.

Week of the Young Child 2018 | Playland Preschoolers

 

How did you celebrate Week of the Young Child? Let me know in the comments!

 

If you enjoyed this, check out these other bloggers!

The Repurposed Nanny – She has bits of everything from DIY, Lifestyle, Kids, Recipes, and Decor.

The Playful Learner – Words cannot express how much I love Amber’s blog. She sees childhood and learning just like I do! A time to play and explore through play. I urge you to check out her blog!

Fairy Dust Teaching – A preschool teacher who teaches with a Reggio mindset. I LOVE her classroom set up that she shares.

The Kavanaugh Report – This is a Montessori blog. Nicole, the author, is a mother of young children and exposes them to practical life skills such as cutting with a knife at age 1.

 

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