The Week of the Young Child Home Extensions
Have you ever heard of The Week of the Young Child? Well, it is a celebration created by NAEYC, our national accredited program, to highlight children; their education and early learning, their families, their community, and their teachers. Each day has a theme where the students will have activities, books, and projects to match that day’s theme. You can participate at home too! Be sure to post on your social media using tags #BeingaKidisFun and #woyc19 and show us how you and your child(ren) celebrate this special week.
April 8th Music Monday:
Music gives many people a way in which express feelings, and why should it be different for children? Give kids a musical outlet, try exploring music with your child by rerecording a song with your own lyrics, listening to a variety of genres from around the world, making and playing instruments, finding patterns in songs (such as patterns in rhythm and lyrics), by enjoying a dance party with your little ones. Young scholars has Spotify playlists that you can access.
April 9th Tasty Tuesday:
Today focuses on healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. Because young children do not have control over their food today is important to help build healthy habits that will hopefully last a life time. Prepare a healthy meal WITH you child and talk about the healthy foods you are using and how they grow. Want to learn more and check out many kid friendly recipes please check out https://www.choosemyplate.gov/recipes-cookbooks-and-menus . After dinner do some yoga with your child or go on a walk to the park. For some yoga ideas check out Cosmic Yoga on YouTube.
April 10th Work Together Wednesday:
Teamwork helps children to develop early skills needed to succeed in school. When children have an opportunity to make decisions, learn self-control, use their indignation and be spontaneous, it makes their play more meaningful and enjoyable. Work with your little ones to build something new. Try building with blocks to create towns, cars, flying robots and any other structure that came from a spark of imagination. Building a fort using extra sheets and blankets is a fun way to experience a family movie night. Whatever you choose to do, do it together with teamwork.
April 11th Artsy Thursday:
Open ended art projects five children a chance to make choices, get hand on experiences by creating, and use their imagination. Creating art can be as simple as coloring or painting with water colors to harder activities such as tie dye or creating mosaics. Think of an art project, maybe something that can hang in a special place in the house or something that can be used frequently such as a fruit bowl. A fun activity is splatter painting. Put on some clothes that can get dirty, hand a plastic table cloth on the fence, dip a paintbrush in paint and fling it at a canvas. It is something fun to do with the kiddos that will be a beautiful masterpiece when finished.
April 12th Family Friday:
Did you know that family plays a large role in not just a child’s life but their education? As a parent, you are the most important influence on your kiddo and their very first teacher. NAEYC and early childhood educators recognize this and applaud the role of family on learning. Every family has a story, why not create a video of you telling your child your story. As we grow our parent’s stories become a part of our stories. By recording your story, you create a lasting memory that your child can revisit for years. Take it a step further and share your family story time on social media so your extended family can also post and add to your story.
Above are some ideas to celebrate The Week of the Young Child #wyoc19 and #BeingaKidisFun. Please post and share how you celebrated your children this week.
Lead Early Preschool Teacher