April is the month young learners are celebrated! The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families.[i]
Festivities happen all week long. This year’s event is April 16-20th. Different themed activities include Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Friday. Each day brings opportunity to explore new ways to bond with your little ones and discover new skills. Although children will be doing many of these activities at school, it is fun for them to do them at home as well!
Music Monday: Take time to sing and dance with your children; make up your own songs or choreograph a dance together! Children can develop math, language and literacy skills all through music!
Tasty Tuesday: Encourage healthy eating and fitness habits at home! Cooking meals together connects math, literacy and science skills, as well as ensures proper nutritional value.
Work Together Wednesday: Work together and create or build something new! Make a pillow fort, an obstacle course or create a new game. Taking part in shared activities helps build social skills as well as problem solving abilities.
Artsy Thursday: Explore new mediums of art; use clay, paint or things found in nature and make murals or collages together. Open-ended art projects encourage imagination and fuel creativity!
Family Friday: A day to bond with your family over pictures, home videos or shared memories. Celebrating families is the heart of supporting all the young learners. Family members are the biggest roles in a child’s life.
Wearing purple shows support for the Week of the Young Child!