Welcome to the Week of the Young Child 2016 Guide!
If you have questions about this guide, please contact Cassie Sampson, Librarian for the Schools of Education and General Education, or Tammy Hopps, Learning Services Coordinator for the Schools of Education and General Education.
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2016 theme for Week of the Young Child:
Celebrating Our Youngest Learners!
April 10th - April 16th, 2016
Rasmussen University's theme:
Exploring the World Together Through Nature!
Check out NAEYC's Tweets for Week of the Young Child events and activities!
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.
The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families. https://www.naeyc.org/woyc/faq#
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Monday, April 11th: Music Monday
Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn! Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - All while having fun and being active! This year's song is "One Love," as performed by Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus. You can record the song with the official lyrics, or make up your own unique version and share it on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc16.
Try this: Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math! Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.
Tuesday, April 12th: Taco Tuesday
Healthy eating and fitness and home and school! This fun, food-themed day is more than just cheese and salsa. With the rise in childhood obesity, teachers and families can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Cooking together connects with math with literacy skills, science, and more. On Taco Tuesday create your own healthy tacos and then share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc16. Your unique recipe could even end up in the new WOYC Taco Tuesday Cookbook!
Try this: Measure your ingredients while making your tacos! Ask children if they'd like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.
Wednesday, April 13th: Work Together Wednesday
Work together, build together, and learn together! 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 school playground, a block city in the classroom, a hideaway made from couch pillows at home, to a lego creation. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the #woyc16 hashtag.
Try this: Practice organizing blocks by size! Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on the top.
Thursday, April 14th: Artsy Thursday
Think, problem solve, and create! Children develop creativity, social skills and fine muscles 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 photos of your child' creation on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the #woyc16 hashtag.
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.
Friday, April 15th: Family Friday
Sharing family stories! 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 #woyc2016 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!
Students and faculty and/or staff from the School of Education will hold story times and activity events featuring the book:
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Events will be held at local child care centers or other organizations. Contact your campus for further information.