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Week of the Young Child 2022: WOYC: 2016 Archive

Welcome to the Week of the Young Child Guide!

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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Celebrating Our Youngest Learners

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!

NAEYC's Twitter Feed

Check out NAEYC's Tweets for Week of the Young Child events and activities!

Eric Carle Pinterest Board

What is WOYC?

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.

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WOYC Webinar Series

Use the links below to register for the webinars and the webinar access details will be emailed to you.
A Natural Preschool - Marty Watson, Dodge Nature Preschool
Encouraging Risk and Adventure Play In Your Natural Outdoor Classroom - Tina Reeble, Nature Explore
Nature Play: Inside and Outside - Jan Merrill and Helen Meissner, Love to Grow On

5 Ways to Nurture your Nature - click through!

5 Ways to Nurture your Nature

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WOYC Rasmussen University Events - select a campus from the tabs below!

  • Family Fun Friday: Exploring the World Together Through Nature
    • Food, snacks, games, and activities all related to nature.
    • April 15th 12:00pm-4:00pm CST
    • Mokena Campus
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Home Daycare, Mokena Community Public Library District, Catholic Charities - St. John's Head Start Center - various dates and times.
  • Table event
    • A table will be set up at the Yong Child Resource and Family Event Fair.
    • April 14th @ 5:30pm-7:30pm CST
  • The Tiny Seed Reading Event
    • In partnership with Aurora Public Library, Rasmussen University will host story time for all ages. Read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and then plant and take home a tiny seed of your own!
    • April 12th @ 11:30am-2:30pm CST
    • Aurora Campus
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Educare, Family ChildCare Association, Rogy's Montgomery - various dates and times.
  • Plant the Seed
    • ​Children will be able to plant seeds.
    • Casa de Corazon, New Horizons, Sunflower Montessori - various dates and times.
  • Story Times in the Community
    • ABC Junction, Sunflower Montessori, New Horizons, Casa de Corazon - various dates and times. 
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Kindercare School, Loring Community School, Tutor Time - various dates and times. 
  • Snakes after Dinner
    • Rasmussen will be joining Dodge Nature Center's Snakes after Dinner event.
    • April 14th @ 6:30pm-8:00pm CST
  • School Relationship Building
    • Information about WOYC provided as well as give-aways of books and prizes.
    • Date, Time, and Location: TBD
  • Book Swap
    • Book swap on campus for students, employees, and community.
    • Fort Myers Campus
    • April 15th @ 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Tropic Isles Elementary, Wellington Academy, Bright Horizons, Bobby Noonan - various dates and times.
  • Career Exploration
    • Children will have the opportunity to explore all the different careers available on campus.
    • April 16th @ 10:00am-12:00pm CST
    • Green Bay Campus.
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Just 4 Kids Day Care, Holy Spirit Parish - various dates and times.
  • Snakes after Dinner
    • Rasmussen will be joining Dodge Nature Center's Snakes after Dinner event.
    • April 14th @ 6:30pm-8:00pm CST
  • Book Readings
    • Book reading at Excel Creative Learning Academy
    • April 15th
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Mt. Calvary Jr. Academy, Excel Creative, Hernando County Head Start Center - various dates and times. 

  • Information Booth
    • ​Information about WOYC as well and nature-based learning, tips, and fun facts will be displayed. 
    • April 11th and April 15th. All day event.
    • Blaine Campus
  • Story Time with Shelly Boyum-Breen
    • She is the author of Shelly Bean the Sports Queen Series. Fun activities for toddlers and preschool children.
    • April 14th @ 7:00pm CST 
    • Blaine Campus
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Small World CC, New Horizons, Learn and Grow, Jack and Jill Child Care Center, Christ Lutheran Preschool and Childcare - various dates and times.
  • Book Exchange
    • Exchanging of gently used children's books. 
    • April 11th @ 8:00am-6:30pm CST
    • Mankato Campus 
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Sam & Abe's Day Care Center, Lil Bee's Day Care Center, Our Little World, Giggles and Wiggles Day Care Center, Little Star's Day Care Center - various dates and times. 
  • Planting Seeds
    • Planting activity for preschoolers.
    • New Horizons Academy
    • April 13th @ 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Make and Take Planting Activity
    • Employees can participate in a planting activity where they can take home their own seeds to plant with their children. 
    • National Online Campus
    • April 14th @ 9:00am-5:00pm CST
  • Story Times in the Community
    • New Horizons Academy
  • In-Service Training: Supporting Children's Development through Nature
    • April 12th @ 6:00pm-8:00pm EST
    • New Port Richey Campus
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Mt. Calvary Jr. Academy, Peace Luthern Church and Preschool, Hernando County Head Start Center - various dates and times.
  • Coloring
    • Children will color flower designs to make their own art.
    • April 15th @ 10:00am-11:00am EST
    • Nana's Infant and Childcare Center & Building Blocks.
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Childhood Development Services, Leesburg Elementary School, Barnes and Noble - various dates and times.

Information coming Soon!

  • 5th Annual WOYC Family Fun Fair
    • Rasmussen is one of the two corporate sponsors for the event along with Swedish American Hospital and Ryan Jury Center. There will be about 25 vendors who will have child centered activities and resources. There will be a bounce house, magician, car seat checks, ice cream vouchers, and story time with Clifford the Big Red Dogg. Rassy will also make an appearance.
    • April 9th @ 10:00am-2:30pm CST
    • Heartland Community Church
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Lutheran School, Belvedere Elementary, Poplar Grove Elementary, Swan Hillmon Elementary - various dates and times.
  • Read and Plant
    • We will be reading The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and then planting our own tiny seeds. 
    • April 13th @ 11:30am-3:30pm CST
    • Romeoville Campus
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Creme De La Creme, Rogy's Learning Place - various dates and times.
  • First Steps Baby Expo
    • Rasmussen will have a table set up at this event
    • River's Edge Convention Center
    • April 16th @ 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Children's Book Drive
    • Will be accepting new or gently used children's books. The books collected will be donated to a local organization.
    • April 11th-April 15th
    • St. Cloud Campus
  • Story Times in the Community
    • Headstart, Bright Child Childcare Center, Gaetz Kiddie Kare, Fun Factory Childcare Center - various dates and times. 
  • Book Reading and Paper Flower Activity
    • April 11th 10:00am-12:00pm EST
    • Rosa Valdez Early Childhood Learning Center

Information coming soon!

  • Children's Fest
    • Community wide children's event. Rasmussen will have a table present.
    • April 9th @ 9:00am CST
  • Adopt a Classroom
    • The Wausau campus will be adopting two kindergarten classrooms. The will provide books and and activity with a resources to each student.

Out of the Classroom and into the Woods

NAEYC's Daily Activities

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.

Music resources for families and teachers

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.

Cooking and nutrition resources for families and teachers

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.

'Building Together' resources for families and teachers

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.

Open Ended Art resources for families and teachers

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!

Resources for engaging and celebrating families 

Featured Book

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.

WOYC eBooks

WOYC Websites

WOYC Articles

School of Education Guide

For more Early Childhood Education resources and support, be sure to visit the School of Education GuideClick here!