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Week of the Young Child: WOYC2019

Welcome to the Week of the Young Child Guide!

Welcome to the Week of the Young Child Guide!

2019 theme for Week of the Young Child:

Celebrating our Youngest Learners: Supporting Social and Emotional Development and Learning

April 8 - 12, 2019

Featured Book

My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing

By Nick Ortner & Alison Taylor

“Do you have the magic breath?” begins this picture book focused on mindful breathing. “Let’s see... Take a deep breath in... and blow it out!” A bespectacled child blows out bright, swirling patterns of color, a bit like a dragon’s fiery breath. “The magic breath is special,” Ortner and Taylor explain. “It helps when you have too many thoughts running through your mind.” A second child breathes out through her nose while thinking about something that makes her happy: her magic breath carries over two spreads, blowing the seeds off a dandelion. Thinking happy thoughts isn’t always easy, especially after a hard day. A somber child rests his hands under his chin, milky pastel clouds dripping raindrops around him. Readers are invited to visualize their own happy thoughts to help push the sad ones away. ~ Publisher's Weekly

Story times and events will be held at Rasmussen College campuses, local child care centers, or other organizations. Contact your campus for further information!

NAEYC Daily Activities

Music Monday! April 8, 2019
Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - All while having fun and being active! Make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own, and share it on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc18

TRY THIS: Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.

Tasty Tuesday April 9, 2019

Healthy eating and fitness at home and school

This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Create your own healthy snacks and share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc18.

TRY THIS: Measure your ingredients while making your snacks! Ask children if they’d like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.

Work Together Wednesday April 10, 2019

Work together, build together, 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 playground to a block city in the classroom, or a hideaway made from couch pillows at home. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc18 hashtag.

TRY THIS: Practice organizing blocks by size! Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on top!

Artsy Thursday April 11, 2019

Think, problem solve, create

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills 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 a photos of your children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc18 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!

Family Friday April 12, 2019

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 #woyc18 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!

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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. http://www.naeyc.org/woyc/faq#

NAEYC Twitter Feed

View the latest WOYC events on the NAEYC Twitter feed!

WOYC Webinar Series

Please join us for a special webinar!

Live in the Moment: Mindfulness Practices for Early Childhood Educators

Wednesday, April 10th      7:30-9:00pm (Central)

Presented by

Mary Muhs, M. Ed., Department Chair-Rasmussen College

Alison Partridge, Director of Program Development - The Tapping Solution Foundation

In this Week of the Young Child webinar, participants will discover the importance of practicing mindfulness when working with young children.  Learn to explain mindfulness and its benefits to both children and adults.  Practice mindfulness techniques and adopt practices into your daily routine which can help you recover calm and focus while living in the moment.

Click here to join the Webinar!

WOYC Rasmussen College Events - Select a campus from the tabs below

Information coming soon!

  • Storytimes in the Community

 

  • Storytimes in the Community
    • Tuesday, April 9th          New Horizon
    • Thursday, April 11th       Primrose

 

  • Storytimes in the Community
    • Monday, April 8              Normandale Hills Elementary
    • Wednesday, April 10      New Horizons
    • Multiple days                  Eden Prairie Little Eagles Preschool
    • TBD                                Cornerstone Advocacy Center
  • Campus Event
    • Wednesday, April 10th     Live in the Moment event

 

  • Storytimes in the Community
    • Tuesday, April 9th      New Horizons (Boston Scientific)
    • Tuesday, April 9th      New Horizons (Champlin)
    • Tuesday, April 9th      New Horizons (Maple Grove)

 

  • Storytimes in the Community
    • Tuesday, April 9th     FourSquare Preschool and Daycare
  •  Campus Event
    • Monday, April 8th      Wonder Weavers 

Information coming soon!

  • Storytimes in the Community

 

  • Storytimes in the Community
    • Monday, April 8th           Messina Daycare
    •                                        Bobby Noonan
    • Tuesday, April 9th          Wellington Academy

Information coming soon!

  • Storytimes in the Community

 

  • Storytimes in the Community
    • Tuesday, April 9th            Little Minds
    • Wednesday, April 10th     Worlds Around Us Childcare Learning Center
    • Thursday, April 11th          Little Sprouts

 

  • Storytimes in the Community
    • TBD                   Ashley Brill Family Child Care Home

 

  • Storytimes in the Community
    • Monday, April 8th            Trinity Daycare
    • Tuesday, April 9th           Our Little World
    • Wednesday, April 10th    Little Stars

Information coming soon!

  • Storytimes in the Community

Information coming soon!

  • Storytimes in the Community

 

  • Storytimes in the Community
    • Tuesday, April 9th          Metropolitan Ministries Outreach Center

 

  • Storytimes in the Community
    • Skylark Head Start
    • Thelma Griffith Center
    • First Steps Preschool

Information coming soon!

  • Storytimes in the Community

Information coming soon!

  • Storytimes in the Community
  • Storytimes in the Community
    • Tuesday, April 9th             Kindercare
    • Wednesday, April 10th     Rockford Day

Week of the Young Child Family Fun Fair at Heartland Community Church on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

This event is sponsored by Rasmussen College, and focuses on children ages birth through age 8. There will be child-centered resources and activities including: face painting, a bounce house, character appearances, a magician, and so much more!

We can’t wait to celebrate with you and your family!

 

Information coming soon!

  • Storytimes in the Community

 

  • Storytimes in the Community
    • Monday, April 8th             Tot Shop
    • Wednesday, April 10th     Campus Playhouse
    • Wednesday, April 10th     Playhouse

Information coming soon!

  • Storytimes in the Community

Information coming soon!

  • Storytimes in the Community

 

  • Storytimes in the Community
    • Monday, April 8th           St. Francis Xavier
    • Monday, April 8th           St. Michael
    • Wednesday, April 10th   Mosinee Elementary
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Focus: Social and Emotional Development in Young Children

Mindfulness Activities

Mindfulness Classroom Activities for Young Children

  • Deep breathing exercise (5 minutes)
    • ​Ask students to put both hands on their belly
    • Ask students to look down at their hands
    • Guide students in taking three long slow deep breaths and ask if they can feel their hands move.
      • ​TIP: Count "1-2-3" deep breath in and "1-2-3" deep breath out
    • Consider asking the following questions:
      • What is moving in your hands?  Is air filling up your lungs?
      • Can you feel air moving through your nose?
      • Can you hear your breath?
      • What does it sound like?

  • Breathing Hands (2 minutes)
    • Spread one hand out like a star.
    • Use the index finger of the other hand to trace the outline of the "star" hand
    • Take a deep breath in as you trace to the top of your thumb
    • Take a deep breath out as you trace to the space between your thumb and index finger
    • Continue breathing in and out until you trace your entire hand

  • Glitter Bottle (5 minutes)
    • Make glitter bottles
      • Fill a plastic bottle with water leaving about 3/4 to 1 inch of space at the top.
      • Add a generous amount of glitter glue (PVC Glue and glitter) 
      • Seal bottle well 
    • Ask students to watch as you shake the bottle well to mix water, glue, and glitter
    • Say the following:
      • ​Imagine that the glitter is like your thoughts when you are stressed, mad, or upset.  See how they whirl around and make it hard to see clearly?  That's why it is so easy to make silly decisions when you are upset.  Don't worry, that's normal and it happens to all of us (yup, grown-ups too).
    • Put the bottle down in front of the students
      • Now watch what happens when you are still for a few moments.  Keep watching.  See how the glitter starts to settle and the water clears?  Your mind works the same way.  When you are calm for a little while, your thoughts start to see things more clearly.

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School of Education Guide

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