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Week of the Young Child: WOYC 2018

Welcome to the Week of the Young Child Guide!

Welcome to the Week of the Young Child Guide

2018 theme for Week of the Young Child:

Celebrating Our Youngest Learners Through S.T.E.A.M.

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics)

April 16-20, 2018

Featured Book

The Most Magnificant Thing by Ashley Spires

For her story of a girl’s ambition to build “the most magnificent thing,” Spires draws her towing a red wagon full of random junk. “The girl saws and glues and adjusts. She stands, examines and stares. She twists and tweaks and fastens.” Shadowed by her stubby bulldog assistant, she hits a roadblock, and her frustration grows: “Her hands feel too big to work and her brain is too full of all the not-right things.” It’s the bulldog that realizes that his boss needs a break. In the act of taking a walk, her mind clears: “Bit by bit, the mad gets pushed out of her head.” The “magnificent thing” turns out to be a bulldog-size sidecar for her scooter. It’s a useful description of the creative process, an affirmation of making rather than buying, and a model for girl engineers.   ~ Kirkus Reviews

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

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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#

Rasmussen College Brings S.T.E.A.M. to the Early Childhood Classroom

WOYC Webinar Series

What:  STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math,  While these subjects seem lofty for young children to grasp, there are ways in which we can incorporate some challenging activities in our youngest students. Young children may not be ready to understand multiplication or how computers work, but they can develop a strong foundation for future learning by exploring STEAM skills and concepts through play and discussion, then applying those skills through more play.  This presentation will connect everyday activities to STEAM concepts as well as learning standards and outcomes

Who:  Teresa McKay, MEd, Instructor, Rasmussen College

When:  Tuesday, April 17th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Central Daylight Time)

Where:   To join the webinars, follow this link to register in advance. Your webinar access details will be emailed to you.

Did you miss the webinar?  View the webinar archive here.

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

Information coming soon!

*For more information about these events, contact Kristen Walley

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Monday, April 16th, 10am-12noon, New Horizon Academy, 2381 108th Lane, Blaine
    • Tuesday, April 17th, 9:45-11:45 a.m., TutorTime, 1570 109th Avenue NE, Blaine
    • Thursday, April 19th, 10am-12noon, Primrose, 2303 124th Court NE, Blaine

*For more information about these events, contact Alena Long.

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Wednesday, April 18th, 11:00 am, New Horizons
    • Wednesday, April 18th, Casa De Corazon, Edina
    • TBD, Rasmussen College, Bloomington campus

*For more information about these events, contact Holly Engler.

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Monday, April 16th, Little Angel's Learning Center, 7624 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park
    • Tuesday, April 17th, People Serving People, 614 S. 3rd St., Minneapolis

*For more information about these events, contact Wosata Mitchell.

  • Story Time & Wonder Weavers
    • Monday, April 16th, New Horizons Academy, 3510 Federal Drive, Eagan
  • Story Time & Book Raffle In the Community
    • Monday, April 16-Friday April, 20th, Eagan YMCA, 550 Opperman Dr., Eagan
    • Monday, April 16-Friday, April 20th,  Child Development Center at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, 3545 Blue Cross Rd., Eagan
    • Monday, April 16-Friday, April 20th,  Kindercare, Eagan

*For more information about these events, contact Alexis Wittling

Information coming soon!

*For more information about these events, contact Barbi Piekarski

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Monday, April 16th, 10 am, Messina Daycare
    • Tuesday, April 17th, 10 am, Bobby Noonan
    • Wednesday, April 18th, 10 am, Wellington Academy

*For more information about these events, contact Carol Hanna.

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Monday, April 16, 10:00 - 10:30 am, Kindercare (1.5-2 yo & 3 yo classrooms), Green Bay
    • Tuesday, April 17, 4:30 - 5:00 pm, Just4Kids, Green Bay

*For more information about these events, contact Jenn Endries.

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Monday, April 16th, 10:00-10:30am, Little Minds Preschool, 470 Imperial Avenue N, Oakdale
    • Tuesday, April 17th, 9:00-9:30am, Little Sprouts, 1123 Weir Drive, St.Paul

*For more information about these events, contact Lindsay Medin.

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Thursday, April 19th, Mt. Calvary Academy, 3111 E. Wilder Avenue, Tampa
    • TBD, Sugar and Spice Preschool of Lexington Oaks, 26312 Lexington Oaks, White Chapel
  • In-service Workshop: STEAM Everyday in the Early Childhood Classroom
    • Thursday, May 3, 6:00-8:00 pm, Land of Lakes Campus, Room 102 - By invitation

*For more information about these events, contact Toby King.

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Wednesday, April 18th, 10:00-10:30am, Our Little World Daycare Center, Birkdale Drive, Mankato
    • Thursday, April 19th, 10:00-10:30am, Little Stars Daycare Center, 300 Madison Avenue, Mankato
    • Friday, April 20th, 3:30-4:00pm, Cada House, 100 Stadium Court, Mankato

*For more information about these events, contact Shelby Ketchmark.

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Monday, April 16th, 10:00-10:30 am, Kindercare South Holland, 17025 South Park Avenue, South Holland

*For more information about these events, contact Qiana Holmes

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Thursday, April 19th, 10:45-11:45am, New Horizons, 8500 office building, 8300 Norman Center Drive, Suite 300, Bloomington

*For more information about these events, contact Karen Ginn

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Tuesday, April 17th, 5:00-5:30pm, Metropolitan Ministries, 3214 Highway 19, Holiday
    • TBD by Student, Storybook on the Ridge, Inc., 6926 Ridge Road, New Port Richey
  • In-service Workshop: STEAM Everyday in the Early Childhood Classroom
    • Wednesday, April 25th, 6:00-8:00 pm, New Port Richey campus, Room 209.  By invitation only.

*For more information about these events, contact Daniel Perez

  • Story Times in the Community
    • Monday, April 16th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Kinderoo Childcare, 5180 SW 60th Avenue, Ocala  
    • Tuesday, April 17th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., All About Kids, 1164 S. Lecanto Hwy., Lecanto
    • Tuesday, April 17th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., All Stars Child Care, 2441 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala

Contact Kirsten Owens for more information.

 

Information coming soon!

*For more information about these events, contact Etta Steed

  • 7th Annual WOYC Family Fun Fair
    • ‚ÄčApril 21, 2018, 10:00am - 1:30pm, Heartland Community Church, 1280 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford
    • Rasmussen College will have a booth at the fair. The book "The Most Magnificant Thing!" will be showcased along with a children's activity. 

 

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Wednesday, April 18, 10:15-11:00 am, Circles of Learning, Rockford
    • Friday, April 20, 9:00 - 9:30 am, First Step Learning, Belvidere
    • Friday, April 20, 4:00 - 4:30 pm, First Step Learning, Belvidere
    • TBD, Trinity, Rockford

 

For more information contact Heidi Stocking.

Information coming soon!

*For more information about these events, contact Chelsey Ballard.

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Monday, April 16th, 9:00-10:00am, Bright Child Development Center, 110 6th Avenue, Princeton
    • Athlos Academy, 3701 33rd St., St. Cloud TBD
    • Catholic Charities.  TBD
    • St. Cloud Public Library, TBD

*For more information about these events, contact Yolanda Olive.

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Wednesday, April 18th, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Rosa Valdez Center and Lab School,
    • TBD by Student, La Petitie Academy, 808 W. Bloomingdale Avenue, Brandon
  • In-service Workshop: STEAM Everyday in the Early Childhood Classroom
    • Thursday, April 26th, 6:00-8:00 pm, Tampa/Brandon Campus, Room 103.  By invitation only.

*For more information about these events, contact Lisa Sand

Information coming soon!

*For more information about these events, contact Jay Loschke

  • Story Times In the Community
    • Tuesday, April 17, 9:15 - 9:45 am, New Testament Christian Academy, Merrill
    • Tuesday, April 17, 9:45 - 10:15 am, New Testament Christian Academy, Merrill
    • Tuesday, April 17, 9:30 - 10:00 am, Trinity Lutheran, Wausau
    • Tuesday, April 17, 10:00 - 10:30 am, Trinity Lutheran, Wausau
    • Thursday, April 19, TBD, Mountain Bay, Wausau

*For more information about these events, contact Angie Wells

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NAEYC's Daily Activities

Music Monday! April 16, 2018
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 17, 2018

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 18, 2018

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 19, 2018

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 20, 2018

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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WOYC eBooks

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S.T.E.A.M. Videos

Watch this short video from Teacher Tube for a introduction to S.T.E.A.M. in the early childhood classroom.

Click on the image below to access three videos created by Zero to Three.

Click on the image below to access information for parents and educators about young children and screen time.

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WOYC Articles

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School of Education Guide

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