Week of the Young Child at Childcare Network

By: Symone Grady
The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). During this week (April 24-28) educators across the country are celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Childcare Network is happy to participate in this initiative every year as we are able to connect with our children and their families while celebrating educational successes. Below is an outline of the daily themes that will be celebrated at Childcare Network Schools all week long!

Monday April 24: Music Monday

                      iStock_64091357_LARGE.jpg Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills- All while having fun and being active! This year's Week of the Young Child theme song is "One Love," as performed by Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus! 

Tuesday April 25: Tasty Tuesday

                            iStock-146811707.jpg                           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, we can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom by creating healthy snacks and sharing the recipes and photos of your creations with families. 

Wednesday April 26: Work Together Wednesday

                    iStock-498769428.jpg                     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. 

Thursday April 27: Artsy Thursday

iStock-153009881-1.jpgChildren 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!

Friday April 28: Family Friday

                  iStock-97739997-1.jpg                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. Celebrate your families by inviting parents to your school for a Family Friday Breakfast to share stories and enjoy treats.

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