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It is the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)'s Week of the Young Child. Today's theme is Work Together Wednesday.

Today is all about the learning that takes place when children play and interact with others. Young children learn through responsive interaction with caregivers. That means you can help your child learn by playing with him. Be engaged with your child's play and ask questions to encourage problem solving. The more you work together, the more your child learns. 

Activity: Create a Makerspace

An article by NAEYC discusses what making is and how to encourage making in the classroom. Do you have a makerspace in your classroom?

Gather boxes (packing, pizza, tissue, etc.), aluminum foil, wax paper, masking tape, and other miscellaneous items. Allow the child to determine what to create. Prompts might be a bird house, a toy store, or even an activity (i.e., how tall can you stack boxes before they fall down, what makes a box hinge together, how to make a bigger box with smaller pieces, etc). Work together to create something the child will learn by doing and experimenting. 

So today, take time to build something with your child. Remember to share it with us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17.

The first episode of The Raising of America will be available for free streaming from April 24-28 for the Week of the Young Child! If you haven't yet seen the ground-breaking documentary series on the importance of the early years, now is your chance. Invite your colleagues to watch too. To receive access to the first episode, please email with your full name, email, affiliation, and if you would like to join their monthly mailing list. 

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