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The Week of the Young Child is hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) every April to celebrate early learning, young children, their teachers, and their families. This year the Week of the Young Child is April 16-20, 2018.
Each day of the week has a unique theme. Use these ideas to keep the celebration going all week long, and visit https://www.naeyc.org/events/woyc to learn more!
Music Monday, April 16
Music is an important tool to help young children learn. It supports language acquisition, math skills, physical development, social and emotional development, and so much more! Incorporate more music into your child’s life with these tips:
Tasty Tuesday, April 17
Young children need healthy food and plenty of physical activity. Cooking together also fosters learning in the areas in math, literacy, and science. Try out some of these simple recipes:
Work Together Wednesday, April 18
The more you work together, build together, and play together, the more your child learns. Young children learn through responsive interaction with caregivers. That means you can help your child learn by playing with him. Try these ideas:
Artsy Thursday, April 19
The process of creating art stimulates all areas of development for young children – social and emotional development, language, mathematics, spatial reasoning, physical dexterity, and so much more! The best kinds of art projects for young children are open-ended, meaning the focus is on the process of creating rather than getting a final product. Explore art opportunities with these tips:
Family Friday, April 20
Families are the first and most important teachers in the lives of young children. Family Friday is a time to celebrate your family's unique story, and to focus on building your family's strengths. Alaska's Strengthening Families initiative promotes five "protective factors" that make a family strong and reduce the risk of child maltreatment. These protective factors are:
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