Each year, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) acknowledges the importance of educating young children by holding a week-long celebration focused on the earliest learners and honoring those who teach them. This year (2021) is the 50th anniversary—an exciting milestone for this celebration of educating today’s young learners!
This national celebration, known as the Week of the Young Child (WOYC), gives early childhood programs, community organizers, and state and local affiliates an opportunity to host events and activities for early learners, teachers, and families.
Allegany County Early Childhood Education and Development Coalition has put together the following weeklong agenda of events for programs and families to implement and enjoy time together.
Join NAEYC for their kick-off virtual celebration at 7:00AM at NAEYC’s 2021 Week of the Young Child!® | Facebook.
Music Monday is more than singing and dancing, it is a way to encourage children to be active while developing their early literacy skills and having fun with friends and family!
Join our Facebook Page @AlleganyCountyEarlyChildhoodDevelopmentCoalition· Community Organization for children’s music videos throughout the day. Have a favorite song or video you would like to share? Post on our page and let the music play on!
Tasty Tuesday is not just about eating your favorite snacks together. It is also about cooking together and connecting math with literacy skills and science while introducing ways to incorporate healthy habits into children’s lifestyles. Use the tips, resources, and recipes below to get started.
- Tune in for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Tasty Tuesday food ideas. Find delicious recipes from SNAP-ED as we share their posts on our Facebook Page @AlleganyCountyEarlyChildhoodDevelopmentCoalition· Community Organization. Or explore more videos and ideas on their website: http://www.snapedny.org/.
- Explore the culture specific foods that the young children in your classroom[DB1] may enjoy at home. Connect with families by engaging them in the history and tradition of meals from their countries of origin. Consider having families share a story or recipe about their favorite dish and the history behind it. Introduce your class to new ingredients and discuss where they are grown. Create a recipe book using images the children draw and share the book with the community. The creative opportunities are as endless as the meals themselves.
- Share your families’ fun recipes on our Facebook page. Take a video or snap a photo of you and your child working together in the kitchen. What a fun way to share the love of food together.
Work Together Wednesday
When children build together, they experience teamwork and develop their social and early literacy skills. Grab some materials and create!
- Articles on Building Together[DB2] https://happytoddlerplaytime.com/cardboard-box-activities-crafts-for-kids/
- As a family, work together to make a blue pinwheel garden at your home in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month (April 2021). There is a how-to YouTube video on the Early Childhood Coalitions Facebook page to help guide you.
Children develop creativity, social skills, and fine muscles with open-ended art projects that let them make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands.
- Turn our Facebook Page @AlleganyCountyEarlyChildhoodDevelopmentCoalition· Community Organization into an art gallery by sharing your child or students’ artwork. Visit the site to explore Allegany County Head Start’s art and fun each day of Week of the Young Child.
Parents and families are children’s first teachers. Family Friday focuses on engaging families to support our youngest learners. Get outdoors with your kiddos and explore nature through a family scavenger hunt. Ideas can be found at https://themanylittlejoys.com/preschool-scavenger-hunts/
Submitted by Robin Fuller, M.Ed.
Allegany County Early Childhood Development Community Coalition Coordinator
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