WOYC18 Girls playing outside

The Week of the Young Child™

This annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers, and families.

AzAEYC looks forward to celebrating #WOYC18 all over the state of Arizona! 

This year’s event is April 16–20, 2018.

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! Makeup and record your own unique version of a song or write your own, and share it on AzAEYC’s Facebook page, NAEYC’s Facebook page and 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

Enjoy healthy eating and fitness both 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 AzAEYC’s Facebook page, NAEYC’s Facebook page and 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 onshare it on AzAEYC’s Facebook page, NAEYC’s Facebook page and post to Twitter using the hashtag #WOYC18

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 AzAEYC’s Facebook page, NAEYC’s Facebook page and post to Twitter using the hashtag #WOYC18

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 together! 

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 AzAEYC’s Facebook page, NAEYC’s Facebook page and post to Twitter using the hashtag #WOYC18.  as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children’s learning and development.