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All around the Hoosier state, Month of the Young Child activities are organized and promoted by members of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children, Inc. (Indiana AEYC).
All around the Hoosier state
All around the Hoosier state, Month of the Young Child activities are organized and promoted by members of the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children, Inc. (Indiana AEYC). As the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Indiana AEYC has 15 chapters with more than 2,000 members who are working to improve the lives of young children and those who care for and educate them.
NAEYC proclaims Week of the Young Child™, which focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families and recognizes the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. Week of the Young Child is a time to plan how we, as citizens of a community, a state, and a nation, will better meet the needs of all young children and their families. Week of the Young Child serves as a time to reaffirm our commitment, that every child experience the type of early environment that promotes learning. Across all environments, including at home, in childcare, in school, and the community.
Save the Date!
NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™ April 11-17, 2020
Take a look at the daily focus for the Week of the Young Child™
Make up and record your own unique version for each of these categories, and share it on NAEYC’s Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc20.
Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn
Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills – All while having fun and being active!
TRY THIS: Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.
Healthy eating and fitness 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.
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, 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.
TRY THIS: Practice organizing blocks by size! Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on top!
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!
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!
Sharing family stories
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.
TRY THIS: Invite parents for a Family Friday breakfast, where children can prepare and share breakfast treats with their families!