Every year, the National Association for Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) celebrates early learners, parents, and teachers through a week-long celebration called the Week of the Young Child.
This year's celebration will be April 11–15, 2016, and all children throughout the country are invited to celebrate!
In keeping with tradition, every day during WOYC has a special theme:
- Music Monday - encourages children to enjoy songs, dances, rhythms, and movement at home and at school.
- Taco Tuesday - inspires kids and family members to prepare and eat healthy foods and stay physically fit. This day is really about more than just tacos!
- Work Together Wednesday - gives children an opportunity to work together to build something fun--from any material, indoors or out.
- Artsy Thursday - allows kids to use their own creativity and imaginations as they create an art project.
- Family Friday - brings families together and invites kids to show and tell their family stories.
Imagine Learning Resources to Use During WOYCDo your kids use Imagine Learning in their pre-K or early elementary class? If so, now's the perfect chance to use some extra-fun resources that match the Week of the Young Child themes.
If you're a teacher, you probably already know how to access the Teacher Resources page through the portal login. Just enter your password and you're there!
Now, here's how you can use activities and printables during Week of the Young Child:
- Music - You've got songs to sing, dances to try, and rhymes to create! To get started, click on the ABC/Print Concepts button. You'll be directed to the category of "Chants and Songs." Kids who are learning the alphabet can sing a long to our AEIOU song, Soup ABC song, Space ABC song--and many others. Look for other songs under the Speaking and Listening button, or watch and hear other song videos on our Imagine Learning YouTube page.
- Rhymes - Playing with rhyming words can be another fun activity for your Music Monday. Just click on Phonological Awareness and look for the Rhyme category. Experiment with "Introduction to Rhyme," and then see how well you do on "Identify Rhyming Words." Want to make a word book? Use our free 'Rhyming Words' printable.
- Cooking - Before you can measure ingredients to make your tacos, you might need to practice counting. It's fun and easy when you visit the "Counting Song" under "Chants and Songs" (see no. 1, above). If you want to help a monster get something to eat, why not play "Monster Blend"? Just click on Phonological Awareness, and then on Onsite-Rime Blending to find this engaging activity.
- Building - What will you build on Work Together Wednesday? A group of kids can assemble giant puzzle pieces into a puzzle, or build a fort outdoors--but did you know you can also make your own book and write a story in it? Just click the Reading Lessons button in the activity menu, followed by Read-Along Books. Then you'll see how to "Make Your Own Book." If you don't have access to Imagine Learning, here's our free "Make Your Own Book" printable.
- Art - Just in time for Artsy Thursday, why not try to "Color a Letter Picture"? You'll find this activity under the ABC/Print Concepts button, followed by Letters. Click the alphabet letter you want to color, and you'll be directed to this activity. Use any color you like--or make up a new color of your own. Here's a free coloring page for the letter "D."
- Family - Tell your own family story! You can record family members talking at home, draw a picture of your family, or even write a story about your family. If you chose to make your own book (see above), you can write your story in the book you made.
Remember--you can access all these activities and printable resources any time during the year by logging in to the portal, where you can also find re-teaching lessons and other classroom activities. And don't forget to visit our blog again for other teaching and educational ideas.