Week of the Young Child Activities & Resources
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Week of the Young Child®, sponsored by the National Association for Education of the Young Child (NAEYC).
According to the NAEYC, this weeklong celebration takes place every year “to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.”
We know how important the early years are for learning and that building a strong learning foundation is critical for a child’s future academic success. Taking the time to recognize all those involved in educating young children and think about what more we, both individually and collectively, can do to better educate these children can only help them.
How Can You Get Involved?
Participating in the Week of the Young Child is simple! As in years past, each day has a theme, starting on Saturday, April 10, and ending the following Friday, April 16:
- Kick-off Saturday: Use Saturday to plan for your week ahead. Check out the Week of the Young Child Activities available here, or come up with some of your own!
- Music Monday: Spend Music Monday incorporating music into your lessons, and encouraging literacy and math skills as they relate to music.
- Tasty Tuesday: Our favorite day! Cooking and baking involve reading comprehension, math skills, science, and working together. Spend Tuesday connecting with children, and have some delicious fun in the process.
- Work Together Wednesday: Celebrate teamwork and cooperation today, and help students develop social skills, listening skills, and early literacy skills.
- Artsy Thursday: Arts and crafts provide opportunities to develop creativity, fine muscles and hand–eye coordination, and social skills.
- Family Friday: And close out the week by connecting with your students and their families to better support our youngest learners, however we can.
Imagine Learning Resources for Week of the Young Child
Do you use Imagine Learning with your young students? If so, we have some fun resources for you that align with the Week of the Young Child themes!
- Make your Music Monday extra musical by checking out the many videos on the Imagine Learning YouTube channel. There, you’ll find songs about math, the alphabet and individual letters, and some options in Spanish, too!
- And don’t forget to have fun with rhyming! Within the Teacher Resources in Imagine Learning, click on Phonological Awareness and look for the Rhyme category, where you’ll find” Introduction to Rhyme” and “Identify Rhyming Words.” Or, do you want to make rhyming word books with your class? Check out our free Rhyming Words printable.
- Watching The Counting Song with your students is a perfect way to kick off Tasty Tuesday and practice counting skills, and follow that up by watching the Hungry Crocodile Song.
- What about helping other hungry monsters? Play Monster Blend with your students—found again under Phonological Awareness, under Onsite-Rime Blending—to have fun feeding a monster with your students.
- Did you know you and your students can make your own book, and then write a story to fill it? Check out our free “Make Your Own Book” printable to have fun working together to write your class story!
- It’s Thursday—how about some coloring? In Teacher Resources, under Print Concepts, you’ll find a section called Letter Practice. There you’ll find activities and coloring pages for all the letters of the alphabet. Or if you’re looking for a printable, here’s a free coloring page for the letter D.
- We’ve reached the end of this fun week—why not spend Friday sharing family stories? Talk to your family members and record them telling stories, and show students pictures and memorabilia from your own family. Then,ask your students to draw pictures of their families and write stories. You can put all these together to create a book—like the one you and your students built on Wednesday!
There are so many ways to participate in the Week of the Young Child, including more Imagine Learning activities. We’d love to hear what you’re doing with your class! Share with us on social media using the hashtag #WOYC21!