Celebrate NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™ April 10 –16, 2016!

Celebrating our Youngest Learners!

 

 Georgia celebrates Month of the Young Child every April

Child at Gwinnett Family DayAlthough Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is celebrated nationally, Georgians celebrate the Month of the Young Child (MOYC) throughout April. Join the celebration with special events in your early childhood program, and display yellow ribbons signifying young children as Georgia’s “Ray of Hope.”

How can we Celebrate our Youngest Learners?

No idea is too big; no idea is too small. Here are a few descriptions of recent WOYC events in communities around the country:

  • “We held a Family Writing Workshop where parents were invited to create a book with their children. A book-writing kit was provided, and children and parents shared their books at a show and tell. The books are now part of our library collection.”
  • “We displayed children’s artwork throughout the center and made a DVD slide show of the children. Monday was Parent Appreciation Day, where parents were served light refreshments and received a card from their child. Tuesday was Hat Day. Wednesday was Teacher Appreciation Day, with a pot luck lunch for staff. It was also Beach Party Day. Thursday was Inside Out Day and Friday we had an ice cream social.”
  • “Our city granted us a permit to hold a parade and children’s fair celebrating young children. There were over 500 children who paraded down the main street in decorated wagons, tricycles, or on foot. They marched with their child care providers or early childhood teachers. The free fair had booths representing all of the early childhood agencies and other services and also childcare providers.”
  • “A group of parents and children marched to City Hall. The mayor joined us and read a proclamation adopted by our City Council about the Week of the Young Child. Additionally, we held a press conference sharing information about the importance of quality early care and education.”

We would love to hear how you celebrate Georgia’s youngest learners! Please submit information about your event to us, and we may feature it on this page.

Want to see the Georgia celebrations that have been shared with us on our calendar so far?

Check out the 2016 Month of the Young Child Calendar.

Celebrate Along with NAEYC!

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Music Monday   April 11, 2016

Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills – and of course, have fun while being active! This year’s song is “One Love,” performed by Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus. Have fun making up your own verses and dance moves. Record your own unique version of the song and share it on NAEYC’s Facebook page, GAYC’s Facebook page, and/or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc16. To see more ideas for Music Monday, check out NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child page.

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Taco Tuesday   April 12, 2016

Healthy eating and fitness at home and school

This fun, food-themed day is more than just cheese and salsa. With the rise in childhood obesity, teachers and families can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Cooking together connects with math with literacy skills, science, and more. On Taco Tuesday, create your own healthy tacos and then share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC’s Facebook page, GAYC’s Facebook page, and/or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc16. To see more ideas for Taco Tuesday, check out NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child page.

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Work Together Wednesday   April 13, 2016

Work together, build together, learn together

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. This Week of the Young Child, work together and build something today!  Kids can use any building material – from a fort of branches on the school playground, a block city in the classroom, a hideaway made from couch pillows at home, to a lego creation. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC’s Facebook page, GAYC’s Facebook page, and/or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc16. To see more ideas for Work Together Wednesday, check out NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child page.

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Artsy Thursday   April 14, 2016

Think, problem solve, create

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine muscles 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 child’ creation on NAEYC’s Facebook page, GAYC’s Facebook page, and/or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc16. To see more ideas for Artsy Thursday, check out NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child page.

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Family Friday   April 15, 2016

Sharing family stories

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners:  families! NAEYC applauds you as your child’s’ first and most important teachers.  Share pictures and stories about your family on NAEYC’s Facebook page, GAYC’s Facebook page, and/or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc16. To see more ideas for Music Monday, check out NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child page.

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Looking Forward…

Upcoming Week of the Young Child™ Dates

  • April 10–16, 2016
  • April 23–29, 2017

Looking Back…

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Gov. Nathan Deal signs a proclamation declaring April 2015 Month of the Young Child

Gov. Nathan Deal signs a proclamation declaring April 2014 Month of the Young Child in Georgia

Gov. Nathan Deal signs a proclamation declaring April 2014 Month of the Young Child