April 6–12, 2014
Week of the Young Child
Kid's Campus (Austin)- Circle time using the locally created Week of Young Child (WOYC) number chant available below.
On the buttons below- you will find ways to encourage learning through play and parent participation. A site may want to host a kick-off, mid-week or closing event with a large celebration out on the playground. Other programs may want to do something different each day to prolong the fun. One of the links provides a template for address labels- so you can print the WOYC logo and provide stickers for the children (and adults!) to wear.
A sample week:
Monday- Muffins with Mom/Donuts with Dad (invite family & friends to a light snack in the morning.)
Tuesday- Bubble Blowout (children use pipe cleaners to create their own bubble wands, infants can watch the adult with the bubble machine)
Wednesday- Parent Notes (on the button below- parents are invited to write a loving message to their child which can be available at the front desk and then posted up on a bulletin board for the a couple of weeks and then made into a class book or added to the childs' portfolio.)
Thursday- Learning through Play (we aren't babysitters! Use the number chant to show parents how numbers can be introduced and how the Oobleck (below) can be a fun science activity on the properties of matter.
Friday- Sensory Fun! (Create Oobleck- recipe below- either indoors or outdoors)
There is also a planning sheet for a large scale center event below. Different classrooms can sponsor one of the events for a carnival atmosphere or you can ask community partners to sponsor an activity with funds and/or volunteers. Send your pictures in and we will add them to the website!
Making purple ribbons to represent the Week of the Young Child could be made.
Idea from Deborah Clement
Idea from Deborah Clement
- Parade around the child care center or school.
- Offer parents paper hearts and ask them to write a "Love Note" to their child to dispay on the bulletin board and then taken home at the end of the week. A simple reminder of how we value them.
- A different fun activity each day: paint with purple, create artwork to share at the senior center, invite parents in for breakfast,
April is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month
For the Week of the Young Child (April 10-16, 2011), an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Franklin Porter Graham planted pinwheels in front of the FPG Bypass Building. Their website (http://www.fpg.unc.edu/week-young-child) says that, "Pinwheels are the new symbol for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention."