The Week of the Young Child…

Last week at our school we celebrated The Week of the Young Child. Every day during the week of April 15-19 our porch was transformed into a learning center to showcase the skills that children learn during play.  We had so much fun setting up a different center each day for parents to stop by and spend some time with their children.  Each classroom collaborated together to make each center special and unique.  It was a great learning experience for all!

From NAEYC’s website:

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is 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. The 2013 Week of the Young Child™ is April 14–20 and the theme is Early Years Are Learning Years.

Dramatic Play

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The porch was transformed into a flower shop for creative and imaginative play.  In dramatic play children learn social and emotional skills, language and thinking skills.  Here they could pretend to sell, plant and grow flowers or where ever their imaginations took them.

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Sensory Play

week of the young child

At the sand and water sensory table the children learn to build receptive and expressive language, cause and effect, builds scientific vocabulary and develops motor skills.

week of the young child

week of the young child

Play Dough

week of the young child

Children learn to use fine motor skills and imaginations to create, mold, squish and squeeze the play dough.

week of the young child

week of the young child

We also had a block center and a music and movement activity as well.

Block Play

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Here the tables were full of building blocks and train tracks to build and play with.  Block play develops math and science skills, concept of space and shape, motor skills and visual perception as well.

Music and Movement

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We had this center in the Big Room as a part of our Big Circle Time that we have every Friday.  We sang and danced creatively to music.  During music and movement children learn group participation skills, emotional expression, social skills,  creativity and imagination, enhance self concept and awareness of movement and body positions.

I hope you were able to join us during this special week and play and learn with your child!

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