This year’s 50th annual celebration of the Week of the Young Child (WOYC) couldn’t have landed at a better time.
Over the past year, US students have had to overcome the tri-factor challenges of distance learning, missing out on all-important social education, and dealing with the impacts of social and political unrest. In other words, young kids—and their families—have had it rough.
But no matter what difficulties you’ve faced over the past year, the Week of the Young Child is the perfect opportunity to honor the importance of community and give hope to children during uneasy times.
“The Week of the Young Child is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families,” says WOYC sponsor, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
But with many children learning from home, and social distancing still in full-force, what are the best options for remote non-contact activities?
In this salute to all things WOYC, we’ve pulled together some of the most memorable remote Week of the Young Child activities for preschoolers to make this a week they’ll never forget.
Check it out!
The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
This year the week begins on April 10th and—despite many children still distance learning—promises six days of awesome fun and activities to connect teachers and students from wherever they are.
As the ECE community comes together for this powerful celebration, there are a ton of opportunities for teachers, children and families to forget about their troubles and just plain have fun.
The first official WOYC day is all about getting your community organized and ready for the week ahead.
Here are a few tips for a solid kick-off:
👉Need more Kick-off Saturday ideas? Check out the NAEYC Week of the Young Child overview.
Make some noise for Music Monday with activities that get children active and inspired.
From singalongs to making instruments, today is all about improving literacy skills and creativity—and most of all having fun with music. 🎶
👉Need more Music Monday activities? Check out this fun blog post from Red Tricycle.
Today’s theme is all about healthy eating and food education.
With many schools still working remotely, it’s unlikely you’ll get to cook together—but there are a ton of other ways to make food fun:
👉Need more Tasty Tuesday activities? Check out these unmissable ideas from Food - A Fact of Life.
You don’t have to be together to work together—for those still distanced there are still plenty of options to tune into Work Together Wednesday.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
👉Need more Work Together Wednesday activities? Check out this fun blog by We Are Teachers.
Creativity is the name of the game on Artsy Thursday.
Giving children creative time helps develop decision-making skills, motor skills and creative-thinking—plus it’s tons of fun for everyone!
👉Need more Artsy Thursday activities? Check out this remote lesson plan from one of our favorite ECE blogs No Time For Flashcards.
WOYC wouldn’t be complete without shining the light on the most important influence on a child’s learning.
Families are at the heart of a child’s development, so use today as an opportunity to get to know families better and show them they’re part of a loving community.
👉Need more Family Friday activities? Check out this awesome Pinterest board by @BeckyWeierbach for more parent engagement inspo.
The Week of the Young Child is a great time to focus on the needs of young children and their families—but it’s definitely not the only time.
Let this celebration be a starting point for conversations and activities that last throughout the year, and that aim to bind your community closer together long-term.
From lobbying your elected officials, to launching virtual parent coffee mornings, the opportunities to use WOYC as a launch pad for transformation are huge.
Wishing you an awesome Week of the Young Child!