April-The Week of the Young Child

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Hello, families!  Welcome to April!

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has been celebrating the the Week of the Young Child since 1971 and this year will be no different!    The Week of the Young Child celebrates children, their families and their caregivers during the period between birth and age 8 .  This year, the Week of the Young Child is April 24th-28th and each day has a different focus:

Music Monday-April 24

Tasty Tuesday-April 25

Work Together Wednesday-April 26

Artsy Thursday/Family Night-April 27

Family Friday-April 28

Every classroom will be celebrating these days with projects and fun activities.  Join us the morning of Friday, April 28th for some breakfast treats to says thanks to our amazing parents and families!

You can celebrate the Week of the Young Child at home, too!   Here are some suggestions to help get you started:

Music Monday

Make homemade musical instruments

Children’s books about music

Have a dance party with some fun songs for children

Tasty Tuesday

Fun preschool snacks

Martha Stewart approved recipes to make with your kids

Children’s books paired with recipes

Work Together Wednesday

Build a structure with popsicle sticks and clothes pins

Using shaving cream as a “mortar” with blocks

Build something with giant blocks (cardboard boxes)

Artsy Thursday

Easy (and beautiful!) tissue paper transfer art

Rolling Pin Paintings

Salt Watercolor Painting

Family Friday

Here are a few suggestions for some fun things to do as a family on Friday or any day!

Como Zoo (free!)

Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store (has a play area that is open every day to the public and a weekly story hour)

Public libraries (the St. Paul and Minneapolis libraries offer many free events like movies, story hours and even arts and crafts for free.  They also have lots of fun books, of course!)

The Works Museum (an interactive engineering museum with activities for kids of all ages.  They offer a half-priced ($4.25) admission on their Pre-K days that feature activities for kids age 3-5)

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Free, with fun activities for kids)

Children’s Theatre Company (offers classes as well as wonderful performances for children, including sensory-friendly programing.  Check out their ACT Pass program for scholarships and $5 dollar tickets to performances.)

 

We hope you will join us in celebrating our littles learners!

 

 

 

 

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