Sieda Family Support Services is celebrating the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Week of the Young Child™  from April 10th through 16th. The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the NAEYC celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.  

This week, we encourage families with young children to participate in the following fun themed days:

Monday, April 10 is Music Monday.  Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills – All while having fun and being active!  Families can find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.

Tuesday, April 11 is Taco Tuesday.  This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and salsa. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, parents can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom by creating your own healthy tacos.  Parents can work with children to measure the ingredients while making your tacos! Ask children if they’d like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.

Wednesday, April 12 is Work Together Wednesday.  When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any building material–from a fort of branches on the playground to a block city in the classroom, or a hideaway made from couch pillows at home. Parents can practice organizing blocks by size, building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on top.

Thursday, April 13 is Artsy Thursday.  Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands.  If the weather is cooperative, bring art outdoors! Use sidewalk chalk and suggest children create their own art!

Friday, April 14 is Family Friday.  Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our children.  Host a Family Friday breakfast.  Allow children to participate in the preparation of breakfast foods and sit down as a family to share the meal.