Week of the Young Child is here!

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The Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize the importance of quality early learning experiences and acknowledge the educators and caregivers working on behalf of our youngest Idahoans. When young children learn through play and have stable, interactive relationships with adults, they build the social and emotional skills needed to succeed throughout life.

Communities across Idaho are issuing proclamations and hosting events to recognize the Week of the Young Child. We hope you will join the festivities – or use the ideas below to celebrate in your own way!

Celebrate with daily Week of the Young Child themes!

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Music Monday

When children sing, dance, and listen to music, they develop language and early literacy skills while being active. 

Read more:
Playing with music at home
Support math readiness through music
10 ways babies learn when we sing to them

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Tasty Tuesday

Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom.

Read more:
Cooking with a tiny helper
Healthy, fit families
Using project-based learning to grow microgreens 

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Work Together Wednesday

When children build together, they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Anything can be building material – from branches on the playground to blocks in the classroom or pillows at home.

Read more: 
Five essentials to meaningful play
Making at home
Young children are capable STEM learners

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Artsy Thursday

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects that allow them to make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands.

Read more:
Meaningful art projects parents can fit into a busy day
Supporting the development of creativity
How process-focused art experiences support preschoolers

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Family Friday

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. Family members are a young children’s first and most important teachers!

Read more:
Am I really my child’s first teacher? 
Explore the great outdoors with your child
Principles of effective family engagement

Whether you're celebrating in a classroom or at home, we want to see your Week of the Young Child photos! Share them on Facebook or email them to us at outreach@idahoaeyc.org.