Welcome to Week of the Young Child! Today is the beginning of a week-long celebration of children, teachers, families, and early learning started by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Each day has its own theme to inspire learning through a range of fun, educational activities. At BANANAS, we are joining in on the excitement by having daily events at our office for kids, parents, and caregivers to enjoy. Here’s what we have coming up:
Music Monday – Stop by to join in movement and dance while we play a variety of international music in our lobby. Program Director Judy Kriege will drop in with her guitar for a few impromptu singalongs too! Music is a great way to encourage language and literacy as well as math skills. Click here for some great ideas on how to incorporate songs and music into children’s daily lives.
Tasty Tuesday – We’ll be going bananas for delicious recipes on this cooking-focused day. Teaching young children about making healthy food and lifestyle choices can’t start early enough. Plus, cooking is a fun activity that can promote science and math skills! When you come in, we’ll give you recipe cards to try at home together. You can also click to find them here. There are more super ideas on our Cooking with Kids Pinterest board.
Work Together Wednesday – Come to our office to create art that will become part of a beautiful collage. When we work as a team, we get to celebrate our diversity and learn from one another. Kids get to practice social skills and problem solving. Want more ideas? Click here for a whole list of activities for building and working together.
Artsy Thursday – This will be a day when we continue to create artwork to take home and add to our collaborative collage. Doing hands-on projects can help children develop fine motor skills and inspire creativity. Check out more art ideas here.
Family Friday – BANANAS will be closed on Friday for staff development, but we’ll be celebrating the families we serve and our work together as the BANANAS Bunch family. We encourage you to spend time with the people in your life who make up your family too! Here are some ways to bond and build deeper connections.
We hope you will join us in this five-day celebration of children and early education. You will find lots more ideas for Week of the Young Child on our Pinterest board!