The Week of the Young Child is April 8-12, 2019

Logo for NAEYC's Week of the Young ChildThe Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), beginning in 1971, to recognize the foundational early childhood years from birth through age 8. During this week, plan to make science explorations part of the celebration during this week. Share your plans on the NAEYC Facebook page. Use these resources from the National Science Teachers Association to help you celebrate!

Day of the Week from NAEYC

Science Exploration

NSTA Resources

Music Monday, April 8

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills—All while having fun and being active! 

The physics of sound.

Waves Sound Great! First graders explore what makes sound through a 7E learning cycle. Science and Children. August 2018, 56(1): 33-38

The February 2014 issue of Science and Children, 51(6). 

Tasty Tuesday, April 9

Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more while encouraging healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom.

Measuring and mixing (and sometimes tasting) to make a change.

The Early Years: Exploring the Properties of a Mixture. Science and Children. January 2008, 45(5): 18-20

NSTA Early Years blog: Lemonade Stands and Summer Activity Resources, July 9, 2014. 

Work Together Wednesday, April 10

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills.

Building a stable structure together.

A House for Chase the Dog. Chapter 18 in Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom. 2016.

NSTA Early Years blog: Manipulating Contents & Containers, and representing 3-D objects in block play, July 29, 2016. 

Artsy Thursday, April 11

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.

Exploring the properties of matter in art.

NSTA Early Years blog: Sensory play for science learning, February 15, 2019.

School Maker Faires, March 2018 Science and Children, 55(7): 30-37 

Family Friday, April 12

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers.

Sharing a science exploration with families.

The Home Zone: Science activities for families to share. Science and Children: 

Research Roly polies 40(7): 43-44

and 

Bubble Shapes 40(8): 43-44 

Learn more about how to support early childhood education from America for Early Ed.

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