STEP Head Start celebrated the 50th anniversary of Week of the Young Child from April 10-16. The Week of the Young Child is an annual observance hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
STEP Head Start families and staff organized a fun-filled week celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities. The week’s activities included Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday.
Music Monday - Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - all while having fun and being active! STEP Head Start children had the opportunity to explore a variety of musical instruments including guitar, keyboard, drums, symbols, and the xylophone.
Tasty Tuesday - Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. Head Start encourages healthy nutrition and fitness habits. Some of the tasty treats enjoyed by Head Start children were smoothies, fruit, and tacos!
Work Together Wednesday - When children build together, they explore math and science concepts, and develop their social and early literacy skills. In one of our Early Head Start classrooms, children worked together to plant flower seeds and make bubble solution!
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. Children were encouraged to get creative with painting, and tracing.
Family Friday - Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. We applaud family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers. To celebrate Family Friday, children brought in photos of their families and drew pictures.