Week of the Young Child
Week of the Young Child is April 16 - 20
The Nurturing Center and the FAEYC are collaborating with our community to provide some activities and experiences for families and childcare providers during the week. We have a Dance Party planned with Oula dancers, specials at Baskin Robbins, Plantland, and Imagination Station, and volunteer readers going out to childcare programs in our region!
Week of the Young Child Overview
Music Monday! April 16, 2018
Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn
Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - All while having fun and being active! Make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own, and share it on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc18.
TRY THIS: Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.
--------------------------------Dance Party at Gateway Community Center-----------------------------
6pm to 9pm with refreshments!!
Sponsored by FAEYC, The Nurturing Center, Flathead City-County Health Dept.
Tasty Tuesday April 17, 2018
Healthy eating and fitness at home and school
This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. 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. Create your own healthy snacks and share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc18.
TRY THIS: Measure your ingredients while making your snacks! Ask children if they’d like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.
-------------------------------Look below for a family friendly taco recipe!--------------------------------
Work Together Wednesday April 18, 2018
Work together, build together, learn together
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. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc18 hashtag.
TRY THIS: Practice organizing blocks by size! Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on top!
Artsy Thursday April 19, 2018
Think, problem solve, create
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. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials—from crayons to paint, clay to crafts! Create and share a photos of your children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc18 hashtag.
TRY THIS: Bring art outdoors! Offer dark and light paper, chalk and pastels, and suggest children create their own versions of the day and night sky!
---------Hockaday Museum of Art is offering free 30 minute time slots for programs.--------
See below for more details!
Family Friday April 20, 2018
Sharing family stories
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. Share pictures and stories about your family on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc18 as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children's learning and development.
TRY THIS: Invite parents for a Family Friday breakfast, where children can prepare and share breakfast treats with their families
Week of the Young Child Dance Party!!!!
Monday, April 16th, 6-9pm
1203 U.S. 2
Artsy Thursday at the Hockaday
Thursday, April 19th, 10am-3pm
302 2nd Avenue East
Call Kathy Martin at the Hockaday to reserve your time - 755-5268 extension 226
ImagineIf Early Literacy Classes
Monday: Footloose Friends
Columbia Falls /11am-12pm
Tuesday: Footloose Friends
Wednesday: Footloose Friends
Wednesday: Super Scholars
Columbia Falls /10:30-11:30am
Thursday: Early Explorers
Thursday: Super Scholars (for daycares)
Columbia Falls /10:30-11:30am
No Registration Required
Share smiles, stories, rhymes and more at this entertaining and interactive class for infants and toddlers and their caregivers. Rhythm and repetition form a foundation for learning by strengthening language connections in the brain. Participants will also learn fun techniques for using books, songs, and rhymes at home. (birth to age 2)
Sing, dance, read and explore while also building social and emotional skills. This fun and interactive class is for toddlers and preschoolers who love to move! Bring your sense of fun for the included messy and sensory play that helps prepare children for future learning success. Caregiver participation encouraged. (ages 2-4)
With a special emphasis on independence and a focus on longer stories, listening, and taking turns, preschoolers in this class will gain skills they need for kindergarten success. Sessions will also include fun songs, movement and basic literacy concepts, as well as math and science exploration. (ages 4-5)
Dollar Scoops at Baskin Robbins!
Monday, April 16th, 11am to Friday, April 20th, 10pm
649 West Idaho Street
30% Off Fairy Garden Accessories at Plant Land
Monday, April 16th, 9am to Friday, April 20th, 5pm
1008 U.S. 2
Monday, April 16th, 9:30am to Friday, April 20th, 6pm
221 Central Avenue
Family Friendly Recipe Idea
Build-Your-Own Chicken Tacos
From: EatingWell.com, June 2017
Prep Time: 15m Ready In: 40m
This kid-friendly recipe keeps every element of tacos separate so your child can decide to eat them separately or have fun building their own mini tacos with their favorite toppings. Plus, it's perfect for packing into a bento box for a healthy lunch for school.
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
½ cup mild salsa
2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
8 corn tortillas, warmed and halved
~Place chicken in a large saucepan and add water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a simmer. ~Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken registers 165°F, about 15 minutes.
~Remove the chicken to a clean cutting board. (Discard poaching liquid or save for another use.)
~Let cool slightly, then shred the chicken into bite-size pieces with two forks.
~Transfer shredded chicken to a bowl and stir in salsa.
~Serve the chicken, lettuce, cheese and tortillas separately for build-your-own tacos.
Serving size: 4 taco halves
Per serving: 354 calories; 12 g fat(6 g sat); 4 g fiber; 25 g carbohydrates; 36 g protein; 49 mcg folate; 109 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2,414 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 246 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 397 mg sodium; 638 mg potassium
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (48% daily value), Calcium (25% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 1½
Exchanges: 3½ lean protein, 1 high-fat protein, ½ starch, ½ vegetable