The Tecumseh Preschool Center celebrated the Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC) from April 23-27 with a focus on the needs of young children and how they learn. The WYOC is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association. The NAEYC designates the Week of the Young Child dates and themes, but the events are planned and implemented by local communities. This year’s themes were Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday.
On Music Monday, Mary Kay Collins, who provides a regular music program for the learners throughout the year, put together a Spring Concert for all of the parents. The preschoolers all sang a few songs and performed on the kazoo.
Tasty Tuesday became Taco Tuesday when the preschoolers made their own street tacos. They learned about nutrition and balanced diets while enjoying their personalized tacos.
Learners worked in teams to make waffles on Wednesday, first mixing the dry and wet ingredients separately, and then combining them into the batter that resulted in a tasty snack.
During Artsy Thursday learners explored the fine and performing arts. They enjoyed time outside while painting on easels on the playground and took on roles in stories they have listened to in class. Acting out these stories has become a favorite activity, particularly the Silly Sally story series by Audrey Wood.
Learners and their parents celebrated time together with a bowling night for Family Friday.
Sue Deiter, Director of the Preschool Center, has already begun planning for next year’s WOYC.
“We are looking to make some exciting changes to our activities next year,” she said. “We are exploring the idea of a collaborative project with older learners for Work Together Wednesday to perhaps build something for our classroom or the playground.”
By working within the Week of the Young Child framework, Deiter is aligning the Preschool closely to the NAEYC, the governing organization responsible for national accreditation of preschool centers. The Preschool Center is currently a five-star rated center at the state level, but is looking to earn national accreditation.
“In the state of Michigan there are five categories that you need to address and align your program with to earn a five-star rating, and we are proud to have received this top state-level honor,” said Deiter. “The national accreditation requires alignment with 12 categories, each with its own sub-categories. It is much more rigorous, but we feel our center is on the right path to meet the criteria.”