Early Childhood Celebrates Week of the Young Child
Tatnall's Early Childhood Division is always buzzing with laughter, smiles, and learning. However, this week placed an extra special emphasis on celebrating early education, young children, and their families and friends. Down in our EC building, students and faculty participated in the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child.
The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration that brings awareness and attention to the needs of young children and their families and recognizes how each early childhood program meets these needs uniquely. This celebration was first established in 1971 and has continually grown across the globe with each passing year.
Week of the Young Child features daily themes that explore various student learning and engagement areas. Students danced their way through Music Monday as they listened to different music that encouraged them to sing and dance and be active and move their bodies to the rhythm while sharing a space with their friends and teachers. Tasty Tuesday proved to be a real treat. Students interacted with food beyond being yummy. Teachers had students count, spell, and understand the importance of fueling their bodies with fruits and vegetables while getting to put together fruit kabobs! The highlight was, without a doubt, being able to eat them once they finished stacking. Work Together Wednesday was an absolute blast as students required their peers to collaborate on a single large-scale project. Students understood the value of quality communication to express their ideas and needs while learning about the gratification of collaborative effort. Artsy Thursday placed an emphasis on developing creative imagination, social skills, and fine motor skills as students not only participated in a grand art project, but students also went to a "circus" put together by faculty that included bottle throws, putt-putt, prizes, and much more. Finally, we wrapped up with Family Friday. Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners and we did so by inviting beloved Clem Bowen to our campus to share a wonderful performance with our students and their families.
The Tatnall School's commitment to this wonderful event is simply a "no-brainer." We value and understand the significance a child’s earliest years hold in shaping their learning and development. Our faculty does an outstanding job of nurturing growth via numerous platforms while fostering a safe space to make mistakes and learn from them. The Week of the Young Child is a time for our community to witness that our students' learning opportunities are our responsibilities and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that every child experiences the type of early environment that will promote their early learning.