The Daily Iowegian
---- — Kid’s World celebrated the Week of the Young Child during the third week of April. The “Week of the Young Child” is a nationwide celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to bring awareness to the needs of young children and their families and honor the programs and services who meet their needs. Each classroom at the Center planned a week filled with fun child-centered activities.
At Kid’s World, the teachers are always thinking about early childhood education and what they can do to improve it. Children are celebrated every day at the Center. However, with the Week of the Young Child as a catalyst, the teachers thought even more intentionally about the ways in which they wanted to honor the young children’s experiences. The teachers decided that the experiences should be connected to the way in which they work with the children every day. They wanted to involve parents and other family members, even the furry kind, and the community. Above all, they wanted the experiences to be educational and joyful.
The children in Rebeca Braster’s toddler class participated in a Study of Families. Parents and other family members were invited to the classroom to share their talents and hobbies with the children. Several parents took advantage of the opportunity to discuss their jobs in the classroom.
Karrie Ingram and Katie Laurson incorporated activities involving the children’s Pet Study. Rusty Admire from The Pet Shop brought several unusual pets to the classroom for the children to observe.
The preschoolers in Dawn Johnson’s four-year-old preschool class participated in Mad Science Week. The children participated in a variety of science experiences. The children wore goggles and “lab coats” as they performed their experiments. The children learned what scientists do as they asked questions, formed hypotheses, tested their hypotheses, recorded their observations, and came to conclusions.
The week-long celebration culminated with a visit from Dizzy the Clown. Dizzy presented a program on Respect which is one of the Center’s PBIS Expectations.