Years of research have shown that the early years are important in shaping how a young child will grow and learn. Therefore, learning has to be high quality both at school and home. Along with basic academic skills, social and emotional development are important. A child’s ability to control emotions and develop relationships have been found to be a strong predictor of academic success.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) sponsors the Week of the Young Child (WOYC) each year to promote the awareness about the needs of young children. This year the week is April 8th -12th. This is a good time for parents and teachers to take an inventory of their child’s abilities. Let’s take the entire month of April to see how our kids are doing.Let’s make April the “Month of the Young Child”.
- Young children need to learn about their emotions so encourage them to express them verbally.
- Model appropriate emotions at home
- Give your child choices
- Use feeling words to help kids understand how they are feeling.
- What do you do in your family to promote positive relationships?
- Teach and model empathy and caring.
- Use children’s books to teach kindness.
- Teach your child the steps on problem solving.
Academic (Cognitive) Learning i
- Point out words and letters in the environment
- Talk, Talk and Talk some more!
- Encourage writing, coloring and drawing with a variety of materials.
- Read to your child everyday
- Children learn best through hands-on experiences
- Limit the use of electronic media.
- Practice problem solving
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8. It helps connect early childhood practice, policy, and research. Although membership is available, there are many FREE resources to support early learning. Check out the resources to help support young children in school and at home.