- Introduce a brand new type of music to the children. Explore the different music from around the globe. Ask parents for suggestions.
- Invite a local musician or performer in to put on a show for children and families. Encourage children to create a list of questions to ask the performer about their work. You may be able to identify family members who have musical talents to spend time with the children instead of a paid performer.
- Sponsor a food drive for a local shelter or food bank. Encourage children to create marketing materials for the project and take part in collecting and dropping off the food at the end of the event.
- Plant some seeds. Start your garden indoors by planting seeds, then transferring them to the outdoor garden once the conditions are suitable.
Work Together Wednesday
- Encourage children to work together to create a nature collection. Provide cookie sheets and ask groups of children to fill the cookie sheets with items from nature that they find on the playground. Introduce new vocabulary words and math concepts related to the objects that children find.
- Invite family members, community leaders, etc. to come talk with the children about the importance of working together. Brainstorms a list of ways that children can work together in the classroom. Create a class book about all the ways that children can work together. Encourage children to illustrate and bind the book for the library.
- Create marketing materials for quality early learning experiences. Have children create posters, brochures, commercials, or advertisements highlighting all the things they have learned in the program. Send these materials to elected officials at all levels of government. Ask for their commitment to support early learning in their funding decisions.
- Decorate sidewalks near your program with chalk decorations and WOYC facts.
- Invite families to volunteer. Not all families will be able to participate and not everyone will participate in the same way. Find out from family members how they might be able to donate some of their time to your program. If you don’t have a volunteer program, you could officially launch it on this day.
- Share learning with families. Talk with children about what they want to be when they grow up. Work with individual children to think of things they are learning today that will they will also use in their job in the future. Create a representation of this information to share with families. Copies can also be shared with elected officials in your community or in social media (with parent permission).