Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is an important annual event organized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to celebrate the importance of early childhood education and the amazing humans who make it happen. High quality early learning is a whole community effort and we wanted to share ways to celebrate WOYC in your own home.

Music Monday!

 

The freeze dance is a staple in any early learning classroom. It can be used to fill a spare five minutes while waiting to transition to lunch, or it can be included as the main event during music and movement time.

 

Here’s how:

The easiest version, ideal for those who want to dance along with their child: Turn on a song like Hap Palmer’s Wiggy Wiggles Freeze Dance. Use the song to guide you for when to dance and when to freeze. Searching Spotify and YouTube will turn up a very long list of songs with “freeze dance” in the title.

A slightly harder version, ideal for those with discerning music tastes: Put on your child’s favorite music for dancing. Challenge them to listen carefully for when the music stops, and to stop and freeze their bodies when the music stops. In this version you’ll need to be at the ready to stop and restart the music.

What We’re Learning:

  • Self-regulation
  • Gross motor development
  • Coordination
  • Listening skills
  • Instruction-following