The Week of the Young Child was no small feat for the little learners at Hinds County Human Resource Agency Head Start centers. From April 16 to April 20, 2018, teachers, staff, students and parents participated in the week-long, fun-filled activities. All centers focused on a specific activity for each day of the week.
On Music and Movement Monday, students at the Welcome Head Start Center marchedto the beat with a “parade” of various instruments which they gleefully pounded, clanged, and shook.
Welcome Center Administrator Shakrita Fields stated, “I love it! It’s a new, creative idea and the children enjoy it a lot.”
Tasty Tuesday took the taste buds of Oak Forest Head Start Center students to a whole new “fruity” level. Before making their fruit salads, students were taught where fruit comes from, how it’s transported and where it goes (grocery store), and how to combine the items to make a fruit salad. Students were introduced to several fruits such as kiwi, strawberries, bananas, apples, and oranges. Using plastic utensils, students cut up pieces of each fruit to place in paper bowls, were provided a fruit dressing and truly delighted in their fruit salads. Dee-li-cious!
Health and Wellness Wednesday provided the students at Gertrude Ellis Head Start Center with plenty of activities. Staff member Chelsea Robinson stated, “Kids went outside and participated in move to learn exercises.” Later, inside the classroom, students received guidance in “brushing up” to keep their healthy smiles clean.
Nothing would beat a colorful day like Tie Dye Thursday. Tons of children gathered outside at St. Thomas Head Start Center to paint the day away. All hands were on deck for sponge, finger and brush painting. Blank white “canvases” were hung on fences and students created their colorful masterpieces to display.
Fun-tastic Family Friday at Midtown Head Start Center gave families and students a great avenue to spend time together and play outdoors. Dads and daughters, moms and sons had fun swinging, hula-hooping, playing basketball, jumping rope, climbing and sliding. Great memories were created for each family and their children.
The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children that celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers and families. HCHRA Head Start students and center staff participate each year.
For more information about Head Start and other programs and services, visit www.hchra.org.