During the week of April 8-12, 2019, each of the 16 Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) Head Start centers participated in the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children that celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers and families in which centers modeled a specific activity for each day of the week.
Head Start staff planned a week full of fun and exciting activities for the students to enjoy. On Music Monday, students marched to the beat while learning new math, language and literacy skills. On Tasty Tuesday, students and teachers created healthy snacks to encourage healthy nutrition. On Work Together Wednesday, students used teamwork to build together while developing social and early literacy skills. Arts and crafts projects were created on Artsy Thursday as students developed their social and fine gross motor skills. During Fun-tastic Family Friday, teachers and students shared what family means to them and how they impact and influence their lives.
HCHRA Communications Specialist Carlene Parker spent time at a few of the Head Start centers capturing photos of the children engaged in fun learning during the week. Gertrude Ellis Head Start students moved their bodies to the music of the day, exercising for healthy bodies and strong minds. Students at St. Thomas Head Start Center created multi-colored kites and unique abstract art by using straws to blow and spread paint in various directions as well as creating multi-colored art kites that expressed their favorite colors. The students at Mary C. Jones fashioned tie-dye shirts and created squishy slime, which generated squeals of excitement as they blended a mix of baking soda, dishwashing liquid and glue to make their very own supply of colorful slime.
Each day presented a new opportunity for learning and growing in unique and imaginative ways.