SPARTA, NJ – Celebrating the Week of the Young Child was all fun and games and learning in Susan Brusberg’s Classroom at Alpine Elementary School.  The pre-school teacher had a different activity each day of the second week in April, as she has done for the past 23 years as part of the National Association of Education of the Young Child.

It was Music Monday during which they learned about the letter X, using the xylophones.  They added maracas and had a musical parade.  Each child took a turn playing the keyboard as well.

Tuesday focused on healthy food.  They discussed eating the colors of the rainbow as they created plates of healthy food choices.

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Using their Building unit skills, Wednesday was all about creating structures.  They used everything from packing peanuts, to bristle block and wooden blocks.  They created a marble run for fun.

Art took over on Thursday.  With an accent on the color of the month yellow, they water painted at the easel and drew with oil based crayons.

Family Friday was an opportunity for the children to share family traditions.  Families send in their favorite family activities or traditions.  Together they created a book about their families. 

“The children loved sharing,” said Brusberg.