Going back to school may look a little different this year, but there are ways you can help your children transition into our new normal.
Routine is so important. Make sure your children are going to bed early and that they have a schedule in the morning.
Prepare your children for the idea that school may look different this year, and any changes are to keep everyone safe and healthy. It may be that they spend half their time in-person learning and the rest of the time in virtual classes. Talk to them about wearing a mask and social distancing. It’s also a good idea to mention that the school could close again.
Let your children know that you are there to answer any questions they might have about the pandemic. If you don’t have the answers, you will seek them out as best you can.
Reinforce good habits for your children, including hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if they don’t feel well.
You can have some fun while also showing them how germs work.
- Put glitter on your child’s hands and have them wash with just water. Show them how much glitter remains. Now, ask your child to wash their hands with soap and show them how it helps to remove all the glitter. Finish by explaining to your child how this relates to the germs on their hands.
- Teach your child to sing a song while washing their hands. PBS has a hand washing song with Elmo that might be useful.
- Get a spray bottle and show your child how far germs spread when you cough or sneeze. Show them how far the droplets of water travel. Explain that by covering our mouth and nose, we can help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
While there are many unknowns for the school year, we can do plenty to prepare our children for what we do know. Try to remain positive, allow your children to share their concerns, and be transparent about situations as they unfold.
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