Preparing Your Child For Kindergarten In The COVID-19 Pandemic
If you are a parent of a child that is about to start kindergarten in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may, understandably, be unsure of what to tell your child or how to prepare them for their kindergarten experience. Much is up in the air with schools and education right now, but there are some steps that you can take to help your child achieve success in kindergarten in spite of the COVID-19 situation. Get to know some of those steps to take and you will be well on your way to having a happy and successful kindergarten student in your home.
Have Them Pick Out Their Own Masks
In many classrooms across the nation, masks will be a mandatory part of the education process. And even where masks may be optional, wearing one is best practice for your child. As such, you should help them to get comfortable with the idea of wearing masks.
The first step in doing so is to have your child pick out their own masks. If, for example, they have a favorite character like Elsa from Frozen or a superhero from a Marvel or DC Comics movie, help them find a mask with those characters on it. The more they like their masks, the more likely they will be to wear them successfully.
Help Them Practice Wearing Masks
Have your child practice wearing masks for periods of time at home before kindergarten starts. Start with 30 minutes and work your way up in the amount of time your child wears their mask. The more comfortable they are playing and going about their day wearing a mask, the more likely they will be to keep it on during school, which will help your child's teacher out immensely and allow the teacher to focus on teaching rather than discipline.
Teach Them about Social Distancing
In your child's kindergarten classroom, they will be expected to social distance to keep fellow students and teachers safe. Teach your child about social distancing ahead of time. Teach them to keep their hands to themselves, not get too close to other people, and to otherwise maintain proper distance. While you cannot really teach them the "6 feet" rule because it is beyond their comprehension, you can teach them the basics of maintaining personal space.
Now that you know a few ways to prepare your child for kindergarten in the COVID-19 pandemic, you can be sure they are ready to go to kindergarten school and succeed in the classroom.