The first step in broaching a topic with your child is making sure you know the facts. The past weeks have everyone talking about Covid-19 previously called the Coronavirus. It is important for your children to understand what the grown-ups in their lives are concerned about and how it relates to them. Once you are feeling confident about what a virus is you can:
Make sure to demonstrate that when you feel a sneeze or a tickle in your throat to bring your elbow to your nose. You can make this a game! Ask your child to show you how they can bring their mouth and nose to their inside elbow.
Here’s a fun way to help explain how a virus is transmitted.
Prepare 3 toys (ones that are easy to clean)
1 heaping spoon of glitter (preferable biodegradable) or flour
1 plate (contrasting colour to the glitter or flour)
Please note that effective handwashing can be done with regular soap and running water. Children love making bubbles and suds. One way to make sure that they are scrubbing for the recommended 20-30 seconds is to sing the Happy Birthday song or really any chorus of their favourite song for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget about between the fingers, under the nails, and both sides of the hands!
About the author:
Jeannine Laubner is the Academic Director of Kipina Kids Nurseries and Preschools, the world’s fastest-growing international Finnish preschool franchise. She is a fourth-generation teacher, and mother of two Kipinä-educated children. Hailing from San Francisco, USA, she is a successful leader in education with over 18 years of experience. Jeannine holds a Masters degree in Teaching, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development certification. When she is not developing teaching tools for the Kipinä Enhanced Finland Curriculum, she is supporting green initiatives, animal welfare and Girlscouts Overseas.
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