Here are some things to remember as we journey through the next few weeks together:
Seeing people in face masks can be a little scary for elementary age students. Masks are sometimes associated with scary things like “bad guys” and spooky Halloween costumes. Children might also worry that the person in the mask is sick, and they know that the Coronavirus is serious since it has cancelled our ability to go to school. To make things even worse, we can’t see smiles through a face mask!
Beginning May 1st, we will all be required to wear a mask if we will be around people outside our household. People in face masks will be everywhere you go, so this is a good time to help your child get comfortable about face masks. If you haven’t already, let your child see you in a face mask. Have your child try on a mask and look in the mirror. Let your child know that masks are just another great way to stay safe!
Being stuck in the same place, with a limited number of people to interact with, can make tempers short! Here are some ideas for cooling down when things heat up!
Talk calmly about the things that are making your child angry. Check the feelings to make sure they are appropriate in size compared to the size of the problem.
Teach your child some tricks to deal with anger: 3 deep breaths (in the nose and out the mouth), counting backwards, using self-talk, or drawing/coloring.
Don’t forget these important dates: April 28th and May 5th are upcoming paper packet pick-up dates for Monroe. May 18th is the last day of school for students. Check the school web site and dojo for updates.