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Will our youngest learners wear masks? 今年夏天,当学校考虑如何回归到面对面学习时,这个问题就在许多早期教育者的脑海里——专家们也同意这一点 best for children—in the fall.

11月17日,帕克城电视台的罗兰霍尔小学校长艾玛·威尔曼将做客节目 Mountain Connections, discussing how adults can teach mask wearing to young children.

At Rowland Hall, administrators began working toward this goal in the spring, 密切监测科学数据以及疾病控制和预防中心(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)和美国儿科学会(American Academy of Pediatrics)等组织的最新建议, as well as consulting with local medical experts. Since then, the school has put into place many guidelines and procedures to allow for in-person learning, 包括要求所有在校学生和成年人戴口罩.

In Rowland Hall’s Beginning School—which serves students in 3PreK, 4PreK, 幼儿园老师整个夏天都在咨询各种资源,并考虑如何让学校最年幼的学生戴口罩. 他们最终决定像教授其他技能一样教授这种新的生活技能——使用积极的态度, supportive approach that the Beginning School is known for. But unlike washing hands, tying shoelaces, or zipping coats, mask wearing has an added layer of the unknown, plus built-in anxiety tied to the pandemic behind the requirement. 随着夏天接近尾声,老师们在想:孩子们真的会戴口罩吗? And how much time would adults have to spend managing them? 

They didn’t have to wait long for an answer, 这一点在开学的第一周就变得清晰起来:不仅罗兰堂最年轻的学生愿意戴口罩吗, but they’re wearing them without complaint and with minimal reminders.

“They’re doing awesome,” said Isabelle Buhler, 4PreK lead teacher. “It’s amazing what kids can do.”

They really respond to keeping each other safe.—Gail Rose, 3PreK lead teacher

In fact, 在学校和同学们一起戴口罩被证明是帮助孩子们将这种行为正常化的一种强有力的方式. Teachers are also keeping discussions about masks positive, 关注社区利益,以吸引幼儿天生的同理心. In Gail Rose’s 3PreK class, for instance, 她和助理老师柯尔斯滕·怀特解释说,每个孩子在维持课堂秩序方面都发挥着作用, and the larger school community, safe and healthy. As a result, instead of thinking about masks as a hindrance, kids view them as a way to care for their friends.

“They really respond to keeping each other safe,” said Gail.

And while educators, parents, 和照顾者是可以理解的担心面具会影响孩子们的学校经验,关注不同是否会改变他们的社交能力通常孩子能否呼吸中稳居开始学校老师很高兴报告,没有这种情况在鸿博体育.

伊莎贝尔说:“几天后,孩子们似乎忘记了他们还有面具。. 盖尔补充说:“这一点也不妨碍他们在学校玩得开心.”

Katie Williams with kindergarten students (and the class' masked mascots).

Katie Williams playing a game with three of her kindergartners. Masked mascots Roary and Mabel are also pictured.

老师们经常听到孩子们善意地互相提醒,把掉在鼻子底下的口罩拿起来, and they marvel at how children have embraced new rules, like sitting six feet apart, without a problem. 幼儿园园长Katie Williams回忆了一段早期的经历,她和助理老师Beth Ott在开学的第一天讨论了戴口罩的问题后,学生们很快就接受了戴口罩, students pointed out that Mabel, the stuffed elephant from their phonics unit, wasn’t masked. Katie remembered thinking, “Whoa, this is so normal for them.” Since then, 班上所有的填充动物玩偶都得到了面具(老师们甚至使用Roary, Rowland Hall’s mascot, 把他带错了口罩,让孩子们纠正他,让他掌握技能). 这是一个强有力的提醒,提醒鸿博体育小矮人是多么有韧性,如果有机会,他们是如何给成年人带来惊喜的.

“They can do anything, those kids,” said Isabelle. “They’re unbelievable.”


鼓励戴口罩:鸿博体育的老师给家长和照顾者的建议

Downloadable Tips: Encouraging Mask Wearing Among Young Children

   ↪ Download our tips (PDF)

At Rowland Hall’s Beginning School, 戴面具被视为一种生活技能,就像其他生活技能一样, practice makes perfect. Below, 教师们将分享他们对那些想要在校外继续学习戴口罩技能的家长和护理人员的建议.

  • Model mask wearing. 尽可能让你的孩子看到你戴口罩的样子,让他们看到你戴口罩的样子.

  • Let children be the teachers. 让孩子们有机会教授他们在学校学习的戴口罩的技能. Ask them to remind you of the proper way to put on a mask, for example, 或者给你展示一个最喜欢的毛绒动物(这对需要练习戴面具所需的精细运动技能的孩子特别有帮助).

  • Talk about the importance of masks, but don’t give too much information. Short, 简单的答案最适合这个年龄段(“鸿博体育戴口罩是为了保护自己和朋友的安全”). Check out Wearing a Mask, a free Autism Little Learners story, 帮助引导对话(盖尔和克尔斯滕在上学的第一天大声朗读这个故事).

  • Help children choose the best masks for them. Like adults, kids want their masks to be comfortable, 但你可能需要做一些搜索,找到适合你孩子的脸. 寻找能舒适地盖住鼻子和嘴,但在孩子说话时不动的口罩. 还要检查口罩是否会夹住或压扁耳朵(可以考虑可以调整弹性长度的口罩),并尝试使用布料——鸿博体育的老师建议使用棉花, but advise against neoprene (it loses its shape over the day).

  • Give children mask-related tasks. Kids want to help keep their families safe, so give them jobs like handing out masks to family members every morning. Also, let your children choose the masks they want to wear each day as a simple, fun way to build their autonomy.

  • Keep extra masks on hand. 你永远不知道口罩什么时候会变得不舒服、脏、湿或丢失. Keep spares in places like the glovebox or purse, and remember to pack extras in your children’s school bags.

  • Praise children. It can be hard to wear a mask all day. 提醒你的孩子,你为他们戴上面具,保护他人而感到骄傲.


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互相保护:初学如何教罗兰堂最年轻的学生戴口罩

Will our youngest learners wear masks? 今年夏天,当学校考虑如何回归到面对面学习时,这个问题就在许多早期教育者的脑海里——专家们也同意这一点 best for children—in the fall.

11月17日,帕克城电视台的罗兰霍尔小学校长艾玛·威尔曼将做客节目 Mountain Connections, discussing how adults can teach mask wearing to young children.

At Rowland Hall, administrators began working toward this goal in the spring, 密切监测科学数据以及疾病控制和预防中心(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)和美国儿科学会(American Academy of Pediatrics)等组织的最新建议, as well as consulting with local medical experts. Since then, the school has put into place many guidelines and procedures to allow for in-person learning, 包括要求所有在校学生和成年人戴口罩.

In Rowland Hall’s Beginning School—which serves students in 3PreK, 4PreK, 幼儿园老师整个夏天都在咨询各种资源,并考虑如何让学校最年幼的学生戴口罩. 他们最终决定像教授其他技能一样教授这种新的生活技能——使用积极的态度, supportive approach that the Beginning School is known for. But unlike washing hands, tying shoelaces, or zipping coats, mask wearing has an added layer of the unknown, plus built-in anxiety tied to the pandemic behind the requirement. 随着夏天接近尾声,老师们在想:孩子们真的会戴口罩吗? And how much time would adults have to spend managing them? 

They didn’t have to wait long for an answer, 这一点在开学的第一周就变得清晰起来:不仅罗兰堂最年轻的学生愿意戴口罩吗, but they’re wearing them without complaint and with minimal reminders.

“They’re doing awesome,” said Isabelle Buhler, 4PreK lead teacher. “It’s amazing what kids can do.”

They really respond to keeping each other safe.—Gail Rose, 3PreK lead teacher

In fact, 在学校和同学们一起戴口罩被证明是帮助孩子们将这种行为正常化的一种强有力的方式. Teachers are also keeping discussions about masks positive, 关注社区利益,以吸引幼儿天生的同理心. In Gail Rose’s 3PreK class, for instance, 她和助理老师柯尔斯滕·怀特解释说,每个孩子在维持课堂秩序方面都发挥着作用, and the larger school community, safe and healthy. As a result, instead of thinking about masks as a hindrance, kids view them as a way to care for their friends.

“They really respond to keeping each other safe,” said Gail.

And while educators, parents, 和照顾者是可以理解的担心面具会影响孩子们的学校经验,关注不同是否会改变他们的社交能力通常孩子能否呼吸中稳居开始学校老师很高兴报告,没有这种情况在鸿博体育.

伊莎贝尔说:“几天后,孩子们似乎忘记了他们还有面具。. 盖尔补充说:“这一点也不妨碍他们在学校玩得开心.”

Katie Williams with kindergarten students (and the class' masked mascots).

Katie Williams playing a game with three of her kindergartners. Masked mascots Roary and Mabel are also pictured.

老师们经常听到孩子们善意地互相提醒,把掉在鼻子底下的口罩拿起来, and they marvel at how children have embraced new rules, like sitting six feet apart, without a problem. 幼儿园园长Katie Williams回忆了一段早期的经历,她和助理老师Beth Ott在开学的第一天讨论了戴口罩的问题后,学生们很快就接受了戴口罩, students pointed out that Mabel, the stuffed elephant from their phonics unit, wasn’t masked. Katie remembered thinking, “Whoa, this is so normal for them.” Since then, 班上所有的填充动物玩偶都得到了面具(老师们甚至使用Roary, Rowland Hall’s mascot, 把他带错了口罩,让孩子们纠正他,让他掌握技能). 这是一个强有力的提醒,提醒鸿博体育小矮人是多么有韧性,如果有机会,他们是如何给成年人带来惊喜的.

“They can do anything, those kids,” said Isabelle. “They’re unbelievable.”


鼓励戴口罩:鸿博体育的老师给家长和照顾者的建议

Downloadable Tips: Encouraging Mask Wearing Among Young Children

   ↪ Download our tips (PDF)

At Rowland Hall’s Beginning School, 戴面具被视为一种生活技能,就像其他生活技能一样, practice makes perfect. Below, 教师们将分享他们对那些想要在校外继续学习戴口罩技能的家长和护理人员的建议.

  • Model mask wearing. 尽可能让你的孩子看到你戴口罩的样子,让他们看到你戴口罩的样子.

  • Let children be the teachers. 让孩子们有机会教授他们在学校学习的戴口罩的技能. Ask them to remind you of the proper way to put on a mask, for example, 或者给你展示一个最喜欢的毛绒动物(这对需要练习戴面具所需的精细运动技能的孩子特别有帮助).

  • Talk about the importance of masks, but don’t give too much information. Short, 简单的答案最适合这个年龄段(“鸿博体育戴口罩是为了保护自己和朋友的安全”). Check out Wearing a Mask, a free Autism Little Learners story, 帮助引导对话(盖尔和克尔斯滕在上学的第一天大声朗读这个故事).

  • Help children choose the best masks for them. Like adults, kids want their masks to be comfortable, 但你可能需要做一些搜索,找到适合你孩子的脸. 寻找能舒适地盖住鼻子和嘴,但在孩子说话时不动的口罩. 还要检查口罩是否会夹住或压扁耳朵(可以考虑可以调整弹性长度的口罩),并尝试使用布料——鸿博体育的老师建议使用棉花, but advise against neoprene (it loses its shape over the day).

  • Give children mask-related tasks. Kids want to help keep their families safe, so give them jobs like handing out masks to family members every morning. Also, let your children choose the masks they want to wear each day as a simple, fun way to build their autonomy.

  • Keep extra masks on hand. 你永远不知道口罩什么时候会变得不舒服、脏、湿或丢失. Keep spares in places like the glovebox or purse, and remember to pack extras in your children’s school bags.

  • Praise children. It can be hard to wear a mask all day. 提醒你的孩子,你为他们戴上面具,保护他人而感到骄傲.


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