We spent time today talking about how to stay healthy and what to do if you have a cold or the flu. We did not mention the coronavirus, but instead just continued talking about healthy habits. We are doing more handwashing. I told the children today that after they unpack each day, I expect them to wash their hands with soap and water, which is what we always use in the classroom. We are also washing hands after recess, and after play time. As I have all year, I will direct children whose hands are in their mouth, up their nose or rubbing their eyes to go and wash their hands. I had begun giving children the opportunity to work on the carpet to take a break from sitting in chairs, so they could stretch out. I talked to them today about sitting in other areas of the classroom as well so we can implement flexible seating. The other thing we did talk about was not hugging which I love but it's probably not a best practice right now, and reminded them that kissing is not ok in kindergarten. We watched a short video with Annie and Moby about colds and the flu and what to do when you have them. Ask me to tell you three things to do when you are sick with a cold or the flu.
Today we visited Idaho. We read a short story that was set during The Great Depression about a family from Idaho who lost their house after the father lost his job. The family borrowed a car and went to Idaho for two weeks to pick potatoes. The didn't make much money, and they lived in a tent while they were there, but the farmer told them they could pick the leftover potatoes at night and keep them for themselves. They took burlap bags full back to Iowa and traded them for food and clothing. Eventually, the father got a new job. Ask me to tell you the story!
Have a nice evening!