With the school year fast approaching, and mandated masks a new way of life, parents are faced with the challenge of teaching their children how and when to wear a mask, and helping to make them feel comfortable and safe, as well. Learning about masks and practicing with them now will make it easier for your child to transition to wearing one at school.
A few basic strategies include finding a mask that your child wants to wear (maybe with a favorite character, print, or color), wearing your own mask comfortably and confidently while you’re around your child, and having your child get used to wearing a mask in your home while doing familiar or fun activities.
We hope that those resources will help you find some tips and ideas that work for your family.
When you are ready for your child to practice wearing a mask outside your home and to interact with others, consider a trip to the Hudson Library to choose a few books and chat with our friendly mask-wearing librarians!
As the school year winds down, parents and caregivers may be looking for resources to keep the kids engaged and learning throughout the summer, so that they beat the summer slide and are ready for classes in the Fall.
But since fun is the name of the game in the summer, will kids really want to feel like they’re still in school? Well, probably they will not, but never fear, because there are some great sites that are not only educational, but lots of fun, too!
Here is a list of ten free learning websites, with games and lots of entertaining and educational content for kids in the summer and all through the year. Check them out!
We were so excited to watch as Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter himself!) reads chapter 1 of “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone” at the “Harry Potter at Home” website here. Have you checked it out yet? An amazing cast of narrators – plus several surprise guests – will be reading sections of this first book in the widely popular and beloved series by J.K. Rowling.
Here are several online sites that we have found to entertain and encourage tweens and teens to learn something new and maybe even be inspired to volunteer a little time to an online project, right from the comfort of home. Students could even inquire at their schools or community groups to see if any of the online volunteer opportunities could be counted toward service hours.