Like many parents in BC, I am spending my weekend preparing my strong-willed 5-year-old for the fact that masks are now required in all K-12 Classrooms in BC. I have created a new virtual classroom filled with resources to help young kids understand and adapt to the new mask mandate.
Parents, I highly recommend exploring these resources at home to help prepare your littles for mask wearing in the classroom. The more kids that go into school with a positive attitude toward mask wearing, the easier it will be for the teacher to create a positive and respectful classroom culture of mask wearing. As parents, our attitude toward this mandate will have a huge influence on our children’s ability to adapt and thrive in school this year.
Resources for Learners
One of the best ways to approach new or difficult topics is through picture books. These books are on the shelves in the Virtual Classroom leading to read aloud videos.
Masks for Kids
No one really LOVES to wear a mask, but finding one that your kids can tolerate is key. We have bought so many different kids of masks trying to find ones that work for each of my kids. Here are the ones they consider winners:
These masks fit my Kindergartner the best and form a pretty good seal on his face. They are triple layer cotton and have adjustable ear loops. They’re a Canadian company. Shipping was $2.50 and they arrived pretty quickly.
These are my 3rd Graders #1 choice. They’re light weight and easy to breathe through. They’re also 5 for $15 so they win for me for their price. These fit my 5 year old’s face well, but he refuses to wear them – because kids are fickle!
My Kindergartener really loves the look of these ones and there is a ton of variety to choose from. They are a tad too big for his face so don’t form a good seal. They fit my 3rd grader really well.
If your kids are anything like mine, you will start the week with more masks than you end the week with. Although not environmentally friendly, disposable masks can be helpful for the more forgetful littles. We have not actually tried these exact masks but I have chosen them because they have free One-Day Prime shipping. I’ll let you know how they are when they arrive!
Thank you for caring enough to take the time to find resources to help your littles understand and adapt to the new mask mandate.
Have a great week!
Lead Educator | Joyful Learning