topic_interest is exactly preschool
2020-04-27I worked at a daycare in Hoover, Alabama for 5 years that provided care to over 200 children. When the state went on lockdown, our numbers dwindled down to 60 as we were only allowing children of first responders to stay. All other children were either left to their parents, babysitters, family, friends, etc. I was a lead infant teacher for babies 6-12 months. I normally have about 10 but on my first day of work after lockdown was initiated, I only had 2 and that instantly meant less noise. I have a schedule I keep but each activity lasted half the time it normally does. It gave the babies more time to play and explore but for me, I had to begin the process of deep cleaning. We were issued new cleaning products and if there was a time when you weren't busy with children, you had to clean. We kept our masks on all day for the children's sake but it limited my breathing since I wasn't used to wearing one. Add that to new, stronger cleaning products and it makes for a difficult day. I experienced the normal smells of infant care that I have for the last 5 years but the new, stronger cleaning smells altered my olfactory system. I was worried how the babies and I would react to it after we've been exposed to the chemicals for a long period of time. We weren't allowed to open our doors or windows so the smell stayed with us all day. It gave me headaches and made my babies cranky. It was a learning process with the new sanitizing methods and we all finally got a rhythm down and requested that we be allowed to open our windows and doors while cleaning. It helped us keep our kids and ourselves healthier and more conscientious about our cleaning habits. With less children around, we were able to clean thoroughly and get everything in order but it felt less like a daycare without all the noise. We worked diligently so that when lockdown was over, we could welcome back our loud and crazy kids to a new, sanitized environment.
2020-10-21This is my great niece and her classmates at pre-school in Boston. They are busy playing with each other and are creating and building something wonderful together. They don’t even notice that they are wearing masks. I guess you could say that this is a snapshot of the pandemic through the eyes of children. They are so adaptable that they never even notice the annoyance masks can be to adults. In other words, if we all took a page from their playbooks, the world would be in a much better place right now. I am sure that when at home there are no masks, but in public, children seem to have no issue in protecting both themselves and their friends.
2020-09-27We chose not to send our daughter to preschool this year, so we’re homeschooling her. She had been in daycare & started preschool at the beginning of 2020. Her she has a special leaf she collected from our yard. She’s practicing writing her letters. And later, with scissors, she practiced her cutting.