Kindergarten students and first graders have started going to school in a different way this year. Because of the coronavirus, the new school year will be a different experience for parents as well. The school will teach children health information, social distance and the importance of using masks or non-contact play. Children will receive two days of face-to-face and three days of online training next week. Parents have a big responsibility at this moment. Working parents take time off from their jobs during these first days of school; It will be suitable for the child, the family, to learn the system on their own and to support the adaptation process. For face-to-face learning, the child needs to get used to leaving home.
Children should be told that school is safe
First, parents themselves need to get accurate information about the epidemic. In this process, children will be taught to practice using masks, social distance and hand hygiene. During this time children may become anxious. This is normal. In this case, he should be told that the school is safe. The child should also be taught by the teacher how to clean his hands.
Babies during this period can often bring their hands close to their mouths. The cause of the illness should be communicated to the child in appropriate language. In this process, parents need to take care of the physical and mental health of their children. Recommendations for parents of children attending school during an epidemic can be listed as follows:
1. Help her control her daily rhythm: Sleep, eat, play should be adjusted according to school and class time. Food should not be eaten while listening to the speech. Their toys should be kept in a separate place during lessons and should not be seen.
2. Be prepared for separation concerns to become more frequent and serious: Special attention should be paid to this process, as children spend more time with their parents during epidemics. The anxious attitude of the family, the negative environment in the daily news and the change in the daily routine in general will make it difficult for the child to leave the family and get used to school. Especially with children who are sensitive about separation and do not like change, going to school, going to school, playing in the garden, meeting teachers and school officials if possible. It can be helpful for the child to see the classrooms and find out where the toilets and sinks are.
3. Anxiety can lead to panic and mental illness: Physical ailments such as abdominal pain, nausea, headache are seen in children during school days. However, it will be possible to relax on the weekends and forget when he gets into the game. Many times when going to school or entering the classroom there may be crying, heartbeat, trembling, color pulses, running in panic. There may be situations like never leaving the family at home, wanting to sleep with the parents, or crying. Psychological support is recommended when this picture lasts 2-3 weeks at normal times, while complaints last at least 1 month during this period, it would be appropriate to seek help.
4. Celebrate your child’s school start: The child should realize how honorable and exciting it is to start school.
5. Never use the screen or phone as a reward: If the device used by the child for online lessons is a game tool, it would be appropriate to turn off the device from the game application. Games should not be played on this device after lessons or homework. Instead, it would be better to go out or play games at home.
6. Don’t neglect the need to play as a young child: The child should be given the opportunity to draw lots of pictures, talk about his feelings and experiences and share what he has learned in school. She should be encouraged to read more stories and tell her pictures. At first, the attention span is very short, but gradually it will increase.
7. Be calm, tolerant and humble and take a solution-oriented approach: As long as the child adapts to the new learning style, there should be a strong connection between the teacher, the child and the parent. This is why the positive attitude of the child should be conveyed to the teacher and the child should be encouraged about his teacher. In addition, jokes, words, and behaviors that could negatively affect a child’s teacher should be avoided. It would be good to encourage the children to learn the names of their friends and ask questions in the lessons. One should not rush to learn to read and write.
8. Be aware of developmental mental illness: After starting school, families should be well aware of the diseases noticed by the teacher and disrupt the child’s education and social harmony. If they have symptoms of learning disabilities, dyslexia, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, dementia, impaired motor development, and speech impairment, it is advisable to seek the help of school guides, child and adolescent psychiatrists.