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Old 09-30-2021, 03:16 PM
 
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Does anyone's kindergarteners really keep their mask up all day? I was told that I am not doing a good enough job at making sure they are over their noses. I remind, remind, remind, but they are 5 and 6 years old. Sheesh, I am tired of teacher blame.


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Old 09-30-2021, 03:26 PM
 
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I teach first grade and most of them do keep it on. We have mask breaks and if it falls under the nose I just look at them and touch my mask snd they fix it. They have been pretty good wearing masks.
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I donít teach K anymore but my friend who teaches PreK says hers keep it on properly all day, even putting it on without prompting after eating. Theyíve been doing it since July though so have had more practice.

I truly think itís a matter of expectation, reminders and practice. Kids would rather be barefoot but they know they have to keep shoes on in school because of expectation, reminders and practice. Itís harder because itís something new for teachers too so thereís not a history of managing it.
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Old 09-30-2021, 04:25 PM
 
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How do you do mask breaks? Do you go outside?
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Old 09-30-2021, 04:57 PM
 
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Some do, some do not. I have 2 that need reminding ALL THE TIME. As in, every 5 minutes. It has nothing to do with expectations, reminders and practice because my expectation is the same for all of the kids and I remind them ALL THE TIME. It's exhausting.

One of my babies wears glasses and it's hard for him to keep it over his nose because the glasses get in the way. I wear glasses as well and I totally get it.

One just constantly plays with his and constantly takes it off. I'm not kidding when I say I remind him every 5 minutes.

Then there are the kids that come in with one that doesn't fit well. Or they have a runny nose and keep taking it down to wipe their nose. Or they simply forget after eating. There seems to be one of those daily.

They are 5 and 6. It's not you, it's them.


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Old 09-30-2021, 06:10 PM
 
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I have a lot that keep it on well but also have several frequent flyers who need constant reminders. One was doing ok until this week. His mask is on his table, the floor, his head...sheesh!

But what really gives me the ick factor is that so many of them are putting the mask in their mouth.
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Old 09-30-2021, 07:36 PM
 
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My class keeps them on. Except my newest student. That irks me because we had been doing so well. She seems oblivious when her mask is down. I'm working on her now.

I had a few that struggled at first but it comes down to fit. I had one in particular whose nose was always out. I'd end up giving her a disposable mask and knot the elastic. She did much better with that.

For others I had them talk to their parents when they wore a style that was difficult to keep up. I have a 6-year-old myself and I bought lots of different styles in search of one with a good fit that was comfortable all day.

I also talked to them a lot about why we wear them.
If you have Mystery Science, there's a good lesson about masks.

Some of my students were 3 when the pandemic started. It's interesting to talk to them about it.
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Old 10-03-2021, 04:38 PM
 
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I have some who never have a problem, and some who I'm reminding every 3 minutes it seems like.
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If you have Mystery Science, there's a good lesson about masks.
I love MS! Is it a mini lesson? I will try to look for it.
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Old 10-04-2021, 02:08 AM
 
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Is it a mini lesson? I will try to look for it.

Yes, it's one of the mini lessons.


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Thank you--hope to play it today.
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Old 10-04-2021, 05:17 AM
 
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Our kinders are mostly doing okay, but there are several in every class that constantly have theirs down (mostly under the nose, but sometimes off). More of them have big wet spots on the front which is disgusting...
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Old 10-09-2021, 09:22 AM
 
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I am retired but I am currently substituting part time and I was surprised that our district supplies the adult masks that are disposable not the children ones. We do have very small cotton ones that seem to fit 4 year olds.

I have experienced masks ripping and breaking from the twisting behind the ears more than not wearing them. They are all over the playground and in bathrooms.
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