Helping Children Understand Emotions When Wearing Masks: Young children look for emotional cues from caregivers to help interpret the environment and rely on their caregiver’s facial expressions, tone of voice, and body posture to identify and understand emotions. Here are tips and ideas for helping children identify emotions when your face, your most expressive feature, is covered by a mask. Use these strategies to let children know that behind the mask, a kind and warm expression is still there!

While you are there, check out the link on how to incorporate American Sign Language when teaching emotions.

Greeting Board for Social Distancing: This greeting board is a tool that can be shared within programs and with families on greetings that can be used during the pandemic. It is available in both English and Spanish.

Rebuilding the Pyramid: Reconnecting After a Break: After a long break it will be normal for children to and adults to forget some of the routines of their program environment. This tip sheet covers a variety of strategies to consider as we reconnect in the months to come.

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