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The Superpowers of Soap

There’s a chill in the air, which means we’ll all be spending more time indoors soon. It’s a good time to reinforce healthy habits — like the simple, but very effective, act of handwashing. Children will learn that keeping ourselves healthy is a form of self-care, and it’s a way to take care of others, too.
Pic: A woman and child wash their hands together. Text: Learning Snacks, The Power of Proper Handwashing

FOR KIDS: WASHING UP
You can’t touch this! Until you wash those hands, that is. These fun videos from the Sesame Street characters help preschoolers learn the healthy habit of handwashing.

FOR PARENTS: SELF-CARE IS FOR EVERYONE
Self-care isn’t selfish — it’s a basic need of being human! By teaching your child simple acts of self-care and including nurturing routines in your family life, you can show that taking care of ourselves, and each other, is important.

FOR EDUCATORS: THE SCIENCE OF SOAP
This episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart explains how those sudsy bubbles work on things like viruses and bacteria to destroy germs. See the real evidence of the power of proper handwashing to help keep us healthy, and why hand sanitizer should only be a temporary solution until your next serious scrubbing.

THINKALONG: SOMETHING TO CONSIDER
Thinkalong asks your learners to investigate and debate, “Should all public school districts offer an option for online learning?”