This is a difficult question that many parents are facing right now. Is it safe to send my preschool child to Himawari Preschool?
As of today (August 11) I think the best answer is to compare Covid-19 to something similar we have had in past school years: the Flu (Influenza).
Here is a link to the CDC website for Covid-19 For everyone tested in the US and having Covid, 1.6% were ages 0-4 and 5.9% were ages 5-17 (as of Aug 10). Only 0.025% of infected children ages 0-4 (30 kids) and 0.037% of infected children ages 5-17 (43 kids) have died from Covid so far. If we use March 10 as the beginning of the pandemic, then we’ve had 155 days, or 42.5% of a year: so yearly deaths could be estimated at 71 deaths ages 0-4, and 101 deaths ages 5-17.
Here is a link to the CDC website for Influenza The CDC thinks that there were 35.5 million cases of the Flu in the US in 2018-19. Of these, 10.2% were ages 0-4 and 21.6% were ages 5-17. 0.8% of infected children ages 0-4 (266 kids) and 0.6% of infected children ages 5-17 (211 kids) died from the Flu.
Comparing the US rates of these 2 diseases, kids ages 0-4 are much more likely to get the Flu and have serious complications, as well as kids age 5-17.
Also, the general population positive rates for Covid-19 tests in over a 7-day average in Wayne (4.7% as of 8/9/20) and Oakland (4.6% as of 8/9/20) are both below 5%. The statewide positivity rate is currently at 2.3%, and you can see an updated number at this link. This is a good (low) rate and acceptable for opening school.
So preschool age kids 3-5 years old have more personal risk from the Flu than from Covid. This should help us understand the risk of sending our kids to Himawari Preschool this year.
英語を優先して､日本語の大切さを忘れてはいませんか?Read more: 2020-21募集要項
The current enrollment status (as of 8/11/2020)
Sora class 4, 5 day (ages 4-5): full (waiting list)
４-５才児 そら組４-５日クラス 定員を満たしております。
Hana class 3 day (ages 4-5): still openings available
４-５才児 はな組３日クラス 募集中
Niji class 4-5 day (ages 3-4): full (waiting list)
３-４才児 にじ組４-５日クラス 定員を満たしております。
Kotori class 3 day (ages 3-4): still openings available
３-４才児 ことり組３日クラス 募集中。
Himawari Preschool is now accepting applications for new preschoolers at our unique Japanese childhood immersion preschool for the 2020-21 school year!
Here’s a listing of our Himawari Preschool ideas for things to do while we all stay at home. Keep watching for new updates until we come back to school in June!
- おうちであ・そ・ぼ No. 1 日本語
- Let’s play at home No. 1 English
- おうちであ・そ・ぼ No. 2 日本語
- Let’s play at home No. 2 English
- おうちであ・そ・ぼ No. 3 日本語
- Let’s play at home No. 3 English
- おうちであ・そ・ぼ No. 4 日本語
- Let’s play at home No. 4 English
- おうちであ・そ・ぼ No. 5 日本語
- Let’s play at home No. 5 English
- おうちであ・そ・ぼ No. 6 日本語
- Let’s play at home No. 6 English
- おうちであ・そ・ぼ No. 7 日本語
- Let’s play at home No. 7 English
- Let’s play at home No. 8 日本語
- Let’s play at home No. 8 English
- Let’s play at home No. 9日本語
- Let’s play at home No. 9 English
- Let’s play at home No. 10日本語
- Let’s play at home No. 10 English
Signs of Spring Search Cards: you can print these out and discover Spring around you together with your child!
- Signs of Spring in March (English)
- Signs of Spring early April (English)
- Signs of Spring mid April (English)
- Signs of Spring in May (English)
Skipping Rope Challenge: something we do this time of year at Himawari Preschool with our 4-5 year olds… feel free to try them together
Dandelions! Some people think of them as weeds, but together with kids you can enjoy a sign of Spring together!
Here at Himawari Preschool, handwashing is an important part of daily routine. We teach 9 “stages” to handwashing, and use a Japanese song to time it so we can wash our hands longer than 20 seconds.
[soap, you smell so nice]
[smell like candy]
[smell like flowers]
かあさんの かあさんの におい
[smell like, smell like Mama]
Hey soap… here’s Mama!]
[sudsy, sudsy bubbles]
[pretty, pretty bubbles]
あぶくの あぶくの かあさん
[sudsy, foamy bubbles with Mama]