Parent Tip of the Week: New ways to say “Hi”

Published on Jun 01, 2020

Español / Soomaali

Helping children understand changes to our everyday routines, like saying “hi” to friends, is important to do before they are facing the situation so they are ready with what to do. It is easier to teach kids what to do first rather than try and change a behavior later. So as we once again see friends and family, try these new ideas of how to say “hi” to friends:

  • Blow kisses
  • Silly dance
  • Wave
  • Salute
  • “I love you” sign language
  • Air high-five

Here are some videos with examples:

Say Hi song from Jack Hartmann

Ways to say hi from popular characters

The most important thing to keep in mind is that kids are adaptable and will likely be more comfortable with these changes than we are. But it is important to prepare them and keep talking about the way things have changed and be open to hearing their questions.

We're Here For You

Remember, the ELS team is here to support you and want to hear from you! Please reach out to any of the following staff:

Emily Conigliaro, parent educator 952-681-6228
Eve Clarke, parent educator 952-681-6973
Sarah Sundberg Perry, parent educator para español, 952-681-6256
Debra Goebel, ECFE coordinator and parent educator 952-681-6257
Melissa Nesbitt, school psychologist 952-806-8940
Livia VanHorne, school social worker 952-806-8939