12088280_1772658502961623_604608322776492606_n.jpgIt wasn't until 1860 that people learned about germs through the research of Louis Pasteur. How would you explain them to children in pre-school?

The pre-schoolers were learning a unit on health. Their creative teacher, Ms. Stephanie Kirk, directed a student to pretend to sneeze into her hand. The student then rubbed her hand in glitter (germs). She shook hands with one student, who shook hands with another student, who shook hands with another student. Soon, everyone in the class had glitter germs on their hands. It was easy to see how the glitter germs get passed around very quickly.



12113330_1772658739628266_422872130274924502_o.jpgThen Stephanie asked the children to wipe the glitter off their hands. Try as they might, the glitter would not come off. It only came off when they washed their hands in water. It was easier to spread the germs than to wash them off. The children learned that they would need soap and water to rinse the glitter germs from their hands.

After Stephanie posted the story and pictures on her Facebook page, the story was liked and shared. Facebook users saw the story and want to duplicate the lesson.

You could say the viruses went viral