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Newsletter July: Summer and Winter camp 2022-2023

Dear Parents,

another month has passed, and with it, 450 students were able to visit Les Elfes summer camp!

The next session, which starts on 31 July for two weeks, sees a very important event, the Swiss National Day on 1st August! Special activities will be organised for this event.

For those who still want to register their children for the summer camp, there are still some places available in session 5, which will start on 14 August for 2 weeks.

In addition, registrations are also open for winter camp 2023, which will take place from December 2022 to April 2023.

DOWNLOAD THE MEMORY BOOK OF THE PREVIOUS SESSION AND FIND OUT WHAT OUR CAMPERS HAVE TO SAY… 馃搾

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SAFETY IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY, EVEN ON THE ROAD!

As you know, safety is our first priority, which is why all transports offered by Les Elfes are organised with people you can trust.

Our drivers have been working with us for more than 30 years and the minivans with which we make most of our journeys are owned by Les Elfes.

In the high season, when occupancy is high, the minivans are replaced by large buses from our partner company Buchard Voyages.

With more than 70 years of experience and 150 destinations all over Europe in its catalogue, Buchard Voyages ensures maximum safety on all its trips.

Thanks to their state-of-the-art buses, with less than 3 1/2 years of average age and equipped with the latest technology, Les Elfes’ campers are safe and comfortable while travelling.

If you want to find out more about our partner, feel free to visit their website at www.buchard.ch.

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馃弬 ARE YOU ALREADY THINKING ABOUT WINTER? REGISTRATIONS FOR THE WINTER CAMP ARE NOW OPEN!

Between December and April, students aged between 6 and 17 are involved in ski or snowboard courses in Verbier, in the Swiss Alps

Considering that almost 300 enrolments have already been received, most of them during the peak season in January and February, we invite you to send us your enrolment requests as soon as possible.

Find the full program here below 馃憞

VERBIER HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE WORLD SKI AWARDS 2022聽聽馃憦

After winning the Award of the Best Ski Resort in the World in 2021,聽Verbier has been nominated for the World Ski Awards in the 芦 Switzerland’s Best Ski Resort 禄 category! 馃

Don’t forget to support your favorite ski resort.

Verbier Was Nominated The Best Ski Resort In The World

The winter holiday break provides numerous opportunities for campers of different age groups to engage in various fun activities. Whether parents or guardians choose a full-day or half-day camp activities program, kids are highly likely to enjoy their winter holiday school break.

Winter camps for kids offer exciting activities for members, non-members, and big and small groups, such as board games, ninjas games, archery, sledding, lego games, and gymnastics. Campers can also learn about robotics and master performing arts in their after-school holiday camps.

Read on for more insights about English camps in Europe. We will also discuss safety and health tips for winter camps for youth and how Verbier has recently been voted the best ski resort in the world.

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Verbier was Nominated as the Best Ski Resort in the World

During the recently concluded World Ski Awards, the Verbier Swiss resort won the world鈥檚 best ski resort title. Various winter break camps and resorts in the Swiss mountains won four more global awards at the same event.

Many British skiers recognize Verbier as their favorite resort for day camps and enrichment summer camps, and YMCA activities. The resort was praised for having approximately 100 lifts and over 400 kilometers of ski runs for different expertise levels.

Besides the runs, Verbier also received recognition for its apr猫s-ski. The event organizers mentioned that the resort accommodates a cosmopolitan clientele of different generations.

Why Verbier was Nominated as the Best Ski Resort in the World

Verbier received massive support from its fans and partners, securing the most votes and beating 25 competitors, among them the world鈥檚 most fancied destinations.

Health Safety in Verbier for Winter Camps for Kids

Health Safety in Verbier for Winter Camps for Kids

Whether kiddos will go for field trip day options, full day camps, or sports camps during the winter school break, there are various safety issues to watch out for. These include:

路 Frostbite, Hypothermia and Dehydration

Dehydration, frostbite, and hypothermia are the core safety issues that kids can encounter during winter camp. Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature starts dropping. It鈥檚 more likely to happen when kids get cold and wet.

Camp supervisors should watch for symptoms such as low energy, shivering, poor coordination, and shallow breathing. If you notice these symptoms in a camper, remove their wet clothes and ensure they are warm by covering them with a blanket. You can also use dry and warm compresses like a water bottle with warm water. 

Frostbite occurs on body parts exposed to extremely high winds or cold temperatures. During extreme weather, ensure the entire skin is covered while protecting the feet and hands from getting cold. Treat frostbite by pouring warm water on the cold areas. Avoid rubbing the areas or warming the areas using fire. Doing so can damage the skin further. 

Dehydration occurs when you don鈥檛 believe you鈥檙e sweating like you would in warm temperatures. Symptoms of dehydration include dizziness, dry mouth, weakness, muscle cramps, and increased heart rate. Avoid dehydration by drinking lots of water even when you don鈥檛 feel thirsty.

Have the Right Gear

If your child is going winter camping, ensure they have lots of warm clothes. Pack extra sleeping bag liner and blankets, even though the camp may provide some. Avoid cotton clothing and choose a waterproof and breathable outer layer, an insulating middle layer, and a moisture quick-drying base layer.

Safety Guidelines in Verbier for Winter Camps for Kids

Snowboarding and skiing involve various risks. Campers should understand the international ski federation (FIS) rules that govern the conduct of snowboarders and skiers to be on the safe side. These globally recognized guidelines provide instructions for people using the pistes that they should adhere to consistently.

路 Behavior and Speed Regulation

Skiers must move in control always. They should adapt their behavior and speed to fit their abilities and the overall conditions, that is, the traffic density and state of the snow.

路 Layer Up

Ensure your kids dress appropriately for the cold weather. Layering up with base and mid layers, shell, and puffy jackets allows kids to control their body temperature. As kids go through their daily activities, they鈥檒l generate body heat. Avoiding sweating is crucial because once sweat dries, it cools, leaving kids feeling colder. Kids can manage their body heat by adding or deducting layers based on the weather to reduce sweating.

路 Use Multiple Sleeping Bags

Campers can use two sleeping bags instead of one to stay warmer. The camping mattress insulates kids from snow and the cold ground. 

Multiple sleeping pads provide more warmth and insulation. The pad鈥檚 thermal resistance or warmth is measured through its R-value. The R-values of two sleeping pads combine to provide enhanced insulation power.

路 Choice of Direction

Snowboarders or skiers coming from behind can pick their course. They must ensure their choice protects the safety of the people in front of them. The snowboarder or skier ahead has priority, and the people behind must maintain considerable distance to ensure everyone makes movements freely.

路 Overtaking

Snowboarders and skiers can overtake from below or above, on the left or the right. However, the one overtaking should always allow sufficient space for involuntary or voluntary movements from the people they are overtaking, whether they are stationary or not.

路 Stopping Along the Slope

All stops should be made at the slope鈥檚 sides. All snowboarders or skiers must not stand along narrow passages or those with poor visibility. Should they fall, they must exit the piste as fast as possible.

路 Ascending and Descending on Foot

Ascending and Descending on Foot

People ascending and descending on foot should always use the piste鈥檚 edge to avoid hindering other snowboarders and skiers. Remember, footprints disfigure the piste and can trigger risks for others.

路 Respect Signs and markings and Assist where Possible

Every user must beware of the signs and markings. Suppose you witness an accident. You must assist where necessary. If you are unable to offer assistance raising the alarm is crucial. If you are involved in or see an accident, report to third parties or the emergency services immediately.

Finally

Attending winter camp can be exciting. It allows campers to meet and make new friends, participate in art camps and other activities, and enjoy the outdoors. Campers should always carry a water bottle to hydrate regularly despite the cold weather.

Newsletter June: The first session was a great success! What’s next?

Dear Parents,

Les Elfes is back with its monthly newsletter to inform you of all the news.聽

First of all, we would like to thank all the students who participated in the first session of summer camp 2022 and the 140 students who are participating in the second session that started last Sunday!聽

Also, in this newsletter, you will find some information on the upcoming sessions such as data on students’ gender & nationality and also on the activities.

Finally, we need to remind you that the number of places available is getting smaller and smaller. With already 120 enrolled students for sessions 3 and 4 and a few less for session 5, we invite you to send us your reservation request as soon as possible.聽

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WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN THE COMING SESSIONS?

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MORE THAN 40 ACTIVITIES ON OFFER, DISCOVER THE PROGRAM!

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MORE THAN 40 ACTIVITIES ON OFFER, DISCOVER THE PROGRAM!

At Les Elfes, we offer more than 40 outdoor activities and each year, we introduce new sports to satisfy the students who already know us.

In addition, we organise 8 sessions of conversational language courses per week.

The full program for session 2 is online. To receive the program for sessions 3, 4 and 5, please contact us!

Top 15 Essential Summer Camp Safety Rules For Kids in Switzerland

A summer camp is vital for your kid if you want them to experience new things. In fact, over 10 million kids across the globe go to聽day camp聽or overnight camp during summer. To ensure your children have an exciting summer camp experience, there should be a聽summer camp safety rules and plan for kids聽whether you’re going with them or not.

If your kids attend a camp run by pros, you’re assured of their safety. Most summer camps have聽camp staff who oversee operations, camp counselors to advise the children, caregivers in case of injuries, etc. Let’s look at several summer camp safety tips.

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How Do You Keep Kids Safe While Camping?

Summer Camp Safety Rules For Kids

Etiquette

Teach your kids some camping ground etiquette. For instance, they shouldn’t go anywhere alone, meaning they should always have someone with them to prevent accidents.

Fire

One of the biggest threats to safety precautions in child’s camps is fire, so adults must be around when fires are lit. Kids shouldn’t be left alone near fires.聽

Open Communication

It’s vital that you maintain open communication with kids during camping. For instance, you can bring walkie-talkies to track your kids when playing or riding bikes with their friends. This will come in handy in case they get lost.

Poisonous Plants

Some plants your kids can run into on the camping trail, such as castor oil plants and poison ivy, can be lethal if ingested. So if you see a suspicious-looking plant, you can look it up and advise your kids against eating anything they come across.

Water Bodies

Summer Camp Safety Rules For Kids around water

You must keep kids safe around water, whether boating, playing near the water body or swimming. To be on the safe side, make sure they don’t try to swim in large water bodies, and if they can, they should be supervised by a professional to guarantee water safety.

Well-being

Make sure the wellness of your kids during camping is guaranteed. For instance, ensure they have appropriate clothes for all weather conditions, stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, etc.

Wild Animals

When camping, your kids may run into wild animals. Some may look friendly to them, but you must teach your kids not to approach them.

How Do I Prepare My Child for Summer Camp?

How Do I Prepare My Child for Summer Camp

Involve Your Kid in Pre-Camp Preparations

Involving your kid in the summer camp selection process and discussing some of the camp activities is vital and can help generate excitement about going to summer camp.

Involve your kids in the process of picking a summer camp destination; ask them how long they want to stay and the camp activities they’d like to sign up for.

Look Up Photos of the Camp Site or Visit the Site Physically

You can visit the summer campsite in advance; if this isn’t an option, you can conduct background checks using photos and videos of the camping site online.

Why is this important? To calm your kids’ anxiety in case they’re nervous about going. Also, ask your kid to consult their friends who’ve attended previous camps.

Overnight Stay

Overnight Stays

You can schedule overnight stays for your kids with family members or friends. This gives them the experience of spending time away from you and sleeping in a new environment.聽

Go Shopping

Going for summer camp shopping with your kid and packing these items with their help will let them pick what they want to bring to summer camp. If they were anxious before, this would help calm their fears.聽

Check The Camp’s Packing List

The items your kid needs to take to summer camp will depend on the location and duration of their stay. Most summer camps provide a personalized camping checklist.

But ensure you pack comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear that thorns can’t easily pierce. If they have medication, pack that as well and include the dosing instructions.

As you pack a summer camping bag for your kid, ensure you label their belongings so that they don’t lose them or mistake them with those of their peers.

Top 15 Essential Summer Camp Safety Rules for Kids in Switzerland

1. Ensure Your Kids Are Vaccinated

Most summer camps in Switzerland need proof of vaccination. According to the ACA (American camp association), if campers are not vaccinated, they are prone to disease outbreaks.聽

2. Ensure Your Kids Get Sleep

Your kids should get adequate sleep during summer camp. Sleep promotes cognitive function, restores energy, boosts disease resistance, etc.聽

3. Understand Your Kid’s Food Allergies

According to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), over 5% of kids worldwide have at least one food allergy.

If your kid is allergic to any food, notify the summer camp director, so they know how to administer first aid in the event on an emergency. You can also pack an epi-pen for your kid.

4. Book a Doctor’s Appointment Prior to Camp

Book a Doctor Appointment Prior to Camp

Book an appointment with your kid’s health care provider prior to summer camp. A physical exam is vital to confirm your child’s health before entering new environments.

5. Ensure Your Kids Wash Their Hands

Campers will get dirty as they engage in activities such as games. So it’s essential that they wash their hands with soap and water, especially before meals. Disinfecting their hands by handwashing or using hand sanitizer is vital to prevent them from ingesting dirt.

6. Sunscreen

Summer camp comprises lots of outdoor activities to keep kids occupied. As a result, they will be exposed to the sun, which can give them sunburn. So teach your kids how to apply sunscreen on their skin to prevent sunburn.

7. Balanced Diet

Your kid should have healthy meals during summer camp. Fortunately, most children’s camps in Switzerland serve healthy kid-friendly meals.

8. Proper Clothing

Proper Clothing

Your kids should have proper camping clothes and gear to protect them from severe weather conditions and injuries. For instance, sneakers are ideal footwear, knee pads for when they go bike or horseback riding, as well as goggles and life jackets for swimming.

9. Pack Bug Repellent

Bugs are expected in camps, especially during summer. Pack some bug repellent for your kids and encourage them to wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, and socks. Also, instruct your kids to stay away from bug-infested areas such as thickets.聽

10. Keep Them Hydrated

Kids can quickly dehydrate during summer camp due to exposure to high temperatures and multiple outdoor activities. It’s essential that they have a large water bottle to help them hydrate when they need to.

11. Engage Them in Physical Activity

Engage Them in Physical Activity

Physical activity can help your kids develop strong muscles and bones, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and minimize the risk of lifestyle diseases. So it’s vital that your kids engage in physical activity, albeit not too much.聽

12. Teach Your Kids How to Care for Themselves

If you won’t be with your kids during camp, teach them to take care of themselves. How? if they’re under meds, ensure they know when to take them and remember to take them

13. Shoes On at All Times

Whether boots or sneakers, kids need to have some type of closed footwear when moving around. When in camps and barefoot, children are exposed to various dangers. For instance, poisonous plants, thorns, rocks, etc.

14. Instruct Kids to Stay Together

Instruct Kids to Stay Together

One of the primary camp safety guidelines for kids is always to stay together. Your kids should practice this even when a camping executive director isn’t monitoring them. This prevents them from wandering to unsafe areas and from getting lost.

15. Keep Dangerous Tools Out of Their Reach

Keep dangerous tools such as knives and firearms out of your kid’s reach. Kids don’t know how to operate such tools, and they could injure themselves in the process.

Final Thought

To sum it all up, there are many more rules you can come up with for your kids to follow during summer camp, but these are the most essential. Not only do they help keep them safe during camp, but they’re crucial life lessons moving forward.聽

21 Health Tips For Summer Camp in Switzerland

Your child’s health is critical for an excellent camping experience. Here are health tips to secure a camper’s well-being and give them a memorable time at summer camp in Switzerland.聽

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1. Ensure Campers are Vaccinated

Many camps in Switzerland need proof of immunization. According to pediatricians from the American Camp Association, if campers are not immunized, then the risk of having disease outbreaks increases. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids be fully immunized before their first day in camp.

2.聽Sleep

Getting adequate sleep promotes a camper’s mental health and wellness, restores their energy, helps them rest, develops their resistance, and boosts their growth.聽聽

3.聽Understand Food Allergies

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) more than 7% of children have one food allergy. If your child suffers from food allergies, alert the camp staff members, so they know the foods they are allergic to and how to manage possible causes.聽

4.聽Take Your Child for a Physical Exam

A physical exam is critical if the child is going to a camp with numerous activities or if they have a chronic disease like diabetes or asthma.聽

5.聽Frequent Hand Washing

Campers will get dirty as they engage in their day-to-day activities. However, washing hands regularly with soap and water, especially after every activity and before meals is important.聽

6.聽Use Sunscreen

Summer camp involves lots of outdoor activities to keep children occupied, help them make new friends, and keep them free from homesickness. Using sunscreen helps protect campers from sunburns.

7.聽Eat a Healthy Diet

Eat a Healthy Diet

Campers should constantly replenish their bodies with healthy summer meals throughout the day. Staff members in many Switzerland camps prepare and serve healthy child-friendly meals. Remember, summer camp can be hectic, and children can easily forget to eat well. However, camp staffs always ensure that every child eats a nutritious and balanced diet.

8.聽Wear Proper Clothes

Campers should dress in comfortable clothing that can protect them from injury. For example, closed-toe shoes and sneakers are ideal footwear, while light t-shirts and hats are ideal during sunny weather.聽

9.聽Tick Bite and Bug Prevention

Bugs are common during summer. Pack insect repellent for your children and encourage them to wear pants and long-sleeved clothes. Children should stay away from places where ticks are common, like wooded and high grass areas. Tick bites result in Lyme disease.聽

10.聽Make Excellent Meal Choices

While there are numerous meal varieties in summer camp, children do not have to munch on everything. Eat everything in moderation and insist on low-calorie foods like vegetables and fruits.聽

11.聽Stay Hydrated

Stay Hydrated

Campers should have easy access to fluids, especially water, during sleep-away camp. Children will get easily dehydrated during camp due to exposure to high humidity, temperatures, and numerous outdoor activities. Provide a water bottle for your child to help them hydrate. Young campers need up to two litres of fluid every day, while older children should take between 2.5 to three litres.聽

12.聽Visit the Nurse if You’re Unwell

Camp directors encourage campers to report any sickness to the resident camp director.聽

13.聽Maintain Accuracy and Honesty on Health Forms

As a parent, explain your child’s health history and let the resident medical staff know about any special needs your child may have. For example, is your child lactose or gluten intolerant? Do they suffer from behavioral diagnoses such as autism or ADHD? Let the camp staff know.聽

14.聽Sick Children Should Remain at Home

Many disease outbreaks reported in the camp emanate from illnesses at home. When a camper falls sick just before camp, they can be frustrated. However, staying at home until they feel better is always the better option.聽

15.聽Ensure the Child is in Good Shape

If your child is not passionate about sporting activities like athletics, chances are they spend a big chunk of their time in front of the television or their electronic gadgets. Children attending summer camp are exposed to strenuous activities like hiking, swimming, and tug-of-war.聽

16.聽Stretch More

Campers should take proper care of their bodies even while resting to remain fit. Stretching is crucial, according to Mike Hervis, an assistant athletic trainer. He says;聽

“We see many injuries come through our doors that could have been mitigated by more consistent stretching,” he says. “We often give athletes stretches they can do throughout the day with little to no interruption to their daily routine, such as sitting in class while doing a hip stretch.”

17.聽Stress Management

Stress is likely to occur when campers are under pressure or stuck in a demanding situation. It is one of the common problems that camp counselors help fight. Stress doesn’t affect adults only. Young campers, too, can suffer from stress, especially after navigating a hectic school year amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Stress can be uncomfortable, but sometimes it helps campers acquire excellent skills to handle difficult situations.聽

18.聽Teach Kids Self-advocacy and Care

While at summer camp, your children should advocate for their well-being and health now that their parents will not be there to monitor them. If the child is under medication, ensure they know when they should take them. Teach them how to stand up for themselves when health care providers at the camp seek to know their allergies or the medication they are taking. Make sure the child knows essential self-care and hygiene practices. Teach them healthy habits like coughing into elbows or tissue and disposing of it well, washing hands regularly, and not sharing utensils and ware containers.

19.聽Incorporate Approximately 30 Minutes of Physical Activity

30 Minutes of Physical Activity

Physical activity helps campers develop strong muscles and bones, enhances their cardiorespiratory fitness, reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, controls weight, and minimizes the risk of developing lifestyle-related diseases. Engaging in physical activity can promote healthy camp habits like including nutritious foods in diets. Encouraging campers to participate in physical activities instills a healthy lifestyle that they can practice beyond the camp.聽

21. Ask campers to provide camp officials with an annual health report from a certified healthcare provider.聽

22. Children with a history of chronic diseases like asthma, allergies, and seizures should provide a medical clearance report before they are allowed to go camping. Parents should also plan how to manage such problems should they arise.

Finally

Sending your kids to summer camp comes with various benefits. As a result, you want a reliable system you can use to book your child’s camp in advance.

Summer Camp Switzerland Safety Tips During Covid-19

Summer camp enthusiasts are looking forward to camping and engaging in their favorite activities this year. The availability of Covid-19 vaccines has shifted the direction of the pandemic in Switzerland. Further, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recently released the latest Covid-19 directives, reiterating that fully vaccinated people are free to resume normal activities without social distancing or wearing masks outdoors and indoors.

Summer Camp Switzerland Safety Tips

Many regions across Switzerland have welcomed these guidelines, and summer camp organizers are currently working on releasing the itinerary for the next summer camping expedition. Still, the pandemic is not yet over.

As a result, everybody should exercise caution when attending camp or other social gatherings. This article shall discuss some safety tips you can adopt to protect you and your family members from catching the virus.聽

How does Covid 19 Affect Summer Camps?

The Covid-19 pandemic impacted summer camps, especially with prolonged lockdowns that saw many campers spend most of their time indoors. To ensure a smooth flow of services and guarantee the well-being of camping enthusiasts, camp organizers are forced to implement stringent safety measures. Some of them have had to release statements reassuring parents of their commitment to adhere to the set procedures and policies defined by the Swiss authorities, the WHO, and the FOPH (Federal Office for Public Health). Both camp organizers and supervisors have monitored the ever-changing Covid situation and usually change their processes accordingly. 

Based on the guidelines refined by the FOPH, WHO, and the Swiss government, many summer camps hold webinars to ensure parents understand the set guidelines. Some of the preventative processes and strategies that many summer camping hubs are adopting include:

  • Providing face masks when the need arises
  • Having staff members on duty round the clock
  • Providing hand sanitizers in different stations across the facility
  • Conducting temperature checks
  • Asking campers about any existing conditions and their international travel history
  • Encouraging regular cleaning processes

At the pandemic’s peak, many camping facilities were lenient enough to offer refunds or reschedule the camping sessions until an appropriate time. Even though the pandemic has been slowly fading away and everything seems to be getting back to normal, camp organizers are not relenting to monitor official guidance from local authorities and institutions of learning. They are committed to setting up their strategy and preparing for what they know is their camper’s best interests. 

Switzerland Travel Restriction for Summer Camp

Switzerland is easing Covid-19 restrictions. People coming into the country do not need proof of recovery or a negative PCR test. However, foreigners have to provide proof of vaccination to enter the country.

Wearing face masks is no longer mandatory, and neither is presenting a negative test result to access most public areas. However, wearing a mask in medical facilities and on public transport is still mandatory. 

All visitors coming into the country from Canada and the US must be fully vaccinated to be authorized to enter Switzerland. Gaining entry into the country is almost impossible for unvaccinated individuals.

According to health officials in Switzerland, full vaccination means that you have received your Pfizer vaccine, booster, or second shot 270 days before arriving in Switzerland. Other vaccine brands to choose from including the single-dose option from Johnsons and Johnsons. 

Switzerland accepts any vaccine so long as it has been dispensed according to the Federal Office of Public Health’s directives or one the WHO has approved. When it comes to air travel, the local gov is responsible for evaluating the adherence of domestic foreign airlines to Covid-19’s international safety regulations.

Campers planning to go skiing or mountaineering should share their itinerary with friends or family. They should also understand the laid down practices to help curb the pandemic in Switzerland. 

13 Summer Camp Switzerland Safety Tips during Covid 19

Revised CDC directives have left many vaccinated individuals happy while confusing the unvaccinated ones. Many people opine that unvaccinated individuals will stop wearing masks, increasing their risk of spreading the Covid-17 virus. Here are some things that vaccinated and unvaccinated people should beware of during these unpredictable Covid-19 times.

1.     Being Unvaccinated Means You are at a High Risk of Contracting Covid and Spreading it to others

The revised CDC guidelines on wearing masks are likely to have severe consequences. For example, if unvaccinated people choose to forgo the mask, they will be at a higher risk of contracting and spreading the virus.

According to Lisa Maragakis, an associate professor of epidemiology and medicine at the University School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins,

“Unfortunately, the risk to unvaccinated individuals will dramatically rise as everyone else abruptly stops wearing masks. These individuals might need to curtail their activities even further and be even more cautious until they become fully vaccinated. The bottom line is that if you are unvaccinated, you are susceptible to the virus.”

 Vaccinated people have a higher chance of recovering from Covid than their unvaccinated counterparts. Get vaccinated before interacting with other campers. 

2.     You Won’t Need Masks When Biking or Running

Biking and running are some of the most exciting activities for camp enthusiasts. Whether you are vaccinated, you can run, walk, bike, or wheelchair roll outdoors without a mask. The risk of contracting Covid-19 outdoors is lower than is the case indoors. Engaging in outdoor activities without a mask is better because air circulation is properly.

3.     Engaging in Outdoor Contact Sports is Safe

Outdoor-related sports such as soccer present a minimal risk of transmitting Covid-19.

“Studies of sporting events show that contestants on the different teams don’t spend a great deal of time in very close proximity to each other throughout a basketball game, for instance”, Maragakis says.

 However, Paul Pottinger, a professor in the infectious diseases and allergy division at the department of medicine in Seattle’s branch of the University of Washington, says that off the field team gatherings could be the perfect ground for unvaccinated individuals to spread Covid. Campers participating in off-the-field activities should wear a face covering and practice social distancing to be on the safe side. 

4.     Outdoor Concerts and Sporting Events could Pose a Risk for Unvaccinated individuals

Summer Camp Switzerland Safety Tips

According to the CDC, participating in outdoor gatherings like live performances or close contact sporting events is risky for unvaccinated individuals. If you must attend these events, ensure the facility has proper and socially distanced sitting arrangements. If you are yet to be vaccinated, wear a mask during these events. 

5.     Hand and Respiratory Hygiene 

Hand and Respiratory Hygiene聽COVID 19

Encourage and ensure campers practice proper and frequent hand hygiene. Camp supervisors should ensure campers understand how to wash their hands thoroughly. Both campers and staff should always wash their hands before and after eating, after visiting the toilet, after activities, and every time they use shared equipment. Other things that camp organizers should do to promote proper hand and respiratory hygiene include: 

  • Ensure every staff member and camper adheres to the laid down respiratory hygiene. For example, everybody should always cover their mouths with a paper towel when coughing or sneezing.聽
  • Ensure a structured process and program to monitor and refill hand hygiene supplies.
  • Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer with up to 90% alcohol concentration in different locations across the camping facility. 
  • Implement respiratory and hand hygiene and disinfection practices suitable for the jungle setting during the wilderness tours, such as alcohol-based hand wipes and sanitizers. 

6.     Social Distancing and Cohorting 

Cohorting is the idea of placing staff and campers into specific groups that remain together all through the camping experience. This approach plays an important role in controlling camp operations should a Covid-19 case be reported at camp. Restricting any connection between cohorts reduces the number of staff or campers that should be quarantined. To guarantee the success of this approach, camp organizers should: 

  • Communicate the duties of each cohort at the beginning of the camping event
  • Practice social distancing between parents, staff, and caregivers at drop-off. 
  • Every cohort should refrain from interacting with members of other cohorts. 
  • Cohorts must remain together during all activities and mealtimes. 

Staff and campers sleeping in the same bunkhouse or cabin are household cohorts and don’t have to practice social distancing or wear masks unless they are in the company of members of other cohorts. 

Members of different household cohorts must wear face masks when using shared outdoor or indoor spaces. They should also maintain social distancing.

Worth mentioning is that evading quarantine can cost you up to CHF 10,000.

7.     Transportation

Ensure vehicles are properly ventilated and encourage campers and staff to utilize natural ventilation methods like opening windows. Consult with a healthcare specialist who can help you understand effective strategies for boosting cross ventilation under different situations. Should any camper become sick during the day, they should be restricted from using group transportation and undergo a Covid-19 test before returning home.

Create a strategy to ensure sick campers or participants arrive home safely. Suppose a driver gets sick during the day, the facility should send another driver to replace them. They should then follow the laid down practices for ill people. 

8.     Handling Confirmed Covid-19 Cases

Develop policies for alerting authorities of positive cases, overseeing follow-up of cases, and alerting exposed individuals. Here are steps camp organizers should take should a coronavirus case occur in their facilities. Develop a plan for campers and staff who develop Covid-19 symptoms and those whose antigen test returns a positive result. This plan can include:

  • Immediate isolation in a destined isolation area of symptomatic people and those with positive test results. 
  • Transporting campers home or to the medical center when necessary
  • Notifying parents when their kids test positive for coronavirus or become ill
  • Providing an exclusive space for campers and staff that test positive away from where other health services are delivered.

9.     Wearing of Masks and Personal Protective Gear

Wearing of Masks and Personal Protective Gear

Education providers at the summer camp must offer training on the proper and safe use, care, limitations, and mask disposal. Refer to the cantonal Covid-19 site in your region for additional information about masks. Here are some tips to make this exercise worthwhile.

Every unvaccinated camper or staff must wear masks while indoors unless a camper has special needs or a medical condition that hinders their ability to wear face-covering or masks such as:

  • Inability to wear or remove their masks without being assisted by another person
  • Is in an adequately ventilated area and practicing social distancing
  • Eating or drinking

10.  Routine Health Monitoring

Daily screening of the staff and campers is unnecessary, but they should self-screen daily before starting their day camp activities. Camp organizers should provide self-screening tools to ensure staff capture possible Covid-19 symptoms early enough.

They should also train campers using non-stigmatizing and age-applicable language to ensure they understand how to recognize Covid-19 symptoms. They should also be encouraged to inform staff members immediately they fall ill.

Before recommending further assessment, healthcare and medical staff at the summer camps should beware of any pre-existing conditions and Non-Coronavirus related allergies such as migraines, chest congestion, and severe running nose. 

11.  Camp Activities and Operations

Summer Camp Switzerland Activities and Operations

Here are some factors to consider when planning camp activities in Bern and Geneva.聽聽

  • The more people gather in one location, the higher the risk of transmitting Covid-19.
  • Campers should engage in outdoor activities as much as possible and limit indoor activities. If campers have to participate in indoor activities, ensure the space is well ventilated. 
  • Restrict nonessential volunteers and visitors
  • Open windows and doors as much as possible to facilitate proper circulation of fresh air.

There is a high risk of circulation of respiratory droplets during activities involving voices, such as acting or singing, or where wind instruments are used. Campers should conduct such activities outdoors and in adherence to social distancing protocols. 

12.  Building Regulations

Suppose the camping activity occurs in an amenity that is reopening after remaining shut for a long time. In that case, camp organizers should maintain all water and ventilation features and systems, such as drinking fountains and sink fountains. Doing so ensures they are ready for occupancy and use and in proper working conditions throughout the camping period. Here are some things you can do to improve or increase ventilation and encourage proper fresh air circulation. 

  • Open windows and doors as long as it is safe to do so
  • Ensure proper functioning of the central air filtration system. Seal any edges across the filters and ensure they are well installed and within service life. 
  • Ensure ventilation systems are in proper working condition to boost the quality of indoor air
  • Consult a professional to determine what is working and identify equipment requiring replacement in the facility. 
  • Keep air filtration systems running round the clock whenever possible to promote air exchange inside the building
  • If you plan to perform any activities indoors, keep windows and doors open to increase fresh air circulation. 

13.  Staff Considerations

Implement non-inflicting and flexible leave policies to allow sick staff to remain at home. Leave policies to help account for:

  • Staff who report Covid-19 related symptoms
  • Staff members who have tested positive for coronavirus
  • Staff who have had their Covid-19 tests but results are still pending
  • Employees whose children have closed school due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in their schools
  • Any employee who has had close contact with an individual with Covid-19 symptoms 

Camp organizers should encourage their staff to be fully vaccinated before the camping event. If the staff experience any side effects, supervisors should be kind enough to give them a few days off until they recover fully. 

Finally 

As Covid-19 cases drop, the CDC and WHO are relaxing regulatory measures. However, that does not mean that summer camp organizers should be lax. The virus is still here, and every camp organizer should implement prevention measures to ensure campers are safe during their stay at the camp facility.

These tips are ideal for camp organizers and parents who want to enroll their children in camp this summer. Summer camps come with numerous benefits, such as promoting a child’s mental health. However, the environment should be safe for campers to enjoy those benefits. A reliable camping facility will provide a FAQ page on their website to help parents find answers conveniently.

How Gardening Helps Your Child’s Mental Development

Gardening can help your child’s mental development whether you have a full-scale garden or bijou balcony. Show them how to grow plants and tend a garden and, not only will they be delighted, but they will derive plenty of other benefits. From responsibility to increased self-esteem, here’s how becoming a gardener can improve their mental growth.

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Gardening encourages responsibility

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Gardening is a perfect activity to give your child responsibility. Let them plant seeds to tend in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill, and they will learn how to apply themselves and take charge of projects. Plant management requires progressive care and perseverance. It also provides your child with an opportunity to see the outcome of their work and encourages them to take action.

Children love gardening outdoors, too, and delight in seeing flowers bloom and vegetables grow. You might give your child a small herb garden or area to tend easy-to-grow vegetables like squash and lettuce. Or you could give them pots on your balcony for flowers. Taking care of them will assist their mental development and provide a skill they may enjoy in the future.

Gardening improves self-esteem

Once your child becomes a gardener, they will love the sense of accomplishment tending plants provides. Step-by-step, they can watch their efforts bear fruit and contribute to beauty in your garden and possibly food to eat. As you expand their gardening knowledge, teaching them about soil and tools, their mental development will progress. Recognizing their achievements and increasing gardening know-how can affect their self-esteem because it shows they are effective.

Gardening together builds bonds that increase well-being

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Gardening will help you and your child connect, giving you the chance to work on projects together and pass on gardening expertise. You’ll share quality time outdoors and have plenty of gardening-related topics to talk about at other times. You could further bond by making houses for insects, bats, and birds or protecting other wildlife in your garden and providing safe places for creatures to live.

Likewise, you could teach your child more about protecting the environment by planting a wildflower garden together that attracts butterflies, bees, and other insects that help gardens thrive. Building a garden will assist your relationship and enhance the feel-good stability needed for good mental health.

Gardening will ramp up your child’s mental development by improving their self-esteem and teaching them to take responsibility for projects. It can give you the chance to connect and further influence their mental well-being as your relationship strengthens, too. The mental health benefits offered by gardening far outweigh the effort involved, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it sooner.

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6 Ways to Motivate Students Using Achievements

Data doesn’t belong in a vacuum. In a school environment, it needs to be shared between teachers, administrators, and parents. But don’t forget the most important stakeholder: the student. Their achievements are a reflection of their performance, and a school with a strong culture should give students the power to use those indicators to take charge of their personal growth and improvement.

The first step is ensuring students have access to their own indicators of achievement, whether in a grade card, exit ticket, or another form of performance reporting. Once students have that visibility and understand why it is important, they must figure out what it means.

To help motivate students to “own” their achievement, here are six steps to invest students in their personal performance:

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Connect Achievement to Incentives

One of the easiest ways to get students to own their data is to give them incentives to do so. Schools sometimes assume that incentives are expensive, but that doesn’t have to be the case. You don’t need to sell snacks or invite students to ice cream parties. Some of the best prizes are free. Let students earn a dress down day, eat their lunch with the principal, or spend extra time on the computer. Josh Halverson lets students earn the opportunity to read to younger students.

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Promote Healthy Competition

Competition can be a powerful incentive. We see it on the playing field, and it can work in the classroom too. When the contest is about “whose behavior is the best,” it can impact school culture. Some schools use point-based behavior incentive systems, and they use those points to give the students a sense of how they’re progressing, day-by-day.

But also, some of those schools post their students’ weekly point totals prominently in a public place. The Soulsville Charter School, for example, posts them every day in the hallways. Ben Pacht, the dean of students at Columbus Collegiate Academy, puts them up in the boy’s bathrooms. Giving students an opportunity to comparatively assess how they’re behaving allows them another window into their personal growth.

Use Students’ Pictures

Students love seeing their faces on the wall. For example, the “Scholar Ballers,” celebrates students who have excelled academically. The picture is more than an incentive; it’s a kind of “trophy” of success. This performance accomplishment can be tied to academic data, either linking it to overall standards mastery or progress between assessments. It works for behavior, too.

For example, one school, where the culture is based on “7 Habits”, celebrates students who demonstrated the school’s “habit of the month” with the most frequency. The top performers get their picture on the wall.

Help Students Visualize Their Personal Performance

By creating a visual out of data, everyone, including students, can interpret it more easily. They can also benchmark their growth against their peers, which can be a powerful motivator.

Of course, visualization is widespread in the digital age, but it’s possible just to use construction paper and markers to translate numbers to pictures that enhance students’ understanding of their own achievement.

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Incorporate Student Reflection with Progress Reports

When students receive their progress reports, have them write a reflection. Observation and questions can help students interpret their performance. Take it a step further, and those reflections can help students develop their own action plans for the upcoming week.聽

Celebrate Wins Daily – Large and Small

Remind students to invest in their data on a daily basis. The greatest incentive can be celebrating wins, no matter how small. The more indicators that get collected, the easier it will be to identify wins, regardless of a student’s challenges. Celebrating a student’s improvement can be a big motivator to show them how their performance and hard work connects to personal growth.

Conclusion

Teachers and administrators are able to adjust instruction, conduct interventions, and evaluate if their re-teaching methods work based on what the analysis tells them. That same process (set goals, make observations, identify problems, take action, etc.) can also be used by students to self-assess their own progress. Following the steps above will help you to inspire and motivate your students to learn.

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Snow Play is Good for Your Kids

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If it’s snowing where you are, chances are your kids are out there having fun, and that’s good news because snow play is good for them. Here are some of the many ways that fun in the snow will enhance your children’s health, success and happiness.

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By building physical fitness

Snowball fights can be a lot of fun, and a lot of work too, not that your kids will notice. All that clambering and leaping over the snow takes energy, getting hearts pumping and lungs filling with fresh air. No wonder they come back indoors looking so rosy and bright-eyed! They’ll be building muscle power too, from the pure joy of mucking about in that snow.

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By developing coordination

Whether your children are naturally sporty or not, playing in the snow will help develop their physical coordination. They’ll improve their balance as they negotiate uneven snow and slippery slopes, while every snowball they throw will train their judgement in aim and control.

By teaching self-preservation

Building a snowman with numb fingers is virtually impossible; it’s also painful, miserable and dangerous. That’s why your children come running home to warm up, and why they remember their gloves next time. The cruel side of snow teaches them to beware of it and take measures to protect themselves, which is a lesson for life.

By nurturing empathy and care

Your children will appreciate that if the snow is cold for them, it’ll be cold for their friends as well. They’ll instinctively stop at, or before, the critical point when pummelling each other with snow or setting each other challenges. If one loses a glove, the others will help find it, knowing how much it’s needed, and they’ll learn to extend this caring approach to other situations.

By lifting and inspiring the mind

Snow is beautiful, and your children will be inspired by its magic. From the delicacy of a snowflake to the graceful sweep of a white hillside, its wonders will delight and fascinate your kids, soothing away worries and other negative thoughts. How about setting out some coloured cards, white paint and brushes on the kitchen table afterwards, so they can turn their impressions into a picture? Then their creativity will get a boost too.

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By giving joy

Playing in the snow is wonderful fun. You don’t have to be an expert at anything, or over a certain age, to join in, so there’s special freedom to playing in the snow which adds to the joy. Your children require plenty of happy times to empower them for life’s challenges, and the snow outside your door will prove a great provider. Moreover, besides games such as snowball fights or making snowmen, there are many winter activities you can do with your children. 聽

By enriching family bonds

However busy you are, try and take time out to join your kids in the snow. Your company will hugely enhance their fun as they show and share their games with you. They’ll also be glad of your help with tricky aspects like pulling the sledge up the hill, steering it down and holding younger children steady. They may need help with building their snowman or shaping a snowball too. Take the opportunity to ask if they’re warm enough from head to toe. It may be time to coax them back indoors.

When your children go out to play in the snow, check first that the area is as smooth as it looks, with no sharp objects or icy patches below. Keep a regular check through the window, even with your older ones. Provided they’re safe and happy, you can rest assured that they’ll be thriving out there.

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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Christmas

The Christmas season is a time of joy, love, and the spirit of giving. However, it can also be a time of overindulgence, waste, and consumerism. After the holiday season, an enormous amount of trash ends up in landfills, causing further pollution of the environment. What can we do to help? We can have an eco-friendly Christmas.

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What is an Eco-Friendly Christmas?

An eco-friendly Christmas refers to celebrating the holiday season in a way that is least harmful to the planet, reduces waste, and can be cost-effective for you as well. Here’s how you can reduce, reuse and recycle your way through the holiday season.

Choose a Real Tree

It may seem a little surprising that a real tree is more environmentally friendly than an artificial tree. However, real trees grown on farms are helping the environment. They clean the air, absorb carbon emissions and provide a habitat for birds and wildlife. When tree farms cut down trees, they plant new ones, and the eco-friendly cycle continues. Artificial trees are considered sustainable only after many years of use. They can contain harmful chemicals and usually end up in landfills after a couple of years. Potted Christmas trees are an eco-friendly option. A potted tree is a good alternative if you have a place to put it and the time to care for it. You can keep it potted or plant it.

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Decorations

Now that you’ve got your tree, it’s time to decorate. Go vintage. You can purchase low-cost decorations at a thrift store. Consider making eco-friendly decorations out of natural elements. You can use wood, pinecones, cranberries, and string the tree with popcorn. If you’re skilled in arts and crafts, gather the kids and get creative. You can also trade decorations with friends or relatives.

Gifts

Instead of purchasing loads of presents, consider giving gift cards, memberships, or donations to someone’s favourite charity. These gifts are eco-friendly since they do not have packaging that contributes to waste. Give edible presents such as homemade cookies. Nut roll, pumpkin roll, and poppyseed roll are other holiday favorites. If you can sew or knit, consider making your gifts. Sweaters, scarves, hats, and mittens are popular gifts. If you are artistic, you could give drawings or paintings as gifts. If you love taking photos, frame a favorite image and give it as a gift. Recipients will appreciate the time and love you put into homemade gifts.

Gift Wrap

Just think about how much wrapping paper goes into the garbage each holiday season. When you open gifts, try to salvage the wrapping paper. Keep it and reuse it. You can do the same with gift bags. Cut back on wrapping paper by thinking of creative ways to wrap gifts. For example, you can give a gift of jewellery by placing it in an elegant-looking velvet bag. Wrap a pair of pyjamas in a Christmas blanket and tie it with a ribbon. If you know how to knit, you could knit creative covers in Christmas colors for small gifts. Let kids wrap gifts in papers or coloring book pages that they’ve colored.

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Save on Energy

Christmas lights are beautiful on the tree but not on the electric bill. Turn the Christmas tree lights off when you’re not home or when you go to bed. If you have Christmas lights decorating the outside of your home, put them on a timer so that they are not on constantly. It will help the lights last longer and lower your energy usage.

Use Leftovers

Don’t let the holiday leftovers go to waste. You can share extra food with family, friends, and neighbours. Contact a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter to see if you can donate food.

Your Eco-Friendly Christmas

These are just a few ways to have an eco-friendly holiday season. You don’t have to be consumed by holiday shopping. You can give and share in a creative way that is good for your financial health and the environment.

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Introverts, Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking!

Ask most introverts if they love the experience of public speaking, and the answer will most likely be no.

Public speaking is a vital skill for all professionals to master, regardless of their temperament. Even after learning how to speak in public and reading numerous tips and tricks to do it well, you might still be feeling nervous. Consider devoting some time to quieting your introverted anxiety, as well as to developing your speaking skills.

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1. Change How You Think about Public Speaking

For this step, use your ability to think about what other people are thinking (which is something intuitive introverts are usually very good at). With very few exceptions, audience members typically want the person who is speaking to them to succeed. They want to see an interesting or helpful presentation, and they hope you can provide one. This means they are cheering for you. They WANT you to do well because that means the encounter will be enjoyable for them too. In a way, you are simply helping people by sharing what you know or are there to present.

Once you realize your presentation has much more to do with your audience than it has to do with you, you may feel less pressure. Use your imagination (something else that introverts are typically very good at) to think about what your audience wants to learn from you. If you’re not entirely sure, either reach out to people you know you’ll be speaking to, or consult with whoever has asked you to speak. Are you there to impart technical knowledge? Are you there to inspire or entertain people? What one point do you want to make? Write it down, and start from there.


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2. Plan, Practice, and Plan Some More

Sometimes the only way to quiet anxiety about public speaking is to get yourself to a point where you say, “I have prepared for this as carefully as I can. There is nothing further I can do.”

Write down your one-sentence goal for your presentation. Then map out what you want to say and when, either by writing it out, making an outline or just getting some bullet points on a notecard. Think about some exciting or intriguing ways to introduce your subject in the beginning, and re-state your goal in a conclusion.

Then, practice it. Go in a room by yourself, stand in front of a mirror, and talk to yourself like you are your audience. Practice it a lot. Try lots of different things. Change the order of your speech. Think about ways to use visual aids or illustrate the training you’re providing. Look at your hand gestures and facial expressions in the mirror.

When you’re sick to death of the whole topic and yourself, and you can’t practice it one more time…practice it one more time.

And then STOP. When you start to feel nervous, tell yourself that you have prepared even more than you probably needed to. You are ready.

3. Mingle Before the Big Event

This one is counterintuitive because if there is one thing introverts tend to hate more than public speaking, it is “mingling.”

Get to where you will be speaking or presenting early. This will help calm your nerves because it will leave you sufficient time to get ready and also check any equipment or software you might be using.

It will also put you in the place where your audience will be. As your audience members join you, greet them pleasantly. If you’re already acquainted, chat. If you’re not, introduce yourself and ask them how they’re doing and what they look forward to learning. Distribute any materials while people enter, or circulate to talk to them and give them any handouts.

This serves two purposes: it gives you something to do before your speech rather than be nervous, and it is another way to get the audience on your side. They always wanted you to do well, but now they want you to do well because they feel like they know you.

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Always Be Yourself

These are just ideas to get you started. The most important thing about speaking is that you show your audience your true self. Do not adapt things that you think make public speeches “good.” Don’t tell jokes unless you typically tell jokes. Don’t mingle ahead of time if you’d rather meditate quietly for a few moments before you start. Understand what puts you at ease and go for it.

Introverts tend to be empathetic and imaginative people. You have nothing to fear from your audience, especially if you focus on how you can make the experience a positive one for all of you.

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How to stop procrastinating right now

Procrastination is the productivity killer affecting up to 70% of college students, and according to research by Dr. Joseph Ferrari, 1 in 5 of adults. It’s far easier to concentrate on reorganizing bookshelves or scrolling through social media than tackling an essay or masses of coursework.

Statistics show that the number of people who confess to procrastinating has increased by 200% since the 1980s. A huge reason for this is technological advances, giving us access to unlimited distractions at our fingertips on the internet or our phones.

But when a deadline is fast approaching, not only does procrastination cause stress and anxiety, but it also means you might rush and not turn in your best work. If you’re reading this because you just can’t concentrate on the task at hand, you’re in the right place. In just two minutes, read these three techniques you can use right now to get your work started!

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Put your phone away

Or better, switch it off. Mobile phones constantly demand our attention; message groups constantly pinging, game notifications with updates or special offers, or social media updates begging you to scroll through your feed. If you’re simply not comfortable switching it off, turn off notifications for everything you don’t need immediate access to, or switch to ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode. Right now, you have more important things to do!

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Make a checklist can help you get organized

Our brains do not enjoy taking on large and lengthy tasks. They prefer smaller, more specific goals, according to Edwin Locke’s goal-setting theory. Make a checklist of all the specific elements or paragraphs you will need to complete – if you’re concentrating on one smaller, more attainable goal, your brain is much less likely to go into panic mode and find something easier to do. For example, instead of ‘complete my essay’, break this up into: ‘Write the introduction’, ‘Write paragraph one’. etc. Making this a physical list that you can check off as you go will not only keep you on track but give your brain a reward for each section completed and keep you motivated.

Stop procrastinating, take Regular breaks

This might initially sound counterproductive, but allowing yourself regular breaks gives you a reward to work for. Set yourself a timer and work solidly for 20 minutes, then take a timed five-minute break. Rinse and repeat until you’ve achieved your goal! The five minutes works as the reward, but a break also allows you to re-focus for the next 20 minutes. You might want to adjust the timings; maybe you would work better with shorter but more frequent breaks – it’s all about what works for you. If you don’t trust yourself using your phone as a timer, you can use a clock or an egg timer from the kitchen, or ask a friend or family member to time for you.

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Conclusion

Procrastination affects most of us, usually at the worst possible time. Overcoming procrastination will get you most of the way, and the rest is simple. Put on your best motivational playlist, make yourself a tea, get your head down and try these techniques right now, and knock this essay out of the park!can

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Five Simple Ways to Learn a New Language Fast

Are you interested in learning a new language but have no clue where to start? Don’t worry, there are several tools and techniques you can use to help you along the way. Whether you want to be able to speak to locals while you travel or converse with a fluent family member, these simple tips will help you learn quickly and retain every word.

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1. Watch foreign movies with English subtitles

Watching a foreign movie of your favorite genre is not only an entertaining way to get familiar with the language you’re learning, it also allows you to hear the way it sounds in natural conversation. You’ll remain engaged while mastering pronunciation as well as emotional expression, ensuring you get the proper meaning across every time. Think of your movie marathon as a study session: you can make notes and pause or rewind as you please to jot down words you find challenging. At the beginning of your language journey, you can start by following along with the English subtitles turned on. Later on, try challenging yourself by turning them off once you think you’ve become fluent enough to understand the movie on your own.聽

2. Use the “chunking” method

“Chunking” is a well-known memorization technique in the field of psychology, and it can be an especially useful tool to use while learning a new language. It involves separating the words you want to memorize into groups (or “chunks”) based on the category they fall under. For example, if you are learning Italian, you can file聽pane聽(bread) and聽aglio聽(garlic) under the “food” category. Every time you learn a new word or phrase, add it to the right category. You’ll find it easier to recall words if you refer back to a “chunk” that has a specific meaning instead of attempting to memorize each word separately.

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Many language courses put too much emphasis on mastering grammar or spelling, and not enough emphasis on oral skills. Instead of putting all your efforts into achieving flawless writing skills, practice pronunciation first. Speaking is generally more important than writing since it will most likely be your primary form of communication during your travels. Also, you can easily sharpen your spelling and grammar skills as you practice speaking out loud by using cue cards and reading every phrase or word you see out loud.

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4. Start with the most common words first

To avoid becoming overwhelmed with a never-ending list of new words, start by prioritizing your vocabulary. Consider which English words you use the most in your day-to-day life. Which words are the most practical, and which phrases will you use the most while traveling? Greetings, food names, and essential guiding questions (such as “where is the closest train station?”) are good places to start.聽

5. Find the right learning tool

There are countless apps, books, websites, and courses that claim to be able to teach you a new language in the quickest and most efficient way possible. Choose the one that you feel would work best for you: if you have a busy schedule, you may wish to consider downloading a free app that sends you daily reminders. If you are going on a last-minute trip and need to learn a lot in a short amount of time, you could invest in an intensive two-week course that is taught in person. Weigh your options and see what would be the most effective and affordable to you.聽

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Conclusion

In addition to these practical tips, it’s important to stay motivated and remember why you wanted to learn a new language in the first place! Experiment with different learning techniques and use the ones you find most enjoyable. You will likely run into challenges along the way, but gaining a new lifelong skill will make it all worth it in the end.

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Tips to Promote and Maintain a Motivational Classroom Environment

As one of the most important professions, teaching is both a privilege and a valuable experience. While schools are expanding their educational programs with new technology, the primary engine of learning still resides in the classroom. The quality of teaching can make a difference in how you prepare students for their future careers. This is why promoting and creating an inspirational classroom environment is valuable to both your teaching experience and student development. With these considerations, here are applications you can use to make your classroom a more motivating place for students to learn and grow.

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Remember Names

One of the most effective techniques in classroom management is building trust. When teachers place emphasis on understanding their students and their goals, they can adapt their teaching experience to gain their trust. The first step to establishing trust is by recognizing and remembering student names. Make sure to practice the correct spelling and pronunciation when studying your students’ names. If you make mistakes, you can make light jokes about them and encourage your students to correct you. Students will eventually feel more comfortable and settled in their teaching environment as you grow to be familiar with their names.

Provide Positive Reinforcement

Students do not know how well they are performing in a class until someone acknowledges it. In this case, the teacher must consistently recognize when good progress is being made and let the student know about it. Making calls home can be helpful – in addition, you can connect with your student’s parents. If the parent hears about the good performance, that information travels to the student as well.

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Reward Diligence and Effort

A motivating classroom environment is where hard work and consistent effort is valued. Many students respond well when their hard work is rewarded. You can select an outstanding student in the class each week to highlight their performances and efforts. Students in turn, will see that individual effort is recognized and they will be more motivated to continue their learning progress. The more you showcase good work and effort, the more engagement you can get from the students. The increased engagement can help improve their motivation and commitment to their learning goals.

Create an All-Inclusive Learning Experience

A good learning environment is not rigid but is flexible and ready to be adapted to any situation. There are many challenges and tasks you have to navigate through on a daily basis. Some students may experience personal problems that may be outside your control. In these cases, it is important to adjust your learning plan for those students to accommodate them.

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Conclusion

Excellent class management requires many skills and characteristics. One of the most important ones is the ability to inspire your students and push them to reach new milestones. With these techniques and applications, you can build an inspiring learning environment and ensure your students have the resources to succeed. Add these elements into your teaching curriculum as you plan out your upcoming academic syllabus for the year. Through consistent application, your classroom is well on its way to being an inspiring learning centre.

Outdoor activities are one of the most successful inspiration method.

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7 Ways to Reduce Food Wastage at Home

With so many suffering from food insecurity and nutritional inadequacies, it’s sobering to consider how much food wastage there is around the world, particularly in developed countries. Some of the massive food wastage that takes place occurs after harvest and during food processing, but it also occurs in supermarkets and at home. In fact, a third of all food produced ends up as wastage. Sobering statistic, isn’t it?

Food waste doesn’t merely deprive people who need it of nutrition; the food that’s tossed ends up in a landfill where it produces methane gas that’s harmful to the environment. You may not be able to control the wastage that occurs outside your living quarters, but there are ways to cut back on food waste at home. Even small changes can have an impact. Let’s look at seven ways to do this.

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Don’t Buy More Than You Need

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It’s easy to get distracted at the grocery store and end up buying more than you really need. All the brightly colored packages and coupons that entice you to purchase, but how much will end up being tossed? Plus, most packaged foods are a poor investment in your long-term health. The risk of overbuying is even greater if you shop when you’re hungry or bring the kids along. Change your shopping approach. Plan the week’s menus ahead of time, make a list, and stick to it. Avoid the urge to impulse shop at the grocery store. Planning ahead is also easier on your budget.

Buying in Bulk Isn’t Always a Bargain

Buying items in bulk can save you money, but not if half of what you buy goes to waste. Don’t be so focused on a bargain you buy more than you need to save money. Buying in quantity only works well for items that you actually use. For example, don’t purchase five loaves of bread to get a bulk price when you know you can only use one. Some people get so wrapped up in copping a bargain, they forget that it’s not a deal if they can’t use it.

Store What You Buy Properly

Another way to reduce waste is not to let what you buy spoil before you use it. Fresh produce has a limited shelf life, and if it gets moist, its lifespan will be even shorter. If you can’t use produce quickly, buy frozen vegetables instead. Studies show that frozen produce is as healthy, if not more so, than fresh since frozen fruits and vegetables are harvested at the peak of freshness. Unlike fresh produce that loses nutrients as it sits on shelves, freezing locks in nutrients. You can also freeze fresh foods – right from the garden!

Compost Your Leftovers

Food scraps are not something people think about, but everyone has some in their kitchen — in the fridge, in cooking pots, and on dinner plates. There are no escaping food scraps! Instead of holding onto this organic waste to rot in the trash, compost your leftovers. Composting is easy to do and can greatly reduce the amount of waste you send to landfills. If you don’t want to compost yourself, there are other options available to you. You can hire someone to do it or donate the leftovers to a local farm or pet shelter with an area where they can be used in composts. Compositing is good for the planet too.

Don’t Be Afraid of Ugly Produce

Ugly produce, produce that’s a bit deformed or not as pretty, still provides nutritional value, and you can often get it at a cheaper price. It’s a win-win! By buying ugly or irregular produce, you keep it from being tossed or wasted, and you save money too. Keep an open mind and stop looking for perfect produce and help take a bite out of food wastage.

Donate What You Can’t Use

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If you accidentally buy packaged produce you can’t use, don’t toss it into the garbage where it will end up in a landfill. Instead, donate it to a food bank. When you do this, you’re taking a bite out of hunger in your local area. What doesn’t work for you can be a source of sustenance for someone in need. Be part of the solution by donating to your local food bank. They’ll love you for it!

Don’t Let Your Fridge and Cabinets Fall into Disarray

When your cabinets and refrigerator are disorganized, it’s easy to let foods sit past their expiration date. Arrange the shelves of your fridge and cabinets, so that older items are toward the front and newer ones in the back. It’s easy for items to get “lost” in a vast fridge or in spacious cabinets, and go past their expiration date unused. Also, track expiration dates weekly and designate items that will soon expire as a priority. Additionally, know that many expiration dates have to do with food quality, rather than whether something is safe to eat. Know what phrases like “use by” mean.

Conclusion

Food wastage is a major issue worldwide, and reducing it is a good way to help the environment and your pocketbook. Be part of the solution and a friend to mother Earth and the environment by valuing her resources.

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Tips for Students to Optimize Their Time for School Work

A new school year comes with an anticipation of new challenges and upcoming work. After the first weeks of school, the work starts to accumulate along with other duties, which can make your school year more challenging and stressful than it needs to be. How does a student best perform in an environment that is crunched for time? There are several solutions you can use for yourself or your children. Here are several time management techniques to apply at school.

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Create a Regular Schedule Template

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You may have many assignments and projects that make up most of your day, but planning and management are still important in helping you get the things you need done on time. Set up a list of objectives ahead of your day, then organize them into a template that can be reused for future periods. A good template can help you outline what you really want to prioritize throughout the day and set the deadlines you want to have them done by. Your template is also a guideline to get you to decide which projects you are going to allocate most of your resources and energy on. Time blocking lets you hone your sights and resources on the most essential projects and assignments for your class.

Create Checkpoints Throughout the Day

Maximizing your time means being action-oriented in how you are going to start and conclude each day. Craft a plan of action for both your morning and evening routines. You can assign two hours of your morning specifically to research or writing. Regardless of which activities you are dedicating blocks to, your school work can gradually be more efficient by having specific assignments completed within an invested bubble of time.

Schedule Unique Times for the Most Important Projects

The highest priority projects deserve a block of time on their own. In this case, it is important to have time reserved to focus on your projects and get the most critical tasks done. Google calendar can be your best friend when it comes to scheduling and organizing crunch time sessions to hone in on your top-priority projects. The #focustime feature on Google calendar can be especially helpful for blocking out external alerts and notifications from other websites while you are working on a specific project.

Schedule Physical and Social Breaks

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A realistic and healthy academic schedule also accommodates social and rest time. Your well-being can benefit by having a good balance between school work and your social endeavors. In addition, when you have social and leisure plans set on your calendar, you can optimize your time more in completing assignments and projects.

Set Goals and Milestones

Tracking your work progress helps you facilitate projects on time and ensure you meet your daily classroom obligations more efficiently. Instead of setting long-term or extensive goals, divide them up into smaller ones to ensure you have a workable milestone to complete each day. You can start working forward with a small goal, then build it up to maximize your progress towards completing your large goal. Breaking down your goals can be valuable towards helping you complete your school work throughout the semester.

Conclusion

The common mistakes of a student are procrastinating and feeling overwhelmed by the workload of a new semester. Successful students integrate consistent strategies into making their schedule as manageable as possible. By adopting and applying the aforementioned principles into your routine, you can make you or your child’s semester something to look forward to while being productive and successful at the same time.

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Keep Your Kids Active This Winter With These 8 Fun Activities

The days are shorter and the weather is colder, but that doesn鈥檛 mean the fun needs to be limited! There are plenty of fun activities to keep you and your kids active this winter. From family fun as a group to individual adventures, there鈥檚 plenty of fun things to do to carry us through the cold winter months.

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Follow Animal Tracks

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Animals are out and about all year long, but winter is the best opportunity to find evidence of their travels. Go on the hunt for animal tracks in the snow and try to figure out who or what made those tracks. Measure the size of the print, count the number of toes, and look for other clues that might help you find an answer.

Feed The Birds

Not all birds migrate to warmer climates in the winter and, for those who stick around, food can sometimes be hard to come by. Create some bird feeders with simple things you probably already have around your home. It can be as simple as a toilet paper roll or pine cone, covered in peanut butter and rolled in bird seeds. Your kids can feed their feathered friends and watch their creations in action.

Get Colourful

Pure white snow makes the perfect blank canvas for some beautiful artwork! Fill squirt bottles or spray bottles with water and a little food colouring, then send the kids outside to start creating. In no time at all, you鈥檒l have the most vibrant snow-covered lawn in the neighbourhood! 鈥淢y kids love being able to decorate their front lawn and make it their own. And, when there鈥檚 another snowfall, they鈥檝e got a brand-new canvas to work on!鈥 raves Alice, an educator at PaperFellows and BoomEssays.

Winter Camps

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Getting away for day or overnight camps isn鈥檛 just for summer break! Winter camps will give your kids the opportunity to form new bonds and friendships while learning new skills and enjoying all that winter has to offer. You can find camps specific to certain sports or activities, like hockey camps, or more general camps where they鈥檒l participate in a variety of activities.

Have Fun With Frosty

What鈥檚 winter without building a great big snowman? But, the fun doesn鈥檛 have to end when you pop on his hat and plug in his corncob pipe. Have a little fun with Frosty by taking turns trying to piece him back together while blindfolded. Try to get his buttons, eyes and nose back in the right spots without being able to see where his pieces are landing.

Light Up A Fire

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There鈥檚 nothing better than sitting around a campfire and enjoying the company of family and friends. Add s鈥檓ores to the mix, and you鈥檝e got the recipe for a perfect night! Winter bonfires are great for keeping toasty warm and because the sun sets earlier in the evening, you can get that fire roaring sooner!

Create A Band Of Snow Angels

There鈥檚 possibly no activity that is more classic than falling back in the snow and swishing out a good old-fashioned snow angel. Why not grab those squirt bottles filled with coloured water and give your angels a vibrant hue.

Erupt A Winter Volcano

A little baking soda topped with a little vinegar makes for a great reaction! Add a little colour, and your kids can create their own winter volcano. All they need to do is build their volcano out of snow, leaving a space on the top for a cup. Scoop a few spoons of baking soda into the cup, along with a little food colouring. Thicken your 鈥榣ava鈥 up with a little dish soap in the cup before adding your vinegar! 鈥淭he best part about a snow volcano is that it鈥檚 quick and easy to build a new one – no need to spend the time building a paper mache volcano that just gets one use,鈥 explains Derrick, a writer at StateOfWriting and EssayRoo.

Conclusion

There is plenty of fun all around to keep your kids busy through the cold winter months. Whether you鈥檙e all participating together as a family, or sending the kids out on their own adventures, make the most of this beautiful season.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Education, Pandemic Learning Loss, and How to Prevent It

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted learning for all learners across the world in the past year. Gov. Institutions in various parts of the world have to adopt robust measures to prevent pandemic learning loss. In this article, we shall discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the education system and strategies schools can adopt to reduce learning loss in middle and high school students. 

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Triggered School Closures

At the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, governments across the world announced school shutdowns. Then, some officials in the US said it would be a few weeks or months before the reopening of schools. However, an increase in new infections kept students away from learning environments for an entire year.

Educators and students had to do with other learning techniques like distance learning to avoid further interruption of the new school year. While remote learning has played a significant role in promoting academic progress, it has affected the emotional well-being of many learners. For example, anxiety and depression cases have surged, and some students have lost interest in learning.聽

Estimating the Impact of the Pandemic Learning Loss on the Academic Year

The learning loss might be more significant in some subjects like mathematics. On average, students will likely lose approximately nine months of learning by the school year’s conclusion. With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccinations, schools are more ready to prevent continued learning loss.

Governments should lay down structures to ensure learners go back to school where possible. Enhancing remote learning will also go a long way in preventing further disruption and ensuring students catch up with the grade level they lost during school closures.

To recover, school systems should adopt post-pandemic approaches to enable students to reach their full potential. They will also need to address the lasting education policy inequities.聽

Adapting to Remote Learning Realities

While some students are still learning remotely, conditions have improved tremendously. More schools have modified their outreach, teacher training, and curricula to promote engagement with parents and teachers.

According to statistics, 60% of K-12 students in Texas and New York began their 2020-2021 school year remotely, while 20% started with a combination of in-person and remote classes. The other 20% resumed in-person classes. These statistics show a mixture of approaches in different public school districts across the USA.

Maintaining student engagement in a remote setting can be challenging. Recently released data from a teaching software provider published on McKinsey shows that student engagement in remote mathematics coursework dropped by nearly 11% during fall compared to participation before the pandemic. The drop among low-income students was 16%, while high-income student engagement dropped by 2%.聽

Reducing the Pandemic Learning Loss will be Challenging

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the education system in the US and other parts of the world. Many schools have had to implement strategies with no certainty on the results. Current remote learning research is established on virtual charter institutions that do not represent the public school community.

There are no proper studies to show the effect of hybrid education models on learning, student’s mental health, and limiting the spread of COVID-19. As a result, schools struggle to outline adequate learning strategies while researchers cannot anticipate the effects of current disruptions.

Based on the pre-pandemic studies of the impact of virtual learning and evaluation data acquired at the beginning of the current school year, here are some scenarios that educators should consider succeeding in reducing learning loss.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Lack of Progress

This scenario defines what learners would have lost if governments and schools had not switched to remote learning. With numerous improvements in place currently, education experts believe they have thwarted the worst-case scenario.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Status Quo

In this scenario, students will have to remain in their current learning systems until the end of the school year. However, the quality of their remote learning will be more improved than ancient virtual charter institution performance.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Improved Remote Learning

Here, students will remain in their current learning systems until the end of the school year but with tremendous hybrid and remote learning quality improvements.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Back to School

This scenario, similar to the status quo, ended in 2020, after which students resumed an in-person learning approach from January 2021 to the end of the academic year.聽

These scenarios will have a significant effect on current achievement gaps. Improving the quality of remote learning and reducing the length of the interruption could lower learning loss effects, especially for vulnerable students.聽

How to Prevent Pandemic Learning Loss

Many schools in California and other parts of the world have adopted strategies to implement remote learning during school closures. However, more needs to be done to reduce learning loss and ensure students make up for the lost time.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Target Strengths and Overlook the Negatives

According to NWEA research, many students experienced massive learning losses in reading and maths following the pandemic. The losses resulted from a bizarre pandemic that was magnified by inequities in the education system.

While schools, parents, teachers, and students are not to blame, we should avoid negative terms like learning loss, COVID slide, and falling behind. Such terms only worsen an already dire situation and create a shaky learning foundation.

By assuming an asset-based concept to learning loss, both teachers and parents demonstrate to their kids that even though they did not complete their maths curriculum, they:

  • Mustered the art of seeking help
  • Acquired time management and coping skills

In the end, learners will bring their adaptability and resilience to school, which educators can bank on to forge ahead.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Work from the Bottom Up

There is no universal approach to compensate for learning loss. How then do you determine where to begin? According to the HMH Academic Planning and Analytics Senior National director Dr. Stephan Knobloch, the following planning order could work well.聽聽

  • Develop relationships with learners, their families, and caretakers.
  • Provide equitable learning tools
  • Support teachers with continuous professional development
  • Determine vital remediation skills and begin with grade-level lessons

Dr Knobloch reiterates teachers must start at step one to make up for pandemic learning loss successfully. While you may want to leverage an adaptive software tool, it will be ineffective if students lack a computer or WiFi. A teacher who has not engaged in online teaching may not understand how to leverage technology to fill skill gaps without training, resources, and continuous support.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Focus on Socio-Emotional Learning

We can leverage examples of previous unfulfilled learning. Research conducted on victims of Hurricane Katrina indicates that they experienced concentration challenges and often displayed signs of depression in the subsequent months.

Apart from supporting students’ learning efforts, teachers should also care for their emotional needs during the pandemic. Learners will have a difficult time studying if their basic needs remain unmet. Many students struggle with anxiety and fear of contracting the virus, loss or reduced family income, and food insecurity. To reduce learning loss, focusing on wellness and health is crucial.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Provide Support and Scaffolds

Students have had different levels of learning loss and unfulfilled learning. Many teachers have met their students online, while others will meet them for the first time since this fall’s pandemic.

Before providing the support and scaffolds students require, educators should consider using high-quality diagnostic and standardized tests. These tests will help identify the necessary skills students require to recover from the learning loss.

Teachers can also leverage the just in time strategy to reduce learning loss. In this approach, mediation occurs as students come across grade-suitable materials. Giving students a vast range of entry points to the scaffolds, content and modified instruction is crucial in ensuring that grade-level content is more accessible.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Work on Grade-level Content

Teachers may want to evaluate student’s test scores immediately, remediate, reteach, or determine their skill gaps. Research suggests that these practices are not only ineffective, but they could also trigger student disconnection from school and more inequities. Remediation can have adverse effects on students who are already a grade level behind. Teachers should focus on covering grade-level content and ensure it is easily accessible to prevent more learning loss.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Use Technology to Work on Skill Gaps

Now that many students are learning remotely or in a combination model, teachers can use technology to work on skill gaps. However, all students should have access to technology. Adaptive software tools analyse students, track their progress, and allocate particular skills. Students who have no technology access at home can use these tools at schools. Parents can also mobilize the community and nonprofit organizations to avail WiFi hotspots and other tools students can use after school.

Conclusion

Many students are struggling with pandemic learning loss across the world. Schools, parents, and teachers can use the tips here to help learners cope with the challenges and reduce losses. The journey to recovery may be challenging, but learners can make it with the necessary support.聽

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Best ways to plan a perfect family trip in Europe

Europe is by far one of the best continents to visit with your family. They have lots of tourist attractions, extremely cold weather, and European hospitality that is renowned worldwide. However, it can be quite overwhelming as a first-timer to plan things out for the rest of the trip.

Don鈥檛 worry! We got you covered. In this article, we will be giving you a head start on some important trips to go on with your family in Europe.

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How to Plan for a Trip to Europe

Going to Europe means getting all the important documents such as passports, visas, personal identifications, and many more. To help you with those, here are some of the things on how you should plan your family trip to Europe.

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路     Plan Everything

Going to Europe is not a simple thing. It should be carefully planned with all the members of the family involved. Going to different tourist attractions or going through some of their festivities should be planned accordingly.

路     Provide Important Documents

Important documents such as personal identifications, boarding passes, hotel and resort accommodation, cash, and credit cards should always be checked before leaving the house. A misplaced important document can easily spell disaster to the entire trip.

路     Book Local Day and Night Tours

Europe has lots of impressive cities at its disposal. Going on a tour with a family isn鈥檛 advisable. The best way to enjoy every destination is to book your family for a day or night tour. In this way, you get to experience some of Europe鈥檚 finest tourist attractions and spots. 

路     Check for any Health Restrictions

The pandemic has made it difficult for us to visit each country, and each country has its health restrictions such as going through different kinds of tests proving you and the rest of the family are negative against COVID-19. Before choosing a location, ensure that the city or country you are visiting has a low number of COVID cases.

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Best Road Trips to Take for your Family in Europe 

One of the best things about Europe is that you can just easily go on road trips and explore the ins and outs of this magnificent continent. As long as you have an international driver鈥檚 license or know how to get an international driver鈥檚 license, the best bet is to rent a car and explore.

路   Lake District, North England

If you happen to stop by at Lake District in northern England, you get to experience some of the best and picturesque views in Europe. Blue lakes, fertile farmlands, and a great sunset might just be what you are after once you get to experience its breathtaking view.

What makes this good for the family is that you can easily set up a picnic-style and have some quick snacks while taking some snaps. Along the road, you get to explore some local towns such as Windermere, Keswick, and Ambleside that also share the same passions.

路 Atlantic Road, Norway 

Road trips are the best part whenever you visit Europe with your family. It cuts the cost down, and trips are more memorable and profound. The Atlantic Road in Norway is also one of the best road trips your family should encounter if you visit Norway. It has one of the best and most impressive mountain ranges combined with towering waterfalls and crystal clear lakes.

Why Should I Take Road Trips in Europe?

Road trips are undoubtedly one of the cheapest ways to explore countries, towns, and attractions in Europe. Road trips don鈥檛 require you to indulge yourself in 5-star hotels nor cuisines. As long as you have an international driver鈥檚 license or know how to get an international driver鈥檚 license, better grab that opportunity.

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Conclusion

Europe is by far one of the best continents in the world. And the number of beautiful attractions and countries are sure to fire up your family鈥檚 spirit and mood. With road trips being a viable option, you should explore this type of way to explore Europe with your family.

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Autumn Camp: Fall Camp Activities for Your Vacation

Autumn is finally here, and with it comes a chance to wear your treasured fall sweaters and satisfy your apple dessert cravings. While you will miss the exciting summer activities, there are various fun things campers can engage in while attending an autumn camp.聽

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Fall Camp Activities for Your Vacation

Usually, many people from various parts of the world view camping as a summer activity. However, going to an autumn camp can be a breathtaking experience. What with the lively mornings, cozy sunny afternoons, and the spectacular fall foliage that make the season exceptional?

Spending a few nights and days camping in the jungle during this season is something you do not want to miss. If your children are going camping during the fall season, they might as well participate in various activities, which include:聽

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Apple Picking

While apple picking may appear ordinary, it can be an exciting activity for autumn camp. Many apple gardens often lie within the vicinity of campgrounds, while others are inside the properties. Apple picking is an exciting activity for the entire family. All you need to do is pick up your baskets and get going. By the end of the fun exercise, you will have enough apples to eat by the campfire in the evening.

High school campers can even engage in caramel apple-making activities in the evening. Washing the apples thoroughly before eating is one of the best behavioral health practices every camper should know.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bird Watching聽

Bird watching is one of the most exciting autumn camp activities. During this season, many bird species migrate from one region to another. As a result, campers will have a chance to see different indigenous and new bird species.

Remember, peak times usually vary from one region to another, but the most appropriate time to go bird watching is between early September and mid-October. Include a pair of binoculars in your child鈥檚 camping luggage and a bird identification booklet. Bird watching activities are best done early in the morning because birds are often more active then. Still, you can watch some night bird species like the owl.聽

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Pumpkin Carving

Carving pumpkins is an exciting activity that campers can engage in during an autumn camp. Campers can create their preferred pumpkin designs all through the fall season. Pack some pumpkins or buy some on your way to camp.

One of the best things about pumpkin carving in the wilderness is you can do so without worrying about cluttering the living room with pumpkin seeds and guts. Check the American Camp Association guidelines for some pumpkin carving activity inspiration and camping-themed templates.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Show up in a Festival

The fall season comes with numerous exciting festivals for the entire family. Check out some fairs near your camping area like corn mazes, apple fairs, Labor Day celebrations, Oktoberfest, or even Halloween events. These events will have numerous activities and delicious food for the entire family.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Leaf Collecting

Leaf Collecting

During fall, tree leaves will be changing in preparation for the winter season. As a result, campers will have a chance to marvel at a vast range of leaf colors and tree species. Leaf collecting is an exciting activity for the whole family.

Engaging the entire camping team in individual leaf collecting activities can be an ideal way of appreciating the autumn season. Further, campers will have souvenirs during checkout to carry home.

Pack a leaf identification book to make the exercise more fun. Camp supervisors can even organize a contest and reward the camper with the most assorted leaves. Campers can also engage in some great nature-themed art projects during an autumn camp.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Mid-Day Hiking

During autumn, campers can go hiking at any time of the day without worrying about the weather. Autumn afternoons are not as hot as their summer counterparts which can be extremely hot.

Autumn hikes are excellent because campers can continue hiking without suffering from excessive humidity. However, campers should always dress in layers. While the day may be incredible and cozy initially, it can suddenly get hot and uncomfortable, especially if you engage in strenuous activity.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Fall Fishing

Fishing activities can be fun, and you can continue engaging in them during the fall season. Hire some poles at the autumn camp you will be visiting, head out, and catch some fish. The right time to go fishing in autumn is in the evening or afternoon when the water is a little warm. Some of the fish species campers may catch include pike and trout.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Canoeing

Many people prefer going swimming during summer, but you can still take a deep n the rivers and lakes during autumn. Wear your life vest, get inside a water canoe, and set out on a journey to explore the water bodies near your camping site. Remember, the fall season is not ideal for flipping your canoe.聽

The Les Elfes International Summer Camp has a wide range of fall activities for the entire family. If you are camping as a team, avoid overscheduling your days. An exciting part of camping in the wilderness is freeing yourself from your typical day-to-day program.

Remember, the weather during fall is often mild but can change abruptly, forcing you to change your plans. Again, you may be surprised at the new and exciting activities that pop up on the camping site.聽

How to make Your Autumn Camp Exciting?

If you want to go on a camping trip during the fall season, consider doing so initially. While the weather will be cooling off, it will not be uncomfortable for outdoor activities. Here are some fall-season camping tips to make your trip unforgettable.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Get the Ideal Location

Different camping locations offer varying fall activities. Research the best places based on your preferred fall activities.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Be on the Lookout for Wildlife

Keep away any leftover food in a safe place to avoid invasion from wild animals.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Set Aside Enough Time to Set Up

Darkness falls early during the fall season, and you do not want to start setting up in the dark. Prepare to arrive at your campsite early and have enough time to settle down in broad daylight.聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Drink Enough Water

As the weather starts cooling down, you are likely to forget the importance of hydrating. Always carry and drink sufficient amounts of water, especially when engaging in strenuous activities like hiking.聽

Take Away

Planning is crucial regardless of how many times you have camped before. Remember, every camping trip is different, and you want to plan and be ready for anything that may arise along the way.

Have a packing list in advance and tick it off as you pack to ensure everyone carries their essentials. Monitor the weather before heading out and prepare the right gear to keep you warm. Planning your activities helps you get the most out of your autumn camp.聽Visit the website for more tips.

 

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Summer Camp Prep: The Ultimate Guide for Parents

Summertime is upon us, and many children will be embarking on a new adventure, going off to summer camp for the first time. Summer camp, in many ways, is a rite of passage in most children鈥檚 lives. Yet, many parents often become frazzled and stressed out when choosing and sending their child to summer camp.

When should you arrive? What do they need to pack? Here are some great tips to help make that summer camp experience a great time.

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Choosing the Right Camp With the Right COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

2020 was a terrible year for group activities amid Covid-19, and this year is still feeling the effects of the pandemic. Children, in general, tend to be less affected by Covid-19, but they can still catch it, and they tend asymptomatic, which means they spread it better than adults. Therefore, if you are thinking of sending your child to a camp, look into their Covid-19 safety policies and procedures. Make sure they have a good hygiene plan in place, are limiting the number of campers mingling, and know what to look out for so your camper will be safe and you won鈥檛 be anxious the entire time they are away.

鈥楨xtra research into the camp you are choosing never goes amiss,鈥 says Glenda Burns, a writer at Phdkingdom and Write My X. Ask all your questions, read the information packs, talk to other parents who send their kids to summer camp. Anything that will help put your mind at ease.

Speak Positively and Calmly About Camp

Summer Camp PrepYour child will pick up on any anxiety you have about preparing and going to camp. It鈥檚 essential to stay calm and positive when talking about going to camp. If you are excited and calm about sending them, they will feel more at ease about going and are less likely to be sad and anxious about their experience. If your child expresses any anxiety over making friends or missing you, ease their worries and reiterate that they are fully capable of overcoming both.

Follow the Packing List and Get Your Child Involved, Too

When you have chosen a summer camp, the camp will send out all the relevant information and forms that you will have to fill out. They also include a packing list. It鈥檚 super important that you follow this list, and getting your child involved with the packing is important. They will glean ways on how to pack their bag for going back home by helping you pack their bag on the way there. Make sure the clothing is all play clothing that can get dirty. Do not skimp on sun protection, as you are outside a majority of the time. Also, depending on what part of the summer the camp is running, the evenings can get a bit chilly, so bring a couple of warm sweatshirts to cozy up at night.

鈥楲abel all of your belongings that you are bringing, or you will come home without some of them,鈥 explains Diana Weber, a parenting blogger at Australia2write and Britstudent. Many campers are usually in a cabin, and stuff will get mixed up and borrowed by their friends, so labeling will help them sort out whose stuff is when it鈥檚 time to pack up and go home.

Arrive on Time and Leave on Time

Know when you need to get your camper to the site and when you can check-in. Make your goodbyes short and sweet not to cause too much upset, and don鈥檛 forget to hand in the required paperwork. The same goes for picking them back up, be sure to be on time, so no one gets held up.

Handling Homesickness

Handling HomesicknessAt some point, your child might feel homesick, which is perfectly normal. Be sure to empower and encourage your child that they will see you soon enough and to have a great time without you. They will usually bounce back once they know they can have fun without you.

These tips and tricks will help you, the parent, send your kid to summer camp well-prepared to have an amazing summer camp experience.

*Sources:
1. Summer Camp Prep: What Every Parent Needs to Know
2. Preparing Children for the Summer Camp Experience
3. Parent Questions About Summer Camps Amid Covid-19 Restrictions and the Answers They Should Listen For
4. The Ultimate Guide to Kids' Summer Camps
5. PARENTING TIPS FOR CHOOSING A SUMMER DAY CAMP

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