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. 

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 pane (bread) and aglio (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.

3. Focus on speaking rather than writing 

 

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. 

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. 

 

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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.

 

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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’t 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’s 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’ll have the most vibrant snow-covered lawn in the neighbourhood! “My kids love being able to decorate their front lawn and make it their own. And, when there’s another snowfall, they’ve got a brand-new canvas to work on!” raves Alice, an educator at PaperFellows and BoomEssays.

Winter Camps

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Getting away for day or overnight camps isn’t 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’ll participate in a variety of activities.

Have Fun With Frosty

What’s winter without building a great big snowman? But, the fun doesn’t 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’s nothing better than sitting around a campfire and enjoying the company of family and friends. Add s’mores to the mix, and you’ve 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’s 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 ‘lava’ up with a little dish soap in the cup before adding your vinegar! “The best part about a snow volcano is that it’s quick and easy to build a new one – no need to spend the time building a paper mache volcano that just gets one use,” 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’re 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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Using her experience as a mom, Emily Henry contributes as a parenting writer at UKWritings.com and Academized.com. She also adds her expertise and knowledge as a manager at Oxessays.com.

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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. 

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. 

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%. 

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.

·       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. 

·       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. 

·       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. 

·       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. 

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. 

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. 

·       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. 

·       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.  

  • 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. 

·       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. 

·       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.

·       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

·       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. 

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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’t 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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·     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.

·     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.

·     Book Local Day and Night Tours

Europe has lots of impressive cities at its disposal. Going on a tour with a family isn’t 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’s finest tourist attractions and spots. 

·     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’s license or know how to get an international driver’s license, the best bet is to rent a car and explore.

·   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.

· 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’t require you to indulge yourself in 5-star hotels nor cuisines. As long as you have an international driver’s license or know how to get an international driver’s 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’s 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. 

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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: 

·       Apple Picking

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. 

·       Bird Watching 

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’s 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. 

·       Engage in Pumpkin Carving

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. 

·       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. 

·       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

·       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. 

·       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. 

·       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. 

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. 

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.

·       Get the Ideal Location

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

·       Be on the Lookout for Wildlife

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

·       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. 

·       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. 

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 campVisit 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’s 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’t be anxious the entire time they are away.

‘Extra research into the camp you are choosing never goes amiss,’ 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’s 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’s 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.

‘Label all of your belongings that you are bringing, or you will come home without some of them,’ 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’s 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’t 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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What Are the Benefits of Understanding Different Cultures?

Today, the world is fast becoming a global village, with many countries enjoying a multicultural environment. Understanding different cultures is not only critical, but it also promotes ample coexistence. 

As we learn about diverse cultures, worth noting is that all of us are individuals. Rather than generalizing, treat each other as an individual. Doing so will go a long way in creating a better environment where we can all thrive. In this article, we shall discuss culture and determine why understanding diverse groups is critical. Read and learn. 

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What is Culture?

Culture is everything that describes a particular group of people. The group can be; a family, a religious group, or people from a different town, neighbourhood, country, or city. It can also be people who share a similar ethnic background, life dynamics, or work culture. Culture is often used to describe the features exhibited through history, language, food, arts, geography, family values, and beliefs.

One person can have diverse cultures such as; family culture, religious culture, age group culture, or work culture. When all these cultures are combined, they give each individual their unique culture. There are various ways that both children and adults can learn about different cultures as we shall learn. 

What Lessons do you Gain from Interacting with Diverse Groups?

Spending time with people from other cultures allows you to know what they struggle with and their traditions as a community. Further, you also get a chance to rethink any assumptions you have had about your practices and daily life. Such knowledge promotes personal growth while enabling you to learn new things about your culture. 

You can learn about diverse cultural groups in various ways. For example, you can conduct research or ask your peers on different social sites about their cultural norms. Remember, to understand other cultures well, you can opt for practical methods like traveling and camping. 

By doing so, you get cultural awareness and a real-time experience of what it feels like to belong to another culture. Here are some of the most effective strategies you can use to learn about other cultures. 

  • Study a Native Language

Being conversant with a native dialect enables you to interact and engage with people from diverse cultures effectively. This ability is also known as cultural competence. The simple act of learning new words and phrases helps you connect with others deeply. By learning a new language, you acquire robust cross-cultural communication expertise when speaking your native language with people from different cultural backgrounds

  • Diversify Your Reading Habits

Rather than reading books written by people you identify with, adopt a practice of reading books written by different people from different cultures. This helps you learn numerous facts about the culture. Further, you’ll be able to identify with the culture better. 

  • Understand Different Geography and Economic Practices

The economics and geography of any country are critical and closely associated. You can begin by establishing the following. 

  • What are the trading practices of this culture? Do they use trade or money?
  • Does the culture have any resources?
  • Does the culture specialize in exports? If they do, what do they mainly export?
  • What role do these things play in terms of their cultural practices and beliefs?

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Benefits of Understanding Different Cultures

This is one of the ideal ways of learning and understanding other people’s cultures. One way of achieving this is going for international camps. The advantage of attending these camps is that you meet people from different countries and races. Not only do you learn about their culture, but you also teach them your culture.

Having a one on one interaction with people helps you hear their stories first hand. Leverage this opportunity to ask questions about the culture and teach them everything they want to know. This way, you learn from each other. 

  • Sample Food from Other Cultures

Sample Food from Other Cultures

Food plays a critical function in human existence. Further, the food we all consume is connected to our culture. You can learn and understand a specific culture by sampling their food. There would be no way of comprehensively defining culture without evaluating its cuisine.

Food is an extensive need, and regardless of where you are or where you come from, you need food. The chances are that many of our social cultures emanated from food. In the past, for instance, people would wander through the land to hunt and gather food. While food practices have changed in the modern-day, it remains one of the uniting factors for people worldwide.

Other Ways Include:

  • Participate in local celebrations and events with an open mind and heart.
  • Art is a critical part of understanding a new culture. Consider visiting history museums, cultural performances, and art exhibitions in various areas. By learning new things, you can appreciate considerable cultural differences

What are the Benefits of Learning Different Cultures?

In today’s ever-changing world, people worldwide are fast realizing the importance of learning, understanding, and appreciating diverse cultures. Why is this necessary? It plays a significant role in developing communities that excel in problem-solving and enhancing varying conditions. Let’s discuss the benefits of understanding different cultures.

  • You get to understand the World Better.

The world comprises people with diverse cultures. Where possible, being exposed to different cultures helps you embrace and appreciate people that are different from you. Further, the more your children interact with other children from different cultures, the more they respect and value them.

Going for summer camps is an excellent way of exposing your children to diverse cultures and practices. Whether they interact with other children from different countries or regions, they will learn something new during camp. 

  • Minimize Stereotypes

When your children learn about people and their different cultures, they’ll be less likely to classify them depending on stereotypes. Remember, everybody is different, and what one person does shouldn’t define an entire community.

  • Helps Prevent and Overcome Ethnic and Racial Divisions

Ethnic and racial divisions can hurt society. For instance, it could lead to a lack of opportunities, misunderstandings, and in the worst cases, violence. Communities marred by ethnic and racial rivalry often suffer from both financial and human resources. These vices distract communities from finding concrete solutions to their budding issues. 

  • Enhances Effective Communication

Language is a critical part of human communication. However, it’s not the only contributing factor to effective communication. Understanding different cultures enhance communication in varying ways. For instance, culture can influence speaking tendencies such as; figurative language, speed, and presentation. 

Culture also contributes to the way people depict their gestures and body language. Meeting and interacting with people allows you to diversify your communication and look at the world from a different perspective.

Benefits of Communication Among People from Different Cultures

Communication Among People from Different Cultures

Communication boosts your credibility and trust and makes you vocal about your culture and beliefs. There are numerous benefits of communicating with people from different cultures. Connecting with people from other countries helps you build an appropriate personal life. 

Mastering the art of effective communication makes you more productive while allowing you to maintain healthy relationships with your friends and peers. Again, understanding other cultures promote your intelligence, verbal fluency, and awareness. 

Communicating with people from different cultures exposes you to various essential skills like problem-solving and stress management skills. You may want to meet people from other cultures to connect with the fast-evolving world, learn their practices, acquire new methods of executing tasks, and understand them from a personal point of view

  • Creates Opportunity to Meet New People

There are different ways of meeting new people. For instance, participate in various celebrations, attend camp, visit people from diverse cultures, and celebrate special days. This enables students, especially, to meet, interact with, and make new friends. This is an ideal way of expanding a student’s social circle and creating room for them to learn about different cultures

  • Exposes you to New Experiences

Interacting with different cultural backgrounds allows you to understand and appreciate other people’s ethnicity. What’s more, you will also learn invaluable stories from one another and master the art of appreciating your own culture from a different perspective. Engaging in multicultural experiences allows you to participate in new activities, taste new food, and experience a vast range of things away from your comfort zone

Children can get exposed through; sampling new cuisine, participating in different cultural celebrations and listening to stories from their peers from other countries. Further, engaging in various activities such as art or learning how to play a new musical instrument. Exposure to new things helps children to explore the world better. 

Why Should You Learn Different Cultures?

Cultural Awareness

Learning and understanding different cultures are critical in day-to-day life. Here are the reasons why you should be conversant with diverse cultures.

  • They are Interesting

Learning about other cultures is fascinating. Today we live in a digital world where children spend most of their time with their gadgets. To discourage a sedentary lifestyle, expose your children to different cultures from an early stage. 

Sending your children to camp is one way of achieving this. While on camp, your children will be exposed to various culture-promoting activities. Having hands-on experience is better than reading or even watching the same on television.

  • It Stimulates the Mind

Being exposed to culture-learning opportunities stimulates your mind and helps you think in diverse ways. It’s an ideal way of challenging your thought development and enhancing how you refine information. 

  • It Promotes Understanding

Lots of problems can arise from misunderstandings, especially because we live in a multicultural world. By learning and understanding different cultures, you understand why people do things the way they do. When you identify with other people, you sympathize with their situation. This facilitates understanding and prevents misunderstandings. 

  • You understand various ways of doing things.

Cultural practices shouldn’t be the reason why people oppress one another. While discarding some practices is impossible, some sections of different cultures need to be renounced. Learning about diverse cultures helps you realize that there are numerous approaches to life, and you may not be the best.

Many times, interacting with people from different cultures helps you view life from a different perspective. When you learn about other cultures, you establish new ways of thinking and approaching and solving problems. 

  • You become more prepared to cope with the Ever-Changing World

In today’s techno-savvy times, the world is rapidly becoming smaller. As people travel far and wide, there are high chances that you will encounter people with varying cultures. You’ll need to master the art of tolerating each other. Remember, you’ll also want people to handle you, and the best way of achieving this is by understanding.

This plays a significant role in living in an all-around community and making you a versatile human being. If your children are going to camp, they’ll need to learn about other cultures to avoid misunderstandings. Learning about other people’s customs and cultures gives enriches the children’s experience everywhere they go. 

What’s the Relationship Between Language and Culture?

Language enables you to express your feelings and thoughts, facilitates communication, and allows you to exchange knowledge with others. To fully master a different language, you’ll need to understand the culture. It’s worth noting that to understand a different culture, you should strive to study the terminology associated with the culture.

This is attributed to the fact that language is highly dependent on various factors. They include the ever-changing customs, values, and views of the people who speak them. Remember, language mirrors the beliefs and values of a culture and our perception of the world. The difference between two cultures can be expressed through their languages, and understanding the differences helps you relate with people better.

Does Understanding Different Cultures Promote Growth?

Yes. Knowing a particular culture helps you become connected to a community. You may want to support this community by:

  • Engaging in new experiences away from your comfort zone
  • Learning their traditions and beliefs
  • Applying the skills you learn in various aspects of your own culture

By learning about other cultures, you will have: 

  • Enhanced Cultural Sensitivity

Learning about other cultures is similar to understanding diverse languages. Once you make an effort to learn and connect with a specific culture, you will have an easy time improving your skills on the go. 

Having cultural sensitivity to a particular culture enables you to be more aware of a wide range of cultures. Cultural awareness encourages you to gather more information about diverse communities and inspires you to discuss your culture with interested parties. 

  • Ability to Re-assess Biases

A cross-cultural experience makes you more conscious of your actions, such as the words you utter, your thoughts, and your dressing style. It also enables you to rethink your background and establish where you may have learned culturally insensitive opinions and habits. By admitting personal biases and being ready to change your views, you start appreciating people from diverse groups for who they are. 

Remember, adopting cultural diversity is critical for societal and personal development. Understanding etiquette rules from various parts of the globe allows you to connect with others better. 

Whether you are visiting New York, Japan, or any other aspect of the world, these rules will come in handy to help you connect with others better. They will also facilitate effective decision-making practices. 

Finally

There are various cultures, practices, beliefs, and norms in the world. Teaching children how to be culturally conscious and respectful of others prepares them to face the world. It’s an ideal way of reminding children that what they are conversant with may not always be the right way. 

By interacting with diverse groups from different cultures, children will have an easy time interacting and making new friends. Further, they will be able to solve culturally-based issues before they crop up.

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Is Summer Camp During the Pandemic Safe for Kids?

Sending kids to summer camp seemed like an uphill task last year at the beginning of the pandemic. Today, children are hopeful of attending camp, especially with the invention of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Are you wondering whether or not to send your child to sleep-away camp? This article will help you make an informed decision. Read on for extensive details on summer camp safety amid the pandemic.

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Guidelines in Place to Guarantee Safety in Summer Camps During Covid

These safety guidelines are applicable for both overnight and day camps. Every camping facility should adhere to the CDC safety protocols. Remember, these safety measures will help lower the spread of Covid-19 among camp staff and campers. According to the American camp association in Georgia, all camp administrators should strive to reduce risks for all attendants. These guidelines include:

·       Wearing Masks Properly

If any campers or camp staff have been fully vaccinated, they will not need to wear masks during summer camp. However, this depends on the state, federal, tribal, territorial, or local laws. Campers above two years should always wear masks indoors and outdoors unless they are eating or swimming. All camp staff, especially those that facilitate camp activities daily, should wear double masks. Doing so lowers the risk of spreading Covid-19. 

·        Focus on Outdoor Activities

Is Summer Camp During the Pandemic Safe for Kids

Covid-19 is a high-risk respiratory disease whose chances of spreading increase when people are stuck indoors. As a result, world health experts and professionals from the American academy of pediatrics recommend outdoor activities to lower the risk of Covid-19. Spending time outdoors allows campers sufficient space to guarantee physical distancing while creating a safer environment for the kids. 

·        Maintaining Physical Distance

According to the CDC officials, summer camps should adopt the “cohorting” system. Here, staff and campers are placed in pod-like classes and remain there whenever possible. This system helps reduce risk among large groups. In addition, everyone inside the cohorts must maintain a 3-feet physical distance from one another.

·       Adoption of Testing and Monitoring Practices

Some summer camp facilities conduct testing and monitoring examinations on the staff members and campers. These assessments include temperature checks every morning. CDC officials say that people who are not yet vaccinated should get regular Covid-19 tests.

·        Enhanced Hand Hygiene

Summer camp organizers should provide various handwashing stations complete with soap and running water. Campers and camp staff should clean their hands regularly where possible. In addition, the use of hand sanitizers should be encouraged during off-site activities. 

·       Thorough Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Facility Maintenance Practices

All shared rooms and surfaces such as the dining hall, cabin bunks, and game rooms should be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned daily. Facilities should be well-arranged to facilitate sufficient ventilation and social distancing where possible. 

Additional Guidelines for Campers Attending Overnight Camps

Camp organizers request attendants to isolate or quarantine for fourteen days before embarking on the summer camp trip. Campers traveling from abroad through rail, air, or buses should follow the set local travel regulations. Remember, some countries require travelers to have additional preventive Covid-19 tests and adhere to isolation, according to the New York Times. 

·        Adopt a Contingency Plan to handle Emergency Sickness

Some campers may use shared transport services which may expose them to the Covid-19 virus. As a result, camp organizers and supervisors should have a laid down quarantine plan to handle possible emergencies. 

·       Contact Tracing

Should the camp experience Covid-19 infections, the camp administrators will need to contact and work together with the local or state public health officials to facilitate: 

  • The isolation of people with Covid-19 related symptoms
  • Testing of people with Covid-related symptoms
  • Quarantining of all close contacts of individuals with Covid-related symptoms
  • Alert family members of all kids attending camp

Remember, fully vaccinated people with no Covid-related symptoms do not require quarantine. However, this depends on the local, state, or federal regulations. 

Is Sending Your Child to Summer Camp During the Pandemic Risky?

The possibility of campers contracting Covid-19 depends on the viral level of the infectious disease within a specific area. Leverage the following tips to determine the risk level of your preferred summer camp facility before the trip. 

·        Understand the Prevailing Limits on Crowds

Safety Measures Within Summer Camp During The Pandemic

The CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is against large crowds. Remember, these regulations may vary from one region to the other. Determine the safety measures within the summer camp area and get details about gathering sizes before sending your child on a summer camp trip. 

·       Determine the Coronavirus Cases in the Area

What is the Coronavirus situation in your locality? Are the numbers dropping, increasing, or stagnant? Even when your locality has not been affected by the virus, you want to consider the summer camp region, especially if your child is going abroad. Contact the health department within your locality to obtain this information. You may also want to check different resourceful websites and local newspapers for detailed information. 

·    Ask Questions With an Emphasis on Safety

Whether you want to send your child to your favorite summer camp or want to try a new location, emphasize safety and consider the cons and pros. Before choosing your ideal summer camp facility, you want to understand:

  • The number of campers allowed in the facility. 

  • The regulations on group sizes? How many campers will be in one group? Will small groups have the same supervisor?

  • The camp’s operating program. Is it running under full or partial capacity arrangement? Does it offer both day and sleep-away camp services? 

  • What about physical distancing? How does the facility plan to achieve the three to six feet apart from a physical distance during naps, activities, and mealtimes? Does the facility have sufficient areas and rooms to maintain the social distancing rules? 

  • What are the pickup and drop-off arrangements for day campers? 

  • Determine steps the camping facility has in place to prevent the spread of the virus while campers are in attendance. 

Health Monitoring Practices

How do the facility monitor staff members and campers during the camping period? What procedures do they have in place to isolate ill individuals? What communication method will they use to alert you if your kid falls sick?

What to Lookout for in Summer Camps Amid the Pandemic?

Seek answers to the following questions before sending your child to a summer camp facility during the pandemic. 

·        What Measures has the Camp Adopted to Ensure Campers Adhere to Covid-19 Safety Regulations?

Camps should adopt age-appropriate strategies to ensure campers practice social distancing, hand hygiene, and wear masks when necessary. Maintaining these practices can be a difficult task for young kids, and camp staff members should be ready to remind them often. 

·        Will most Activities Take Place Outdoors or Indoors?

Safe Outdoor Activities for Kids during the Pandemic

Outdoor activities allow campers to enjoy the fresh air and give them enough room to adhere to physical distancing rules.  Further, they lower the risk of spreading and contracting Covid-19—further, the outdoors enabling campers to experience nature which boosts their overall and mental health. However, camp organizers should clean and disinfect playing items and surfaces every day to prevent kids from contracting germs. 

·       What if a Camper or Staff Member Gets Sick?

Camps should adopt a robust plan for measures to take should anyone start experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. The program should align with the state or local public health regulations and policies on responding to and reporting possible Covid-19 cases.

·       Is there Ready Support for Campers who require Specialized Health Care?

Camp directors and organizers should strive to meet every child’s needs. If your kid requires specialized health care, consult your pediatrician and the camp organizers to determine the ideal accommodation package for them. 

·       How will Meal and Snack Times Work?

Where possible, kids should carry their own meals, especially if they will be attending day camp. Camps should have separate eating areas for different small groups. This arrangement is less risky than eating in cafeterias or dining halls. Campers should always carry their own water bottles. 

Considerations to Make Before Sending Your Child to Summer Camp Today

With the advent of vaccination, this summer promises to be better than last summer, especially now that campers above 12 years old can get the Covid-19 vaccine. What are some of the things that parents should consider before releasing their children for summer camp? Read on to find out. 

·       Understand Safety Protocols the Summer Camp has Adopted to Protect Campers from Covid-19

Recently, the CDC announced a detailed and updated guide for overnight and day summer camps. The guide highlighted various fundamental principles. For example, it recommended that all eligible camp staff members and campers should get the Covid-19 vaccine.

If some camp staff and campers are unvaccinated, the CDC recommended enhanced physical distance and outdoor activities, reduced capacity, and enhanced ventilation in indoor areas. Further, the CDC recommended wearing masks indoors and within some outdoor situations.

Determine the strategies that your preferred camping facility has adopted to adhere to these requirements. Remember, many of these regulations apply for overnight and day camps. 

·       Determine Risk Factors and Get the Vaccine 

Parents should think about the specific risk factors for each potential camper and organize vaccination for eligible children. Remember, if your child is ineligible for vaccination and has underlying health complications like congenital heart illness or asthma, they may be at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19. If your child has a weak immune system and has not been vaccinated, then remaining at home would be ideal for protecting them from the virus. 

·      Find Out How Camp Activities during the Pandemic Will Differ From Pre-pandemic Times

Camp Activities during the Pandemic Will Differ From Pre-pandemic Times

Some camp practices will not be applicable during summer camp, especially for unvaccinated campers. For example, health experts have advised against full-packed rooms where campers converge and engage in song and dance. While campers will be allowed to sing, they can only do so outdoors.

Parents and other outsiders may be barred from the camp premises, while camp staff may have to remain within the camp premises until the camp is over. Some of the fun and exciting activities involving campers competing against one another will be highly discouraged. Camps will need to modify various camp activities to meet the requirements of various health organizations aimed at reducing the risk of spreading Covid-19.

Many camping facilities have canceled day camps, and you want to confirm the arrangements in place before planning a trip for your child. Understand how the camp intends to ensure that campers maintain the required physical distancing while at the facility. 

·       Find out what will Happen Should Your Child Get Sick

Camp policies will vary from one facility to the other. For example, should your child develop covid related symptoms while on day camp, the facility will isolate them before alerting you. Covid-tests under such circumstances are highly recommended, and if the child tests positive, they will only return to the camping facility after 10-14 days or when the symptoms have subsided.

If the child has contracted Covid-19 at the camping facility or other people in your household have contracted the virus, the kid may need to stay in quarantine for approximately 14 days if campers develop Covid-19 symptoms while in an overnight camp, the camp staff should isolate them immediately and organize a Covid-test.

Should the results turn positive, camp staff should transfer the child to a dedicated facility where they can receive specialized medical care. The camp staff should alert you immediately and allow you to either pick your child or allow them to remain at the quarantine facility until they recover. 

Remember, campers will still have a fun camp experience regardless of all the set regulations. 

·        Determine Sleepaway Camp Regulations

If your child is attending a sleep-away camp, be sure to seek answers to the following questions.

  • Does the camping facility have medical staff, and do they have specialized training to handle Covid-19 related complications?
  • How will you contact me in case of an emergency?
  • Is there a hospital or healthcare facility nearby?
  • Will campers and camp staff require quarantining before and after camp?

Making the Final Decision

Remember, you hold the decision on whether to release your child for overnight hor day camp. Consider the child’s unique risk factors before making the final decision. If your family has a higher risk of Covid-19 and related complications, you may want to suspend any summer camp plans until the situation improves.

If your child requires specialized healthcare, consult their pediatrician before sending them to camp. If you choose to send your child to summer camp, ensure they understand the following:

  • Thorough hand washing practices. Train them child, and have them practice handwashing with soap and running water. 

  • Teach them how to wear masks properly and understand the importance of having them on for extended periods. 

  • Demonstrate how physical distancing operates.

  • Remind them of the importance of proper respiratory etiquette. Children should sneeze or cough into a tissue, discard it, and wash their hands. 

  • Teach them the importance of following the directions set by the camp supervisors. 

Finally

  • If your child is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination, let them get fully vaccinated before embarking on the summer camp trip.

  • Ensure the camping facility has adopted safety protocols to reduce the spread of Covid-19 within the facility.

  • Ensure the camp has in place robust measures to handle any Covid-19 cases should they arise. 

  • Campers will still have fun despite the strict regulations aimed at protecting them against the virus. 

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Multi-activity Summer Camp: Learn English in Switzerland

Kids and teens can grasp language courses faster than adults. As a result, summer camp Switzerland programs are ideal for young people to engage in English language classes. Further, they also get a chance to participate in a range of activities, learn new skills, and make new friends. Campers attending an English summer camp spend time learning and interacting with their peers from different countries. Read on to understand how multi-activity summer camps can help your child learn English in Switzerland.

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Activities and Games to Help Kids Learn English

Games and outdoor activities are critical to teaching English as a second language, whether the learners are 18-years-old or young kids. Games make classes livelier and help give campers an unforgettable camp experience. Teachers in Swiss can utilize games to prepare kids mentally before lessons begin. Here are some exciting games that will help campers learn the English language. 

●      Simon Says

Teaching English as a second language

Simon Says is one of the most exciting games for learners attending the Les Elfes International summercamp. This game is ideal for learners attending the day camp and residential camps sessions. Participating in Simon Says helps learners excel in vocabulary and listening comprehension. Campers will also be ready to prepare and conclude their class with ease. 

●      How to Play

As the teacher, you will be Simon during the game. 

Execute an action before announcing Simon Says. Learners should copy your actions. 

Repeat this process and keep choosing varying actions. Work with kid-friendly items that kids will love. 

Execute another lesson without including the Simon Says phrase. If any camper does the action, then they are eliminated from the rest of the group.

The winner of the game will be the final learner left standing.

To ensure this game is hard enough for older children, consider modifying the actions. 

Reward learners who excel in the game during summer camp sessions.

●      Board Race

Many teachers of English as a second language often incorporate this game in their lessons. Board Race is one of the most exciting games that help campers revise vocabulary. Such can be words from current or previous assignments. Teachers can also use Board Race at the beginning of the lesson to warm learners up.

Are you a teacher seeking the ideal strategy for assessing your learner’s understanding of a specific subject? Board Race is one of the best games campers can participate in during an adventure camp. This game is ideal for children of all age groups regardless of their skill level. 

●      How to Play Board Race

To get the best out of this game, you will need six or more campers. 

Divide your class into two small groups and hand each team a colored marking pen. Depending on the size of your class, you may have to divide your learners into more groups.

At the center of your board, draw a vertical line and scribble the day’s topic on the top

Let the campers write a specific number of words affiliated with your topic as fast as possible.

For every correct word, each team will win a single point. Misspelled or unread words are not legible for counting.  

●     Alphabet Relay

To play this English as a second language game during summer camp programs, divide students into two groups. Then, hand each group pieces of paper and let them write the alphabetical letters to create flashcards. Next, mix all the flashcards, divide them into two sections, and place them in one corner of the room.

Next, let each group make a line at the opposite corner of the room. At the word “go,” the first camper in every line should dash across the room, get hold of the letter A, and rush back to their group. From there, the sequence should continue with the next student finding the letter B until they complete all the alphabets.

Finally, the first group to get the letter Z becomes the winner. This game is one of the most exciting language lessons for children at college du Leman.  

●      Bingo

English as a second language game

Bingo is a simple game that is ideal for young kids. Instructors in residential camps can collaborate with campers to build Bingo cards and a call page. They can also look for printable options online.

For the call page, consider using regular letters and numbers. You can even experiment with your creativity using new vocabulary that your students have learned during recent English courses in Switzerland.

Replace words with pictures when dealing with very young kids. Cut out your call page and place squares in a hat or bowl. Hand each of your learners a bingo card and a marker pen. Give each student a turn to become the “caller” and let the caller choose one square after the other from the bowl and announce what it entails.

The other students will be listening to what is on the square. They will then mark the image or word on their bingo cards. The first student to mark the whole Bingo card will call out “Bingo” and become the winner. 

Why Kids Should Learn English as a Second Language

Learn English as a Second Language

Learning a second language from an early age allows kids to communicate easily with people from different cultures. Kids who can speak and write a second language with ease have an advantage over those who do not. Further, they get numerous opportunities to travel across the globe and understand other cultures. Here are some of the key reasons why learning English as a second language in an international school and European summer camps is crucial.

●      Kids get a Head Start

When young kids in Lausanne, Swiss, learn English as a second language from an early age, they use the same part of their brains that helps them understand their first language. Young campers are not afraid to make mistakes which can be a significant barrier for older novice learners. 

●      Kids have Less to Think About, Unlike Adults

Young children have a better chance of excelling when learning English as a second language because they harbor more uncomplicated thoughts than adults. They use simple sentence structures, few words, and have more focused ideas.

Children learning English in France, Zuoz, or Verbier find it easier to communicate their detached feelings and thoughts in their second language. As the children grow up, they master the art of expressing their ideas in their first and second languages.

Adults struggle with translating overly complex detached thoughts and sentence structures before expressing themselves well in their second language. 

●      Enhances their Problem Solving Skills

Teach Kids to Respect at Camp

Children who learn French, German, or English as a second language in holiday camps acquire excellent problem-solving skills and become great creative thinkers. Through learning a second language, children expose their brains to continuous workout from an early age.

Studies suggest that bilingual children display better multitasking, concentration, and planning skills. Further, they get higher scores on regular tests. Send your child to boarding school or the Les Elfes Ski resort, one of the best summer camps in Switzerland, where they will be exposed to intensive English courses to horn their skills. 

●      Boosts their Academic Efforts

The mental benefits of learning English as a second language plays a significant role in your child’s academic efforts. Unlike their monolingual counterparts, bilingual children in Geneva, Zurich, and Leysin have better math, writing, and reading skills. 

What do Kids Require to Succeed when Learning the English Language 

Many parents and instructors in village camps do not know how to support children interested in learning English as a second language, especially teenagers. You can do various things to help both older and younger children learn English, as we shall see below. 

●      Buy them their Favorite Books in English Version

Reading a well-known book is one of the best strategies for learning a second language. If your child is struggling to learn the English language, consider buying them some of their favorite books in English. Numerous popular books have been translated into various languages. You are highly likely to find their favorite books in the English version in Collège Champittet and Montreux.

Having their favorite books in the English version is not a guarantee that they will develop an interest in the narrative. However, it simplifies the idea of learning a foreign language. Often, they will not need to refer to the dictionary when they encounter difficult words.

Remember, reading a book in a new language is not fun, but it becomes more exciting when it is a book you are already conversant with. 

●      Find Easy Tasks to Execute in English

Have the children speak in the English language at specific times, such as when engaging in evening activities, mountain biking along the Swiss Alps, during horse riding sessions, or as they marvel at nature near Lake Geneva. Some children will struggle to express themselves fully, but that is part of the learning process.

Train kids to respond to straightforward stuff and describe various items in English, like counting the CHF currency. Once learners grasp some vocabulary, consider involving them in more sophisticated activities that involve a wide range of vocabulary like rock climbing. With continued practice, the children will master the art of expressing themselves fully in English. 

●      Learn the Language Together

As we have seen before, children can grasp a foreign language easier than adults. As a result, attempting to learn English as a second language together with your child can be frustrating. However, doing so can play a massive role in encouraging them to love the language. What’s more, you will both be learning at the same rate even though your child may outpace you in the long run. Compare the English language structure and vocabulary and set challenges for one another to make the process fun. 

●      Consider Combining their First Language with English

When introducing young kids to a second language, you should avoid combining two languages, as doing so can confuse them. However, if you are dealing with older children, mixing two languages can be ideal because they can easily tell the difference between their first and second languages.

What’s more, speaking two languages during winter camp or a summer programme can be exciting. Older children can even speak their second language when playing volleyball during their free time. 

Strategies Teachers Can Adopt to Ease English Language Lessons 

Teaching English as a second language can be a sophisticated task. With a wide range of skill levels in every language camp class, teachers should adopt practical strategies to ease the learning process.

Teaching strategies are ideal for many teachers of the English language regardless of what the key lessons are. Here are some of the most effective techniques that summer program instructors can adopt. 

●      Writer’s Workshop

Allow campers to take part in a writer’s workshop at least once during their summer camp sessions. One of the best writer’s workshop versions allows children to understand and participate in various facets of writing like drafting, editing, revising, and publishing. 

●      Vocabulary Development

This factor is crucial in any English class. It focuses a section of every classroom subject on developing better vocabulary. Trainers can have learners identify unfamiliar words and define their meanings during class sessions. They can even utilize interactive language developing activities that align with the reading materials the class uses. 

●      Cooperative Learning

COOPERATIVE LEARNING in Summer Camp

This learning technique is essential for teachers of English who integrate literature in their language classes. In cooperative learning, campers are tasked with discussing a section of literature in groups. Allowing learners to interact in valuable discussions encourages them to master the art of analyzing literature. They also get an opportunity to share in their preferred educational process instead of general lectures. 

●      Peer Editing and Response

This activity can be an ideal teaching strategy for learners and teachers at the winter camp. Numerous peer response tactics are available today. Learners get an opportunity to apply their critical thinking skills in other people’s writing and view their classmate’s writing task results. Further, teachers can monitor different learners, identify their learning styles, and devise the best strategies that benefit each of them. 

●      Learner-preferred Texts

Letting campers pick their preferred reading materials is an effective strategy that many language experts recommend. It helps nurture lasting readers. Learners get a chance to choose from a skill level and age-suitable book collection. After acquiring basic skills, learners can then hold discussions in small groups to discuss their lessons. Teachers who rely on this strategy encourage learners to love and connect with the English language.

Conclusion

Where possible, allow your child to learn English as a second language in an international school or a summer camp program. Bilingual children get more international-related opportunities than their monolingual counterparts. What’s more, bilingual children perform better in regular tests. 

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Should Siblings Attend Camp Together?

Camping is not only fun and exciting, but it also comes with numerous benefits for children of all ages. As a parent, determining whether your children should go camping together can be difficult.

What with sibling rivalry cases which are common among many sisters and brothers? Did you know that sending siblings to a sleepaway camp allows them to bond? Read on to understand why a family camping experience can transform the way siblings relate with one another. 

What you Should Know Before Allowing Siblings to Attend a Camp Program

Whether your children cope well or enjoy similar camp activities, there are various factors to consider before sending them to a sleepaway or day camp. You want your kids to have an unforgettable camp experience and having factual information about each child can make or break their experience. Here are some questions you should answer before you can find a camp for your kids. 

  • What is your child’s age? It is worth noting that a younger child may have difficulties staying away from their parents. On the other hand, older campers can adjust to separation from their parents for a few days with ease. 

  • Are staff members at the camping facility empowered with child protection knowledge and practices?

  • Has your child been away from home successfully before? Does he or she attend sleepovers? Do they get anxious at the mention of being away from their parents?

  • Does your child have special needs?

  • What is the average age range for kids attending summer camp at your preferred facility?

  • Is your child passionate about attending a family camp?

  • What activities is your child interested in participating in during the Camp? Does the camping facility offer age-appropriate activities? 

  • Has the camping facility adopted effective measures to combat the spread of coronavirus? 

Once you are convinced that all your children are equipped and ready for Camp, you want to ask yourself: should I send my son and daughter to the same Camp or choose different camping facilities? Regardless of the choice you make, there will be pros and cons, as seen below. 

Sending Siblings to the Same or Different Camps: Pros and Cons of Either Choice

Siblings who are nearly the same age, cope well, or share common interests will have lots of fun going camping together. Apart from making new friends, they get a chance to engage in high adventure activities like horseback riding, archery, and even hiking.

At the end of the camping experience, they will have fun reminiscing and discussing their newly acquired knowledge and skills. However, summer camp enables campers to develop vital social skills while encouraging bravery and encouraging independence.

SENDING SIBLINGS TO THE SAME OR DIFFERENT CAMPS: PROS AND CONS OF EITHER CHOICE

If the kids remain focused on one another, they are likely to miss an opportunity to excel individually. If your kids cannot stand one another, then choosing different camps would be ideal. You want the kids to engage in fun-filled activities without competing with one another.

Sometimes sending siblings to the same camping facility helps keep loneliness and homesickness at bay. In this case, ask the camp supervisors to place them in different activity groups and cabins. Doing so allows them to discover and enhance their individual passions and skills while exposing them to unique experiences. 

What if a Young Sibling is not ready to go Camping?

According to therapists, when one child is not interested in going camping, leaving them behind exposes them to separation anxiety. Here are some tips to help parents ease the loneliness?

  • Photograph the siblings together before the older one leaves for camp. The young sibling can keep and refer to the photos while the older sibling is away until they come back. 

  • Encourage the sibling who is going camping to write a mail to the younger sibling. Receiving personalized mail will not only excite the younger sibling, but it will also enhance the bond between them. 

  • Let the younger child understand that they can still attend camp with their siblings when they are older and more prepared to do so. 

  • Organize special activities for the younger sibling who remains behind. Remember, younger kids have an easy time adjusting to their regular schedule than older ones. 

One of the most significant advantages of sending siblings to the same Camp is that you will enjoy exciting discounts. Whether you send siblings to the same or different camping facilities, consider their interests to give them an unforgettable experience. 

How does Attending Camp Enhance Family Bonding?

Camping helps reinforce the bond between family members; including parents, children, and other extended family members. The success of bonding between members of the same family depends on where you spend your time. 

Finding time to interact and engage in fun activities with your loved ones is an ideal strategy to complete activities successfully. Kids can even earn merit badges for the successful completion of assigned tasks.

Remember, we live in a fast-paced world, and people are getting detached from one another rapidly. Finding time to get back together can help you reconnect and relive your childhood memories. 

·  Families Hardly get Sufficient Time to Bond

Today, weeks have become longer, and parents are working long hours to meet the financial needs of their families. Some parents work different hours or shifts, keeping them away from the kids longer.

As technology evolves, many siblings are relying on their electronic gadgets for entertainment, reducing the moments they spend together. Unlike in the past when mealtimes were a family time, people hardly get time to share a meal and catch up with each other’s lives. As a result, there is a rapidly increasing disconnect between siblings and their parents. 

·  How does Attending Camp Help?

Some parents have been sending siblings to summer camp for years. Today, some parents are sending siblings to summer camps for the first time to boost their bond and help them get along better.

Opt to bring your siblings for summer-winter-autumn camps

Whether you send siblings to a camping facility or choose to attend as an entire family, there are numerous bonding opportunities. You can opt to include your kids in the planning process to give them a feeling of inclusion and create family bonding time. As the kids make their contributions, you get a chance to learn what they are passionate about. 

·  Older Campers Bond Easily 

Older siblings tend to get along better than three-year-olds. This group of siblings can start bonding by doing certain activities together like erecting their tents. If the camping facility allows siblings to spend time together, they can combine efforts to accelerate the completion of tasks. Doing so not only enhances their teamwork skills but also allows them to learn and tolerate one another with ease.

Did you know that 6-year-old boy scouts can help their elder siblings by executing simple tasks like passing them the hammer and tent pegs? 

·  Engaging in a Range of Activities as a Team

Every summer camp offers varied activities. For example, some centers allow campers to engage in cooking competitions, while in others, there is staff on standby to prepare food for campers.

Families can choose to cook for themselves or have the staff cook for them as they sit around the campfire and catch up on each other’s lives. Interacting with family members is an ideal way of learning new things about one another.

Today, many children spend most of their time on their devices, and they may end up living in fantasy. Getting them off their devices helps them get back to reality. You want to avoid exposing your kids to situations that lower their self-esteem, like social media bullying. 

·  Attending Camp can be some Form of Therapy 

If you have kids with special needs, then sending them to a different environment renews their strength. A kid with special needs will reap excellent benefits from going camping like any other child. These benefits include: 

  • Exposure to rejuvenating exercises and activities such as Webelo scouter forums
  • A chance to become independent and increased confidence
  • An opportunity to interact with their peers and form new relationships
  • Some summer camps even have oncology experts who assist kids whenever need be.
  • An opportunity to meet mentors

How can Parents help Siblings Bond? 

In the book, NutureShock: New Thinking About Children, authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman say:

“In many sibling relationships, the rate of conflict can be high, but the fun times in the backyard and the basement more than balance it out. This net-positive is what predicts a good relationship later in life. In contrast, siblings who ignored each other had less fighting, but their relationship stayed cold and distant long term.” 

Every parent’s wish is that their kids can bond and get along well. Here are some tips to help you develop a significant relationship between siblings and motivate them to be friends. 

·  Encourage Siblings to Engage in Activities 

Guide your kids towards activities that enhance their strength. For example, if one of the siblings has difficulties sitting still, have them participate in an enjoyable outdoor activity. Some activities that siblings can engage in as a team include baking a cake and cleaning the kitchen. You can even photograph them as they collaborate on tasks and frame them up. 

·  Separate them for Sometime

Often, remaining together for long encourages fights. Consider giving siblings a break from one another and allow them to spend time individually. You can send one of them for a sleepover event at a relative’s house and have the other remain at home.

Doing so helps them value each other more once they reconnect. When kids spend time on their own, they get a chance to build their strengths without comparing themselves to their siblings. 

·  Identify and Nurture Activities that Allow Siblings to Play Together

Research on enhancing sibling relationships suggests that kids relate better when they engage in activities they are passionate about. Determining these activities is not easy for kids with a wide age gap between them. However, if you watch your kids keenly, you will be able to suggest fun activities for them. For example, if one child is interested in a different activity, you can encourage them to collaborate in one activity at a time. Doing so encourages teamwork. 

·  Encourage Siblings to Care for One Another

Devise a family practice where when one child is hurt, everybody stops what they are doing to console their hurt sibling. Based on the extent of hurt, you can have the other children assist in tending to their brother or sister. If the injury resulted from a fight, have the victims apologize to one another. 

·  Let Your Children Understand and Appreciate the Fact that they are Different

Everybody has unique personality traits. One sibling may be loud and outgoing, opting to engage in fun activities with friends. Another child could be reserved and quiet, opting to sit alone in a corner and read silently.

When siblings have varied temperaments and interests, conflicts are bound to occur. As a parent, you should ensure that kids understand these differences and learn how to respect each other’s personal space.

Make sure siblings focus on loving one another regardless of their differences. If one child wants to engage in action-filled activities while the other wants to complete their BSA homework quietly, create a system that allows them to create a schedule together.

Help them discover and include activities they share in common in their programs. Recommend other fun activities that will enhance the bond between the siblings. 

·  Ensure Kids Understand why Respect is Critical

Respect is a critical factor in developing great relationships, and listening is an excellent method of respecting one another. Train your kids to treat others with concern, empathy, love, and kindness. Showing respect involves speaking to one another using a pleasant tone amid disagreements.

Teach Kids to Respect at Camp

Siblings should learn that downplaying each other’s opinions is disrespectful. They should also master the art of respecting each other’s belongings and space. Adopt a family policy where siblings should seek each other’s permission before touching stuff they do not own. 

·  Let the Siblings Work Together to Complete Chores

Develop a sense of cooperation and teamwork among siblings by assigning them activities and exercises that promote collaboration. For example, you can get the kids to work on a particular task together or encourage them to help one another with tasks.

Some of these projects include cleaning the compound or repainting the garage walls. Make sure the chores are age-appropriate based on their abilities. Set a good example that the siblings can abide by in the future as adults.

Take Away

  • Siblings can either attend the same or different camps. Regardless of the choice you make there will always be pros and cons. Understand your children and make the right decision that meets their needs.

  • While sibling rivalry is a normal occurrence, parents have a role to play in nurturing sibling bonds.

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Tips to Encourage Your Kids to Try an International Summer Camp

Summer camp is critical for a child’s growth. Apart from developing confidence, summer camp helps children engage in new activities, learn new skills, make new friends, and become independent. Summer camp is one of the best ways to let your kids enjoy the outdoors. However, attending a sleepaway camp can be frightening, more so for first-time campers. In this article, we shall discuss:

  • Determining your child’s preparedness for sleepaway camp
  • International summer camp preparedness tips for kids
  • International summer camp preparedness tips for parents

How to Determine Your Child’s Preparedness for Sleepaway Summer Camp

Children develop at a varied pace, and there is no particular age when a kid is fully prepared for camp. Leverage the following tips to determine how ready your child is for the camp experience. 

·They can Maintain their Hygiene

Camp supervisors and counselors will have to remind kids to take showers and brush their teeth. However, kids should be able to do these tasks on their own. While summer camp teaches kids a wide range of life skills, kids should already possess some essential skills like showering alone. 

·If the Kid has Attended Sleepovers Successfully

Has your child been at a sleepover away from home, either at a relative’s or friend’s house? At the end of the sleepover, consider discussing the experience both with them and their host.

Did they have fun? How long did it take them to adjust to the new environment? Did they sleep well? Were they anxious or relaxed? If they had a great experience and have been to several playdates or sleepovers successfully, they are ready for a sleepaway camp. 

·Your Child is Asking to Go Camping

YOUR CHILD IS ASKING TO GO CAMPING

If your Kid had been attending day camp, they will know when they are ready for more challenging adventures. When they ask for permission to go to sleepaway camp, you do not have to wait for any other sign. Still, some kids will need more encouragement from their parents to want to attend sleepaway camp.

Be on the lookout for your child’s reaction to the mention of International summer camp. Are they afraid or excited to engage in the adventure? If they are scared, then consider the tips in this article to encourage them. If they are excited, you can start planning for their summer camp trip. 

·Your Kid Shows Interest in Learning New Fun Activities

Summer camp presents kids with different fun ideas that help them try new activities. Does your Kid engage in new activities with excitement and open-mindedness than fear? That is an excellent sign that the child is ready for sleepaway camp. 

· If the Kids can go to Sleep Comfortably with the help of Babysitters

PREPARE YOUR KIDS TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Do you always put your child to bed? They may struggle during their first day in international summer camp. However, if your child is used to going to sleep on their own or with the help of babysitters, they will have a smooth experience. Remember, bedtime is one of the most stressful moments for children when they are away from home.

According to author and family psychotherapist Dr. Fran Walfish, “Separation from Mom and Dad is the primary key psychological and emotional benefit for children and parents going to sleepaway camp.” Being assured of their comfort when they are away from you means they can cope with the counselors at the summer camp with ease. 

International Summer Camp Preparedness Tips for Kids

Here are tips to help kids prepare for an upcoming international summer camp adventure. 

· Know when Summer Camp Kicks Off

Once you and your guardian or parent choose the best summer camps, ensure you understand when it kicks off. Doing so helps you monitor the amount of time you have left before you can start packing. Request your parents for a constant countdown in the living area so that you can have a daily reminder of the upcoming trip. 

· Take Good Care of Yourself

While at summer camp, you will need to be highly responsible. You will have to look after your stuff and your hygiene. Camp counselors may remind you often, but remember, taking good care of yourself will be your responsibility. You can prepare in advance by asking your parents for tips on how to be independent.

Start with simple tasks around the home like making your bed or clearing the dining table. Going away for sleepaway camp can be both exciting and scary. You may want to practice by going for a sleepover at a family or friend’s house first. That experience will help you develop essential organization and social skills. You will also learn how to manage your belongings. 

· Take Part in the Parking Process

Start collecting your belongings early in advance. Your parents should have a packing list from the camping facility. Be sure to follow the list together with them, and do not forget essentials like bug spray, and sunscreen.

Pack lots of play clothes so that you can have enough pieces to change as they will get dirty fast. Consider other components that you may need for an unforgettable camping experience and request your parents to include them in your packing list.

When you participate in the packing process before going camping, you will learn how to do it when going back home after camp. 

· Be Vocal about Things you are Anxious About

Being anxious about attending an international summer camp for the first time is expected. You may want to share what you feel with your parents and listen to their advice. Consider talking to your peers who has attended an international summer camp before.

Instead of keeping your anxiety to yourself, consider voicing it out. Talking about your feelings with people gives you a basic understanding of what you should expect from summer camp.

As a result, you will be more prepared for the encounter. Acquiring more knowledge about international summer camps will make you feel better. 

· Remember Summer Camp is all About the Outdoors

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You will spend most of your camping time outdoors, which will expose you to severe sunburns. You do not want to miss out on the fun camp activities due to severe discomfort. Request your parents for sunglasses, enough sunscreen, and hats for optimal protection. When you have to rest at the camp, do so under the shade or indoors away from direct sunlight.

· Follow the Set Rules while Having Fun

When you finally get to the summer camp, remember to be responsible enough to follow the set rules. Unlike the school year, summer camp can be fast-paced and different. While you may feel nervous on the first day, you will get used to it as you interact with your peers.

Strive to try various summer programs and activities you have never engaged in before, like outdoor picnics, fun crafts, and theater. Try new interests and get answers to all of your questions from your camp counselors.

Getting dirty is good during summer camp. Be yourself, make as many friends as you can, and remember the importance of social distancing during the pandemic. 

International Summer Camp Preparedness Tips for Parents

Here are tips to help parents ensure their campers are ready for an unforgettable summer camp experience.

· Visit Your Physician as Soon as Possible

Camping is all about outdoor activities

Once you receive the summer camp welcome letter, packing list, and medical forms, it may appear like you have a lot of time to prepare. However, there is hardly enough time to get well-organized.

If your child requires a physical examination before attending camp, try to book an appointment as soon as possible. If they only need their health forms signed by a doctor, have them signed immediately and send them back to the camp.

If the camp prefers the medical information delivered on the first day of camp, file the report well. Doing so helps you remember where the forms are. Always buy your child’s essentials early in advance.

· Advocate for Independence

While giving your kids more independence can be scary, encouraging them to engage in activities that promote independence before camp is critical. Focus on what is positive, follow up on their progress a day at a time, and reward them accordingly.

Adopt the idea that the child will be at camp longer and avoid mentioning that they will grow homesick. Instead, please encourage them to give the summer camp experience a try from a positive perspective.

You can even promise to consider sending them to the next summer camp if they behave appropriately. Fulfilling your commitment will enhance your child’s self-esteem and give them a sense of responsibility. 

· Maintain Calm and Positive Conversations

Avoid talking about homesickness in front of your young people, and always maintain positive conversations as you pack. Remember, your child will be watching you and may misunderstand any tension that you demonstrate. You do not want them to develop negative thoughts about international summer camps. 

· Visit the Camping Site in Advance

Where possible, try and visit the campsite ahead of the official event. As a parent, you do not want to be constantly asking yourself: Is my child safe? Ask all the questions you may have about the camp when you visit. If visiting the campsite is impossible, try to browse through their social media platforms or website for more insight. 

· Observe the Packing List and Involve Your Kids

Start packing early in advance and include play clothes that kids are not afraid of staining or ripping. Consider labeling your Kid’s belongings, especially if you bought them specifically for the trip. Doing so helps kids remember and monitor their stuff carefully.

Pack extra undergarments, t-shirts, and socks and include the proper gear for sun protection. Involve your child in the packing process so that they can learn how to pack without your assistance.

Ensure that their bag is easy to carry together with any other belongings they should bring along. Remember, summer camp is an excellent way of helping kids reduce screen time, and some devices are forbidden. These include MP3 plates, electronic games, and cell phones. 

· Observe Arrival and Departure Time 

Whether you are dropping your child at the bus pickup point or campsite, consider arriving on time. Deliver all the necessary paperwork to the camp director and trust your child to get a seat on the bus individually. The camp counselor will be available to help when the need arises. Avoid lingering around and let the kids start their camp program adventure. You can place a phone call later on, to track their progress if the camp allows. 

· Prepare Your Kids to Make New Friends

First day camping for kids

Often, children wonder whether they will make new friends at summer camp. Jennifer Higgins, mother of two academic summer camp experts at the University of Virginia, says: 

“Every year, I suggest the girls pack something that has their school name and Ocean City, New Jersey (a favorite summer vacation spot), on it. These items have served as a good conversation starter with other kids. They also pack nail polish, remover, cotton balls, gossip magazines, and Frisbees. These give the girls something to do around the suite at night or to entice some outside play.”

· After the Camp, Give the Kids Time to Adapt to Normal Life

After spending high adrenaline fun days at summer camp, your child will need some time to adapt back to the regular home routine. Remember, children are different. While some of them will be excited to talk about their adventures immediately, others will take time to come to terms with the idea of leaving.

Please do not push your child into talking about their experiences. Instead, allow them to rest and give them good food to help them recharge. Once your Kid is ready to speak, leverage the opportunity to talk about the additional tasks they learned at summer camp, like washing their dishes and making their bed every day.

Discuss fun activities they engaged in during summer camp evenings like roasting marshmallows and storytelling. Determine whether they are ready to implement some of these responsibilities and fun activities in the home schedule.

Identify strategies to form a relationship over the new experiences your kids had during summer camp. Apart from developing young minds, summer camp involves creating great family moments for kids and their parents to cherish forever. 

Takeaway

  • Going for a sleepaway camp can be daunting, especially for first-timers. However, parents can help their kids relax and prepare them for the upcoming adventure. 
  • Summer camp teaches children a range of life skills they can carry on in their adulthood. 
  • Visiting the campsite before the trip is an excellent way of ensuring that your child will be comfortable away from home.
  • Exposing kids to sleepaway summer camps allows them to interact with their peers from different parts of the world. Not only do they get a chance to make new friends, but they also learn about other cultures.

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☀️ Les Elfes Summer camp will start very soon!

Dear Parents,

Winter camp is drawing to a close and we would like to say a huge thank you to all of our campers. It has been a fantastic experience.

With many schools operating under restrictions, many of our campers have not been able to take part in any group/sporting activities. At Les Elfes, campers have participated in vitally important group activities and outdoor sports. Skiing and snowboarding are so beneficial, and the mountains this season did not disappoint with ideal snow conditions all the way through the season.

We are offering Free-cancelation with full refund at any time.

With restrictions easing off in Switzerland for various other facilities, campers have also been able to visit exciting destinations from a guided tour of Chillon Castle, to the exciting Communication Museum in Bern, the combination of culture, sports and learning has been as popular as ever.

Les Elfes winter camp - Kids on Snowboard

What’s New? Changes in the Red list

 

Covid has certainly changed the way in which we operate and will do for the foreseeable future. The great news is since the reopening of Les Elfes in July last year we have remained COVID-FREE, with plenty of campers having being tested, as well as regular testing for our staff. Regular temperature checks, social distancing, masks, higher hygiene protocols to name but a few measures are clearly working. This gives us confidence moving toward the Summer, where hopefully with vaccine roll-outs progressing we can see more campers allowed to travel without quarantine periods for example the UK and UAE having recently come off the quarantine ‘red list ‘ for Switzerland. The list of restricted countries is changing each fortnight  

What about the Summer camps? We open on the 13th of June!

Summer Camp wouldn’t be exciting without new activities, this year new on offer we have plenty.

Les Elfes summer camp - Alaia Bay surfing in sion

 

Surfing at Alais Bay in Sion generating real excitement, being able to learn surfing in Switzerland isn’t something we ever thought possible but on the contrary!

 

Are you into building rockets robots and building drones? Tech Labs are experts in this and this Summer will be bringing their team for a day of robotic building and programming. 

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Les Elfes summer camp - Champex lac

 

New Cabane destinations at Champex Lac offering stunning scenery and woodland adventure in the mountains a short drive from Verbier will also be on offer.

 

Campers this year will be able to do a zip line from mountain Mt Fort, 3330m above sea level. Stunning views from the top looking over to the Matterhorn in Zermatt and Mont Blanc in Chamonix.

Les Elfes summer camp - Fipline Mobile

FREE-CANCELLATION AND STRICT COVID-19 MEASURES ARE STILL IN PLACE

As expected, COVID-19 measures are in place, and we are extremely diligent and prepared with regular checks and efficient protocols. 

We are offering Free-cancelation with full refund at any time.

It’s time to book the best summer camp to your children!

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Kids Cooking Summer Camp: Healthy Practices and Skills Kids Learn from Cooking

Kids cooking summer camp allows young chefs to indulge in their passion for food preparation. For children that enjoy being in the kitchen, an interactive full-day camp program is an ideal way of spending their summer holiday.

Going camping exposes kids to a wide range of cuisine culture and cooking techniques. Apart from learning about cooking summer camps, this article covers the following:

  • Healthy practices and skills that kids will learn from cooking
  • Cooking activities for preschoolers and older children

Understanding Kids Cooking Summer Camps

Whether your child attends a one-week or half-day kid’s camp, they will get firsthand practice and experience from professionals. They will also learn how to use professional utensils from qualified cooking school camp instructors.

Summer cooking camps expose kids to different features such as collaborating with their peers and kitchen safety. Summer camp cooking classes are appropriate for 7-year-olds and teenagers. Often, camp week cooking sessions operate under a particular theme like food from a specific culture or a particular cooking style.

On the other hand, daily cooking schedules at camp include preparing different snacks, meals, international cuisines, and desserts. Some camp afternoon sessions end up in competitions that make camping fun and exciting. The main goal of going to a cooking camp is to have fun, make new friends, and acquire valuable kitchen experience. Kids will have fun preparing meals and eating them as well. 

What Healthy Practices and Skills do Kids Learn from Cooking Camps?

The skills children develop from cooking summer Sur la table camps are applicable in various places. For example, they learn how to follow procedures and instructions. They will also master the art of handling complex projects. Food preparation can be a stepping stone to different science topics.

Staying at a cooking camp also applies to other components like nutritional science, fitness, and health. Many children are happy to help with baking pretzels and cupcakes around the kitchen. They may not realize that doing so exposes them to different skills like reading recipes and measuring ingredients.

Cooking activities for children during summer camp help them develop a wide range of skills, as we shall see below. Further, they expose children to healthy habits that they can carry into their adulthood. Here are skills that your kids will develop while attending kids cooking summer camp. 

·       Evaluating their Senses 

Young children get an opportunity to experience next-level cooking techniques while in summer camp. For example, during bread baking cooking classes, children will be excited to listen to the bustling sound of the dough mixer. They will also participate in dough pounding and watch it as it rises.

Further, kids will have fun smelling the sweet scent of bread as it bakes in the oven. In the end they will marvel at the taste of fresh warm bread straight from the oven. With continued practice, children will enhance their bread-making skills and practice them at home once camp ends. 

·       Growing their Aesthetic Taste

Is your child a picky eater? If they are, sending them to kids cooking summer camp can be all they need to improve their eating habits. Many children eat better when surrounded by their peers. What’s more, there will be different irresistible foods to try at the camp. One of the most exciting things is that they will take part in the food preparation process. As a result, the kids will acquire a sense of achievement and make them anxious to sample their own dishes. 

·       They Learn how to Choose Healthy Meals

Healthy Food Sessions at Summer Camp

The food preparation process involves preparing a grocery list and planning your menu. Camp counselors talk to campers about healthy food choices like including fruits and veggies in their meals. 

·       Kids Become More Responsible

The kitchen is one of the busiest places in a cooking summer camp. Kids learn how to handle kitchen appliances safely, following recipes, cleaning, and keeping the kitchen well organized. Participating in kitchen chores teaches children how to be responsible. 

·       They Acquire Basic Language, Science, and Math Skills

As kids practice how to stir sauce, prepare bread dough, and crack eggs, they also get a basic understanding of language, science, and math. The process of counting the number of eggs required teaches math skills.

Determining what should go first, second, and last teaches sequencing skills while reading recipes promotes reading comprehension. At the end of the cooking summer camp, your child will be confident enough to try new recipes independently. 

Cooking Activities that Preschoolers and Teens can Engage in During Cooking Summer Camp

Some kitchen tasks are ideal for kids ages 3 to 6. Often, camp counselors will suggest roles that fit their skill level. These roles should not be elaborate because young kids often get bored quickly. The average tasks for children under this age bracket should last between 5 and 10 minutes. Make the role short but fun. Here are some roles that preschoolers can do.

  • Compiling ingredients
  • Reading a cookbook
  • Ripping up lettuce to prepare salad

Summer Camp Cooking Activities for Teens

Each day at the Les Elfes International Summer camp, teens will prepare a full meal. They will even have enough to carry home on the last day of camp. Here are exciting parenting resources and camp activities that older kids will do. 

Level One Culinary School

At the level one culinary cooking school, camp professionals introduce campers to various practical kitchen aspects. Apart from kitchen safety and appliances, they learn about hygiene and acquire practical kitchen skills.

Campers will have lots of fun preparing a wide range of meals on their own, like tacos, pizza, and mouth-watering sauces. Camp organizers schedule a flavor day where teens learn about the basis of flavor and master their tasting skills. On the final camp day, the children will participate in a mystery ingredient contest. 

·       Introduction to Knife Skills

Knife Skills at Summer Camp

Using a knife safely to dice and chop is a skill that children will learn at the kids cooking summer camp. Campers then use their learned knife skills to prepare ingredients based on what is on the menu. During this activity, the chef will introduce campers to a wide range of spices and herbs from different parts of the world. Further, the teens will learn how to match herbs with suitable meals. 

·       Introduction to Kitchen Skills

This activity is a continuation of the culinary cooking school, where campers learn culinary terminology. The resident chef introduces children to the process of preparing pizza dough. After the lesson, every student is tasked with preparing both sweet and savory pan-roasted pizzas. During this activity, campers will learn how to tie the dough in different ways. They can use these techniques when preparing pizza knots at home.  

·       Mouth-watering Mother Sauces

Every good chef understands the importance of mother sauces when it comes to the preparation of delicious meals. During this activity, campers will learn the basis of excellent cooking; they will also learn how to be creative with food preparation.

From velouté, bechamel, roux, and stock, every camper will prepare individual alfredo sauces to go with pasta. They will then serve the meal with custom-made vinaigrette and salad complete with fruit. 

·       Flavor Dynamics

Some of the flavors you may know about include umami, sour, bitter, sweet, and salty. However, many people may not know the art of combining and balancing them to create unique dishes. During this activity, campers will learn how to taste these flavors one by one. The chef will also teach them about the different sources of acids, salt, herbs, fats, and spices available from different cultures around the world. The culmination of this activity will be the preparation of a flavorful meal. 

·       Mystery Ingredient Contest

The mystery ingredient contest will be the culmination of the level one kids cooking summer camp. Campers will go through the different lessons they have learned and take part in a competition. The contest is friendly and fun, and there are no losers. However, judges always have difficulty picking the young chef who scores the most marks depending on cooking technique, taste, presentation, and creativity. The camper who gets the highest score receives a reward and a tin of ice cream.

Next Level Culinary School

The next level culinary school is a day summer camp for campers who want to improve their basic kitchen skills. In this activity, chefs focus on the skills and techniques that children can leverage in overall cooking instead of creating recipes only.

Every day the campers will learn new techniques and a menu. Kids will execute their roles alone from beginning to end. Just as is the case in the level one culinary school, campers will have a mystery ingredient contest at the end of the camping session. 

·       Day 1: Breakfast Meant for Dinner

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In this case, campers will be making a hearty breakfast meal that they can consume at dinner. By the end of the activity, they will have mastered the art of:

  • Poaching eggs perfectly
  • Making fresh and delicious whipped cream
  • Using baking soda or powder to make some fluffy, delicious pancakes
  • Making deluxe creamy hollandaise sauce 

Every aspiring chef must master these skills before becoming an expert in the game. 

·       Day 2: Homemade Ravioli

Many people are yet to master the art of making fresh pasta appropriately. During this activity, campers will convert fresh pasta into two different ravioli types, complete with unique sauces and fillings. Learning how to combine different flavors in a single meal is crucial. Campers will also know that some flavor combinations are more superior to others. 

·       Day 3: Sunday Grill

Sunday Grill at Summer Camp

The Sunday grill is one of the most popular traditions at the Les Elfes International camp. In this activity, campers will learn how to stuff, tether, grill, and carve an entire turkey. They will also learn how to glaze veggies, use seasoning to make flavorful and rich gravy, and make the ideal pumpkin empanadas and mashed potatoes. 

·       Day 4: Mystery Ingredient Contest

Like is the case in the level one culinary school, campers will participate in a friendly and fun mystery ingredient contest. While everyone is a winner, judges will be looking for the ultimate young chef with the highest score in cooking technique, taste, presentation, and creativity. The camper who scores highest will receive a prize. 

Takeaway

  • In the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, many kids cooking summer camps are offering virtual cooking sessions via zoom. This idea comes in handy to protect campers and curb the spread of the disease. 
  • Apart from mastering cooking skills and making new friends, children will learn how to make healthy meal choices. 
  • Cooking is an art that exposes campers to a wide range of life skills that they can use in the future. 

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Is there Summer Camp in the UK? Top Camping Facilities for Children of all Ages

Is there summer camp in the UK? The summer camps in the UK have been gaining popularity in recent years with the advent of different camping programmes. Going camping is one of the best ways for kids to get outdoors, meet and make friends, acquire new skills, and enjoy some fresh air. Apart from having fun, summer camps nurture children to be better in preparation for the future. In this article, we shall discuss some of the summer camps available in the UK. 

Best Summer Camps for Children Between 4 and 19 Years

Whether you are looking for sporting, educational, or residential camps, the following facilities offer the ideal camping experience for children of different ages. 

1.      Ardmay House International Summer School 

Ardmay House International Summer School

The Ardmay House International Summer School lies in the middle of one of Scotland’s eye-catching National parks. This family-run camp is ideal for children between the ages of 8 and 16. Children will enjoy a friendly adventure-filled multinational ethnic environment. The summer camp combines actual learning with fun activities.

International students can enroll in English classes to improve their English language command. This facility lies within Loch Long’s proximity, allowing students to experience the picturesque Scottish local culture and striking countryside. 

2.      Kings Camps

Kings Camps

The Kings Summer camp is ideal for 14-17-year-old teens. It combines activities, sports, and games to help teens mature up socially while building lifelong friendships and acquiring new skills.

All coaches at the Kings camps have the ideal experience to engage with the teenagers to bring the best out of them. This facility offers flexible weekly and daily packages based on your child’s preferences and schedule.

Kings Camps programmes are not only affordable, but you can also make payments via the childcare voucher system. The facility is set in a friendly and safe environment giving campers the freedom to learn and have fun. 

3.      Village Summer Camps

Village Summer Camps

The village summer camps feature various activities and programmes for 10-17-year-olds. You can choose a summer camp based on your interests like the English language, performing arts, leadership courses, basketball, horse riding, or creative skills.

Better still; campers can enroll at the combination camp, a centralized facility where they can engage in all the above activities.

This facility offers programmes on large-scale grounds complete with parks, fountains, outdoor and indoor sports facilities, and fantastic accommodation options. Children between the ages of 7 and 9 can enroll at the junior adventurer’s camp within this facility, which combines camping fun with outdoor adventures and learning. 

4.      UNIQ Summer

UNIQ Summer

UNIQ Summer is a summer programme that education professionals offer through the University of Oxford. Aspiring and young students get a week’s stay at an Oxford college and experience the feeling of learning at the institution. Students interact with different top-rated lecturers and learn a wide range of subjects.

UNIQ summer learners interact with various departmental facilities like labs and spend the whole week as an Oxford undergraduate. Students choose their preferred topic from the more than 30 subjects available during the week-long curriculum and cover it comprehensively.

Once the week ends, students are required to prepare educational material independently. While this summer programme can be academically challenging, it gives learners an outstanding University experience in one of the world’s leading learning facilities. 

5.     Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts

Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts offers weekly programmes during summer for children between the ages of 14 and 18. The well-known institution offers exciting art and design courses like drawing and painting, photography, filmmaking, illustration and graphics, fashion promotion, 3D design, games design, and animation.

Apart from engaging in multiple lessons, students enjoy social evenings and full-day expeditions, which allow them to interact with their peers. This institution is ideal for creatives willing to acquire practical design and art skills from qualified and experienced artists.

Art and design students or those planning to enroll in the lessons in the future will reap significant benefits from this institution.  

6.      Tech Camp 

Tech camp offers a wide range of technology-based summer courses to kids aged between 8-17 years. Classes range from 3D game design, electronics, drone development and flying, rockets and robotics, coding, and engineering.

Students enjoy a great student to tutor ratio and get a chance to carry their creations home. Whether you choose to become a day scholar or stay overnight, Tech camp is the place to meet and make new friends. This facility is ideal if you are looking for technology and IT-related holiday camps in London, Winchester, and Surrey. 

7.      Walesby Forest Outdoor Adventure Centre

Walesby Forest Outdoor Adventure Centre

This adventure activity facility lies in the scenic Robin Hood’s home. Attendees get a chance to engage in outdoor recreation, and it is the ideal location to instill in children communication and teamwork skills. There are loads of fun activities to engage in, like kayaking, raft building, and wall climbing.

These sports activities are best for 8-15-year-olds. The program is cost-friendly, and you can choose between residential camps running from Monday through Friday or daily schedules. 

8.     Uppingham Summer School

The Uppingham summer camp programmes are ideal for children and people of all ages. They offer a wide range of activities to choose from. Some of the programmes include page to stage and the musical theatre week, allowing attendees to acquire excellent performing skills.

Campers can also engage in the Adventure Circus week, allowing them to develop circus techniques like trapeze thrills, juggling, tightrope walks, and plate spinning. The courses at this facility are safe, and campers enjoy support round the clock.

Nearly all the classes at this summer school wind up during the weekend with displays or performances. Students can demonstrate the excellent knowledge and skills they have acquired during their stay. 

9.     Camp Wilderness

Camp wilderness is a residential summer holiday camp where attendees can explore the natural beauty of the wilderness. It is situated at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, while other centers are in Yorkshire, Cheshire, Hertfordshire, and Kent. Campers will engage in a range of outdoor activities like shelter-making, outdoor cooking, archery, and storytelling by the evening fire, and scavenger hunts.

These all-inclusive activities are ideal for children between the ages of 6 and 15 and combine learning, adventure, and fun. You can choose between 5-day and 3-day summer camp programmes. Attendees get a chance to interact with nature while marveling at the scenic British countryside. 

10.  Activate Sports Camps

Active camp is an excellent facility specializing in inspiring and vibrant multi-activity and sport-based childcare camps in the UK. It is ideal for children between the ages of 5 and 14. Active Sports Camps run over 150 camps and courses annually, including hockey master class, netball fever, the Cricket Academy, Nile Wilson Gymnastics’ START, and Freestyle Soccer Camps.

Many sport-based camps in this facility have a star tour from a former or current professional player. The childcare facilities offer a wide range of fun activities to fulfill the needs of each child. Active Sports camps have hosted over 135,000 campers in the past in their October, summer, and Easter camps.

This facility is committed to providing a perfect day camp experience making it a serene place for children during the school holidays. The team at this facility strives to guarantee safety to parents, staff, and children. Apart from being Ofsted registered, Active Sports camp employs qualified and experienced coaches conversant with their sport of choice and childcare procedures. 

11.  Fire Tech 

Fire Tech is one of the leading technology-based holiday camp providers in the UK. Young people between the ages of 9-17 are free to attend. The facility strives to instill tech skills in young people. Attendees spend inspiring and thrilling weeks designing games, engineering robots or developing a YouTube brand.

With these courses, teens and children interact with technology, and all learning in this facility is integrated with creative courage and design thinking skills. Fire Tech campers transition from passive end-users to proactive technology developers and have fun while at it. Students operate in small teams under an expert’s watch.

Some of the instructors at Fire Tech are students at some of the leading universities in the world. At the end of the camping sessions, students leave with an original piece of their work and a lasting passion for technology.

12.  Xplore Activity Camps

Xplore Activity Camps

Xplore Activity Camps are aggressive summer holiday camp providers and advocates for cultural integration, independence, and outdoor adventure. The summer activity facilities allow teens and children to interact with their peers and make new friends independently. The environment is secure for the attendees.

These camps provide a platform for children from different nationalities and cultures worldwide to meet and interact freely. The facility encourages social and positive interaction between international and local students.

After a successful camping experience, students will have formed life-long connections and friendships. Campers can engage in a wide range of activities at the Xplore Activity camps like raft building, quad biking, city expeditions, sports, social activities, and climbing. Whether your kids love outdoor or creative activities or having fun in a group, Xplore activity camps is an ideal option. 

13.  Learn and Experience

Learn and experience is a facility that offers creative, sport, and adventure-filled residential summer camps for 8-16-year-olds. The facility’s camp locations in New Forest and North Yorkshire are ideal for children to acquire new skills while having fun during the summer holiday.

Each campus prides itself in hosting more than 50 different nationalities, making them a cultural experience hub. This facility offers a Teen travel programme, an exclusive summer camp experience that allows teens to learn additional skills like budget management, teamwork, leadership and communication, and itinerary building. Learn and Experience also allows campers to explore different stunning destinations in the world.  

14.  PGL

PGL

PGL summer holiday camps feature different holiday offers and a range of activities to choose from. This facility was launched in 1957 and has evolved to various home centers in the UK and globally. PGL holiday offers help meet different interests like adventure and action ventures which are ideal for outdoor lovers.

Attendees enjoy a combination of rollercoasters, motorsports, and surfing in a single package. PGL hosts the Creative Kids Holidays camp that offers a wide range of opportunities for your kids. The children will enjoy a creative environment where they can nurture their skills. Campers at this facility get a chance to combine adventure, fun, and learning in a secure environment. 

15.  Barracudas

Barracudas is one of the UK summer camps that is ideal for 4-14-year-olds. This facility offers multi-activity camps that combine adventure, learning, and fun during the summer holiday break. Barracudas’ Ofsted registered summer camps employ an experienced team’s services to guarantee your children’s safety. The facility has been in existence for the last 25 years.

Registration at this facility is simple, user-friendly, and children will enjoy nearly 80 skill-developing activities daily based on a kid’s interests. These activities range from dance fusion, motor mania, stem works, and swim school. To guarantee a camper’s personal development, Barracudas operates high-quality, exciting, and safe activity camps. 

16.  Soccer Camps International

Soccer Camps International

Soccer Camps International has been in existence for over 20 years now. The facility offers some of the most famous soccer camps across Europe that provide training sessions at the official club private training sites.

Campers get a chance to meet and interact with the club’s academy and first-team players every day. Attendees can explore these camps in various parts of England like the London area, Central and South England, and Manchester.

The camp fee is inclusive of expeditions, meals, and housing. Soccer Camps International is ideal for 8-17-year-olds. The facility offers both day and residential camp sessions, and international students can also enroll in English language courses.  

17.  XUK Camps

XUK Camps is a family-operated establishment that boasts more than 20 years of experience running residential and day camps. The facility is Ofsted rated and has a British Accreditation Council authorization.

Many fun-loving campers and team members go back to XUK camps for an exciting and memorable experience during the summer holiday. The XUK team is committed to delivering a diverse and detailed timetable and maintaining safety across their camping facilities.

XUK summer camps are located in friendly, safe, and cozy settings that allow campers to mature independently. Apart from engaging in new activities, campers can interact with their peers from different parts of the world and develop lifelong friendships.

Organizing a summer camp event can be complex. However, the team at XUK is friendly and knowledgeable, and ready to assist where necessary.  

18.  Camp Cooper 

Camp Cooper

Camp Cooper is an international summer camp facility that’s nestled in Crieff, Scotland, United Kingdom. Campers from more than 35 countries meet here annually. The establishment strives to give everyone a chance to feel special and appreciated, which is why they enroll 110 campers only at a go.

Attendees get an opportunity to participate in fun activities set in a nurturing, supportive, positive, inclusive, and fun environment. Some of these exciting activities include high ropes, cold wars, camp shows, dancing, singing and games, campfires, and sports competitions.

Camp Cooper’s goal is to have fun, engage in a wide range of activities to acquire new life skills, and make new friends. Each attendee can choose their personalized schedule based on their interests, an idea that is perfect for campers looking for a particular summer programme. Camp Cooper offers a unique American approach experience in the UK. 

19.  Camp Beaumont

Camp Beaumont

Camp Beaumont was established in 1980 and is one of the famous summer camp providers in the United Kingdom. The team behind this facility takes pride in having a well of knowledge and experience in the camping industry.

Camp Beaumont caters to children between 3 and 16 years. The facility’s award-winning day camps are located in 16 different locations across England. All of these summer camps are reasonably priced. One of the notable factors about Camp Beaumont is its excellent camper-to-staff ratio.

Both guardians and parents trust this facility for its zeal in combining varied activities with learning programmes. With more than 40 exciting, adventurous activities to engage in, Camp Beaumont is committed to encouraging children to be the best.

Some of the summer activities available in this facility include Zorbing, karting, spider mountain, laser zone, abseiling, 3G swing, cavving, kayaking, giant zipware, team challenge, aerial walk, quad biking, the leap of faith, archery, raft building, and fencing.

Camp Beaumont works with a team of qualified, friendly, experienced, and supportive coaches and instructors to give children the best experience. Each programme at Camp Beaumont is customized to fit the camper’s age groups. There are specialized activities for each age group. Apart from games and sports, campers can engage in Djing and Vlogging activities.  

20.  The Royal Institution

The Royal Institution summer camp programme offers varied STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) topics like genetics, cryptography, and engineering. Students get an opportunity to learn and increase their knowledge away from the school curriculum in an engaging, interactive, and fun environment.

There are over 100 workshops to pick from, meaning there is a wide range of options for everyone. The Royal Institution’s workshops allow campers to explore different topics firsthand by engaging in practical activities. Professional scholars and a dedicated in-house team of experts at the Young L’Oréal Scientist Centre supervise these activities. 

21.  Mill on the Brue

Mill on the Brue

Mill on the Brue caters for 8-15-year-olds annually and offers memorable summer camps. The facility lies on a remarkable 25-acre area that stretches over woods, a river valley, and green scenic fields.

The Mill offers an ideal setting for quality and relaxing outdoor moments. Campers are not allowed to use their electronic devices inside the camp. The camp has robust practices aimed at making it clean and eco-friendly. These include water harvesting, environmental focus, food waste composition, and the generation of solar power.

Campers can engage in a wide range of activities at the Mill, such as canoeing, rock climbing, bushcraft, outdoor cooking, outdoor trekking, and caving.  

Finally

One of the common questions amid the Covid 19 pandemic is, is there summer camp in the UK? From this article, it is clear that there are numerous summer camp options for children of all ages in United Kingdom. Summer camps offer endless benefits.

Children who attend camps regularly not only acquire life-long skills, but they also become more confident. They also interact with their peers from other parts of the world, build lasting friendships, and create unforgettable memories. 

Are you looking for the ideal summer camp? Visit our website and enjoy exciting offers.