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Tips for Families Educating Young Students at Home

Tips for Families Educating Young Students at Home

With our school’s recent closure many parents are looking for additional ways to keep their children engaged. Of course there are many, many apps and online resources available to you. Many are even free right now due to global school closures.  But we all know that hands-on learning is key. So how do you keep the boredom away and the mind and body unplugged? We have some great ideas using mostly what you have at home and at your fingertips.

Make something together.

Crafting teaches science, math, gross and fine motor skills and makes the most amazing memories. The ideas here are endless and priceless. With Easter coming upon us, we thought we’d share some simple crafting ideas. Egg Crate Flowers, Easter Egg Painted Rocks, 100 More Easter Ideas

Sew. For example, you can make bags for your lunch box of old kitchen towels or tablecloths or a tic tac toe board game from felt. You do not have to empty the hobby shop. A pair of scissors, paper, needle and thread and you are ready to go – and you will do far more for your children than they get out of sitting 14 days and doing similar calculations generated in an app. Here are some basic ideas for teaching kids how to sew.

Baking with children is a great way to encourage reading and calculation. When baking you practice understanding instructive text, you measure and weigh ingredients, and put it all together. You discuss the process – and you can enjoy your production together afterwards! A quick Pinterest search for “easy baking ideas for kids” will give you more ideas than anyone would need in a lifetime.

Explore together.

Take a walk outside. Whether you are near the polder, the dunes, or the beach, we are very fortunate to have some of the most beautiful nature nearby. Bring a nature book or use an app. Find five different trees and ten birds or insects. Research and discuss your findings. It sounds basic, but is more than what many kids know today. The exercise can even be done in the garden if you are unable to get to the forest. however, we recommend avoiding anywhere you aren’t able to keep a safe distance. One tip is to visit popular places early or later than most would visit.

Read a real paper book together. Talk about the content along the way. Talk about difficult words. Or just talk about what it reminds you of. Older primary students, can write a book report.

Get to know the clock on an old-fashioned, analogue watch. Lego or dice are also great math tools.

Learn through Playing Together

Creating a shop at home provides activities for several days. Clean suitable food packaging and assign prices to each. Draw bank notes and go shopping with each other. Children really enjoy this fun way to practice math and calculations.

Kids Escape Room. A kids escape room can pull together puzzles or simply questions about what they are already learning in school. You can also adapt this so that there are questions for several different ages. Let the younger children answer the questions on their level and everyone is contributing. Once complete, end it with an escape to some outside time. There are lots of ideas for questions and puzzles online or just take some questions from their school work and add them to the questions.

And of course many of us have lots of board games at home already. These games teach everything from strategy, to calculations, to reading and the best part, fun together.

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Social Distancing Tips & Updates

Social Distancing Tips & Updates

Dear Parents,

The Parents’ Association is here to help parents and support the school in any way that we can during this difficult time. We felt it would be helpful to establish this post with links to verified resources regarding COVID-19 and with tips for coping during the school closure. We plan to continue to update this post with more information we feel would be useful as we work through this time together.

We understand that some of you are keen to find out if the school’s current closure will result in a partial refund of the additional services to which you subscribed, such as minibus transfers to school, the canteen and child care.

We are happy to do what we can to help when parents have questions or concerns about service providers, but for subscription and contract-related queries please make direct contact with the service provider first, and please be as patient and as understanding as you can while providers assess their situations.

In the meantime, we are all trying to adjust to distance learning. Please let us know if you are experiencing more than minor issues with the school assignments. The feedback we have so far is that the teachers are doing well in keeping the children busy with relevant school work.

We are in contact with the other European Schools via Interparents, and they have shared some tips with us. They recommend establishing a daily routine with children, and to get the day started in the morning. They remind us to be sure have breaks and have fun together! Perhaps playing board games or activities together. They also recommend a bit of exercise and fresh air daily. We will post more tips in the coming days for how to keep the balance and stay engaged. If you have good tips to give to other parents, please send them to: esbpapresident@gmail.com.

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Tips for Families Educating Young Students at Home 

With our school’s recent closure many parents are looking for additional ways to keep their children engaged. Of course there are many, many apps and online resources available to you. Many are even free right now due to global school closures.  But we all know that hands-on learning is key. So how do you keep the boredom away and the mind and body unplugged? We have some great ideas using mostly what you have at home and at your fingertips.

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ESB Students Invited to Join Fitness Challenges

Our ESB PE teachers Leah Schoffelmeer and David Hay have invited students to join in for several fun challenges to keep them moving and healthy while they #stayhome. Subscribe to their YouTube channel to learn more.

How to Cope with the Stress, Fear and Anxiety of COVID-19

The European Commission has published this poster with advice for us all on how to cope with fear and anxiety facing COVID-19.

The Network Healthcare for Internationals has also published some advice and resources expats can leverage in a recent post. 

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European Schools closed from Monday as preventive measure

European Schools closed from Monday as preventive measure

Updated March 16 at 14:20

Dear parents,

It is now decided to close the school from Monday 16th of March until after Easter holiday (April 6). This could be extended – please check your emails and the school website:
The PA has decided to cancel the Extra Curricular Activities (ECA), starting from tomorrow, Friday 13th of March as well. We will be refunding at the end of the school year.
We hope that you are all following the hygiene rules and advices from the authorities:
For the closure of the school to have the best possible effect, we strongly recommend that you keep you and your family away from other people, if possible. We suggest for you to stay at home, teleworking if possible.
If you have any questions for the PA, please send them to this email address: [email protected]com

Kind regards,

The PA Committee

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Host Family Needed for Female Secondary Student

Host Family Needed for Female Secondary Student

We have received a request from the European School of Brussels for a student exchange. We are looking for a host family (S5N) for a female S5 student from September 2020  through the December holidays. She speaks German and English at home and would like to improve her Dutch (L4).

For more information about the 2020 European School Student Exchange Programme or this student, please contact Alex Gijlstra.

Host Family Testimonials

We had the possibility of hosting an Italian student from the school of Varese for 3 weeks, thanks to the European Schools Exchange Program, promoted by the system of the European Schools.
It was a great experience in every sense but above all, having two daughters of about the same age of our guest, it was very positive for them to spend time with someone who spoke the same mother tongue (not so frequent here, apart with the parents), come into direct contact with  ‘Italy” through a new friend and realize that they have many things in common. They felt linked not only by speaking the same language but also by the fact of being ‘European’. This happens thanks to the type of school they attend and we take the opportunity to thanks the PAC of the ESB to organize this so well and efficiently.
I warmly recommend this experience to all the families whose children do not have a language section  in our school.

-Anna

We had an exchange student from the European School in Varese. I found the experience very nice and it gave a happy atmosphere to our house.  I loved to have someone who was able to speak my same mother tongue also and especially at school, in which my Italian classes are a bit lonely, me being the only one in the class. However not only because of these classes was it nice to have someone who spoke Italian at school because, in a way, it feels like you know someone better if you speak the same language, you listen to the same songs, and you are only seven months of difference. It was special to have her, and I will never forget this experience. It kind of felt like having a twin, which, I can promise you, is really unique.

-Lara

 

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