Dear parents, dear students,
we are all aware that the situation is difficult for every member of the school community and we all need to find out, how to deal with the circumstances of a closed school.
Fortunately, in our modern and technical well-equipped environment we as teachers can provide students with resources to proceed and advance in their learning. To make sure students can deal with the new learning environment as well as possible, they need the support of their parents.
It is crucial for all of us to keep up a daily routine. Therefore, we suggest you consider the following advice and think how and what you can implement as a family:
- Pre structure the day by developing a timetable
- Keep up your normal morning routine, e.g. get dressed rather than staying in PJs all day.
- Include daily physical activity (e.g. take a run or walk in a park, look for a sequence of exercises you can do indoors and outdoors, introduce Yoga exercises to your family, e.g., in German https://youtu.be/olNR0RNaXyU; English https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k)
- Have a planned time of “home schooling” for 3 to 4 hours (Primary up 2- 3 hours; Secondary up to 4 hours); plan with movement and snack breaks in between
- Organize a working place where your child can learn.
- If you work on the tasks that have been provided, make sure, your child works on more than 1 subject, so there is at least maths, German and English included in every day
- Keep distractors (e.g. toys, television, phone, radio) away.
- Do not push them through the exercises “to get over and done with it”. Instead, show a positive attitude towards their learning time.
- Plan an afternoon session of 30 to 60 minutes for repetition (e.g. Timetables, spellings, technical terms, vocabularies, maths basics, handwriting, Letters and phonics, formulas)
- Once you have finished studying, tidy school things away. This can help to clearly separate work and leisure time.
- Since everyone is at home share the daily chores (e.g., tidying up, cleaning, cooking) and give responsibility to the children. Get into cooking as a family.
- Have set mealtimes and eat together.
- Structure the “free” time (e.g. family games, screen time (limited), reading, skype with friends/family, sports,)
To make all of this a bit more fun we created a video, that summarizes our advice.
Yours DSL BQ (Beratungsquadrat)