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Old 19.05.2012, 18:24
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Re: School Problem yet again!!!!!

See if your Kanton offers summer programmes - here in Baselland they do offer a lot - my son is going on a week's camp organised by the department of youth and sport and then there is a 4 week camp organised by the nearby big town (in conjunction with the Kanton educational department) which has lots of day activities which you can pick and choose from.

There is sure to be something similar in a nearby town to which your school district belongs to.

Something like this is a great idea for absorbing language without hardly realising it.

Or take up a new hobby like pony riding or swimming (our local pool has intensive summer swim weeks) and do keep going down to the local park.

Finally if you are planning a few days away for summer, look and see if the place you are visiting runs kids camps for the summer season. We spend summers up Mount Rigi and there the tourist office organises a family/kids programme with participation mostly free (or very reasonably priced - a few francs). Our son loves it. Our son has also enjoyed a similar programme offered at a Tyrolean town we stayed in last year (Seefeld in Tyrol) for a week - they are relatively low key and you can put her name down literally the day before and often include family activities (such as a walk and grilling with a pony and trap ride back etc) so could be fun for you all.
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Re: School Problem yet again!!!!!

The swiss system starts off really slow, speeds up a bit in grade 4, and by grade 6 (at least at the Bezirk) it is really fast and rigorous. You'll remember fondly the time without homework when she has to cram for a French test in a few years!
We were also very concerned at first by how far behind the level was as compared to the US. There was also very little beyond the basics, no science lab, no exciting math, etc.
You have 2 choices:
-Either this system is totally not acceptable to you, then you take your daughter to ZIS Baden
-Or you take the best from the system (self-reliance, independence, languages, friends who live next door, later on in middle school a very high quality education) and supplement the missing bits at home.
Remember that no school system is perfect, and it is your responsibility as a parent to fill in the gaps that you feel are too important. There are fun and engaging online curriculums to keep up with the English reading and writing levels, as well as math. Music lessons would give your daughter plenty of challenge if you'd like to go this route (and the gemeinde should pick up half the cost).
Think through very carefully any potential decision to accelerate. The school will do it if you insist and the tests support it, but the organizational skills required at the Bezirk to be successful are really high.
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See if your Kanton offers summer programmes - here in Baselland they do offer a lot - my son is going on a week's camp organised by the department of youth and sport and then there is a 4 week camp organised by the nearby big town (in conjunction with the Kanton educational department) which has lots of day activities which you can pick and choose from.

There is sure to be something similar in a nearby town to which your school district belongs to.

Something like this is a great idea for absorbing language without hardly realising it.

Or take up a new hobby like pony riding or swimming (our local pool has intensive summer swim weeks) and do keep going down to the local park.

Finally if you are planning a few days away for summer, look and see if the place you are visiting runs kids camps for the summer season. We spend summers up Mount Rigi and there the tourist office organises a family/kids programme with participation mostly free (or very reasonably priced - a few francs). Our son loves it. Our son has also enjoyed a similar programme offered at a Tyrolean town we stayed in last year (Seefeld in Tyrol) for a week - they are relatively low key and you can put her name down literally the day before and often include family activities (such as a walk and grilling with a pony and trap ride back etc) so could be fun for you all.

where will i get information about these summer camps? The nearest swimming pool from gebenstorf is Nusbamen or Baden so I was planning on making some calls tomorrow to get the info, but the other camps I struggle to find information regarding these schpeil gruppes and summer camps etc. If you could guide me please. Should I go to Geminde office and get the info from there????
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where will i get information about these summer camps? The nearest swimming pool from gebenstorf is Nusbamen or Baden so I was planning on making some calls tomorrow to get the info, but the other camps I struggle to find information regarding these schpeil gruppes and summer camps etc. If you could guide me please. Should I go to Geminde office and get the info from there????
Yes definitely try the Gemeinde first, then the Amt for Sport in your Canton too (Gemeinde will give you some ideas of numbers to ring). To be honest, these offers come to us via a flyer handed out to all applicable kids in the school. The flyer for the Liestal summer courses has not arrived yet - it's usually not available until a couple of weeks before school end, but there will be a permanent office handling this sort of course offering open all year round and yes, your Gemeinde would be your best starting point (and maybe a quick word with your teacher too?)
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Re: School Problem yet again!!!!!

Gemeinde Gebenstorf has a website. It should have a "Vereine" section. You'd see what is available. Your Mittagstisch coop might have a summer program, Jubla (Jungwacht/Blauring, like scouts) certainly does (a sleepaway camp very cheap), but might start at age 8, you have to ask.
Children's museum in Baden always has a program or two in the summer.
The website of the city of Baden posts programs, just poke around.
The big outdoor pool always has a ton of kids playing, you should go there even without organized lessons and just hang out.

There is an Expats in Baden yahoo list. Join and ask there, I am sure moms with kids of similar ages could recommend specific programs.
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Re: School Problem yet again!!!!!

Shafaq, I've just been informed that there is a special program for talented kids in Baden. It might be worth asking the class teacher about it.
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