Our little friend of today is a hedgehog we found in the Concha garden. The boys enjoyed seeing this very friendly animal.
The hedgehog was named because of its peculiar foraging methods. These animals root through hedges and other undergrowth in search of the small creatures that compose the bulk of their diet—insects, worms, centipedes, snails, mice, frogs, and snakes. As a hedgehog picks its way through the hedges it emits pig-like grunts—thus, the hedgehog.
Some people consider hedgehogs useful pets because they prey on many common garden pests. While on the hunt, they rely upon their senses of hearing and smell because their eyesight is weak.
This week we talked about smoking and in particular about vaping. It is one of the first big risks that our kids are going to face. Therefore, I showed a couple of videos to them where they explain the main risk of the electronic cigarettes. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPAvUyhBVPM and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JCAyb3lDTo ) It was a good coincidence to talk about this subject since India banned the e-cigarettes in its country this week. (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49738381) Even so, when I was looking for Youtube videos for showing to them I noticed that it is hard to find videos that talk about the dangers of this practice, most of the information given is actually the opposite. It is a proof of how much influence the vaping companies have in the society hiding the real risk of this fact.
After that, we did a little exercise about how to avoid a complicated situation where a friend is insisting on trying a vape. One of the most common reasons why they first try is because they do not know how to say “NO” to their friends and they do not want to not look “cool” enough in front of them. After listening to them I gave to them some advice to refuse any drugs and still appear “cool” in front of their friends if they got surprised in this kind of situation. However, advising them to avoid to hang out with people who are suspected of these kinds of practice.
To reassure you here in the house we count with 6 healthy sportive boys that have clear ideas on this field. Collège du Léman is very sensitive to this cause, setting up all the steps needed to have that away from our boundaries.
Our friend of today was a hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) It is a strong flier, dispersing widely in the summer. However, it rarely survives the winter in northern latitudes but this year because of the warm summer we had the opportunity to appreciate this interesting big insect here in Switzerland. It is often confused with a hummingbird due to their size and its particular way collect pollen from the flowers. Some of the boys could appreciate this specimen before it flies away.
It is a real chance for us to live where we live.
The 3rd picture it is from Google 🙂
For those who want to know more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummingbird_hawk-moth
Yesterday we went to train altogether. We did 30 minutes of training combining running and some exercises with their own weight. The boys surprised me, asking me if we could do this more often. Every week I will do at least one physical activity with them to increase their “brothership” between them and to give them a healthy habit, even though, I saw you did a very good job with them since they are all quite sportive and fit.
Have a good weekend and do not forget to post some comments.
(Apologies for the picture quality)
Today we had our proper first house assembly. The house assemblies are a meeting with all the house where we discuss together new information for the week and also I introduce them to a topic related to a healthy lifestyle so it goes hand by hand with the well-being program this year. It will take place every Wednesday.
Our today’s topic was: “How important is sleep?”. We saw all together this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4aRamg7Ytc . We discuss after the importance of having a good sleep, advice like switching their phone or how to use the blue light filter in their phones. They were surprised about some evidence the video showed!
They all enjoy this moment all together and we vote for our House Representative. Boys chose Gerardo to be their Representative. Congratulations Gerardo!
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Hello everybody! Here you have a little selection of snaps of ours House boys. They all enjoy very much this amazing experience in Leysin (click here to know more about Leysin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leysin ). There they did many activities like climbing, via ferratas, mountain biking, orienteering, outdoor survival skills, and many others. It was a successful experience for […]
Yesterday night we started with our Well-being week activity. It is a program that the school is implementing in order to teach them healthy mental and physical habits.
This time, in order to show them a traditional game far from screens and social medias I chose to play to SMAK a Suisse game which is a kind of bowling.
We all enjoy this time outside taking profit of these last warm night before the cold arrives.