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  • Hello. This is 6 Minute English from

  • BBC Learning English. I'm Neil.

  • And I'm Georgina.

  • Do you remember the school holidays

  • when you were a kid, Georgina?

  • Ah, yes, I remember. Six whole weeks

  • without school! I used to go

  • to the seaside on holiday

  • with my family - sometimes to the coast

  • in England and sometimes

  • abroad to France or Spain.

  • Yes. I remember my dad driving us

  • down to the seaside, looking out

  • the car window and

  • playing I-spy with my sister.

  • But with the outbreak of the coronavirus

  • pandemic many children are having

  • to take an extended

  • and unplanned break from school.

  • And with schools now shut for

  • the foreseeable future, this is

  • creating challenges - both

  • for children who can no longer meet

  • their friends to play outdoors...

  • ...and for parents who want to keep

  • their children occupied and

  • focused without spending

  • hours watching TV or

  • playing on mobile phones.

  • In this programme, we'll be discussing

  • some advice for parents trying

  • to keep their children

  • educated and entertained at home

  • in these unusual times. But first

  • today's quiz question:

  • Under normal circumstances, which

  • country has the longest

  • school summer holidays? Is it:

  • A) Australia, B) Argentina, or C) Italy?

  • Hmmm, they have really hot summers

  • in Australia, right? I think maybe

  • they also have long holidays,

  • so I'll say a) Australia.

  • OK, Georgina. We'll find out later

  • whether you were right. Of course,

  • what's happening

  • right now is very different from normal

  • school holidays. Parents and

  • children may be living

  • together under lockdown for weeks

  • on end and this can be stressful

  • as BBC Radio 4's You

  • and Yours discovered when they spoke

  • to parenting expert, Elizabeth O'Shea.

  • The most important thing is see this

  • as an opportunity.

  • It's unprecedented what's going on

  • but you may have a chance to have

  • two or more weeks with your

  • children and if you can

  • change your attitude towards that

  • you can actually enjoy this time

  • and teach your children

  • amazing coping skills for dealing with

  • difficulties in the future.

  • Elizabeth thinks that having a positive

  • attitude by seeing the lockdown

  • as an opportunity will

  • help in this unprecedented situation - a

  • situation which has never

  • happened before.

  • Adults are full of life experience

  • and parents can teach their children

  • things they wouldn't

  • get to learn at school. Being able

  • to spend time at home with

  • your children can be a great

  • opportunity to teach them coping skills -

  • skills they can use to cope,

  • or deal with, stressful situations.

  • One of Elizabeth's main ideas is that

  • parents shouldn't try to re-create

  • a school classroom

  • at home. Instead, it might be better

  • to work with your children as a team

  • and decide together

  • what you'd like to do.

  • Here she is talking about keeping kids

  • entertained at home.

  • I would brainstorm ideas and then

  • draw up timetables of what

  • you're going to do each day.

  • Include a nice chunk of time, normally

  • after lunch, for a bit of down time - quiet

  • reading or quiet play but then, the rest of

  • the time, build in activities. So playing

  • with your children is wonderful... ball

  • games, board games, card games,

  • word games, anything -

  • doing a family disco - anything that

  • is fun and entertaining for them.

  • If you lack ideas for what to do during

  • the day, Elizabeth recommends

  • brainstorming - talking

  • to your children to produce ideas

  • and suggestions for things to do.

  • Of course, games and activities are

  • fun ways of keeping children

  • entertained and she suggests

  • spending a chunk - or large part

  • of time - on those.

  • But it's difficult to find the energy

  • to keep playing games all day long.

  • It's also important

  • to timetable in down time - time when

  • you relax and do not do much,

  • for example quiet reading.

  • And if it all starts going wrong, here's

  • Elizabeth again with a final tip.

  • Pillow fights are also

  • a great way to let off stream.

  • If the situation becomes stressful then

  • it's good to let off steam - do

  • something to get

  • rid of strong feelings by expressing them

  • without harming anyone. You could let off

  • steam in many ways - anything from

  • going for a run to having a pillow fight!

  • I think I'm going to need a holiday

  • to get over this lockdown.

  • Which reminds me... it's time to reveal the

  • correct answer to this

  • week's quiz question.

  • I asked you which country's schools

  • usually have the longest

  • summer holidays.

  • I said a) Australia.

  • Good try, Georgina, but the correct answer

  • was c) Italy. They have up to 13

  • weeks' holidays

  • in the summer! Imagine how much

  • fun you could have!

  • Or how much English vocabulary

  • you could learn!

  • Today we've been giving some tips

  • to parents for surviving the

  • coronavirus lockdown, an

  • unprecedented situation - meaning

  • a situation which has never

  • happened before.

  • One parenting expert recommends

  • keeping a positive attitude

  • by focusing on the useful

  • things parents can teach their children at

  • home, like coping skills - skills to cope

  • with stressful situations, like

  • being locked down.

  • A good way to generate ideas for things

  • to do is brainstorming - talking

  • with your children

  • to come up with ideas and

  • suggestions for fun learning activities.

  • A large chunk - or part - of the day

  • could be spent in fun ways like playing

  • games or finding things out together

  • on the internet.

  • But don't forget to schedule in some

  • down time - quiet time to relax

  • and do nothing.

  • And when it all gets too much,

  • find healthy ways to let off steam -

  • get rid of strong

  • emotions by doing something energetic,

  • like going for a run....

  • Or having a pillow fight! Come on, Neil, I

  • always have a pillow handy, just in case!

  • Well, unfortunately, we've run out

  • of time. Search BBC Learning English

  • for more language learning programmes

  • as well as English activities for your

  • children during the lockdown.

  • Bye for now!

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鎖定。家長在家帶孩子的小貼士--6分鐘英語。 (Lockdown: Tips for parents coping with kids at home - 6 Minute English)

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