Own work: Corona go home! By Oscar in Deutsch and English

Deutsche Version (keep scrolling on mobile devices for English version)

Anfang März 2020 wartete ich voller Vorfreude darauf, dass mein Freund für 3 Wochen zum Sleep-over kommen sollte. Seine Mama wollte in Urlaub fahren und er sollte in der Zeit bei uns wohnen. Da war Corona noch fast gar nicht da! Dann eines Tages erzählte mir meine Mama, dass mein Freund nicht kommen kann, wegen dem Virus. Ich war echt sauer!!! Mein Freund musste dann auch gleich noch in Quarantäne, weil er bei einer Schulveranstaltung mit jemanden in Kontakt war, der vielleicht COVID hatte.

Dann, nach ein paar Tagen kam es zu einem Lockdown und wir mussten Homeschooling machen. Am Anfang war das echt schlimm. Alle fünf Minuten musste ich meine Mama um Hilfe bitten: „Wie macht man ein Textfeld, Mama?“ „Wie kann ich die Schrift ändern?“ „Mama, kannst Du mal ein Foto machen?“ Mit war das echt unangenehm, denn meine Mama kam selbst gar nicht mehr zum arbeiten.
Eigentlich bin ich ein ganz guter Schüler aber ich kannte mich einfach gar nicht mit Computern aus. Für mich waren es wirklich nervige 8 Wochen. Aber am Ende kam ich mit der Technik immer besser zurecht. Meine Freunde habe ich auch vermisst aber es war auch schön, dass mein Dad so viel zu Hause war. Wir waren viel im Wald und das Essen zu Hause war auch viel besser als in der Schule. Trotzdem war ich sehr happy, als es endlich wieder weiterging mit Unterricht im Klassenzimmer und ich meine Freunde wieder treffen durfte.

Am Ende der 3. Klasse verabschiedete ich mich von meinen Freunden und Lehrern, weil wir in die USA ziehen mussten. Mein Dad hatte eine neue Stelle in der Firma angefangen. Wegen Corona haben wir aber dann erstmal doch kein Visum bekommen und so musste ich nach den Ferien zurück in meine alte Schule! Da habt mich Corona echt genervt. Ich hatte mich doch schon so auf die USA gefreut. Ich hatte aber auch Glück. Zum einen habe ich meine Lieblingslehrerin wieder bekommen und ein guter Freund von mir, der zurück nach Korea sollte, war auch wieder da. Unser Umzug wurde nur einmal verlegt, bei meinem Freund zweimal!

Als ich endlich umgezogen war, musste ich zwei Wochen in Quarantäne bleiben. Ich startete in meiner neuen Schule also mit Fernunterricht. Das war schon komisch, die neuen Kinder erstmal nur über den Bildschirm zu treffen.

Das war aber nicht das einzig seltsame. Der Unterricht findet hier nur online statt, auch für die Kinder, die im Klassenzimmer sitzen. Die Eltern haben die Wahl, ob die Kinder in die Schule gehen oder von zu Hause aus unterrichtet werden. Unsere Lehrerin sitzt mit Kopfhörern am Laptop und macht ihren Unterricht über den Computer und alle Kinder sitzen auch mit Kopfhörern am Laptop im Klassenzimmer oder zu Hause und haben zusammen Unterricht. Daran musste ich mich erst einmal gewöhnen aber jetzt klappt das mittlerweile super und wir sind alle flexibel, wenn man mal einen Tag nicht in die Schule kann. Wie zum Beispiel diese Woche, weil die Straßen so glatt waren. Dann machen wir einfach alle Unterricht von zu Hause. Oder auch nach Weihnachten, denn da haben sich hier in USA viele Leute in den Ferien angesteckt. Auch Kinder von unserer Schule.

Sport, Musik und Kunst haben wir normalerweise natürlich nicht am PC und zwischendrin haben wir immer wieder „Independent Worktime“ offline, um unsere Aufgaben zu erledigen oder um im Team an Projekten zu arbeiten.
Ich bin auch viel besser geworden mit dem ganzen Computerzeug und mittlerweile zeige ich manchmal meiner Mama, wie was funktioniert.

Covid-19 hat die Schule total verändert und mich auch.

Immerhin haben wir hier and den meisten Tagen Präsenzunterricht. Ich weiß, dass es mir damit besser geht als vielen meiner Freunde in Deutschland.

Meine Klasse ist momentan in zwei Gruppen geteilt, damit wir weniger Kinder im Klassenzimmer sind. Zum Glück hat meine Schule genügend Zimmer und auch genügend Lehrer, denn jede Klasse hat hier sowieso immer zwei Lehrer.
Um überhaupt in das Schulgebäude rein zu dürfen, müssen wir einen Wellness-Check vorweisen und eine Maske tragen. Unsere Eltern dürfen nicht aus dem Auto aussteigen. Die Autotür wird von einem Lehrer/Lehrerin aufgemacht. Dann muss ich vor dem Klassenzimmer warten bis meine Lehrerin nochmal einen Wellness- Check gemacht hat. Erst dann darf ich ins Klassenzimmer. Die Maske müssen wir den ganzen Tag über tragen. Daran habe ich mich aber ganz gut gewöhnt. Meistens merke ich gar nicht mehr, dass ich eine auf habe. Nur beim Sport nervt die Maske!!! Wenn es kalt ist und ich super Pech habe, haben wir Sport in unserer Halle. Dann dürfen wir die Maske beim Sport nicht abnehmen. Gott sei Dank haben wir in Texas meistens gutes Wetter. Sport haben wir hier JEDEN Tag. Das finde ich mega!

Meine neue Klasse hat mich übrigens sehr gut aufgenommen. Die meisten Kinder sind sehr offen und supernett und ich habe auch schon neue Freunde gefunden.

Wie hat Covid mich verändert?
Ich habe im Moment gar keine große Lust wohin zu gehen. Man hat sich so daran gewöhnt, zu Hause zu sein. Zu Hause habe ich auch meinen Hund Amy! Ohne sie wäre Corona eine Katastrophe für mich. Jeden morgen wache ich auf, geh zu Amy und kuschle erstmal eine Runde. Und dann habe ich ja auch noch meine Bücher und Skype. Mir ist es so wichtig geworden, mit meinen Freunden in Kontakt zu bleiben. Egal wo auf der Welt sie sind. Vor allem am Wochenende nehme ich mir immer jeden Tag 2-3 Stunden Zeit zum chatten. Außerdem versuche ich auch zu Hause jeden Tag Sport zu machen. Ich rudere (natürlich nicht im Wasser), gehe joggen mit meinem Dad, fahre Roller und an den Wochenenden spielt die ganze Familie zusammen Tennis.

Im Sommer haben hier hoffentlich das Schlimmste geschafft. Dann freue ich mich auch wieder auf Playdates, Reisen und meine Familie in Deutschland.

Wie geht es Euch mit Corona? Ich würde mich sehr über eure Nachrichten freuen.

Glossar

Corona-Virus:
Corona, genauer die Variante SARS-CoV-2, ist ein neuer Virus der ungefähr ein Jahr alt ist und in China entdeckt wurde.

COVID-19:
Ist der Name der Krankheit, die durch den Coronavirus ausgelöst wird. Covid ist eine Abkürzung für Corona Virus Disease. Symptome können Husten, Halsweh, Fieber, manchmal auch Durchfall sein. Bei manchen Menschen treten auch Atemprobleme oder eine Lungenentzündung auf. Gefährlich ist Covid vor allem für ältere Menschen.

Quarantäne:
Nennt man die Zeit, in der man zu Hause bleiben muss und das Haus nicht verlassen darf. Ihr fragt euch, wie man dann essen holen kann? Ganz einfach, man bestellt online beim Supermarkt was ihr haben wollt und dann werden euch die Sachen vor die Haustür geliefert. Oder ihr habt Nachbarn und Freunde, die für Euch einkaufen gehen.

Homeschooling/Fernunterricht:
Wen man im Lockdown ist muss man ja trotzdem lernen und das macht man dann durch Zoom, Skype, Ring central, Google Classroom, Seesaw etc.

Corona-Impfung:
Mittlerweile haben mehrere Unternehmen einen Impfstoff entwickelt, der gegen Corona hilft. Leider dauert es aber eine ganze Zeit, bis alle Menschen den Impfstoff erhalten Zuerst bekommen ihn ältere Menschen, Pflegekräfte und medizinisches Personal. Für Kinder gibt es noch keinen Impfstoff. Die stecken sich aber auch nicht so leicht an wie Erwachsene.

Wellness-check:
Ein Wellness-Check beinhaltet Fiebermessen und einen Fragebogen zu Symptomen.

Corona-Test
Für einen Corona-Test gibt es zwei Arten. Entweder man bekommt ein Stäbchen in den Hals oder in die Nase gesteckt. Das tut nicht weh aber ist echt unangenehm.

English version

At the beginning of March 2020, I was so excited because my friend was supposed to come for a 3-weeks sleep-over. His mum was about to go on holidays. Corona was almost not there then! One day my mom told me that my friend can’t come because of the virus. I was so angry!!! A few days later my friend had to be quarantined because he was in contact with someone who might have had COVID at a school event.

Then there was the first lockdown in Germany and we switched to distance learning. In the beginning that was really bad. Every five minutes I had to ask my mom for help: “How can I make a text box, mom?” “How can I change the font?” “Mom, can you take a photo?” Sometimes I felt really bad because my mum didn’t get to do her own work anymore. I was also using her office space as I didn’t have a proper internet connection in my room.
Actually, I’m quite a good student, but I just didn’t know how to handle a computer back then. Those 8 weeks were really annoying. But in the end I got better and better with the technology. I missed my friends but it was also nice that my dad was at home so much. We were in the woods a lot and the food at home was so much better than at school. Nevertheless, I was so happy when we were finally allowed back into the classroom and I was allowed to meet my friends again.

At the end of 3rd grade, I said goodbye to my school, friends and teachers because we were about to move to the USA. My dad had started a new job in the company. But because of Corona, we didn’t manage to get our visa in time and so I had to go back to my old Berlin school at the end of the summer holidays! Corona really annoyed me at this stage. I was looking forward to our move, to the new school and was ready for a new adventure…I was sad but I was also lucky. For one thing I got my favorite teacher again and a good friend of mine, who was supposed to move back to Korea, had to come back to school as well. Our move was only postponed once, my friend’s move twice!

When I finally moved in October, I had to quarantine for two weeks. So I started in my new school with distance learning. It was weird to meet the new children just via the screen.

But that wasn’t the only strange thing. In general lessons are only held online, even for the kids who sit in the classroom. Parents have the choice of whether the children go to school or are taught from home. Our teacher sits in front of her laptop with headphones and teaches via the computer and all the children also sit with headphones in front of their laptops in the classroom or at home and have lessons together. I had to get used to it first but now it works great and we are all flexible. Like last week for example. The roads were so icy so we all switched to distance learning for a day. After Christmas we all had to switch as well for a week because many people got infected during the holidays. Also some kids from our school.

Sport, music and art are usually taught offline and in between our lessons we always have “Independent Worktime” offline, too. We can work on our assignments or on projects together with other students.
I’ve also gotten much better with all the computer stuff and now I sometimes show Mum how it works.

Covid-19 has completely changed the way school works and I have changed, too.

My class is currently divided into two groups so that we have fewer children in the classroom. Luckily, my school has enough rooms and enough teachers because every class always has two teachers here anyway.

In order to be allowed into the school building at all, we have to show a wellness check app every day and wear a mask. Our parents are not allowed to get out of the car. The door of the car is opened by a teacher. Then I have to wait in front of the classroom until my teacher does another wellness check. Only afterwards I am allowed into the classroom. We have to wear a mask all day long. But I got used to it quite well. Most of the time I don’t even notice that I am wearing one. The only time my mask really annoys me is during PE!!! When it’s cold and I’m super unlucky, we have sports in our gym. We are not allowed to take off the mask there at all. Thank God we usually have good weather in Texas. We have PE EVERY day. I think that’s great!

By the way, my new classmates and teacher made me feel very welcome. Most of the children are very open and super-nice and I have already made new friends.

How did Covid change me?
I don’t really want to go anywhere at the moment. I’ve so gotten used to staying at home. There I also have my dog Amy! Without her, Corona would be a disaster for me. Every morning I wake up and go to Amy for a round of cuddles. Apart from that I have my books and Skype. It has become so important to me to stay in touch with my friends and family abroad – no matter where in the world they are. Especially on weekends I always take 2-3 hours to chat every day. I also try to do sports at home every day. I row (of course not in the water), go for a run with my dad, ride scooters and on weekends the whole family plays tennis together.

Hopefully in summer the situation will improve. Then I look forward to playdates, travel and my family in Germany.

How are you dealing with Corona? Please share!

Glossary

Corona virus:
Corona, more specifically the variant SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus that has been detected in China over a year ago.

COVID-19:
Is the name of the disease triggered by the coronavirus. Covid is an acronym for Corona Virus Disease. Symptoms can include cough, sore throat, fever, sometimes diarrhea. Some people also experience breathing problems or pneumonia. Covid is particularly dangerous for the elderly.


Quarantine:
The time in which you have to stay at home and are not allowed to leave the house. You wonder how to get food then? Quite simple, you order online from the supermarket what you want and then the things are delivered to your doorstep. Or you have neighbors and friends who go shopping for you.

Distance learning:
If you are in lockdown mode you still have to learn and you do this by Zoom, Skype, Ring central, Google Classroom, Seesaw etc.

Corona vaccine:
Several companies have now developed a vaccine that protects from getting COVID. Unfortunately, however, it takes quite a while for all people to get the vaccine. There is no vaccine for children yet. But they don’t get COVID as easy as adults anyhow.



Wellness check:
A wellness check includes taking temperature and filling in a questionnaire regarding symptoms.

Corona test:|
There are two types of corona tests. Either you get a cotton bud inserted in your throat or in your nose. It doesn’t hurt but it’s really unpleasant.

Quellen/Credit:
Who.int
Geolino.de
Klexikon.de

Review: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

What is the name of your favorite teacher? I am spoilt because almost all of my teachers are and have been very nice. But there is one teacher in particular that I like the most because she is very kind, stays calm in any situation, motivates her students to give their best and is also fun.

This book is also about a great teacher.

What is this book all about?
There is a new teacher in grade 5 at Snow Hill School. He is called Mr. Terupt.
But Mr. Terupt is not the only new face. There is also a new girl called Jessica. She comes from California and is very nice.
And then there is the rest of the class: Peter, Luke, Alexia, Danielle, Anna and Jeffrey. They don’t like each other very much but everyone likes Mr. Terupt.
He is teaching them more than just Math and English. They learn about friendship, responsibility and respect.
Mr Terupt had a hook in the ceiling of the classroom. Everytime one of his students did something very good, he puts a link to the chain hanging of the hook. And as soon as the chain reaches the ground, they had one day where they can do anything they want.
When the big day came it snowed and everyone wanted to go outside to have a snowball fight. But then a terrible accident happened. Mr. Terupt got hit by a snowball and fell into a coma.
Of course the kids where shocked and now have to show what lessons they had learned from their teacher.
What will happen to the kids and will Mr. Terupt come back? You have to read to find out!

How did I like the book?
I liked the book a lot because Mr. Terupt changed the lives of seven students in a good way.

Who is this book for?
This book is for kids 8 years and older.

Rating: 10/10

Review: “Who is Greta Thunberg” by Jill Leonard

“Our house is on fire” said Greta Thunberg, the young environmental activist at the world economic forum in her speech addressing the world’s leader.

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Review: Waste of Space by Stuart Gibbs

I hope you all had a great Christmas break. Happy new year! Welcome 2021!

2020 was not the greatest year, but this quote I wanted to share, because it is a very good explanation of last year: “There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.” I personally found 2020 pretty good except Corona/Covid-19 of course. The virus also had good things to it – like everyone learned to have more responsibility than normal and we learned a lot about technology, whether at distance schooling or work. It was also very nice to have more time with my family and of course I had loads of time to read.

My motto for 2021 is: #1 Stay positive. #2 Be respectful to everyone.

Because of the virus we didn’t go away during the break and we only went out to play tennis or to go for walks or biking – so I spent pretty much time inside reading. This book my parents got me as a present on Christmas eve. After reading the Funjungle and Spy School novels and also part of the Moon Base Alpha series, I have to say this book is the best book Stuart Gibbs ever created! I loved it a lot and I got into trouble a couple of times because it was so hard to stop reading to have family dinner or lunch or breakfast or what so ever. I pretty much read it in one go because it was soooo good.

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Book recommendations for Christmas – Some of my favourite German and English books

Hi blog followers!
If you are a parent or a cousin or a godmother etc. I can imagine that you are all stressed out at the moment. But maybe I can help if you still need to get a present for your children.

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Science research: Why do leaves change color?

Apart from plenty of great new books I got, I did spend a lot of time this Thanksgiving break reading non-fiction articles for a school assignment I had to do. Interested in the results?

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History research: World War II and the persecution of jews

In light of Veterans Day we talked about World War II and how the Nazis killed so many jewish people at school.  This made me very sad and I thought it would be a good idea to do some additional research on that topic.

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Own story: The earthquake that changed my life by Oscar

This story is for my favorite teacher. Friday was my last day at my old school and so I wrote a story to thank her for being the worlds best teacher ever. And here it goes:

One morning I woke up and ate my breakfast. We always had our radio on when we ate.

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Review: The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

There used to be a free desk in the class room and then Ahmet came.
He was a very serious, shy and quiet guy but Alexa and her friends Josie, Tom and Michael made him feel welcome.

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Review: Max the Detective Cat – The Disappearing Diva by Sarah Todd Taylor

The fluffy, groomed cat Maximilian was used to live in the “most fashionable townhouse in London.” Sitting on a comfortable, red cushion and having only the best of the best food a cat can eat.

I liked the book because it is a book about friendship. Maximilian didn’t give up and although he was sad at the beginning of the story when he lost his home but he was all happy again in the end. What I didn’t like was that Countess Arlington wanted to drown Max. I found that a bit rough and not necessary.

I would recommend the book for kids 8 years and older. It has 196 pages and is not so hard to read. Rating: 8/10