Learning About Germany
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I learned that Germans enjoy their afternoon coffee time, or Kaffeezeit. So, I purchased some little streusel cakes and strudels to serve to the children at our coffee table a few times during our stay in Germany.
In the Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Germany, we read only one story, Rapunzel.
With the Colors of Germany, Countries of the World: Germany, and Country Topics: Germany, we read a page or two a day.
I wanted to read a lot of different fairy tales during our stay in Germany, as so many of these beloved tales come from Germany.
We then were able to watch the movies. We watched the Disney versions of:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Cinderella (live action version)
We didn't watch the Princess and the Frog, seeing as it is set in the United States and doesn't really follow the original story.
In my post on Norway, I mentioned our use of ArtAchieve, and how it is working so nicely with these studies on countries and cultures. There is a art project for Germany as well, The Nutcracker.
No, these are not complete. I didn't share the completed projects for the Swedish Dala Horse either. I thought I should keep the completed project pictures for the review that will be posting at the beginning of May.
Another fun craft we did was Framed Pressed Flowers. We learned, in the Global Art book, that "Germany has a long history of creating beautiful artwork with flowers." We decided to use the flowers from the baby shower we threw for our newest granddaughter. I figured it would be a lovely way to preserve the memories.
We didn't really do a End of Visit feast for Germany, though I vaguely remember making a recipe from my Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook called Saus and Cabb Skillet. The children also remember making Potato Cakes to go with the Saus and Cabb Skillet, however, I'm not finding any pictures, which is really weird as I always take pictures of my meals. I guess if I find them, I will update the post.
As with our stay in other countries, we learned some of the language. During calendar time we said the days of the week and counted in German. We learned some common phrases and the colors.
We sang/listened to the following song with our WeeSing Around the World CD:
I did want to mention that for all of the different countries we have learned about, we have had geography lessons. We look at the big world map, our little placemat-sized world map, and the globe, to find the countries on the map, plus the bordering countries and bodies of water. We also learn facts about all these countries using the following books:
Children's Atlas of God's World
A Trip Around the World
Another Trip Around the World