From the mushroom check to the path of the wood

Explore the forest Elementary class week 4.

In addition to the diverse flora and fauna in the forest, we also prepare the students for possible dangers, such as poisonous mushrooms. They will also learn about the good edible mushrooms, and with the help of a mushroom profile, the children will learn the individual terms.

Teil des Pilzes
  • Where is the mushroom hat? What is mycelium?
  • We talk about the term “symbiosis” Teamwork in nature, mushrooms as helpers.

In the second half of the week we discuss the path of wood.

Vom Baum zum Holzbrett
  • Tools of a forestry worker.
  • From felling wood to the finished piece of furniture.
  • Children name at least three things that are mainly made of wood.
  • What do exercise books have to do with the forest?
  • Students explain the terms sawmill and chainsaw.
  • For this purpose, we work with a worksheet, where the pupils put the respective work steps “from the little tree to the wooden board” in the right order.
  • “The four weeks with the summer camp flew by so quickly and our little explorers were such wonderful students that I really I like them very much.
  • I also had a lot of fun with them, as we cut, glued, did handicrafts, and created our own forest.
  • We made a big lap book board that every student can continue to use to deepen what they learned.”

Alexandra Wuerfler
Teacher of German Language

forest lapbook

Explore the Forest Elementary class Week 3

As a repetition in week 3, the pupils have created a forest lapbook. With this form of presentation, the children can work on, consolidate and creatively implement lesson topics.

The theme of week 3 is “the forest and its inhabitants”.
We differentiate between coniferous and deciduous trees, from the root layer to the tree layer, the pupils learn about the benefits of the forest.
The seasons, and who hibernates or hibernates, are there animals that are active all year round?!
Photosynthesis is an important component.
Behavior in the forest – the rules.
Eat and be eaten, the food chain.

The children are very motivated and engaged in their work. They arrange the obtained information in a fold-out envelope, which contains numerous glued or pinned inner parts, such as “Leporello” elements, compartments, or turntables, thus creating a clear and condensed presentation of the chosen topic.
The students work not only theoretically but also manually – many senses are involved. The children learn to research and design independently.


Kreislauf der Natur

3rd Week Summer camp – Seasons

This week we talked about what happens in the forest during different seasons. In the fall, trees lose their leaves. We read about the reason for that and why conifers do not lose their needles. In winter, some animals hibernate, and others do not. In spring, birds return from the south and mate. Early bloomers, like the Schneeglöckchen, appear to let us know that winter is over.

Kreislauf der Natur



We learned about food chains and nature’s circuits, wrote short poems, and discovered that the forest plays an essential part in many German fairy tales.

Poems “Elfchen”

Der Bär
Heftig und stark
Winterschlaf in einer Höhle

Das Fell
Leuchtet im Sonnenlicht
Es hüpft durch das Gras

Die Vögel
Die Würmer im Boden
Ich hasse alle Insekten


Forest 2nd week

Explore the Forest Kindergarten online 2nd week

“The forest and its inhabitants”

Our project “Explore the forest” challenges the students. The experiences they make are valuable and the learning progress is enormous. You can see how they become discoverers and analysts of their own work.

This week we have focused specifically on the birds of the forest, from their development, nest-building to the profile, and their use.

They learn to work independently, trying to work out the worksheets we provide them with. To do this they have to cut, glue, and write simple words.

In the second half of the week, we go to the heart of the wild forest world and start with the forerunners of spring-like snowdrops, wood anemones, violets.

In addition, the students paint and inscribe their respective flowers and learn whether they are poisonous or non-toxic.

  • Are these plants under nature protection?
  • What does nature conservation mean?
  • How beautiful is our forest our nature?
  • What does it do for us?

All these questions we work out step by step.

The pupils work on their forest projects as free work. For this purpose, they collect things in nature, e.g. in their own garden, parks, hiking trails, etc., which we need for our handmade forest.

You can already see how our wild forest world is growing step by step.
Every student always presents his found collectibles.

Animals of the forest

Second week German School Summer Camp online

This week middle and high school students learned about the animals in the forest. We talked about different categories like mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders, and invertebrates but also about carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores, as well as predators and winter sleepers.

We read about animals that were interesting to us from a list of more than 40 different species.

On the second day, we took body parts under the magnifying glass. Animals have different body parts than humans:

  • das Maul (muzzle) 
  • die Schnauze (snout) 
  • der Schnabel (beek) 
  • die Vorder- & Hinterläufe (fore & hind limb) 
  • die Pfote (paw) 
  • die Kralle (claw) 
  • der Schwanz (tail)
  • das Fell (fur)
  • das Gefieder (feathering)
  • die Feder (feather) 
  • der Flügel (wing) 
  • das Geweih (antlers)
  • der Huf (hoof) 

So, we labeled a few. Every student got to pick a favorite animal to do research on and present it to the group on the last day.

We finished learning about different habitats like anthills, caves, burrows, nests, and spider webs and left listening to songs about birds who bring messages to dear people far away.

Der Hase

  • Hasen haben Vorder- & Hinterläufe, Bauch, Kopf, Hals, Schwanz. Am Kopf haben sie lange Ohren
  • Hasen können grau, weiß, braun und schwarz sein
  • Hasen sind Säugetiere, keine Winterschläfer und Pflanzenfresser. 
  • Sie fressen Blätter, Wurzeln, Pilze, Beeren, Rinde und Zweige.
  • Hasen können 17-28 Zoll groß werden und leben 1-5 Jahre.
  • Hasen leben in Grünland und Ackerland.
  • Hasen sind Feinde mit wilden Hunden und gefährlichen Vögeln
A cat with its mouth open  Description automatically generated

summer camp 2020 week 1

Summer Camp 2020 – Elementary School children

“The Forest and its Inhabitants”

On the first day of Summer Camp, children introduced themselves in German and learned about the other children in the group.

As we decided to run the Summer Camp as Immersion German, we talked about everyday things so that the children gained confidence with their teacher.

The forest animals were introduced, using flashcards, and it was really fun for the children as they knew some of the animals or were familiar with.

We talked about the appearance and habitat of the respective animals:
“das Eichhörnchen, das Reh, das Wildschwein, der Dachs, der Fuchs, die Ameise, der Vogel.” The pupils could already recognize or imitate some of the bird – or animal calls.

Under guidance, students created a small forest animal booklet, which will be used for all classes.

The development of learning techniques and strategies was to implement the metric system. Various tools such as a tape measure were used to measure the size of the animal.

We used worksheets with material for structuring to promote motor skills such as cutting out forest animals with pictures and glue them on paper with the German word next to it. It was discussed whether the forest animal is below or above, left or right, crawling, hopping, or flying.
For this purpose, the students are provided with a small vocabulary list to learn the most important words of the respective week.

It was amazing that the students could, later on, differentiate between mammals, birds, insects, and learned about the food chain.

It was a week-long homework handicraft project, to finish one animal like a squirrel.

They will go out and look for some leaves and pine cones to bring to class on Monday.

At the end of the course, students will be present their forest as they have learned about different animals and trees and fruits from the forest. This is a valuable activity and promotes creativity as well as fine motor skills and the ability to concentrate.

summer camp 2020 week 1

Summer Camp 2020 – Middle-High School students week 1

What a great start of our summer project “Der Wald” (the forest). Our students join us online every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for one hour and learn about different aspects of the forest. Students learn new vocabulary by listening to and repeating after the teacher, reading authentic texts on worksheets and websites, listening to the sounds of the forest, watching short videos, playing games, and especially by presenting their own projects.

Outside of class, we communicate via Google classroom to post materials, helpful websites, and a little homework to reinforce what they have learned in class. One of these homework assignments is the activity “Der Wald” on where they hear the words, must match their English meaning, and spell them out to gain long-term memory and improve their writing skills.

This first week we learned all about trees, leaves, needles, pinecones, and more. Each student chose a tree, labeled its parts, and by the third day, presented more information about it. Here you can see some examples.

Next week, we are going to learn about animals in the forest. There are different kinds like mammals, birds, or insects but also carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. Animals have different body parts than people. It will be fun to discover the German words for those. Students will talk about what they like about certain animals and give a reason why. That requires them to use main and subordinate clauses.

We will continue to use complex sentence structure when we talk about the importance of the forest and the preservation of the environment during the last two weeks. The goal is to make our students ambassadors of our earth’s sustainability and improve their German skills at the same time.

Neues von der Zfa juni 2020

Neu an Bord: German School Campus in Newport Beach

Ein Nachmittag am German School Campus in Newport Beach: Die Lehrerinnen warten schon, als die Schulleiterin Ursula Schöneich pünktlich mit ihrem Kombi eintrifft. Schnell sind der Pavillon, der Banner der Schule, mehrere Kisten mit Unterrichtsmaterial und Verpflegung für die Pause ausgeladen. Die Schule hat Räume bei dem örtlichen Segelclub gemietet. Im Handumdrehen ist alles aufgebaut, der Unterricht kann beginnen.

Foto: Ingo Matthias

Im Schuljahr 2015/16 startete der „German School Campus“ mit nur zehn Schüler/Innen, seitdem wuchs die Schule kontinuierlich. Gegenwärtig lernen über 90 Schüler/Innen hier Deutsch. Seit diesem Jahr darf die Schule nun offiziell das Deutsche Sprachdiplom der
Stufen I und II abnehmen.

An diesem Tag gleicht das Vokabellernen einem spannenden Wettbewerb: Das Wortfeld „Verkehr und Transport“ steht auf dem Plan. Die Lehrerin gibt eine englische Vokabel vor. Eine Schülerin und ein Schüler stehen vor dem Whiteboard: Wer findet das passende deutsche Wort schneller?

Die jüngeren Schüler/Innen nebenan lernen erst seit wenigen Monaten Deutsch. Aber sie schaffen es schon, auf einem Stadtplan sich gegenseitig den Weg vom Bahnhof zum Kino zu beschreiben. Die Lehrkräfte sorgen in der Pause auf der Terrasse der Schule für
deutsch-amerikanische Nervennahrung. Bei Brezeln und Donuts ergeben sich private Gespräche – alles auf Deutsch.

Die Schule hat auch für die deutsche Community eine kulturelle Bedeutung: Das Team des German School Campus initiiert während
des gesamten Schuljahres Veranstaltungen, die sich in der Umgebung großer Beliebtheit erfreuen: Sei es ein Piratenfest, eine Oktoberfest-Parade, einen St-Martins-Laternenumzug, ein Lebkuchen-Deko-Wettbewerb, Karneval, Oster- und Maifest – in Newport Beach werden deutsche Traditionen lebendig.

—Ingo Matthias —

GERMAN SCHOOL campus begrüßt Chefkoch Marcus

Leiter der Kulinarischen Abteilung

Es ist uns heute eine große Freude und damit begrüßen wir recht herzlich Chefkoch Marcus, ein klassisch französisch ausgebildeter Koch aus Siegen in NRW, der mit uns hier auf dem Campus der Deutschen Schule in Südkalifornien zusammen arbeiten wird.

Chefkoch Marcus ist kürzlich mit seiner Familie von Boulder, Colorado, nach SoCal umgezogen und wird unser neuer Ausbilder für die Gastronomie sein und als Direktor unsere neue Abteilung für Culinary Arts mit unserem Deutschen Schulcampus in Newport Beach leiten.

Chef Marcus ist ein erfahrener Gastronom mit einem breit gefächerten Hintergrund in der europäischen Küche, von der Arbeit für das britische Königshaus bis hin zum Prinz von Hessen, von Reisen und Arbeiten in Spanien, Frankreich, Italien – um nur einige zu nennen – bis hin zu seiner größten kulinarischen Ehre, für Paul Bocuse feine Speisen zu kochen.

Seine Leidenschaft für die Lehre der kulinarischen Künste begann er in Frankfurt und nach seinem Abschluss an der renommierten Hotelfachschule in Heidelberg im Jahr 2002, als Direktor für kulinarische Künste an einem privaten Bildungsinstitut in der Nähe von Hamburg.

Seit 2004 lebt er in den Vereinigten Staaten und hat viele Auszeichnungen, Anerkennungen und Erfolge erzielt, vom Unternehmer bis zum Restaurantbesitzer.

Chefkoch Marcus blieb immer in Kontakt mit den pädagogischen Seiten seiner Karriere und schloss sich viele Jahre lang der weltweit renommierten Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder an, wo er erfolgreich neue inspirierende Köche ausbildete.

Als zertifizierter kulinarischer Ausbilder und Meisterkoch mit einem MBA für Hotelmanagement bringt er eine große Leidenschaft für gesundes Kochen mit, um die Gesundheit und das Leben aller zu verbessern. Er ist Sprecher der Bewegung “Vom Bauernhof zum Tisch” und arbeitet eng mit Landwirten zusammen, um den lokalen und saisonalen Aspekt unserer Lebensmittel zu fördern. Die Aufklärung der Menschen darüber, woher unser Essen kommt, ist für Chef Marcus entscheidend, um eine Verbindung zu Essen und Kulturen herzustellen.

In Kürze werden wir auf unserer Website mehr über Chef Marcus erzählen.
Oder senden Sie eine E-Mail an Chefkoch Marcus: [email protected]

German School Campus welcomes Chef Marcus

Head of the Culinary Arts Department

We are very excited to announce that Chef Marcus, a classically French-trained Chef from Siegen in NRW, is joining us here at the German School Campus in Southern California.

Chef Marcus recently moved with his family from Boulder, Colorado to SoCal and will be our new Culinary Arts Chef Instructor and will lead as the Culinary Director our new and soon upcoming Culinary Arts department with our German School Campus in Newport beach.

Chef Marcus is a seasoned Chef with a broad European Cuisine background, from working for The Royal British Family to the Prinz of Hessen, traveling and working in Spain, France, Italy -to name a few-, to his greatest culinary honor of cooking fine dining meals to Paul Bocuse.

He started his passion to teach in Culinary Arts in Frankfurt as a well later in 2002, after graduating from the prestigious Hotel Management School in Heidelberg, as a director of Culinary Arts for a private educational institute near Hamburg.

Since 2004 he resides in the United States and has achieved many awards, recognitions, and accomplishments, from a Business Entrepreneur to Restauranteur.

Chef Marcus always stayed in touch with the Educational sides of his career and joined for many years the world claimed Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder. where he successfully trained new inspiring Chefs.

Being a certified Culinary educator and Master Chef with an MBA for the Hotel management, he brings a great passion for cooking in a healthy way to improve the health and life of everyone. He is a spokesperson for the Farm to Table Movement and works closely with farmers to promote the local and seasonal aspects of our Food. Educating people on where our food comes from is crucial for Chef Marcus to establish a connection to food and cultures.

We will share more about Chef Marcus on our Website soon, please feel free to contact us at
Or email Chef Marcus at [email protected]

We teach German in the best way for each child to reach their fullest potential

error: Content is protected !!
%d bloggers like this: