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.
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 memrise.com 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.
Enjoy one of our most popular school events for all kids. This is a lot of fun and the school year highlight they are all waiting for. Gingerbread house or also “Hexenhaus” decorating contest and our traditional Year end party at German School campus. Come and enjoy this day with the kid's and family. Please make your reservation, places are limited and they fill fast.
Join us on Sunday, August 25th, 2pm – 4pm, at Old World Village. There will be kids program and activities!
There will be kids program and activities! As last year, at 2:00pm the pirates of the German School Campus, Newport Beach, will come to entertain the children with many games. They read the story of Klaus Störtebeker (1360 Wismar; +1401 in Hamburg), who once ruled the Baltic Sea as a pirate. We go on a treasure hunt to find six gold coins. Children solve tricky puzzles.
Klaus Störtebeker (born ca.1360 in Wismar, executed Oktober 20, 1401 in Hamburg) was one of the most famous and feared pirates of Northern Germany. But not all his deeds were bad: he and his fellow privateers (Victual Brothers) secured the food supply for those in need, and they were known als “Likedeelers”, meaning that they shared the robbed merchandise equally.
About the Baltic Sea Region
The German Baltic Sea (Ostsee) is framed by Schleswig Holstein in the west and Mecklenburg Vorpommern in the east. In contrast to the North Sea, the tide change here is only minimal. What makes the Baltic Sea so unique is that it is one of the planet's largest bodies of brackish water. The coastal region is particularly known for its amber and the seasonal garfish.
In the High Middle Ages, trade flourished in the Hanseatic cities – including Bremen, Hamburg, Lübeck, Wismar, Rostock and Stralsund. Today, Stralsund and Wismar are declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The further development of East Germany is very moving.
Towards the end of the 2nd World War, the Baltic Sea was so heavily mined that maritime passenger traffic was discontinued. In an attempt to save war refugees (Operation Hannibal), the “Wilhelm Gustloff” was sunk by the Russians. Over 9000 civilians on board drowned or froze to death – more than 5000 of them were children.
During the Cold War (1947-1989), around 5000 citizens tried to flee the DDR via the Baltic Sea shore, partly on surfboards. Only about 600 of them succeeded.
While the many Victorian-style mansions speak of an upper-class population around the turn of the century, the region became an affordable vacation destination for former DDR residents. (German Democratic Republic, or East Germany). With its long sandy beaches, the Baltic Sea coastline has again become one of today’s most popular vacation hot spots in Germany.
German School Campus is taking a study tour during the summer break of 2020, from July 10 – 17, to explore the Baltic coastline. We will visit the Hanseatic cities of Hamburg, Lübeck, Stralsund and Wismar; and the beach towns of Binz and Prora on the island of Rügen. The highlight is the Störtebeker Festival “Ruf der Freiheit,” – a medieval spectacle that will leave you with unforgettable memories!
The price starts around $1,100 – $1,200 per student (depending the number of participants), which includes hostel / dorm accommodation, breakfast, all entrance fees and guided round-trip transportation from/to Hamburg airport. We will send invitations to an info-presentation at the German School campus location of 1931 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, where we provide tour details and also talk about payment, flight arrangements, travel documents, travel insurance and such. The sign-up list will be ready at German School upon school start on 8/26/2019. Please see the principal, Ursula Schoeneich, to reserve your spot; or email the teacher and tour conductor Stefanie Baeker for questions and reservations.
The day could not be more beautiful as we started on Saturday, April 20th at 3:00 pm with Easter Eggstravaganza.
After registration at the German School campus booth, families received for each child the participation tickets and three raffle tickets. Small toy items, balloons, and lollipops were already handed out.
Wonderful Easter pictures have been taken with the families or individual child/ren. Silly preps like frames, big sunglasses or event he huge white Easter stuffed bunny were appreciated in the pictures. Alex Morgenstern took professionally the pictures and Alwin printed the pictures right away to hand out to the families. A big thank you to Alwin Morgenstern
One German tradition is to color the Easter eggs and teachers took on this challenge to first broil 360 white eggs and then to help children in the Easter Egg coloring. We had two tables set up with several activities around Easter egg coloring. Colored eggs went fast.
The Potatoes sack hop was a fun activity in which teacher Michele Scofield leads the races. Children were encouraged to participate by age groups starting at age 4 to age 13+. To step in a sack and hop around parkour of cones was challenging.
The egg balancing or egg run was something some children never did before and as teachers we gave them support so all age groups could participate. An egg on a spoon needed to be balanced in parkour around cones.
Everyone was waiting for the countdown to Easter egg hunt in the village of Old World. As we had a long registration line, we got delayed on our schedule but as the eggs were spread out, we could not hold back the children and they ran to catch some eggs for their baskets. It was good to have very young children search first, then the school aged children. Those children who caught nothing could come to the German School booth and Frau Schoeneich filled their baskets with eggs or some treats. Two golden eggs brought 10 more raffle tickets for a family. Throughout all the games, children earned free raffle tickets.
The highlight became the Raffle and as all was free, families lined up to be present when the numbers were announced.
Several small prices like Lindt chocolate bunnies, scrabble games were handed out, before the last four big items were announced. A big white bunny was the 4th price and got a new home with small children.
Peter Rabbit a big stuffed bunny was the 3rd price and was taken by a little girl.
The Old-World Supermarket Easter basket filled with German delicatessen was hand out to a lady who was so surprised. Our first price Hoppel Schlenkerhase a stuffed bunny with the yellow button in his ear made by the company Steiff in Germany found a four-year-old boy who was sleeping in mothers’ arms but became awake as we hand him out, Hoppel.
What a wonderful event and I cannot thank enough the teachers and helpers on that day.
A Free Family Event with lots of activities hosted by German School campus in Old World Village, Huntington Beach. Traditional Easter Egg Hunt in the village, Egg race, Egg coloring and many crafts table organized by the teachers of German School, many games and lots of fun for everyone. Get a picture at the Silly Photo Booth, have your face painted and carry home many treats for Eastern.
28th February – 5th March 2019 is the real Cologne Carnival.
The “fifth season of the year” as Carnival is called, begins on November 11th at 11:11 a.m. But the real “crazy days” do not start before the so-called Weiberfastnacht (Shrove Thursday), the Thursday before Rosenmontag (Carnival Monday). The “crazy days” of Carnival are celebrated with parties on the streets, in public squares and in pubs. German School campus brings Carnival to Huntington Beach as our principal Frau Schoeneich is from the Rhineland!
St Martin Lantern Parade – A Tradition Through Generations
Can we assume that St. Martin (350 A.D.) still fits into today's time? As teachers we are always faced with the question whether “traditions oblige” and so we tell the students and parents the story of St. Martin and the beggar, when we came together on November 11th in Old World Village, Huntington Beach, CA, for the St. Martin lantern parade:
“It was cold that day. Mighty cold. The people preferred to stay in their houses, hardly anyone dared go out into the street. The wind was icy, it was snowing, and it was like it would never warm up again. But one was on the street that day, one who had no roof over his head, a beggar. With his teeth clattering and half frozen, he squatted huddled together at the city gate. He had nothing clever to put on, he was almost naked. He whimpered from the cold. But another one was on the road that day. Martin was called the Man, a soldier on horseback. Quick as the wind he rode with a blowing cloak through the deserted streets. Still through the city gate and he would be at home. But – what was that? Martin stopped the horse to trot more slowly. That was but – indeed! Somebody was sitting there. A man. Martin looked at him. Hardly he was wearing. And how he trembled with sheer cold. Next to him remained the horse. Martin didn't think long. Without further ado he took off his coat, pulled out his sword and divided with it the cloak in the middle. He gave half of his coat to the beggar, and even before he knew what happened to him, Martin galloped away too. The beggar gratefully wrapped himself in the half of his coat. How warm it was and how good it was. For a long time, he looked after Martin.”
During the week we had a pre-relief session about St. Martin in order to illustrate the story to the students and how they can deal with a beggar today: “Anyone can be a beggar, beggars don't just sit at the roadside. Beggars are sometimes among us – at school, in the family, in our free time, in the neighborhood; because everyone sometimes needs something that might be missing. Sample: It is Tim who forgot his lunch at home. With a growling stomach he looks at Max, who is about to bite into his ham sandwich. Max notices that Tim is watching him. Without further ado he divides his bread and gives Tim half. “What is divided here – how is a boy helped?” Martin had a big heart for others. “How can you help others or what can you share with others? “Sometimes, I need help, sometimes I can't do it alone, I'll beg for advice then, or for a hand, or around feet that accompany me. Sometimes, I'm a beggar too.”
Das Old World Pflaumen Festival entstand 1995 in Huntington Beach, zu Ehren der Großmutter Elly, die jedes Jahr im August zum Geburtstag ihrer Tochter Dolores einen leckeren Pflaumenkuchen backte. Ihre Kinder Cyndie Kasko und Bernie Bischof führen heute diese Tradition im wunderschönen Kalifornien fort.
German School Campus vertreten durch die Direktorin Frau Ursula Schoeneich wurde zu diesem Fest eingeladen und war in diesem Jahr zum ersten Mal bei dieser Veranstaltung dabei und hat mit einer Programmeinlage der Piratengeschichte von dem legendären Klaus Störtebeker Familien und Kinder beeindruckt. Die Lehrer Dr. Marine Jago und John Weber halfen bei dem Kinderprogramm:
„Als Klaus Störtebeker vor 600 Jahren lebte, war er der größte Pirat in der Nordsee und Ostsee. Aber wer war er? Im Jahre 1360 wurde er in Wismar geboren als Klaus von Alkun. Es gab viele Legenden um ihn und er blieb ein Mythos. Wie so viele Meister geriet Störtebeker vielleicht eher zufällig in seine Karriere als Seeräuber. Er entstammte edlen Verhältnissen, vertrank und verspielte als Lebemann in Ritterrüstung jedoch sein gesamtes Vermögen. Die Stralsunder Pfeffersäcke verwüsteten den väterlichen Hof nahe Barth, sein Vater wurde getötet. Vor den Toren Hamburgs traf er die Seeräuberclique der Vitalienbrüder. Ihr Kapitän Gödecke Michels gab ihm ein Hufeisen, welches Störtebeker problemlos umbog. Eine Eisenkette riss er auch entzwei. Selbst eine Zinnstange drehte er zum Zopf. Als er dann noch den ellenhohen Humpen Michels kurzerhand herunterkippte, hat er die Aufnahmeprüfung der Seeräuber bestanden. und wurde schließlich ihr Mentor. Als damals viele Bauern immer ärmer wurden und hungern mussten, gingen sie zu den Piraten. Immer wenn die Piraten ein Schiff überfielen, teilten sie die Schätze. Die Piraten waren eine große Gefahr für den Handel mit England, Schweden, Dänemark und Russland. Es wurde immer schwieriger, für die Kaufleute ihre Waren sicher zu transportieren, da die Piraten Flotte grösser wurde. Störtebeker überfiel nur reiche Kaufleute. Er gab auch Geld den Armen. Bis heute lebt Klaus Störtebeker in Büchern, Filmen Ausstellungen und Filmfestspielen in Ralswieck auf der Insel Rügen als ewiger Pirat weiter.“
Mit dem Piratenlied „Alle, die mit auf Piratenfahrt fuhren, mussten Männer mit Bärten sein. Jan und Hein und Klaas. und Pit die hatten Bärte, die hatten Bärte, Jan und Hein und Klaas. und Pit die hatten Bärte, die fuhren mit,“ wurden die Kinder im Festsaal ermutigt mitzumachen. Die Schule gab ihnen Piraten Halstücher, Augenklappen und kleine Fernstecher. Für einige Kinder gab es sogar einen Piratenhut. Musikspiele mit Piraten Strand Bällen, das Piraten Ruderlied, der Piraten Tanz hielt die Kinder weiter auf den Beinen. Eine Schnitzeljagd führte die Kinder zu den imitieren Goldmünzen und Edelsteinen, die sie dann zur Schatztruhe bringen mussten. Alle Schätze wurden dann gleichwertig aufgeteilt und die Kinder waren sehr zufrieden mit ihrer „Beute“, die sie alle mit nach Hause nehmen durften.
Eine Band im Festsaal sorgte weiterhin für Tanzstimmung. Der frische Pflaumenkuchen mit Schlagsahne und Kaffee war für uns Lehrer ein Genuss. Das Dackel Hund Rennen draußen im Innenhof sorgte weiterhin für Spannung an diesem schönen Familien Nachmittag.
Ursula Schoeneich Direktorin German School Campus in Newport Beach, CA USA
We teach German in the best way for each child to reach their fullest potential
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