A new school year started at GermanSchool campus last week
with a beloved German tradition: the “Schultüte”, a school-cone!
Are you familiar with the tradition of the Schultüte? It’s an
oversized cone-shaped goodie bag that is generally filled with
candy, small school supply items and other surprises. It marks the
first day of school of every first-grader in Germany, and it’s his
most anticipated accessory aside of the ‘Schulranzen’, the book
Dating back to the 18th century, this tradition of the “Schultüte”
meant to indicate and celebrate a turning point in a child’s life,
who leaves her carefree life for a 12-year academic adventure
ahead. It’s a symbol for a new beginning.
Ursula Schoeneich, GermanSchool campus’ founder still has fond
memories of her own first day of school in Germany in the 60’s.
“It’s just such a nice tradition to start out the seriousness of life. It
certainly left a positive impression on me!” she laughs, “I want to
replicate the positive impact this tradition had on me with my own
students. With the gesture of presenting my students with a
school cone I want to send them off onto their new journey of
learning German the right and fun way.”
While all her new students of different age groups received the
traditional “Schultüte” today, Ms. Schoeneich is especially excited
about her new group of Kindergarteners joining the school’s
language program. This year will be the first year that she offers a ‘Vorschul-Klasse’, a class that will cater to the youngest learners
within the preschool to Kindergarten age (4-6 years old). This
particular class will playfully engage the children with the
concepts of the German language through music, songs, rhythm
Registration for the new school year 2017/18 has already started
in early August, but the school’s open enrollment policy allows
sign-ups throughout the year.
A New German Program For The Youngest Language Learners At German School Campus.
The 2017/18 academic year rings in our first ‘Vorschul-Klasse’ for the 4-6 year olds.
Knowing how important it is for our children to be introduced to a new language as early as possible, we realized the significance of designing a special class for our youngest German language learners. We listened to our parents, and created German School campus’ brand new ‘Voschul-Klasse’ (4-6 years old)!
Learning German at our school right on the Newport Beach Bay has always been an exciting adventure but this year marks the first year, where we make it possible for students to join us at German School campus already at four years of age!
New at German School campus for the academic year 2017/18?
Here is what you need to know: We are expanding our course offering for the upcoming academic school year by adding two new programs:
Our new German ‘Vorschul-Klasse’ for ages 4-6 will cater to our youngest learners within the preschool to Kindergarten age.
We will continue having our traditional Beginner Class that prepares students for the AATG 1 exam in their first year, and we will have our popular Intermediate Class, which culminates in taking the A2 Exam according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), (The A2 Exam is a necessary step towards the B1, and finally B2 /C1 exams). Our Intermediate class takes also the AATG 2 exam in spring 2018, which can count towards credits for foreign language studies at a high school.
Acquiring an early taste for German at German School campus’ new ‘Vorschul-Klasse’
Countless studies show how beneficial it is for children to start learning a foreign language as early as possible. Not only is learning a foreign language happening more naturally and playfully then, but research demonstrates that language learning has also many cognitive benefits. It enhances critical thinking and problem solving skills, and provides our children with greater mental flexibility and makes them better multi-taskers.
Our ‘Vorschul-Klasse’ program for our youngest learners is taught by Livia Wielath, a gifted educator, who has a BA in Education and a Masters Certification in the Dalcroze-Method for Music & Movement from the Conservatory in Stuttgart. Livia has been teaching young children in Germany and Orange County for the past 27 years. She currently teaches Orff Music classes and also German Language Circles at a school in Laguna Beach.
At German School campus she’ll use her experience with the Dalcroze-Method and teach our 4-6 year olds the German language through songs and rhythm. Children will learn numbers, the days of the week, the calendar, seasons and much more through fun songs and plays. As it is tradition in our school, also our youngest members will learn how to introduce themselves and will be able to hold up a small and simple conversation by the end of the year. You’ll be surprised by their success!
Our engaging teaching method benefits all 4-6 year olds in our ‘Vorschul-Klasse’. While we focus more on the spoken word with our youngest ones in class, we start introducing simple writing and reading in German to our 5-6 year olds. Working on art projects and doing crafts further enhances the German language immersion.
Learning about German Culture by celebrating German Traditions
Throughout the year all classes at German School campus participate in celebrating German traditions and prepare for festivities in an age-appropriate way. Highlights are:
In December, we have several celebrations: Our Saint Nicholas celebration, a Gingerbread House Decorating contest, as well as a Family Christmas celebration, in which our students traditionally present a play and sing German Christmas carols.
The second year of the project “summer camp” is over and it was a complete success again as shown by the positive reaction of the students regarding the practical experiences. Outside of the class rooms the students have learned everything about the elements -earth, water, air and fire. The main focus was talking about our resources and renewable energy, with an emphasis on sustainability in mind. A further priority was learning new vocabularies in a field that becomes more and more important to all nations all over the world. In cooperation with the Newport Sea Base School Mrs. Schoeneich (school director) was able to plan an all-round camp with interesting articles, videos, games and great trips to different places in the Newport Back Bay area, for examples excursions on the water including kayaking and sail boat tours. The idea was to practice a specialized vocabulary playfully with all students of all ages together. At the end the kids got their own folders with all important information about tides, solar and wind energy and recycling, of course in German. Mrs. Ursula Schoeneich created with her German School Campus another wonderful summer camp that hopefully will come back in 2018 again!
Celebrate with us the end of an excellent year of learning.
GERMAN SCHOOL campus ends this school year on a strong note with our students bringing home 15 awards for their exceptional work in the German National Exam testing in May: 10 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze Award!
“But how do you get there?” Parents frequently ask us. In the following we hope to offer some answers by letting you in on our teaching philosophy as well as on what a successful first year of German language studies may look like.
A successful year of learning German.
For many of our students this school year was their first year being exposed to the German language and for some it was even the first year learning a foreign language all together. It is amazing to witness the immense progress students have made by the end of each school year.
When classes start out in late August, many parents, who have signed up their children to learn German, are anxious about how their child will cope with learning a foreign language. What will they learn during the first year? What will they actually be able to understand by the end of the year?
They are always surprised but excited to find out that many of our first time learners partake in either the German National Exam for teenagers or the A1-“Vergleichsarbeit” test for our younger children. And this, by the end of only one year of German language instruction!
The Road to Success
It’s an exciting learning path throughout the year, where each student studies not only German grammar and vocabulary but also discovers quite a bit about German culture. At GERMAN SCHOOL campus we are teaching along the guidelines of the Common European Framework. For students starting out with studying German this means learning a lot about daily life scenarios.
Students will learn how to introduce themselves in German, how to talk about their family, their hobbies and their pets. Throughout the duration of the school year, they will practice chatting with fellow students about their day and can strike up a conversation about friends and school.
Fun Along the Way
Part of our teaching philosophy is to regularly incorporate fun and engaging ways to help our students retain new vocabulary and learn grammatical concepts more easily. If we talk about sports, we’ll make use of our exceptional location right on the Newport Bay, and take our students out on the water, where they can learn how to kayak, or rig a sailboat “in German”. Who says working on new vocabulary can’t be fun?!
Another lesson that students enjoy each year is the chapter about food. We invite the whole class to join us for our traditional German breakfast and principal ‘Frau Ursula’ literally “makes the breakfast vocabulary come to life”! What better way to learn German vocabulary than by munching on delectable German cookies, enjoying German chocolate milk and indulging on the vast variety of German breads, cold cuts and cheeses?
While sipping tea or chocolate milk, students work on how to ask in German for another piece of bread, or practice how to offer a fellow student another cup of tea. “The success of each of my students is very much on my mind all year long”, says principal Ursula Schoeneich, “and moments like our breakfast, when I see our children start conversing in German, assure me that we are on the right path.”
Excellence is our Goal
German is a very structured language and, yes, has many rules. But once you understand the basics, there is a system you can build on. Especially English speakers have an advantage. The English language has so much in common with German that “even today, 80 of the 100 most common words in English are Germanic in origin…making the most frequently spoken words in English and German …extremely similar!” Kindergarden-Kindergarten; ball- Ball; sun-Sonne.
At GERMAN SCHOOL campus we like to give our students little goals to work on before tackling the big goal of the National German Exam testing. This gives them a sense of purpose and turns learning into a game by achieving various benchmarks along the line. We encourage all of our students to take part in the year-end German National Exams and that way be eligible for the Delta Epsilon Phi National Honor Society for High School Students of German. We are proud to have two students qualify for this award in 2017!
Mark your Calendar for these Upcoming Dates :
July 1st Join us for our End-of-the-Year Award Ceremony and celebrate our students! Students, please bring parents and friends and join us for a delicious breakfast and receive your awards and medals!
Following in the footsteps of famous scientists, children ages 6-17 will get immersed into hands-on scientific experiments while playfully being introduced to the German language and culture. But being at the Newport Bay means also water is part of every day’s fun at camp.
Brace yourself because our language-science camp is also an adventure camp!
Games and art activities are just some of the ways we will explore the different elements Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Be ready to go on some exciting excursionson a pontoon boat and check out a local sea bass hatchery in the Newport Bay, or hoist the sails and use wind power to move yourself across the Bay. How about kayaking or building a solar powered hydro car?
Germany is one of the most sustainable industrial countries (Facts about Germany) and is Europe’s top recycler (Eurostats). In our STEM camp you will learn a lot, not only about the various environments but also about sustainability, recycling, clean air solutions, wind power and much more.
Learn German playfully.
All along, while experimenting and having fun in the water, German language terms and vocabulary will subtly be introduced at the beginner level while more advanced groups will try to incorporate German as a “working” language throughout their camp explorations. For a complete schedule of events please click here.
To freshen up any newly learned vocabulary or just to impress parents and friends, every camper will receive a folder that will include new and important vocabulary, have a lesson outline and will serve as a general guideline throughout the camp.
STEM Language-Science Camp: The perfect union between learning German and experiencing Science first hand.
Ursula Schoeneich, GermanSchoolCampus’ principal and a certified DaF German Language Teacher worked for 25 years as an executive in the sustainable recycling industry. She designed this camp to be the perfect union between learning German and learning about science in an environment that also promises fun adventures.
“My goal is to engage and captivate the minds of my young campers with topics and projects that they can relate to. Their having fun is as important to me as their learning experience.”
STEM Summer Day Camp 2017 – “Earth, Water, Air, Fire” Dates: July 3rd – 8th (no camp on July 4th), Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Location: Newport Sea Base -1931 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach CA 92663 Cost: $ 465.00
Open House at GermanSchoolCampus at the Newport Sea Base on May 6
GermanSchoolcampus Open House is part of the 80th anniversary celebration of the Newport Sea Base in Newport Beach
Newport Beach, CA (May 2, 2017) – Sharing the youth center facility at Sea Base with the neighboring Boy Scouts, GermanSchoolcampus is pleased to announce being part of the Open House to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Newport Sea Base. Saturday May 6th, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm, families and their friends are invited to this fun filled community event.
GermanSchoolcampus looks forward to sharing some German traditions during this event. Parents can enjoy a typical German “Kafeeklatsch” and have a cup of coffee with a traditional freshly backed slice of apple cake, while their youngsters can test their knowledge in European geography at the “Bridge to Europe” game. Fun prizes from t-shirts, baseball caps to famous German Gummi Bears await the lucky participants.
Boy Scouts, who are interested in receiving the much sought after “Interpreter strip” will be able to get the one for German at the GermanSchoolcampus booth upon qualifying. Ursula Schoeneich, GermanSchoolcampus’ principal, points out that “Kids really like this Interpreter strip and love showing it off on their Boy Scout uniform.” Pleased she adds, “It’s so nice to see that it’s a cool thing now to be able to speak a foreign language, even if it’s just enough words to hold up a simple conversation.”
About GermanSchoolcampus: GermanSchoolcampus serves the Orange County community since 2015. The school offers German language classes, preparation classes for the high school AP German exam, and High School German language tutoring. School principal Ursula Schoeneich is a certified DaF German Language Teacher and a trained Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America.
About the German Language/STEM Summer Camp:
“Earth, Water, Air Fire” is a unique environmental science and language camp right at the Newport Sea Base (July 3- 8). Children ages 6-17 get immersed into hands-on scientific experiments while playfully being introduced to a new culture and language (German) as they have fun with water activities. Adventure outings right on the Newport Bay round up each camp day.
About the German Language:
According to the American Association of Teachers of German 15.4 million people learn German. With over 200 million speakers, it’s a language of global importance. Germany is a leader in STEM fields and German is the second most common scientific language in the world.
“Earth, Water, Air, Fire” – Young Scientist at work at the Newport Beach Sea Base
Following in the footsteps of famous scientist, German School campus’ STEM Summer Camp is exploring the elements – Earth, Water, Air, Fire.
Newport Beach (April 20, 2017) – Finding a meaningful camp that enriches our children as much as it provides fun, is hard work. German School campus offers the Orange County community just that with its STEM summer camp right at the beautiful Sea Base in Newport Beach, from July 3-8, 2017. Children ages 6-17 get immersed into hands-on scientific experiments while playfully being introduced to a new culture and language (German) as they have fun with water activities and make new friends.
Games and art activities are just some of the ways how the children will explore the different elements Earth, Water, Air and Fire. From exciting excursions on a pontoon boat to a local sea bass hatchery in the Newport Bay to building a solar powered hydro car, campers will learn about the various environments, and become familiar with sustainability, recycling, clean air solutions, wind power and much more.
All along, while experimenting and learning, German language terms and vocabulary will subtly be introduced at the beginner level while more advanced groups will try to incorporate German as a “working” language throughout their camp explorations. (Find a complete schedule of events here.)
As a trained Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America, German School campus founder and principal Ursula Schoeneich brings a wealth of experience to the table. She participated at many Boy Scout camps with her 16-year old son, an Eagle Scout, and she experienced first hand what captivates the minds of young camp-goers and keeps them engaged.
“When I designed this summer science camp I also drew a lot of inspiration from my 25 years of working as an Executive in the sustainable recycling industry.” Ms. Schoeneich adds. “But most importantly I want to engage and captivate the minds of my young campers with topics and projects that they can relate to. Their having fun is as important to me as their learning experience.”
STEM Summer Day Camp 2017 – “Earth, Water, Air, Fire” Dates: July 3rd-8th (July 4th is off), Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Location: Newport Sea Base –
1931 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach CA 92663 Cost: $ 465.00
About German School campus:
German School campus serves the Orange County community since 2015. The school offers German language classes, preparation classes for the high school AP German exam and High School German language tutoring. Ursula Schoeneich has put together other German camps in the SoCal area for German schools, where she was a lead language instructor. She is a trained Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and a certified DaF German Language Teacher.
Learning any world language opens the doors for our children to advance in their professional careers later on in life. And learning German in particular could even help your child to study for free at one of the many world-renowned German universities later on. According to a recent study, German is among the top three languages children should learn “…if they’re looking for success in the next 10 years.” (Travel & Leisure)
Here at GermanSchool campus we want to make learning of the German language accessible to any child, who wants to discover the exciting world of getting to know a new culture through its language. “Young minds are so inquisitive and eager to learn. That is the time when we have to help them tackle the study of a new language and acquire a sense for a new culture. It will make them insightful and well-rounded adults.” believes Ursula Schoeneich, GermanSchool campus’ engaged principal and founder.
Our school provides German classes for the age groups 4 to 17. Comprehensive teaching covers the German language in reading, writing, listening and speaking and our curriculum will immerse students into Germany’s culture, geography and traditions. Classes are purposely held small so teachers can dedicate their attention to the individual student; an environment that enables very focused work towards the German “Sprachdiplom” (German National Exam).
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German School Campus is gearing up for the German National Exam
An exciting month is ahead of us. It’s German National Exam Time!
April is the month where we can show off what we have studied for so hard all year. Our German language skills are under the spotlight ! AATG testing (American Association of Teachers for German), which is also known as the German National Exam, is scheduled for this month and our students are ready to proof their knowledge of the German language!
The April AATG test is the first one in a series of four, that students can take. All following German National Tests are being held in the winter semester .
Participating in AATG tests has a number of benefits:
Working towards a goal respectively a test, motivates and inspires the students to give their best.
Students may have the benefit of being placed in a higher-level language class at their high school (given the school offers classes in German)
Working toward a test makes studying more streamlined since very particular material has to be covered.
In 2016 an astounding 26,572 students from nearly 700 schools all over the U.S. have participated in the AATG testings. All our German School Campus students, who took part in last year’s AATG 4 testing, have finished with a gold medal. So our bar is set high for our students, who are taking the AATG 1 this April!
German School Campus, a Specialist in German Language Test Preparation
We at German School Campus take testing seriously and leave nothing to chance.
We prepare our students well not only in the specifics of the German language but also in the technicalities of the test taking itself. This alone can sometimes be challenging if it has not been practiced.
In the last month leading up to the exam we make time to work with our students also on the actual test taking and initiate mock test situations. That way our students learn how to navigate the particular AATG test format and will be able to access videos, reading material and audios as well as their actual test material simultaneously when needed.
How do the AATG Tests work?
Each AATG exam is delivered in electronic format and consists of two parts, a 40-minute listening and viewing portion (audios and videos) and a 45-minute reading portion that includes printed text but also graphs and images that need to get interpreted. Each of those two parts has 50 questions in the style of multiple choice, matching and true/false. AATG offers some sample tests on their website so one can get familiarized with the format.
German School Campus will hold its German National Test on April 22nd, 2017.
Nach einem langen Jahr konnte ich meine Lieblingsschüler wiedersehen. Vier Wochen konnte ich wieder an dem Unterricht teilnehmen und sehen wie hart alle letztes Jahr gearbeitet haben. Aber nicht nur meine Kids, sondern auch neue Schüler konnte ich kennenlernen. Jedes Alter ist nun vertreten und alle lernen gemeinsam! Ich war zunächst skeptisch, aber es funktioniert! Ganz
nach dem Motto, jeder hilft jeden. Es wird weiterhin streng nach Plan gearbeitet, auch in den Ferien und es lohnt sich! Alle Schüler haben die Tests bestanden und wollen weiter machen. Ich bin wirklich stolz auf die Arbeit von allen! Aber nicht nur die Atmosphäre in der Klasse, sondern auch private Events haben mich wieder einmal beeindruckt. Die Schüler freuen sich auf Ostern in der Schule, sie kommen gerne mit zu Filmabenden und die ersten Familien haben sich bereits für das nächste Sommer Camp registriert. Eine Woche alles um das Thema deutsche Wissenschaft mit vielen Experimenten in der Schule oder auf dem Wasser. Ich wünschte ich könnte wieder mit dabei sein! Es ist viel Arbeit am Anfang, aber die Woche verging so schnell und es war ein riesen Spaß für alle! Meine Schüler vermisse ich jetzt schon! Den Koffer werde ich nicht weit weg stellen!