We began our study by locating Germany on the globe. We also located countries surrounding Germany.
Like the others, we made a clip art book that Shayla colored and assembled, featuring the German flag, people dressed in traditional dress, the Black Forest, the Brandenburg Gate, a castle, and musicians performing at Oktoberfest.
You can make other printables at DLTK.
We read library books about Germany (reading)including:
- Welcome to Germany
- Germany ABC's: A Book About the People and Places of Germany
- Cooking the German Way
- Germany: Things to Make, Activities, Facts
- A Family From Germany
- Germany: A Portrait of the Country Through Its Festivals and Traditions
- yes - ja - (YAH)
- no - nein - (NINE)
- thank you - danke - (DAHNK-uh)
- hello - hallo - (HAHL-oh)
- good-bye - auf Wiedersehen - (owf VEE-dur-zayn)
- enjoy your meal - Guten Appetit - (GOO-ten upp-eh-TEET)
Soccer or Fussball (FOOS-ball) is the most popular sport. But German's also enjoy tennis, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and bike riding.
We listened to the German national anthem. We also viewed the lyrics.
I would have liked to have found 99 Red Balloons, but the interest just wasn't there. (Ok, I'm showing my age again)
Stories: Folk or Fairytale
The Brothers Grimm were from Germany. They wrote fairytales such as, Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood.
Brownie Scouts in Germany
Germany has many clubs including Guiding and Scouting. Scroll down for scout information. The promise and laws are very similar. Here are the German versions translated into English.
I will be a good friend and respect our
A Cub is considerate.
A Cub helps wherever she can.
Guide and Scout Promise
With confidence in God´s help, I promise
to live with you in accordance with the
Guide and Scout Law.
Guide and Scout Law
I will be helpful and considerate.
I will be respectful.
I will be a friend to all Guides and Scouts.
I will be honest and trustworthy.
I will use my own judgement and assume
I will not avoid difficulties.
I will acquaint myself with nature and help
to conserve it.
I will become master of myself.
I will serve peace and the community I live in.
Children and Family Life
Most families live in apartments because houses are too expensive. There are rarely more than two children in households. Both parents usually work, but the mother typically stays home until her children begin going to school.
Families typically do not own many material things. In the one story, the family took all their belongings outside to show how much they had. Needless to say, all of their belongings may have filled one or two rooms in the typical American home.
Children start school at the age of six. The school day lasts from early morning till noon or 1pm. Children all attend school together until the 5th grade, then they are tested and divided according to test results. All students must attend school for at least nine years.
The Haptschule (HOWPT-shool-uh) prepares children for jobs in trade and industry. The Realschule (ray-AHL-shool-uh)prepares students for mid-level jobs, and the Gymnasium (gim-NAH-zee-oom)prepares children for university and executive jobs. The Gymnasium students attend school for thirteen years.
Germany is a democratic republic with two houses of Parliament. The Bundestag (boon-des-TAHG) and the Bundesrat (boon-des-RAHT). There is a president, but the Chancellor is the most powerful person in Germany.
Most people belong to the Roman Catholic church, but almost as many are Lutheran. Public schools do have religion classes. Freedom of religion is strictly protected because church members pay a tax to the government to help support the work of the church.
We made and ate potato cakes and applesauce.
We made a simple windmill craft from ideas at DLTK. My hubby eventually figured out these directions, they were too complicated for me. LOL!
- Karneval (KAHR-neh-vahl) - Begins on November 11 at 11:11 am and continues for three months. It marks the beginning of Lent
- Oktoberfest - October - Held in Munich. Lasts for 16 days. Centered around farming, a huge beer festival
- Christmas - December 25 - Festivies begin well before.