End of term

Hurray, it’s the end of term! I don’t know about your children but mine are shattered – “kaputt sein” as we say in German. They can’t wait to have free time, lounge around, see friends and watch movies.

Die Kleine Hexe

As some of my students had already left to head home to Austria, Germany and Switzerland, we ended the term in a relaxing way. We watched a German movie called Die Kleine Hexe. It is a story of a kind young witch that would like to become a “good” witch and learn all the spells there are. By doing so she would be able to join the circle of the older witches and be allowed to take part in their activities. But “good” might not always mean what you have in mind.
It’s a charming movie for kids and a great adaption of Otfried Preuβler’s classic book. Karoline Herfurth makes a perfect Little Witch.

CD, DVD, piece of paper and a lolly jar on top of a colourful blanket
The Little Witch

Keeping students engaged

The students took their shoes off and got comfy on lots of cushions. To keep them engaged, they had to tick off animals on a list when they spotted them in the movie. They also had to answer a couple of questions and figure out the meaning of some new words such as “Hexentanz”. Watching a movie is a great way of learning a foreign language. You can learn new phrases, hear the language spoken and connect words with images.

I wish you all a relaxing break.

Karneval celebrations

On Monday Die Zaunkönige and their siblings celebrated Rosenmontag (Rose Monday), the highlight of the German Karneval. While in Cologne – one of the carnival strongholds in Germany – the carnival fools were waiting for the storm to subside, we were busy making colourful masks. Part of the “crazy” street carnival is to wear costumes, dance and watch the famous parade of fantastical floats make its way through the city.

Instead of my usual group of school children I had basketball players, a striking pink unicorn, a panda who must have escaped the zoo, a scary ghost and even an elf attending class.

children wearing masks and costumes
4 March 2019 – Children celebrating Karneval

All of them got right into the party games which included musical chairs, balloon races, dances and tennis and not to forget the ever so popular musical statues. To keep these hungry creatures happy, we fed them doughnuts. Traditionally it would have been Berliner Pfannkuchen, a similar pastry filled with jam.

The kids had so much fun celebrating Karneval that we extended our usual session by almost an extra hour.