This week Amber and I taught a lesson on English and Buffalo! We first read a book to our classroom that we brought from America for them. It was about traveling to different places and embracing the unknown, because they do learn English in 1st grade they know some but Amber acted out the book while I read out loud. The students and us really had fun listening and reading this story and our host said they knew more than she told them, so we did help them with that. With the same class we also taught about buffalo and just showed them pictures of our family and even us at our hometown sport teams. They enjoyed this and was amazed with the amount of snow we get in Buffalo.
For our other English lesson we taught second graders different body parts, we did this by singing 'Head, shoulders, knees, and toes'. The students loved this! We had a fun time teaching them and going faster and faster when they could sing it by themselves. To make sure they were processing the information and comprehending it not just through the song, I would say in German "Where is your eyes" out of order of the song to see what they learned. The students did great with this. We then had them take out their English notebooks and draw a person and label their body parts.
I had a great time being in a German classroom and honestly, I could definitely live here and teach. I love the 'Guten Morgen' song they sing to the teacher, the little gong they hit to get the students focused, and the freedom the students have to just be who they are; children playing and learning at the same time. I am really going to miss Germany and the students, I'm glad Amber and I were able to take a picture with the students to give them as a little momento. Until next time Germany, I hope it won't be that long away. Chuice!
Here is a picture with our wrap up dinner at a castle. I thought I would end my blog with this because this is my 'wrap up' blog in Germany. Thank you everyone who read and commented on all my blogs and also all the people who donated cans and bottles to help me accomplish this dream. I am forever changed by this and inspired to travel some more.