This study wasn't as comprehensive as some of our other country studies, but we really enjoyed the simplicity. Germany is a beautiful country and it just so happens that our family has German roots through my Dad's side, so that was pretty neat.
We started off our journey with food, the perfect start, as far as I'm concerned!
We made German Pretzels from scratch, which is actually quite easy to do. My only recommendation would be to go very very easy on the salt. We purchased coarse salt (as per the recipe) and once the children has 'sprinkled' their pretzels, they were so salty, they wouldn't eat them. We ended up having to scrape the salt off in order to enjoy them!
At the end of our study, we also enjoyed a field trip to a local restaurant specializing in Austrian/German food. We all enjoyed a meal of Schnitzel with potatoes and vegetables and the children were able to pick out some German cookies and chocolate for dessert.
German history - castles! Germany has some of the most beautiful and ancient castles in all of Europe. We read about various sites and then experimented with our own castle building set.
We also enjoyed some fabulous books and stories, too many to list. The children particularly enjoyed Goldilocks and Heidi. We also found a very age-appropriate version of the film with Shirley Temple playing Heidi. Highly recommend this version for children!
We enjoyed an extensive study of classical music and famous German composers with this unit. The children listened to a different composer every day. We listened to and discussed two pieces of music and the children chose their favourite to write in their "German Composers" mini-books.
Our Germany Lapbooks -
Thanks for reading!