- In the Classroom
Teachers use a variety of techniques to ensure an authentic and interesting lesson. Students work in groups, as partners, in a circle, and individually. Changing the social forms and activities engages the students and makes learning enjoyable and entertaining.
- Presentation of Certificates
The children of the school can take American and German-based tests. At the end of the school year we present the certificates to the participating students in front of the entire student body, parents and relatives.
Germany is known for its variety of fun-filled Mardi Gras celebrations. In the South the more traditional Fasching and Fastnacht are celebrated in medieval costumes announcing the end of Winter. Along the Rhine river the Karneval starts on November 11, at 11:11 am but heats up the week before Lent and has a more political flavor. On the last Saturday of the Karneval season our school celebrates too. Children and adults come to school in costumes, we have a parade of the children, eat candies (Kamellen) and dare to dance a jig.
This lantern parade dates back to the story of St. Martin, who shared his coat with a beggar. Traditionally, German children mark this day with a procession of lanterns. The lanterns are usually crafted before the event and the parade is at dusk with parents and relatives walking with the children through the village. We celebrate the event in a nearby park with self-made or bought lanterns. First we have a jovial get-together and then we start our parade at dusk. Great fun for children and adults.
The school celebrates Christmas with poems, songs and skits prepared by the students of the school. We invite everybody to this celebration, which is also our biggest fundraiser of the year. This event is in collaboration with other German groups and features Santa Claus at the end of the program with a gift for all of the children present.