27 kids spend holidays that make them smart

The children in the schoolyard of Philip Reis School are curious, attentive and focused. By doing so, they are doing something that is likely to cause a lot of hesitation in many schoolchildren: they are taking part in a three-week German course – during the long holidays. “Crawling and smelling, those rhymes. Do you still remember any word that rhymes with drinking?” says Sylvana Kumari, a specialist in German as a second language? I actually explored the difference in the meaning of the words “walk,” “run,” and “run” and explored the difference between “intelligent,” “intelligent,” and “intelligent.” Twenty-seven primary school children, some of whom never learned German as their mother tongue, learn about Language of instruction in a friendly, creative, conscientious and respectful way. With the support of specialists in the fields of social pedagogy, theater education and German as a second language, children improve their German skills in a playful way and at the same time strengthen their social skills. The slogan of the language support project of the Frankfurt am Main fits: ” German summer – holidays that make you smart.” Participants come from four schools in and around Gelnhausen. In addition to Philipp Reiss, there is Ysenburg School in Hailer, Igel Primary School in Höchst and Geisberg School in Linsengericht. From 8 am Until 3:30 pm the children play and learn together. A highlight is the communal lunch prepared by the catering service “Die Heinzelmännchen”.

District official Thorsten Stolz paid a visit to the creative project, which is funded by the Hessian Ministry of Education through the state program “Löwenstark – der BildungsKick”, at the premiere of the Main-Kinzig district last summer and did not want to have it during this summer vacation either to leave to visit the edition the second. Children learn well by playing and with all their senses, and what they have learned is easy to remember. Main-Kinzig-Kreis supports the project by making rooms available at the Philipp-Reis School. This action is also supported by the Maine-Kinzig Education Partner Adult Learning Center.” He thanked all participants for their great commitment: “Without the common spirit that can be felt in the team and without the good cooperation of everyone, the whole thing will not work. That would be unfortunate, especially for the kids, who obviously have a lot of fun with it. “It is very moving to see that everyone is collaborating and focusing on improving their German language skills for a few weeks,” she stressed. It is equally impressive how children, who are all different, are stimulated to learn in different ways by manipulating different input channels – sight, hearing and touch. This is how children are strengthened. They realize: “I can do something after all” – and benefit from it in the long run. After all, the acquisition of German as the language of instruction is the basis of a good education and successful integration.

Participants are divided into two groups of 13 and 14 children, respectively. They are taught German and theater for two hours a day by two teachers each. The social educators design the entertainment program in the afternoon, said Carola Mundo and Claudia Volksdorf, coordinators of German Summer. Carola Mundo emphasized that “children and all caregivers are having a lot of fun and are more committed”.

An integral part of the project, which wants to make primary school students brave and self-confident, is the development of a play. At the end of “German Summer” it will be performed by children. This summer, the moderators chose Astrid Lindgren’s Ronja Räubertochter. In response to a district manager’s question about what children particularly enjoy about “German summer,” one of the children shouted. “Playing the stage” and the girl: “Sometimes we play and sometimes we learn!” She summarized the pedagogical and didactic concept in a way that was just as concise as it was successful. District Director Thorsten Stolz was very impressed with the language support project in the second year: “Language is a key factor for educational success. It is the key to successful integration and the basis of quality training. When children get to know the German language better and are introduced to the smallest details during the “German Summer”, they receive a boost Real learning. I think it is very important that no one is left behind in our education system.”

Also attended was the visit of District Director Thorsten Stolz and Sonja Litzenberger by Anne Stübing of Main-Kinzig County State Education, who proposed the Main-Kinzig District Project. School psychologists Annette Wenderling, Alexander Wicker and Vera Mala from Main Kinzig Education Partners also took the opportunity to exchange ideas. +++ evening

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