We are loving having the children back at GAP. We missed them during the COVID pause.
There is plenty to keep us busy: craft, picnics in the park, exploring the joys of a leaf blower (on its lowest setting, of course!), making sandbox lasagne, getting back on the slide and the trikes and scooters, chasing each other, playing hide and seek, singing together and much more.
Thanks everyone, for your patience during the COVID-19 pause.
We are returning to operations, with increased hygiene protocols, as follows:
GAP: Monday 18 May 2020 Schlaumaeuse: Wed 3 June 2020 Spiel und Spass: Wed 24 June 2020 Pfadfinder: Monday 20 July 2020
The maximum occupancy in our hall, at 4 sqm per person, is as follows:
main hall: 21 people large (east) foyer: 10 people kitchen: 3 people quiet room: 4 people and if we spread into the smaller rooms and washrooms, the max is 51 people in the building (not including the storage sheds, of course)!
This winter (2020) the advice is clear: stay home if you are sick. This applies equally to adults and children. It applies whether it is a simple cold, flu or the dreaded corona virus.
How long do you need to stay away from playgroup, playschool or scouts though?
We have sought advice from our resident doctor and infectious diseases expert to help us all clarify when children with sniffles or coughs can return to their groups. His advice is paraphrased here:
The short answer is that people can be infectious while they have symptoms. … In most cases, children will be infectious for around 5-7 days (but perhaps up to 2 weeks). Even after people have recovered, some may have a persistent cough for quite a while. This is usually not because they are still in any way infectious, more a reflex to the damage done to the airways that causes them to be extremely susceptible to any kind of irritation. More information about catching and caring for colds can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/common-cold/
So, the rule at Spielwelt is this:
Stay home if you are sick. You can return when you are symptom-free. The only exception is for a lingering dry unproductive cough IF it has been 14 days since your cold started AND all the other cold/flu symptoms have cleared up.
There is no requirement from Spielwelt to present evidence that you have been tested for corona virus and returned a negative results in order to start attending sessions again. (Obviously, you should stay home and get tested if you suspect you might have the virus, though!)
Children who have an asthmatic cough can attend, and are likely to have their puffer with them. Asthma is not contagious.
Sorry to make you stay home when you are busting to join us, folks. We know it is hard, especially for our GAP families needing to get back to work after so long – but you are doing your bit to help protect everyone else and we all appreciate that.
Update (16 June 2020): Sorry folks. Lantern Walk 2020 is cancelled. The covid restrictions might allow the numbers, but the 1.5m distancing requirements make it impractical to hold the event this year.
At GAP, we have a Nudelglas (MonTues class) and a Good Jar (ThursFri class).
At the end of each day, we take time to reflect on some of the positive things that happened during the day. The aim is two-fold: to notice good behaviour and to think of things we are grateful for.
Children and teachers come up with all sorts of things, for example:
We enjoyed going to the park in the beautiful sunshine, so we are grateful to have such a nice park and great weather.
Alex was especially helpful at tidy up time and picked up all the blocks that got left behind.
I saw Leon being a good friend and waiting for a friend to put on their shoes before going outside to play together.
Christiane gave a big beautiful smile at roll call and it made me feel happy.
I felt lovely and peaceful when we were all sitting together for morning tea.
We felt thankful to the teacher who made us delicious warm Kinder-Tee to drink when we came inside from the cold weather.
Susanne held the door open for her friend, and that was kind.
Everyone did such lovely dances and were careful not to bump into others, which was respectful.
We are so grateful to have wonderful friends and families who show us that they love us.
For each positive thing, we put a piece of dry pasta in our Nudelglas or a note in the Good Jar.
Want to try this at home?
Decorate your jar. Prepare a handy bowl or box of dried pasta or paper slips and a pen, ready nearby.
With help of das Nudelglas or Good Jar you can recognise the child’s and each others’ good deeds and things you are grateful for, each evening (e.g. at dinner time or any other time that suits you).
Once the jar is full, reward yourselves with a little party to celebrate, another fun activity or a delicious fruit salad you make together.
The gratitude/good jar is a way to highlight children’s positive behavior and goes beyond rewarding the child for completing age-appropriate chores and instead encourages the child to work at being kind, generous, grateful and helpful.
Hallo Papa! It’s time to help your child prepare for Mothers’ Day…. and the GAP teachers are hereby offering their loving support for mums and dads to guide you through with craft and breakfast ideas.
Hopefully all GAP children will have received their second envelope in time, as this contains some of the things that Papa and children will find useful in making the following Mothers Day gifts. (If you aren’t enrolled at GAP or your envelope is late arriving, we hope you can find or substitute craft items from home.)
Lisa3 has provided the complete instructions and materials in your child’s envelope so you can help your child to create a paper flower garden. For non-GAP families, you will need a variety of coloured paper and here are the instructions for you.
Make a beautiful rainbow heart ornament
Here is Gerda’s video to show you how to make a rainbow heart ornament. You will need cardboard, paper and a few colours of paint for this. If you don’t have paint, coloured markers or pencil crayons could do the trick. Or there might be enough coloured paper left over from your paper flower garden.
Here’s a super simple and really cute breakfast idea so children can make something pretty much all by themselves for Mama on Mothers’ Day (and if that goes well, then they can make it on all the other days afterwards!)
This is toast with peanut butter, banana and raisins. I guess the luxury version has almond butter, banana and choc chips. I have it on good authority that Germans love peanut butter though, so go nuts! Serve warm!
Adding a little paper heart (or a small flower from the garden) at the side of the plate will elevate your creation from “breakfast” to “present”.
The response you are looking for from Mum is “Oooh, lecker!” (Oooh, yummy!)
And here’s what to say in German
You’d think “ich liebe dich” would be just perfect… but that’s only used between, well, lovers. You wouldn’t say it to a child, nor would a child say it to their parent. So what CAN you say? Here are some suggestions that won’t raise any German eyebrows:
“Ich hab dich lieb, Mama” or “Mama, Ich hab’ Dich so lieb”
“Alles Gute zum Muttertag” or “Alles Liebe zum Muttertag”
“Mama, Du bist die Tollste von allen!’
“Mama, Du bist wunderbar!” or “Danke Mama, Du bist die Beste!”
“Fuer die beste Mama auf der ganzen Welt!”
Here are some other fun sayings or poems you could make use of.
Happy Mothers Day to all our Spielwelt mums, from the teachers, leaders, committee and director.
Ahoy there! Here is our sixth lesson in our pirate series.
Every pirate needs to know how to tie knots. Get some shoe strings and teach your child how to tie their (or your) shoes. To make it more piratey and get more practice, get a meter of rope, and learn to tie a granny knot around a chair leg, or around your ship’s mast or flag pole. Remember the old sailor’s adage: “If you can’t tie knots, tie lots!” (Be sure to put the rope away when you stop supervising though, please.)
Ready to dance a hearty sailor’s jig? Sing and dance along to Lisa-Marie’s favourite pirate song (2019 GAP children will remember this super jaunty tune too): Piraten Tanzen So (also on Spotify).
Ahoy there! Here’s instalment five of our pirate series.
For lunch, why not get creative and make some pirate themed food?
To make Piraten veggie ships (Piratenschiffe), you can use a carrot (Karotte) stick mast (Mast), lettuce (Salat) leaf sail (Segel), on top of a boat hull (das Bot) made of a cucumber (Gurke) sliced in half lengthwise.
Alternatively, here are some hard boiled egg (Eier) and red/ green/ yellow (rot/ gruen/ gelb) capsicum (Paprika) boats.
Bagel life-rings (Rettungsringe): cream cheese and red capsicum strips for stripes.
Ahoy there! Here’s the fourth lesson in our pirate series.
Time to read a treasure map and find the treasure! Hide some “treasure” (Schatz) in your child’s bedroom, or the living room or kitchen. Make a map of the room or house (in PEN) and mark an X where the treasure is (in PENCIL). Give your child the map and explain how maps work. Let your pirate find the treasure. Your child will no doubt want to do this repeatedly or hide treasure for you to find, hence the PENCIL mark which can be erased and put somewhere else on the page. Click here for a fun treasure map template.