All posts by Lisa St

Pirate Maps and Adventure

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.

Here’s another pirate adventure to go on:  Download and read out the Bewegungsgeschichte fuer Piraten and act it out together as per the instructions. 

Pirate Parrots

Ahoy there! Here’s the second lesson in our pirate series.

Every pirate needs a parrot (ein Papagei), too.  Here is Gerda to show you one way to make a cute feather-and-toilet-paper-roll parrot

If you want to take your Papagei parrot in the bath with you, here’s a picture of our simple wash-cloth/elastic band bird, suitable for any sailor. Add masking tape eyes and as many feathers as you like, for effect.

With (or without) your Papagei parrot, you can fly around the house annoying everyone by singing this funny parrot song:  Ich habe einen kleinen Papagei.

Pirate Hats

Ahoy there, me hearties!!  Boy, have we got a whole lot of fun for you!  Here is the first in our pirate series.

First off, you’re going to need a newspaper pirate hat, of course.  You can fold one like Gerda shows in her awesome pirate hat craft video. If you really want to go to town, paint and decorate your hat like she demonstrates too.

That pirate hat is just begging for you to sing along with your Director and Truffle to that old German favourite song and video, Mein Hut der hat drei Ecken

A bath tub makes a great pirate ship. 

Blow-Worm Racing

Here’s your GAP Director in a video showing the children how to make and race their own blow worms (or caterpillars)! Machen wir ein Wettrennen mit Raupen! They are cute, super simple to make and lots of fun to race.

Hint 1: Blowing them along the floor or table is easier with a proper straw, but as you will see in the video, you can make your own paper straw if you like. (If you do, cut your paper strip quite a bit wider than I did, to make it easier to roll and so you have more overlap when you tape it together.)

Hint 2: For older children, if you blow on the ‘sweet spot’ you can get the worm to appear as though it is moving along in an undulating movement a bit like a little inch worm. This takes some practice but it’s pretty cute when you can get it right!

And yes, parents, you might notice me laughing in the video because I suddenly realised it will look like I am teaching children how to roll their own ciggies at one point… (email me for that out-take if you are in need of a good laugh)… but that’s NOT the idea! Those are just paper straws to blow the worms along, I promise!!!

Thanks to my videographer and German grammar coach. 😉

Lisa-Marie’s Bewegungsgeschichte

Former GAP teacher Lisa-Marie has produced a Bewegungsgeschichte for us all to enjoy! Children from the class of 2019 are sure to remember her, although I’m sure all the children will enjoy her story.

Watch her video to hear her story and follow along with the actions.

Parents can download Lisa-Marie’s story (as a PDF) and read it at home with their children, too.

We thank Lisa-Marie (and her little family) for volunteering to do this for us. She was even brave enough to include some of her out-takes at the end of her video for us! 🙂

Mental Health During COVID

Are you finding the COVID pandemic is having a less-than-helpful effect on your mental health?  There is help out there!

  • Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing and Support Service is a dedicated website with information, advice and strategies to help manage your wellbeing and mental health during this time. 
  • #InThisTogether The Australian government’s Mental Health Commission has worked together with leading mental health organisations, experts and spokespeople to develop a national online conversation sharing practical tips to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians during #COVID19.  
  • WHO COVID-19 Mental Health Considerations for the public, health workers, parents and people in isolation.
  • Head to Health have a dedicated landing page for mental health information to help you and your loved ones cope with feelings resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Life In Mind and the National Mental Health Commission have developed a landing page consolidating resources available in one spot. This will be updated regularly.
  • RUOK? have shared a message on the importance of staying connected and how to recognise the signs that someone may be struggling.
  • ReachOut have developed resources and practical tips to help young people look after their wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as specific tips for parents about how to talk to their teenagers about COVID-19.
  • headspace have developed tips for young people on how to cope with stress related to Coronavirus.
  • UNICEF Australia have developed resources to support teachers and parents in talking to children about COVID-19 as well as  information on how employers can support working parents during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Emerging Minds have a video for parents on talking to children about disasters, traumatic events, or worries about the future.
  • Phoenix Australia have tips for taking care of yourself and your family as well as for those that need to quarantine or self-isolate and when to seek help.
  • WHO Social Stigma Guidelines for COVID-19 outlines safe language to use when discussing and reporting on COVID-19 to avoid social stigma. For those reporting on mental illness, we encourage you to refer to the Mindframe Guidelines.
  • SBS has Coronavirus health and mental health information for those that speak a language other than English. 

Thanks to Scouts ACT for sending us the list above.

Alle Leut Song

The GAP children will all be familiar with our end-of-the-day song, “Alle Leut'”.

Here’s your GAP Director performing an updated version of Alle Leut (incredibly poorly) for you. (At least Truffle had an idea of what my singing might be like, and she’s run off!)

Here’s the deal: You don’t judge me for my singing and extremely beginner guitar playing; I won’t judge you for your marzipan mice and Tschu-tschu-wa dancing! 🙂