Category Archives: covid-19

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! 🙂

Mail Lesson 2

One of our GAP families told us they went for a really long walk in their neighbourhood, looking at all the mailboxes they could find!

They loved finding different styles of mailbox, and naming the shapes (Formen) they could see in German. Some children might like to identify the numbers they see as well.

Truffle loved this idea, so she took her handy German shape cheat-sheet (below) and went searching for mailboxes too.

Here are some of the mailboxes that Truffle liked. Which shapes can you see? How many more will you see on your walk?

This was Truffle’s favourite! A mailbox planted in a pot!

Office for Hire During COVID

If you need a quiet private office (that isn’t in your own home) during the COVID closures, check this out!

The Turner Scout Hall (at 11 Masson Street, in Haig Park, Turner ACT) has two single offices available now for hire until ACT schools open again.  

You can hire one of our offices on a daily basis ($50/day) or a weekly basis ($200/week).  No need to go into a long term contract with a commercial venue. 

There will be a maximum of two people in the building at once, and you will be in your own private office.

You get:
* peace and quiet (brick walls, triple glazed windows, quiet location)
* your own private office, about 3x4m
* a computer with Windows 10 and Office 2019
* internet access (3G via Wi-Fi)
* a desk and chair
* heating and cooling
* access to a shared fully equipped kitchen
* access to your own private toilets
* on-site secure parking
* a pleasant view of the greenery of Haig Park through your windows
* a filing cabinet (if you are hiring per week)
* weekly cleaning of the venue

You provide:
* your own laptop (if you wish) and files
* your own phone

Interested?  Email  gap.director@spielwelt.org.au  or  turner.scout.hall.hire@spielwelt.org.au

Gerda Reads Heule Eule

The “Heule Eule” (howl owl) book by Paul Friester is an all time favourite in both GAP classes, Gerda has made a video of it for you!

Email gap.director@spielwelt.org.au for the link (available to Spielwelt parents only).

We are grateful to the publishers for their kind permission to share this with our members during the COVID pandemic.

Maus Tag – Mouse Day

By special request from one of our children, here are some mouse themed activities and a mouse story for you!

Mouse Story:
Here’s Opa Chris reading the German classic, Frederick die Maus

Mice Fingerprint Pictures:
If you have paint or an ink stamp pad at home, you can decorate a piece of paper with loads of fingerprints.  Once the fingerprints dry, use a black marker to add eyes, ears, tails and legs to make your fingerprints into mice.  

If you are feeling really creative, you can create an artistic scene with your mice.  Maybe start by drawing a venue of your choice (the local playground), or a bus or train,  or Telstra tower, or Oma’s house, or your bedroom….  then let your child fill in the fingerprints, and help them to add the ears and tails to turn their fingerprints into mice.

Lisa’s Fingerprint Mice Playground (yours will be better!)

Edible Marzipan Mice:
Make mice from delicious home-made German Marzipan. Here is a little lesson about the cultural significance of marzipan and the recipe in English but better yet, follow the exact same lesson and recipe auf Deutsch. Children can definitely be involved in putting this simple three ingredient egg-free recipe together.

Once you’ve made your marzipan, take a ball about the size of a teaspoon of marzipan, and roll it into a pear shape. Poke a tiny bit of string or thread into the fat end as a tail, and stand two half almond slivers near the pointy end as ears. Add tiny currants or mini choc chips for eyes.

The recipe will make more mice than you need, but it keeps well in the fridge, so hang on to it for another GAP-at-home lesson coming up soon.

Marzipan Maus

Mice Finger Puppets:
This craft will need parent involvement but creates a fun mouse finger puppet toy for your child to play with afterwards. Here is Wie man eine Papiermaus Fingerpuppe macht.

Stand-up Paper Mouse Craft:
Fold a piece of paper in half. Cut out half a heart shape. Using the excess paper, cut out two identical circles for the ears.

Glue or tape the circle ears onto the paper heart around about where the ears should go (see picture of completed mouse). 

Give your folded paper heart (with circle ears) to your child to colour in the eyes, ears and whatever else they want on their mouse.

When your child is finished colouring, open up your folded heart and glue or tape a piece of wool or string in for the tail, as in the diagram below.  (If you think the diagram is rubbish, blame Lisa, as she drew it for you!)

Lisa’s fabulous attempt at a diagram for our paper folded mouse craft

Ignore the original fold line in the middle, and create two new fold lines, as in the diagram.  The space between the two new fold lines is going to become the base of your mouse, so that the mouse will stand up when propped up on the table.

Fold the two outer edges together and attach point A to point B with a tiny bit of tape or glue.

Stand your mouse up and admire!  Repeat to make a village of mice to play with. 

German vocabulary from today’s mouse lesson:
Mouse: die Maus
Mice: die Maeuse
Ears: die Ohren
Tail: der Schwanz
Circle: der / ein Kreis
Heart shape: das / ein Herz
Wool: die Wolle
String: die Schnur
Glue:  der Klebe
Scissors:  die Schere
Almonds:  die Mandeln
Icing sugar:   der Puderzucker
yummy: lecker!!!

For those looking to be super GAP-at-home educators: Make a mouse themed poster showcasing today’s vocabulary. You could use a few of today’s craft items and ideas. By using pictures, you won’t need the English text… just put the German words on and look awesome! Send us your pics for bonus points!

Easter Lesson Plan 3

Frohe Ostern!

Here are some lovely Easter ideas for you.

Make bunny pancakes!  Here’s the how-to video and recipe for you and your child to follow along.  Here is a similar one auf Deutsch.   

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Make bunny-ear head bands.  Make a strip of paper to go around your child’s head, and staple some card/paper ears on it, like in our photo.  You can newspaper if you like. Here’s a slightly fancier version.  (Tip: if you are using staples, put a little piece of sticky tape over the staple ends so they don’t get caught on your child’s hair.)

Make a bunny hand-puppet using an old bill envelope

Play and sing Haeschen in der Grube (rabbit in the burrow).  When we sing and play this at GAP one child goes into the middle of the circle and curls up as the Haeschen while we sing. We all go into the middle of the circle and gently pat the Haeschen during the line “armes Haeschen bist du krank, das du nicht mehr huepfen kannst?” then quickly run back into our circle spots for the next line to allow space for the Haeschen to jump up and hop. Here is the song sung with the lyrics

Ready for a quiet story time?  Die Haeschenschule (Rabbit School): a very old classic story, read aloud.  (We usually skip the bit at 3:43 because we don’t have naughty children at GAP, and even if we did, they wouldn’t be treated in that old-fashioned way.) 

Frohe Ostern!