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.
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. 😉
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Usually at GAP, after we do the roll call, we ask the children “wer fehlt?” (who is missing?)… so this video starts with “wer fehlt?” after the roll call. You can watch our little roll call for your class here.
We thought the GAP children might like personal greetings to start their day!
Here is our morning greeting for the MondayTuesday class and the ThursdayFriday class. (Apologies if I missed your child’s name. Trying to keep up with Gerda’s GAP-at-home video skills is no small task!)
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