Celebrating Back to Homeschool

05 August 2010
This is an awesome topic for most homeschoolers and the like! Recently I read an article, Happy New School Year from the Parents Magazine, AUG 2010 issue. The article was somewhat interesting and it had a section about Germany.

Living in Germany does have many perks for history, field trips, language, and learning some of the customs. Last year was our first year and I wanted to do this, but my goal was too focused on homeschooling --now it's homeschool with FUN! ;) Although I am still learning the ropes, and as God as my strength, we are enjoying being a homeschool family.

One tradition that most Germans do for their children (*remember homeschooling is not legal here for the German community) is to give their children what is called, a Schultüte . This is not given at every grade level either from what I gather its just to their children in 1st grade. I found a fantastic blog post that is a good explanation about the tradition and links to help make one located here. Here is another blog post that helps guide you on how to make one.

So with no pun intended we will make our German tradition (with a twist-Back to HOMEschooling) of making a Schultüte together and they will decorate their own the way they would like and it will be filled with school supplies, candy, and so forth...

Our first day will also include a wonderful Children's Day celebration with my DH's Battalion as a pre-deployment event for the children. This day also falls on my soon-to-be four year's old son Birthday!! What a Birthday! :) So like most 'schools', our first day will be relaxed and fun...

We will start out our Bible curriculum and then probably do an overview for the course of study, but it'll be mostly a fun day to get into the groove of HOMEschooling.

Happy Homeschooling!!

P.S. Please check back - end of next week to see our finished projects (Schultütes)! ;)


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15 comments:

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

What a wonderful idea! I have never heard of this before! Great tradition! Joining you from the Hoemschool Village. Signed up to follow your blog, I invite you to come visit and follow back! Nice to meet you! :) <><
Nicole

Jessica S. said...

Thank you Nicole! I am following now. ;) Yes, this is a fun way to get the year started. I am excited to start the school year too! :)

Layton Family Joy said...

DANKE!! Love that you're linking up from Germany - how awesome is that?! Can't wait to see the final project!

Stef
The Homeschool Village

Shannon said...

I'm planning on making a schultute for my daughter, too! :)

Giggly Girls said...

That is so cool. And what awesome fieldtrips you guys must have.

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Love the idea of the Schultüte! Sounds like a lot of fun. Can't wait to see your *after* pics:)

Hodgepodgemom said...

Homeschool with fun! And, wow I bet you do have lots of perks living in Germany. Thanks for linking up so I can give you a wave from down south usa :)

Jessica S. said...

@Stef: Thank you it's great to be able to link up around the world! I love reading other homeschool blogs!

@Shannon: That is awesome!! I know it will be fun! I am excited too and the boys will have fun making their own. Either way--who doesn't like a gift on the first day of school?? ;)

@Giggly Girls: It's lovely here. I miss the States, but Home is where my Soldier is...you know that too!! :) (except your Air Force or Navy?)

@Lora: Thank you! I will definitely post the pics!

@Hodgepodgemom: Thanks for the wave!! I am a Southern gal from Texas!! Take care! ;)

Jennifer said...

I can't wait to see the finished projects! Your first day of school sounds wonderful. I'm saying a quick prayer for you and your family as I comment!

Blessings,
Jennifer

Jessica S. said...

@Jennifer: Thank you so much for your prayers. I truly appreciate it! :)

Deb Chitwood said...

Wow! It’s so great that you’re able to incorporate German traditions into your homeschool – what an enriching experience for your boys! And your son’s birthday on the first day of school helps guarantee a start-of-the-school-year celebration!

The Sunshine Crew said...

We are making these as well. My sons have been attending Eric Carle themed summer camp all week so we are going to make these along with some German pretzels.
Thanks for sharing...can't wait to read more of your blog.
Hope that you will pop over to see mine as well (we are CPSing at MacDill).
Colleen

Jessica S. said...

@Deb: Yes, his birthday is on Monday, but celebrating on Sunday....Happy Homeschooling.

@Sunshine Crew: German pretzels ARE THE BEST! ;) I will come on over! Thank you.

Dusti said...

I look forward to seeing more of what you guys are working on.

Jessica S. said...

Thank you Dusti! ;)

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