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