Sunday, December 20, 2015

Year 3: Exploring Countries and Cultures, Guten Morgan, Germany!

     We made our way to Germany.  Now, I will say that with the holidays right around the corner, I feel like we zipped right through this country.  The only thing that really slowed things down (in a good way) was reading about George Müeller.

     Are you familiar with George Müeller?  Talk about a man with faith!  What other kind of man could feed children with absolutely nothing in the house except their gratitude to our Lord!

     We also had the opportunity to visit the Ronald Reagan Library.  They had a couple of special exhibits, one of which was Christmas Around the World, which featured Christmas trees decorated to represent different countries.  The one below, from China, was my kids' favorite.

   
  Below is a close-up of the origami on the tree representing Japan:

     A quote from Reagan's diary that speaks volumes and one that we should all live by:


     How appropriate that my kids crawled through a replica of the Berlin Wall!  That was definitely part of our study, though we didn't go into too much detail.  We'll save that for the next time we come around to Exploring Countries and Cultures.


     Of course, no country study would be complete without a meal from Germany.  We are very lucky to have a German restaurant right in our neighborhood.  The owner, from Germany, came out to greet us and was excited to know that we were studying Germany.  She even taught us how to say "Merry Christmas" in German!
     Clockwise from the top left:  German bread, G’Hackets mit Hörnli better known as "Mac and Cheese" (more Swiss than German, but the kids wanted it), Rahm-Schnitzel and Zürcher Gschnätzlets with Rosti.  It was all so delicious!  We plan on going back, but we won't wait for our next study of Germany.

     Finally, as we were nearing our time off and the holidays, I captured this moment during their book basket time.  Just a glimpse into our homeschool day!

     Have a joyful Christmas and a blessed New Year!

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