Children in the Philip Reis school yard are inquisitive, attentive and focused. They are doing something that can arouse a great deal of resentment in many schoolchildren: they take a three-week German language course – during their long vacation. “Aiming and sniffing it rhymes. Can you still remember which word rhymes with drinking? ”Says Silvana Kumari, specialist in German as a second language. “Wave!” Shout the third graders sitting in the shade on the floor in front of her. In the previous days, the group had already explored the meaning of the words “walk”, “run” and “run”, and explored the difference between “clever”, “intelligent” and “clever”. 27 primary school students, some of whom have not learned German as their mother tongue, are introduced to the language of education in an accessible and inventive, attentive and respectful way. Thanks to the support of specialists in the field of social education, theater education and German as a second language, children improve their knowledge of German in a fun way and at the same time strengthen their social skills. The motto of the language support project of the Polytechnic Society in Frankfurt am Main fits: “German summer – holidays that make you intelligent”. Participants come from four schools in Gelnhausen and the surrounding area. In addition to the Philip Reis school, there is the Ysenburg school in Hailer, the Igel primary school in Höchst and the Geisberg school in Linsengericht. From 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, children play and learn together. A special attraction is the shared lunch prepared by the catering “Die Heinzelmännchen”.
County Governor Thorsten Stolz visited a creative project financed by the Hessian Ministry of Education under the state program “Löwenstark – der BildungsKick” during its premiere in Main-Kinzig last summer and did not want to pursue it. these summer holidays are either going to visit the second edition. “Children learn well through play and with all their senses, and what they’ve learned is easier to remember. Main-Kinzig-Kreis is supporting the project by providing rooms at the Philip Reis School. The adult education center of the educational partner Main-Kinzig also supports this action, ”said the district mayor. He thanked everyone involved for their great commitment: “Without the common spirit that is felt in the team and without the good cooperation of everyone, the whole thing would not be so successful. It’s a pity, especially for the kids who obviously have a lot of fun doing it. ” Sonja Litzenberger, head of the State Board of Education in Main-Kinzig, also thanked everyone involved for their great commitment. She stressed: “It is very impressive to see everyone stick together and focus on perfecting their German skills for several weeks. Equally impressive is how different children are motivated to learn in different ways using different input channels – sight, hearing, touch. This is how children are strengthened. They recognize “finally, I can do something” – and reap the benefits in the long run. After all, learning German as a language of instruction is the basis for good education and successful integration. “
The participants are divided into two groups of 13 and 14 children. They learn German and theater for two hours a day by two teachers. Social educators are developing a program of spending free time in the afternoon, reported Carola Mundo and Claudia Volcksdorff, two coordinators of the “German Summer”. “Both the children and all carers are having a great time and are even more involved,” said Carola Mundo.
An integral part of the project, which wants to give courage and confidence to primary school students, is the production of the performance. At the end of “German Summer” it will be performed by children. This summer, the overseers chose “Ronja Räubertochter” Astrid Lindgren. In response to the starost’s question, what the children especially like in the “German summer”, the boy exclaimed. “We play the theater!” and the girl: “Sometimes we play and sometimes we learn!” She summed up the pedagogical and didactic concept in an as succinct as it was successful. District Governor Thorsten Stolz was impressed with the second year linguistic support project: “Language is a key factor in educational success. This is the key to successful integration and the basis of good training. As the children get to know German better and become acquainted with its subtleties during the “German Summer”, they receive a real impetus to learn. I think it is extremely important that no one is left behind in our education system. ‘
Anne Stübing from the state board of education in Main-Kinzig also took part in the visit of the district mayor Thorsten Stolz and Sonja Litzenberger, who proposed a project for the Main-Kinzig district. School psychologist Annette Winderling and Alexander Wicker and Vera Mala from Main-Kinzig’s educational partners also took the opportunity to exchange ideas. +++ pm