Another fantastic day at Singspiel Camp!
Today with beautiful weather that amplified our already happy mood, we began day 2 of Sommer Singspiel with the Happy Wanderer Song (which has a fascinating history) and the tradition in much of Germany, Austria and Switzerland to enjoy the outdoors, nature, and hiking. We even mentioned how many Americans, members of the Liederkranz like Mark Stanavage included, hike the Appalachian Trail! What an amazing goal! We continued the morning gathering with the Story of Hansel and Gretl, and how the Brothers Grimm made gingerbread houses famous with this story.
In the kitchen, Singspielers decorated little gingerbread houses like the one from the Hansel and Gretl story, and each decorated a Lebkuchen Herzen.
With the change to better weather, Soccer began today with Herr Beck and Tanner Beck! It was great to be outside in the sunshine, playing soccer together!
Here are some photos from today! Scroll down for more information about the day’s activities.
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Gingerbread house and Lebkuchen!
Carefully adding the icing!
Decorating a gingerbread house.
Singspiel Volunteer high school students helping with projects.
Adding decorations to Lebkuchen.
“Schwarz” group in the kitchen!
Mary Swisher watching the creative rush!
Adding the little candies for decoration.
Waiting our turn.
Playing Orff instruments!
Proud of our creations!
Making music together!
Creating melodies on Glockenspiels!
Sidelined at soccer! Singspiel “red shirt!”
Soccer heats up!
Heading for the goal!
Gold group in the kitchen.
Our wonderful kitchen volunteers!
Clean Green Beans! Thanks, Barbi Stanavage!
Competition is fierce!
Good sportsmanship is important. Saying, “Good match!”
Our lunch today: Bratwurst, Grilled Squash and Zucchini, and fresh fruit salad! Yum!
Happy kids having lunch!
Hangin’ out during Recess!
Bridges to friendship!
Beauty of music.
Creating new music!
Focussed on the task at hand.
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Fra Henrich talks about scripts.
German Vocabulary lesson!
Vocab Target practice in the Ratskeller.
The story of Dornröschen
Herr B. takes a risk and plays his accordion for Schnitzelbank song.
From Frau Miller and Frau Jannotta:
In the kitchen today, students decorated Lebkuchen or gingerbread cookies using royal icing with all sorts of beautiful works of art. The Lebkuchen connects perfectly with the fairytale of Hänsel and Gretel.
In German Class, students practiced writing their German vocab words and finding them in this German song about Hänsel and Gretel. Then, they reviewed the story of Wilhelm Tell. Here is a wonderful little video that tells the story of Wilhelm Tell, ask your Singspieler to watch it with you and share their German vocabulary. and the vocabulary by shooting their bow and arrow at pictures. When a German vocabulary word was called out, the students aimed for, and “shot” at the correct picture! It’s a genius way to reinforce vocabulary words, don’t you think!?
From Frau Henrich:
“Do you want to buy an Ente?” Today was a day full of playing with the German and English languages. We took our scripts and assigned roles. Then we started to plan out the movement for each of the skits. We also played a game with animals and the sounds they make in German.
From Frau Sempsey and Herr Bullington:
We continued to sing, move, and play the day away in “Music and Movement” class! The campers explored expression within movement while practicing loco-motor foot patterns which increased in difficulty, as well sing and play a “play party” style game to “Thorn Rosa”/”Dornröschen”. They also continued to develop their playing skills at the Orff instruments. The campers partnered with each other to improvise movement and xylophone playing where their creativity guided their own learning. They were introduced to playing a melody on an Orff instrument guided by body percussion (stamping, patting, clapping, and snapping) and speech which will be showcased in the end of camp performance. The campers are working hard while having fun and we can’t wait for day #3!
Reminder: There will be a sharing showcase of a lot of the learning from this week’s camp on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. All are invited!