Starting elementary school is a big deal in Germany. It's a rite of passage - almost like graduation or a wedding. Parents invest lots to shower their first-grader with gifts. But what's with the obligatory paper cone?
Hundreds of thousands of helpers have supported refugees from war-torn countries in adjusting to life in Germany. Wedig von Heyden - a retired lawyer - is among the many volunteers engaging intensively with migrants.
Our little group of primary school children in Calne has been learning about the days of the week. For this we learned the song ‘Die Wochentage’ from Martina Schwarz’ book ‘Hey hey hallo, learn German with songs’ Then we got really brave, made our own version and recorded it. The song follows the same pattern. It starts with the question ‘Was machst du am …. (insert [...]