I have really enjoyed this week in Germany. There has been much less traveling and more interactions with the people here. I love to interact with the elementary students. It has been really fun teaching the lessons. We taught the 1st and 2nd graders about body parts using pointing and lots of repetition. Then they sang "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" while I played the piano. Since the 1st and 2nd graders are still learning how to read in German, we are not allowed to use any English text. All learning has been verbal. The 3rd and 4th graders are learning about family vocabulary. They draw a picture of their family and then we discuss in small groups. On the second day of classes, the students came to our room during recess and begged us to come outside and play. I played "Fangen" which is the German form of Tag. I want to suggest a different game tomorrow because they always chase me! Soccer is also a common game on the playground. The elementary students use simpler German words to speak to each other, so I have been able to understand them often. They keep asking me to talk more in German. Yesterday after our classes at the school in Herbern, we went to an elementary school in Werne to do some activities with the students there. We were able to play some very fun games. All of the teachers are very nice and welcoming.
This week was my first chance to really spend time with my host family. They have been serving delicious food! I offer to help prepare dinner but they do not let me, so it is like I am at a restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In Germany it is the season for spargel, which is white asparagus. I had so much at dinner last night that I could not eat anymore today. They put this really good cheese/butter sauce on top. Breakfast is always bread and jam. My host mother has some homemade jam from a fruit I cannot name. Here is a picture of me and my host sisters Esther and Judith. We are about to eat some ice cream.