German Au Pair, Justine Probst visited her host child’s 2nd grade classroom to talk about her country with the students.
She showed the students a traditional dirndl dress she made for October fest. She said she wore it to Octoberfest here with her host family!
She engaged the students by asking them questions about Germany. Many knew it is in Europe. Justine showed them where on the world map.
She brought a German flag and some of the children knew the colors before she even showed it to them!
She brought some euros and explained that most of Europe uses euros for money. The children all got a chance to see and touch the money.
They learned some words in German and even sang the song “Happy Birthday” in German! Justine kept the children interested and they were engaged in her lesson.
Au Pairs from Au Pair in America are encouraged to share their culture with American students through a program called Global Awareness. http://www.globalawareness.com/
Au Pair in America au pairs not only provide childcare but are also active in their local communities. Global Awareness, a unique volunteer program sponsored by Au Pair in America, is designed to foster a greater knowledge of the diversity and variety of cultures the world has to offer.
Au pairs go into elementary school classrooms, libraries, local bookstores, cub scout and brownie groups and other areas of interest to children to share their culture. One teacher recently said “60 kids will go home today knowing more about the world than when they first arrived at school this morning”.
The au pairs present a wide variety of topics and all the presentations are interactive and fun for the children!