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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

World Geography: Germany

We have been studying Germany, the home of Oktoberfest and yummy sausage!
The Barbarian Kingdoms and the Return of Christianity {9-500}

Germany in the Renaissance {1350-1500}
Johannes Gutenberg, an inventor who perfected the printing press.
Germany in the Renaissance {1350-1500}
 Johannes Kepler (1571-1630, Germany) who proposed that the planets moved in an elliptical orbit, according to "laws of planetary motion." He extensively studied the orbit of Mars.

The Habsburg Empire (1500-1780) and Prussia (1618-1786)

Revolutions and New Nations {1825-1900}

In the 1860's, the ruler of Prussia, King Wilhelm I (with Otto Von Bismark) gradually took control of a greater area, winning victories against Austria and France. Germany was born with Wilhelm as the first kaiser.Johann Sabastian Bach, Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven, German composers who composed some of the world’s finest Classical music.
Self-Portraits, Albrecht Durer (1471-1528)
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) an accomplished  painter, printmaker, matematician, engraver and theorist from Nuremberg.
Martin Luther, a German monk who criticized the Catholic religion and led many Germans to convert to Protestants.
Adolf Hilter, a military man who led a government group called the Nazi party. He killed over six million Jewish people in his quest to become a dictator and make Germany and empire. His efforts led to World War II.
Lt. Gail Halvorsen and his squadron dropped over 250,000 candy-loaded parachutes and twenty tons of chocolate and gum to West Berlin's 100,000 children during the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949.
Hummel figurines, these are little statues of children and saints made by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel’s paintings. 
Hindenburg airship, this was a kind of air balloon/plane that was invented by the Germans and meant to travel from Germany to the US. The giant balloon crashed in 1937 on the Jersey Shore. 
The Berlin Wall, made in 1961 to keep East and West Germany apart, the wall came down in 1990 and now Germany is one again!
Postcard-Geography Album: Germany
Hotel Deutscher Kaiser in Nuremberg, Germany
German recipes
Spatzel, an egg noodle or dumpling used in the cuisine of southern Germany and Austria. It is a homemade noodle covered with cheese, fried onions and bacon.

German Almond Crescent cookies
Christmas in Germany
Says the Pomnitz Family Web,"According to some accounts, the tradition of trying to find the little ornament shaped like a pickle which was hidden deep among the green boughs on Christmas Eve, began many years ago in Laschau, Germany. As the story goes, the lucky one who found the ornament on Christmas morning would receive an extra gift from St. Nicholas. If a family could not afford an extra gift, the lucky finder of the pickle was rewarded by being the first to open a present. Production of blown glass Christmas Pickle ornaments began in the 1890s."

The tradition of Christmas trees came from Germany.
 Gingerbread and Gingerbread Houses

Related Posts:

  • Ink on His Fingers, Louise A Vernon
  • I Am David, Anne Holm about a 12 year old boy who escapes a concentration camp. The book was sold earlier by a previous title, North to Freedom.
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales, the Grimm brothers; German Fairy tales
  • Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot, Margot Theis Raven, age 7 and up. During the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949, Lt. Gail Halvorsen and his squadron dropped over 250,000 candy-loaded parachutes and twenty tons of chocolate and gum to West Berlin's 100,000 children.
  • Amadeus about Mozart
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  1. This is really interesting. My son has just been to the Black Forest to help his German. We did a little about Germany before he left but this inspires me to carry on with this in the New Year.

  2. As always, some great bits of history in here! I watch for these posts every week now - never mind the kids, I'm learning things too!


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