I can’t really believe I can say this, but I have actually been to Germany before. If you are learning about countries of the world, then these resources for learning about Germany – also known as Deutschland will be a big help!
This post is part of the Ways to Help Kids Learn About the Nations Series
The Germans call their country Deutschland. Want to hear something even more confusing for the regular Jo Shmo? When I lived in Spain while I was in the United States Navy, I learned that the Spaniards call Germany, Alemania.
Why these three words aren’t even remotely similar is perplexing to me, nonetheless, they all are names for this culturally rich country in Europe.
This happens to be a great time to learn about the country of Germany in your homeschool. Germany happens to have a big impact on the traditions we have today during Christmas time.
It is said that the very 1st advent calendar was in the mid-19th century when the German Protestants lit candles or made chalk marks on doors to count the days leading up to Christmas.
In the 19th Century, immigrants from Germany brought with them the tradition of Christmas trees.
The Christmas carols “O’ Christmas Tree” and “Silent Night” were first known in Germany as “O Tannenbaum” and “Stille Nacht.”
Whether you hate the idea of Santa Claus or not, it’s interesting to note that his ancestry came directly from Germany – created by a German-American political cartoonist (Thomas Nast) during the Civil War era.
I remember visiting Frankfurt, Germany during Christmastime for a conference. I didn’t know a soul, so I sought just to walk the streets as far as I could in the cold and in the drizzle.
It was a sight to see. The streets were riddled with lights and Christmas colors and you guessed it – Gingerbread Men and Gingerbread Houses everywhere. I really can’t explain it all, but Christmas was everywhere. And if you know anything about me you know that I LOVE Christmas.
I have never heard of a Christmas Market but apparently, they started in Germany. They are said to be huge and amazing sights to see.
Anyway, back to Germany. It is a wonderful country to study. I am sure your kids will love to learn that Gummy Bears were invented in Germany by a candy maker named Hans Riegel.
Learning about the Oktoberfest in Germany will be fun as well. It is one of the longest festivals lasting 16 to 18 days long.
Explore these resources for learning about Germany in your homeschool this season.
Timeline Worksheet: August 23, 1990, Germany Geography | Write Bonnie Rose
10 Interesting facts about Germany | Mocomi.com
Children’s books about Germany | Kids Travel Books
Germany Country Study – Notebooking Unit | My Teaching Library
Teaching Preschoolers About Germany | Fun Learning for Kids
GERMANY – Printable handout with map and flag | Interactive Printables
FREE Germany Coloring and Printing Book | Thrifty Momma’s Tips
Germany for kids | First Childhood Education
10 Fun Facts about Germany for Kids | Multicultural Kids Blog
Germany Flip Book: A Social Studies Interactive Activity for Grades 3-5 | Mr Mault’s Marketplace
Learning About Germany | The Barefoot Homeschooling Mom
Germany Unit Ideas | Bambini Travel
FREE German Worksheets for Kids | Homeschool Den
Germany FREE Fact Cards | Teaching Ideas
Map and Worksheet – Germany | Learning Treasures
Germany Booklet Country Study Project Unit | Beyond Imagination
FREE Germany (Fun stuff for elementary grades) | Thematic Worksheets
Germany Printables | ThoughtCo.
Montessori 3-part Cards – Germany | I Believe in Montessori
FREE Coloring Page – Color and Learn about GERMANY | Kindergarten Worksheets & Games
Germany for Kids FREE Printable Book | 123Homeschool4Me
Europe Activities for Kids – Germany, Spain and Italy Printable 3-Part Cards | The Natural Homeschool
Teach your children a few words in German.
50 ways to teach children German | DinoLIngo
German Vocabulary: All about physical appearance | Language Learning Base
FREE German Language Printables | Gus on the Go
German Teaching Resources | Emoji Flashcards
Learn about famous German people.
FREE Martin Luther 12-Week Unit Study | Proverbial Homemaker
Martin Luther FREE Inspirational Copywork (Manuscript & Cursive) | Blessed Beyond a Doubt
Downloadable FREE Anne Frank Worksheet | Education.com
FREE Resources for Learning About Anne Frank | Anne’s Book Basket
Anne Frank FREEBIE – How Will YOU Improve the world? | Art with Jenny K
Luwdig van Beethoven
Best of Beethoven – Free Homeschool Curriculum (Sheet Music, Worksheets) | My Favorite Freebies
Beethoven Lives Upstairs FREE Resource | Homeschool Share
FREE Albert Einstein Printables | ThoughtCo.
Enjoy crafts while learning about Germany.
Edelweiss Flower Craft for Kids | Paper and Glue
German (Bavarian) Lederhosen Paper Craft | DLTK-Kids
Paper Lebkuchenherzen (German Gingerbread Hearts) | Mad in Crafts
Make German Stars for Christmas | Carla Schauer Studio
Watercolor Castle Art Project | Deep Space Sparkle
Experience and study Germany through their culture and traditions.
World Culture For Kids: Munich, Germany | Mama Smiles
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin Germany Reading Comprehension Worksheet | Teaching to the Middle
Christmas in Germany Matching Game for Toddlers | Simple Fun for Kids
5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Oktoberfest for Kids | Learning Resources
Fun Facts about Advent Calendars | Moms Share
German traditions influence Christmas in America | Newspress Now
Tschüss, bis zum nächsten Mal! (Goodbye, see you next time!)
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!