Friday, January 15, 2010

Winter in Berlin, the big snow!

Over the last few years ELP has built up some very lovely relationships with early childhood colleagues working in Germany. There has, for sometime now been a tremendous interest in the work of learning stories in Germany. Margaret Carr and I went to Germany in the early part of the decade and we along with several of the ELP project facilitator team have been back several times over that period. A number of fabulous Germans have been to visit us in NZ, spurred by their interest in both our curriculum Te Whāriki and learning stories.

Sibylle Haas, is one of our wonderful colleagues from Berlin and she has sent us these photos for our blog, they give us a lovely window into life in Berlin this winter.

Sibylle’s photos

This is me rugged up and warm for the very big snowfalls that we have been experiencing in Berlin.

Children love the wonderful snow in Berlin at the moment. They are busy sledging in the snow and building snow men and women often out of three balls. The longer you roll a small ball in the snow the bigger the body of the snowman will be!! So you can imagine how many snowmen and women are currently standing around Berlin! This is a photo of my husband Roland, he feels as happy as the snowman standing in the snow. Berlin has very few hills for skiing and sledging, most of them are artificial, built from the remains of bombed houses after world war two. The snow has meant that these areas have been recreated into fabulous sledging and snowman building spaces for peaceful fun in the parks.

The parks and lakes change their appearance in winter; they look so beautiful in the snow.

As you can see, to go by bicycle is not a good idea in these times.

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