Introducing the Eitorf Evangelical Kindergarten
The kindergarten team
Standing from the left:
Jessica Martens (group leader, yellow group), Svenja Gabriel (educator, yellow group),
Martina Patzke-Quadt (educator, green group), Carina Bonert (educator, green group),
Julia Hönicke (educator, blue group), Melanie Basner (nurse, blue group),
Sitting from the left:
Michaela Peglow (educator, yellow group), Eugenie Maar (head of kindergarten, group leader, green group)
Mechthild Vogt (group leader, blue group)
Goethestrasse 16, 53783 Eitorf
Telephone (02243) 24 30
In the kindergarten of the Evangelical parish, 70 children aged 2 to 6 years are looked after in three different groups, which are named after colors.
The rooms of the kindergarten have different educational focuses, e.g. Creative area, building, constructing, rule and table games, role play area, ect.
The hallways of the facility, the gymnasium and the outdoor area offer a variety of play and exercise options. There is a large fleet of vehicles in the outdoor area.
The kindergarten works according to the partially open principle, which enables the children during the free play to change the group rooms after consultation with teachers and to use all play areas according to their needs. The strengths of the pedagogical work are creativity, nature experience, language education, movement education, early musical development, religious education.
Through the weekly services with the pastor Mrs Pulwey-Langerbeins and common festivals and church services with the parish, the kindergarten is closely integrated into the parish.
Religious education is the basis for conveying values and norms, trust and security. Other cultures and worldviews are treated with tolerance.
In our facility 70 children can currently be looked after, 64 of them from the age of 3 to 6 years and 6 children from 2 years.
For children with 35 hours of childcare per week from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For children with 45 hours of childcare per day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Which care times are offered is determined by the parents’ annual needs survey in coordination with the institution’s sponsor, the Protestant parish of Eitorf. Depending on the available places, parents can choose from the weekly hourly budgets mentioned. This will be clarified in the registration interview with the manager.
The children who are registered in our facility are looked after in three groups.
The green group
with 25 places for children from 3 to 6 years. In these
Group rooms focus on the creative area with painting, mud, clay works, gluing
and cutting as well as designing with different materials. There is an RPG area that is integrated into two levels of a large play house. The adjoining room can be used variably, e.g. for work, construction or for creative offers.
The yellow group
with 25 places for children from 3 to 6 years. In this group room, the focus is on building, constructing as well as regulating and table games. There is also a small drawing table. In the adjoining room of the yellow group, a climbing wall and a ball pit invite you to move.
The blue group
with 14 places for children from 3 to 6 years and 6 places for children from 2 years. This group is on the lower level. In the main room of the group and on the plateau there is a shop, a doll’s apartment, a construction area and tables: for eating, being creative for table and board games.
In the adjoining room of the group there is a large carpet for tracks, a mirror tent and a sofa with a bookshelf for cozy reading rounds. Opposite the blue group is the relaxation room, which is used for small groups or for sleeping for the U3 children.
There is also a gymnasium in the kindergarten, where the groups are given weekly exercise classes. Here, the children can play in small groups by prior arrangement play alone. There are various gymnastic and psychomotor materials that can be used.
In the hallway area above there is a climbing wall and various vehicles with different demands on the children’s abilities. The children can also use the lower corridor area for exercise.
The staff room serves as a place for staff meetings and preparation times. We also have extensive discussions with parents and other cooperation partners. In small groups, the space for intensive support can include: B. used by therapists.
The outdoor area of the kindergarten offers a variety of play and experience areas:
• Sand area with slush facility
• Bird’s nest swing
• Wooden play house
• Slide on the hill with climbing stones
• Climbing frame
• Different retreat options
• Motorbike with sidecar seesaw
Various vehicles can be used in the paved courtyard area. Large-scale painting with chalk, stilts and playing football is also possible there. There is a painting board on the building and a basketball hoop at a height suitable for children.
“We get to know our church” Service project for kindergarten children
From January to June 2019, our pastor Ms. Pulwey-Langerbeins launched the worship project "We get to know our church". After a joint introduction with all children, we divided the children into two age groups so that we could work more intensively in the other units.
At the beginning, Ms. Pulwey-Langerbeins explained the altar to the children with its symbols:
fish as a secret symbol of the early Christians, the ladder as a connection between heaven and earth and as a path for guardian angels, grapes, wine and flowers as a symbol for nature and creation, and the children whom Jesus had brought to him. We also talked about the wooden cross behind the altar, as well as the three candles for Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The next important elements that the children got to know were the baptism utensils, baptismal font and baptismal font. For example, many children still remember well the baptism of their siblings. In our church the baptismal water is warmed up and brought to the baptismal font by the godparents and children present in small beakers. The baptism candle symbolizes the eternal light of God.
In another project unit, the organist Mr. Kratz introduced the organ to the children. We were allowed to get very close to the organ pipes, the size of which allows conclusions to be drawn about the pitch. The pipes are played by air, which is directed into the notes by a motor with the help of the buttons called registers. The registers stand for different tone colors, and when Mr. Kratz "pulls out all the stops", it gets very loud!
One of the project units also included the small glass window behind the altar. A colorful flower is depicted, the so-called “Luther Rose”, which Martin Luther used as a seal for his letters. The other stained glass windows in the church were designed by an artist. They are called "The Creation" and "Jesus Resurrection" and allow a variety of interpretations due to their abstract pictorial nature. This was also noticed by the children, with whom we had a lively conversation through these windows.
Our pastor also taught the children about the two bells in the church. The name of the smaller bell is "Father Our Bell". It can be controlled from the altar and from the organ and always rings during the service when the congregation speaks the Lord’s Prayer. So you can also pray when you can’t be in church but hear the bell.
The larger bell is controlled from the sacristy. It has no name. The ringing of the bells is defined in the "ringing order": both bells ring for 30 minutes and again 5 minutes before a service for 5 minutes to call the faithful. During the service the bells ring for the length of the Lord’s Prayer.
At the end of the project, Ms. Pulwey-Langerbeins designed a unit in which we discussed the various occasions for celebrating services. Many of the children are familiar with the baptismal service. And when Ms. Pulwey-Langerbeins showed the white basket for the petals at the wedding service, a child spontaneously said: "Then it will be really romantic". Some children had also said goodbye to grandparents at a funeral service.
Our pastor also presented her official dress, the gown, which was used as teacher clothing in Luther’s time. She told the children that there are also strips of cloth, the stoles that she wears depending on the corresponding festive days in the church year, e.g. red at Pentecost and confirmation or white at Easter and Christmas.
Finally, we were able to discover the suitcase with the communion tableware, which the children found very valuable, since everything is designed in silver and has to be polished regularly. The children learned that the sacrament is celebrated by all confirmed Christians as a reminder of Jesus, in whom God’s spirit can be felt in the certainty that we are loved and forgiven.
The project was very rich in information worth knowing for the children and for us as accompanying educators and strengthened the feeling of how closely our kindergarten is integrated into the Protestant church community.
Thank you very much and very much again!
Grandmas and Grandpas in Kindergarten
On May 27, 2019, the excitement of the children increased hour by hour. Up to this day, preparation and practice every day was the order of the day.
Then, at 2 p.m., the time had finally come. More and more grandparents came to kindergarten to visit their grandchildren and spend a nice afternoon with them.
At the beginning, the children sang two songs and performed a dance that the children had previously rehearsed. The grannies and grandpas were so enthusiastic that there was still an encore.
There was a lot to do that afternoon after the kids performed.
On a bench you could have your picture taken together and in the yellow group there was the possibility to design picture frames for the photos. This is a wonderful memory of that day.
The physical well-being was taken care of in the Green Group. There were many different cakes baked by the kindergarten staff the night before and coffee. You could take advantage of the good weather and enjoy your coffee and cake outside and talk to other grandparents.
A puppet theater was performed, which was played twice, so that everyone could enjoy watching it once.
Due to the great weather, the children could also be active outside in throwing cans, running cans and much more. The children were able to calmly show their grandparents the kindergarten, which is otherwise not possible in the everyday bustle.
A total of 69 grandmas and grandpas were present and we only received positive feedback towards the end, not only from the grandparents but also from the children.
At 4:00 p.m. everyone started walking home. It was a wonderful event that we will be happy to repeat.
Svenja Gabriel and Jessika Martens (Kiga’s educators)
Warning, tree is falling.
Conversation at the children’s church service in the church:
Krimhild: What can you see here in the church??
Lennard: A big cross!
Krimhild: Yes, exactly, this cross is made of olive wood. But no tree died for that. The cross was made from a tree that has not lived for a long time and on which no leaves have grown.
Children: Like our tree in kindergarten!
Back in kindergarten:
For many years there has been a tree on our outdoor area that has always given us great pleasure. He donated shade in summer and lost his “nose” in autumn. (Fruit of the maple).
But since the summer he hasn’t had any green leaves. The neighboring tree shone with its green leaves, while our tree only had brown leaves on the branches and lost its bark.
It was kind of funny to watch. A tree that looked like autumn, even though we had midsummer.
Our children were very fascinated. Many discussion groups included this topic. Discussions about illness and health, life and death were stimulated and discussed.
In the morning of January 16, 2019
The time had come and we had to say goodbye to our beloved tree with a heavy heart. Tree felling began early in the morning. Unfortunately, our dear tree was so sick that it could no longer stay with us. That would have become too dangerous over time. All the children stood excitedly by the windows and watched the spectacle. Slowly every branch was sawn off and carried away.
On the one hand we were saddened by the loss, but at the same time we were also happy because soon we can plant a new tree for it. This will certainly give us as much pleasure as our old tree. Because every end is also a new beginning.
Journey to the Bronze Age
On 5.6. and 7/7/2018 we went on a very special excursion with the preschool children in 2 groups. We attended a course in bronze casting.
After a leisurely breakfast in the kindergarten, we made our way to the train station.
Our stop was in Hennef-Blankenberg, where we made our way to Hennef-Stein to the nature workshop in bright sunshine and blue skies along fields and meadows.
There we were welcomed by Tobias, our course leader.
After the children got to know different metals, were allowed to touch them and learned a lot about them, they started.
The children pressed and modeled their desired shape (heart, sword, ax, train, etc.) in clay blocks that they had created themselves.
Afterwards, the children were able to put together the right amount in small groups of copper (100 g) and tin (12 g) using a scale.
The most exciting part came when Tobias preheated the furnace for the melting process. At 1000 ° C the molten metal looked like lava and you could feel the enormous heat.
From a safe distance, the children could then experience how “the lava” was poured into the clay molds they had created, and sparking sparks made the children’s eyes shine.
The works of art cooled down surprisingly quickly and could be taken out of the mold with a pair of tongs, so that the children could then cool them down completely in a water bath for 3 seconds.
The works were filed in-house with files as best as possible and Tobias made the final touches on the machine.
The children could finally marvel at their self-cast, shiny works and take them home.
To take advantage of the beautiful weather, we then made our way to Blankenberg Castle, where the children had enough time to picnic and run around.
The ruin was made unsafe and the beautiful view was enjoyed.
After this very successful day we made our way home in the afternoon.
It was a very nice day with a lot of exciting and exciting experiences, and now the children are looking forward to their school bags, the farewell service and of course to school.
Jessica Martens and Carina Bonert
Participation in kindergarten
Participation means "participation".
We consciously let our children participate in activities, celebrations and the daily routine.
Children should be able to consciously perceive and understand decisions and coordination. You learn to respect and accept them.
How shall we do it?
We have introduced “voting stones”. This enables the children to express their opinions on various topics using pictures.
The current example is breakfast together: on the basis of picture cards, the children are suggested various foods. You can then use the colored stones to select your favorites.
Then all stones are counted together; it can of course happen that the majority did not choose their own wishes. This is how the children experience tolerance to frustration.
Games in the chair circle are also selected in this way.
Children are also involved in the selection of hot lunch dishes.
The children actively shape the singing circle and express their wishes and ideas.
The children also bring their own ideas to the topic of "interior design", such as the color selection of the group room walls.
Depending on the age and level of development, some rules and agreements are discussed and set up together (e.g. how many are allowed in the ball pit, in the hallway?).
In addition, everyone can decide for themselves in what framework they want to celebrate their birthday in kindergarten (e.g. in their own group or with everyone in the singing group).
The children are actively involved in what is happening in the kindergarten. We grant them participation. They learn to perceive and express their own ideas, wishes and needs.
Several employees took part in further training courses on the topic of participation and brought some new ideas with them that can now be implemented.
"Dear mom, take as a gift. “- An afternoon for parents on Mother’s Day
For some years now we have had a special afternoon in the Protestant kindergarten in spring. There was already a grandma-grandpa afternoon, last year we invited the fathers. Therefore, it was obvious this year to invite all mums. The date was May 8th, a week before traditional Mother’s Day.
We had been thinking long in advance of what would make mom happy. In any case, of course, coffee and waffles for your physical well-being, that much was soon clear. In addition, of course, two different handicraft offers so that you could take something beautiful home with you. The choice fell on small tea light coasters with spring-like flowers and glitter motifs as well as frames made of solid cardboard that could be decorated with folding motifs, e.g. Flowers, butterflies and beetles. Both were made diligently.
To start the afternoon there was a small program of all children for the mothers in the outdoor area around the climbing frame. Ms. Maar greeted everyone present and the children sang the song "The May bug Hugo". After that, each child was given a flower and stood in front of his mom. The poem sounded aloud from everyone:
accept this little flower as a gift.
It is all i have,
everything I can give.
And finally, I ask you:
always love me like I love you!
With these words, each child gave the flower to his mom, which brought much joy and little tears of emotion. Then it started with eating and drinking, handicrafts and lots of nice conversations.
In addition, there should once again be a performance by the children from the dance group, which takes place once a week. For this purpose, the corresponding children practiced 4 dances from their repertoire every day for 10 days. The first two, an Indian song and a song by Rolf Zuckowski, were then danced by all the children with their mothers on the mothers afternoon. Two other dances, a peppy French song and an old Russian children’s song, then only performed the children from the dance group. This campaign was also a complete success and all participants and participants had a lot of fun.
By the end of the afternoon, all the waffles had been eaten, and mums and children had a nice afternoon with us.
The next day a silver heart hung on our pin board:
"Dear educators, thank you for the great Mother’s Day in kindergarten!"
Thank you, dear mums, that you were all there!
Only 7 months left .
You might think that 7 months is still quite a long time. But especially for us preschool children, this time flies far too quickly at the moment.
We have been waiting a long time to finally be the big ones with us in kindergarten! After the summer vacation it was finally time: We are preschool children! In the beginning we had to get used to the idea. We are actually the big ones!
In our kindergarten, it is the case that each group meets its preschool children once a week for the preschool meeting.
Here we are preparing for school. We work on different topics, learn, laugh and do nonsense. Each child has their own preschool folder that we can take home with us when we go to school.
The preschool meeting mostly takes place in our new kindergarten room, which is right next to our kindergarten. But sometimes we go on trips!
By summer we will visit the fire brigade, the Gilgens bakery and even Cologne / Bonn Airport. In between, Mr. Zöller, the traffic education policeman, visits us to teach us a lot about road traffic. Shortly before going to school, we make our great school bags and can even spend the night in kindergarten!
But it will take sooooo long until then .
Your impatient preschool children from the Evangelical Kindergarten.
Harvest time in kindergarten
Many years ago we created a raised bed on our outdoor area.
We wanted to enable the children to observe different natural cycles on site.
First, our herbs awoke from hibernation – we planted lemon balm, sage, mint and chives years ago. For some reason, children love to chew on chives.
Then unfortunately the wet spring came and with it the snails. When they also made our freshly planted cucumber plants, the fun was over!
Every year, our children help with the planting and diligently bring in potting soil.
A few very talented people even support us in weeding.
The best thing is, of course, harvesting.
Thanks to the mild winter, we had to pick a lot of strawberries this year. Then came the kohlrabi, the tomatoes, the cucumbers and for the first time even zucchini.
The cucumbers are a hit with children: simply as "finger food" for breakfast or outside from hand to mouth.
Almost everything is now harvested. A few tomatoes are still waiting for the sun’s rays to turn red, and our sunflowers are still in bloom.
Soon they will also have left our bed and the herbs will hibernate again.
But we don’t have to worry about that: the next spring will definitely come!!
Michaela Peglow and Jessika Stierle
(Educators of the yellow group)
Papa afternoon in the Protestant kindergarten
On a beautiful day, numerous fathers or their representatives (grandpas, uncles) followed ours
Invitation to spend the afternoon in kindergarten with your children and the kindergarten teachers
spend and participate in some common activities.
In the various rooms and on the outdoor area you could fold paper planes together, design pictures with straws and color and hammer some motifs with nails onto the wooden boards and decorate them with colored wool.
When working with Hammer, our fathers and their children showed excellent results
craft and artistic skills and perseverance. Most of the pictures were made for the mothers who stayed at home.
The teachers had taken care of the physical well-being and baked delicious waffles.
The afternoon was informative and pleasant for everyone involved.
Movement on wheels in the Protestant kindergarten
So that our children get enough exercise even on rainy days, our hallway in the entrance area is equipped with various play options, such as a climbing wall, a seesaw and roller boards.
In order to make the space for movement and play more attractive, we wanted 2 vehicles with which the corridor could be used by the children in their full length.
Then the association came to our aid. The association has been funding great toys, excursions and vehicles for many years, e.g. for our outdoor area.
The 2 new vehicles can be used by a total of 4 children and provide plenty of hustle and bustle while driving.
We would like to sincerely thank all members and donors, also on behalf of our children.
Jessika Stierle (educator and treasurer of the association)
Reading time in kindergarten
Christmas time is reading time. if it is after that, we have Christmas all year round.
Since 2015 there has been a reading corner in each of our three groups.
There is a selection of books available for the children to leaf through to their hearts’ content.
It is most beautiful, of course, when there is time to Read out finds.
The books are exchanged regularly so that the children get to know the greatest possible variety.
In addition to funny and exciting stories, this also includes non-fiction picture books from various areas that are viewed with great interest.
Children’s literature also plays an important role in our morning circle. There we hear classics like the "Räuber Hotzenplotz" or fairy tales, as well as newer stories and picture books.
Now in the carnival season there is tremendous creep in our kindergarten and stories of ghosts, monsters and vampires are up to date.
The stories of "Oma und Frieder" by Gudrun Mebs are always popular in our group, of which the larger ones can already speak part of the text.
Last November we received an invitation to the public library for the "World Reading Day", where Mayor Dr. Stork read to some of our children from “Petterson and Findus” and “Mama Muh”.
Afterwards there was still enough time to browse through the large selection of books.
Since the beginning of this year, we have had a visit from a volunteer in the library every Wednesday who can withdraw with a small group at the reading time.
The library also regularly supports us in our project work by putting together “book boxes” for each topic.
We look forward to further cooperation and wish you as much time as possible to read and lots of nice new books!
Michaela Peglow educator yellow group
Language support in kindergarten
My name is Martina Patzke-Quadt and I have been working as an educator in the Protestant kindergarten since March 2014.
In February 2015 I had the opportunity to take a compact course for elementary language support from the Kolping Education Center in Cologne. After the exam at the end of June 2015, I am now Specialist for elementary education language support.
The main difference of everyday language support is that children are no longer removed from the group in order to be “taught” in individual situations, but that more language-promoting situations are created in everyday group life.
It is particularly important for the new children to establish a positive relationship with the educators. A good relationship is one of the most important foundations for good language development. This is especially true for foreign-language children, because if you like someone, you want to talk to that person too.
To integrate the foreign-language children, I play a mimic narrative theater with them. By repeating over a fixed period of time, the children learn small sentences in German for "immediate use".
You can see small successes very quickly and the children have fun learning. "Fun" is another important point. With fun you learn better, faster and more sustainably.
For the prospective schoolchildren there is a test procedure in which you can quickly see in which area the children should be supported or where there is no need for support.
There is a field of possibilities and games for this.
In everyday group life, we work with singing games, storytelling courses, picture book reviews, topic-related project work and much more.
We make music, dance, do gymnastics – and everything is accompanied by language.
I invite you to my kindergarten!
Due to the positive response two years ago, the children and educators of the Protestant kindergarten invited all grandmas and grandpas to an afternoon together on April 15, 2015.
On this day, all the children were picked up by the grandparents in the kindergarten, then they went together to the parish hall in the church. There everything was already prepared for cozy coffee drinking with homemade cakes and cookies – for the children, of course, only mineral water and tea instead of coffee! The apple pie had been freshly baked by the older children with the help of an educator and tasted fantastic.
Before, the children showed what they do in kindergarten in the form of a small program. A funny spring song was sung and a song accompanied by Orff instruments, a movement game performed and a great tip-tap dance performed. All grandparents were thrilled and proud of their grandchildren and the children were happy about the many applause.
After the work was done, our cake was very well received by young and old. The grandmas and grandpas got to know each other better and there was a lively exchange about the "joys of grandparenthood".
Since you absolutely need exercise after sitting, you went to the play area of the kindergarten. There the children let off steam and were able to show what they can do. The grandparents who were with us for the first time had the opportunity to see the kindergarten.
When we all went home around 4:00 p.m., we agreed:
It was a very nice afternoon and we will do it again next year!
Music and movement – moving to music – the dance project
Since the end of October 2014 I have been doing something with some of our children that I had been planning for a long time: a dance project, with a fixed group and regular meetings once a week.
After presenting my idea to the team, I presented the project to the entire group of children in the morning singing circle, in the spirit of participation. The children were then able to decide independently, regardless of age and group membership, whether they wanted to participate or not. You should also keep in mind that it is a mandatory participation and we are always learning new dances that we perform on different occasions.
We also agreed that the symbol with which I call the children from the 3 groups on the project day should be the clamp ring. When I play this and get around in the groups, we meet to dance in the gym.
With great enthusiasm we started with an Indian dance, "the tree, the fire, the wind, the water". In the course of the project units, each child was able to think of the 4 elements mentioned and decide to embody one of them in the dance. The children were marked with colored cloths (green for the tree, blue for the water, black for the wind, red for the fire) after choosing their element. During the dance, each child came to the center of the circle once to show the characteristic gesture for their element. At our Advent workshop we also performed the dance for parents.
Our new dance is called "Tiptap", a song by Rolf Zuckowski. In it he tells the story of a child who is woken up by noises in the house at night. A shadow comes down the stairs and the child walks closer to see what happens. Little by little it creeps on all fours and discovers the "ghost called Dad" while snacking on the fridge at night. So everything is fine – but now "quickly to bed and both eyes closed – for today is quiet!"
The children present this story in dance form. The aim should be to carry out this demonstration for the other children on Women’s Fast Night independently.
Until the summer holidays we will continue to translate children’s favorite songs into dances. Finally, we want to practice a choreographically demanding dance, the "Sascha".
And maybe we will continue in the new kindergarten year – we definitely have fun .
The monthly ritual in kindergarten
We have breakfast together once a month in our kindergarten.
All children are always very happy and are already looking forward to it. We pay particular attention to a variety and variety for the children, so there were already rolls with sausage and cheese, scrambled eggs, vegetables, whole grain bread, sandwich, muesli or sweet breakfast. We also take into account the eating habits of different cultures. Sitting comfortably and contemplatively in each group is a good start to the day for children and educators. After our singing circle, the children go into their group and sit at the nicely set table, because the children are also spoiled this morning.
In advance, we often cut together with the children, whether cucumber, paprika or poultry meat sausage. Every child is always happy to help and is very happy.
When everyone is full and happy, we clean up together.
We take care of the ingredients, a breakfast cash register has been set up, into which each family pays a small amount once in kindergarten year.
There was a special highlight on Maundy Thursday, the Easter bunny was visiting and left something for everyone. The children quickly went into the garden and started looking. Colorful Easter eggs were found and the self-made baskets had been filled in the group. The colorful Easter eggs were eaten for breakfast together. Everyone liked that very much.
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