Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Schulanfang / Starting School!

I've had little time to be in this space the past few weeks and here is one reason why:

Congratulations, Sweetheart!

We have a new "Schulkind" (school child), and she is absolutely loving the first grade.

As I've written before, Germans know how to make starting your school career special. The thing that my daughter is holding is called a "Schultüte". It's a gift for the first grader-to-be and is chock full of candy, school supplies and toys. 

Most schools, including ours, have a special ceremony on a Saturday where the kids are officially pronounced school children and meet their new teacher, who will be with them at least until the fourth grade. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and all kinds of people come. 

Since we don't have any relatives around here, we invited our daughter's godparents. Later on in the day, we hosted a grill party for our daughter and some of her friends. 

I hope that this was a day that she'll always remember!


  1. Hi Sheila,

    I love the Schultute tradition! I remember learning about it in German language class in school. Wish I had remembered it when my kids were younger. Your daughter looks so pretty in the photo. What a special day and wonderful way to celebrate official entry into school!


  2. How exciting, I love the beginning of school, I was just looking at schultute in a catalog yesterday, they look like such a fun tradition. :)