Deutsche Lesestunde

Wir feiern Martinstag

Posted on: 10. November 2017

Last week in Lesestunde we celebrated Martinstag! We read stories about sharing with others, sang the traditional Martinstaglieder, and made lanterns. And then we got to parade through the library and into the neighboring bank!


  • Das erste Buch von Sankt Martin by Erwin Grosche (Gabriel Verlag, 2017)
  • Der rote Faden by Anne-Gaelle Balpe (Michael Neugebauer, 2014)


I also love to tell the fairy tale of the Sterntaler along with Martin’s Day. It’s the story of a little girl who is alone in the world and has next to nothing. And still, she gives away everything she does have. In the end, the stars fall from the sky and become gold coins, and she is wearing a beautiful new slip of the finest material.


Instead of reading a book this year, I decided to use the teaching method called Story Listening. As you tell the story, you draw images and label them in the target language (here, it’s German), so that the children can follow along. They were mesmerized! And the parents enjoyed it, too! Here’s what my board looked like when I was finished:

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Even though the children in the group are too young to be reading, putting the words under the pictures is a step to help them when they do begin to read.


  • “Ich geh’ mit meiner Laterne”
  • “Laterne, Laterne”

You can find lyrics to both songs and worksheets to go along with “Laterne, Laterne” at my website: Der gute Martin – German in the Afternoon Activities

Craft: Paper Lanterns

Once again, we made our paper lanterns to carry with us on our little parade. You can read a tutorial and download the templates at my website: Martinstag Laternen – German in the Afternoon Activities

Here is our group when we were finished:

2017-11-03 Martinstag post

Have you ever seen such happy faces? 😉


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Bring your little ones to the Paoli Library for stories, songs, and sing-alongs – all in German!
Paoli Library - 18 Darby Road in Paoli, PA
First and Third Fridays, 10:30 - 11:00
Ages 5 and under

The storytime will be conducted entirely in German, but knowledge of the language is not required. If you are looking to expose your little one to another language, you are certainly welcome to join us. All are welcome!
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Bringen Sie Ihre Kleinen zur Paoli Library für Geschichten, Lieder, und Gesang - alles auf Deutsch!
Paoli Library - 18 Darby Road in Paoli, PA
Am ersten und dritten Freitag von 10.30 bis 11.00
Alter: bis zu 5 Jahren

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When turning on to Darby Road from Lancaster, make your first right into the parking lot.
The library is in the same building as the Wells Fargo bank.

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