Exhibition in Emmerich: Children discover “grandmother’s computer”

In the exhibition Playground Language in the Christ Church in Emmerich, some kindergarten children see a telephone with a turntable for the first time.

Write a letter with “grandma’s computer”, ie a typewriter. Or make a phone call with the thick green thing with a fixed handset and such a strange dial. How should this work? Just try it. The children in the day centers St. Aldegundis and St. Martini, who this morning visits the traveling exhibition Playground Language in Christ Church in Emmerich.

The children from St. Aldegundis and St. Martini day care centers explore the exhibition

“Adults always need an explanation while the children are just getting started,” says Anja Jansen-Raadts, who coordinates the interactive exhibition Playground Language on behalf of the city of Emmerich as part of the Strong Bears in School project.

Part of the project Strong bears in the school at the youth office in the city of Emmerich

The exhibition, now shown in Christ Church by the educational platform Wamiki.de (Wamiki stands for What with Children), gives children between the ages of three and eight a playful approach to the language subject. As part of the project Strong as a bear in the school, with which the municipal youth protection together with various day care institutions want to make the transition from kindergarten to primary school easier, there was also financial support from various foundations.

Mayor Peter Hinze, in his capacity as chairman of the Rudolf W. Stahrs Social and Culture Foundation Emmerich, and Norbert Pastoors, chairman of the United Hoppen and Hompheus Foundation, then got an idea of ​​the exhibition on site.

Education is a fundamental purpose

“Education has always been a fixed purpose of the foundation for us,” Pastoors says of the goals of the nearly 500-year-old foundation. He was visibly pleased that “the children are having fun at the exhibition”.

The mayor was also impressed with the many different ways kindergarten children could handle means of communication, media, culture in general and language in particular. “And that is precisely the core task of the Stahr Foundation, which can invest in the future of children,” Hinze said.

In addition, there is also financial support from Sparkassenstiftung and Sportplatz Municipality in the exercise area.

These schools and day care centers are there

In addition to day care institutions St. Aldegundis and St. Martini also attends the Sterntaler facilities and the Arche Noah family center. In addition, the Rheinschule, Liebfrauenschule and Leegmeerschule participate as a pilot project.

In the three-year project Strong as a Bear in School, the exercise aspect, which can help reduce stress in addition to health benefits, is one of the priorities. “I think,” said Mayor Hinze in this context, “it is very difficult for us to imagine what the corona crisis has done to the psyche of children.”

Overhead projector is a children’s favorite

However, the movement theme also fits the exhibition: “Unlike an ordinary museum, the children can touch all the pieces in this exhibition,” says Anja Jansen-Raadts. And it includes means of communication that children may never have seen in their normal environment, such as the typewriter or the turntable. Despite the outdated technology, the overhead projector is a particular favorite.

>> Free visit

Not only day care groups and school classes can visit the exhibition in Christ Church at Geistmarkt. There are also free visits that can be made without registration and for free:

  • Thursday, June 2 from 4pm to 6pm.
  • Wednesday, June 8 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 9 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 11 from 2pm to 5pm.
  • Sunday, June 12 at 14:00 to 17:00.
  • Monday, June 13 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

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