Adding to our German resources.

We’ve been studying German for a year. We have had a German tutor, a German program (which was fun, but we didn’t do religiously), and my husband speaking German with us. So now what do we do? I don’t think the kids are ready to move onto the higher level German courses, but we need a way to still practice.

Browsing on Amazon I found the following resources –
The Everything Learning German Book: Speak, write, and understand basic German in no time

German for Children with Two Audio CDs, Third Edition

Lightning-Fast German for Kids and Families: Learn German, Speak German, Teach Kids German – Quick As A Flash, Even If You Don’t Speak A Word Now! (German Edition)

I haven’t gotten the books yet, but I hope they come in soon. This way, I have extras to add to my German course. I am also having the kids watch German cartoons on YouTube. The words go really fast, but it gets them used to the cadence of the language. Nicholas was so excited yesterday when he could pick out some of the words in German. Since the kids have to work at watching them, I generally pick the German shorts. Even better, I get to delegate this task to the husband. He gets to do it, and send me links.

Delegating it to the husband has a bunch of benefits, not the least of which is that he feels involved. But the kids also like watching something that daddy has picked out for them – they watch it with very little fuss. It’s been amazing having him so involved in German. If only he could get more involved with a lot of other things too.

Park play day.

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I’m a big fan of making play count. Sometimes we are outside all day during the summer and it is hard to do book learning. So instead we turn to a different type of lessons and skills.

Motor skills are important. For the young set, parks are a great place to develop gross motor skills. For older kids, parks are places to learn to play together, to use their imagination, and grow.

For me and mine, we also learn German at the park. My husband is fabulous and teaches me what I need to know the night before. I learned the commands for: go play, have fun, run more. I learned the words for different types of park equipment and things we might do at the park.

Then I made the park a German zone. I spoke only German to the kids and let them speak only German. It was a fun hour that we couldn’t do in rainy weather.

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