I recently got a request from a fellow blogger to give an update on how things are going! So here goes….
Things are going great. Life is super busy. Aleksander started school in September. It’s a pre-school / Kindergarten mixed class. The first couple days were rough, but once he settled in, he loved it :) Whew! It’s a wonderful Montessori-based school just down the road from us. I couldn’t be happier!
School has changed how we have to do things with German, however. No more German in the mornings for Aleksander. Kearnan still gets a lot when he’s one-on-one in the mornings with Lisa. For Aleksander, I just fit it in wherever I can.
I’ve started a new learning project with Aleksander. We’re working on letters. It’s such a challenge here in the States!! Everything related to learning letters is matched up with English words. Sometimes it works: A is for apple and for Apfel. But more often, it doesn’t work: B is for butterfly, but S is for Schmetterling. So I have embarked on a massive project to collect little objects that begin with German letter. I then gather clipart for the words and make little cards to go with the objects. We play games with the objects and cards. And I make some fun worksheets to fill in the letters. So he’s learning both the sound and how to write the letter. It’s a lot of work for me, but I really love it! I just have trouble keeping up with it all :) Here’s a picture of the objects we used for the letter F:
(Fünfeck, Fee, Fuß, Flasche, Flugzeug, Frosch, Fahrrad, Feder, Flamingo, Feuerwehrauto, Fuchs, Fisch, Farbe)
The best part is that Aleksander is really having fun with all this. We do the letter work as part of his nap/quiet-time routine. He’s learning a lot! (I’m planning on starting a sister-blog with all the materials I’m creating. But right now, I’m barely keeping up with the creation, so the sharing will have to wait a bit longer….)
Recently, the boys have also started watching Singen und Bewegen, a DVD from Detlev Jöcker. I tried to get Aleksander to watch it ages ago, but he would just sit and watch. Now the boys are dancing AND singing! Yes, singing along in German :) Hurrah!
So the long and short of it is that Aleksander understands a TON. And he is finally starting to speak some German without being prompted. It may sound like a small step, but it feels huge! He spontaneously answers ja and nein, for example. I’ll take it! And he’s asking questions about the words, too. We also listen to German stories that I download from audible.de (a monthly fee of about 10 Euro) in the car on the way to and from school. It’s great!
Kearnan’s language is amazing to me. Since Aleksander didn’t talk until he was 2, I wasn’t expecting it. But he’s been talking for months now, and at the age of 22 months, he is putting 3-word sentences together. And he repeats EVERYTHING we say :) Including German. Some words he only says in German, like blau instead of blue.
I’m leading the German story hour again at the library, too! I didn’t mean for it to happen, but it did, and I’m really enjoying it.
Mostly we’re just having fun with it all and taking what we get! I’m trying to to push it too much. Lisa has been a gem! I don’t think we’d be doing half as well without her :)