In my last post, I announced that my new site of German activities is finally up and running. I’m trying to post as regularly as I can with new activities to download or ideas for including more German in your day. I wish I posted more often, but at least it’s a start!
So far, I have a couple of ideas for putting words in front of your kids. If you’re like me, you’re hoping the German reading skills will keep pace with the English. We’re not there, but I keep trying!
I also have materials on topics like Easter, body parts, space, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. There are word posters, which can be printed full-size to make – well, posters :) Or you can print them 6-to-a-page for perfect playing cards for matching or memory games or flashcards. There are some coloring pages and games, too.
Oh, and did I mention it’s all FREE? I thought about posting materials on a site to make some money, but in the end, I decided I would much rather share it all with the world! If you end up using any of the activities, I’d love some feedback!
On another note, I recently came up with another idea to get Aleksander to speak more German. Every Monday (well, for two weeks, at least!), we go on a “German date” after school. We get hot chocolate or frozen yogurt and play a German game while we enjoy our treat. The first time, we played a space board game (it’s over on the other site) and did a short reading with some comprehension questions. This week, we played the space memory game (also on the other site). Today, we had so much fun, he actually declared that we should have German dates more often! I’m still having to prompt the German quite a lot, but it’s working.
I’ve recently been keeping up with Corey over at Multilingual Living through Facebook. She – or one of her contributors – has had a few interesting ideas about incorporating language. One ideas was to do just 10 minutes a day. But I think it was every day. That sounded pretty good to me. Surely, there must be 10 minutes to eek out of each day for German! The other idea is a little more radical: remove all English books and DVDs for the summer. It was an interesting experiment. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try it, but it’s only for the summer, right? (Of course, the author lives in England where they only have 6 weeks of vacation!)
Mostly, I just want some kind of consistency. I feel like we’re all over the place these days. A little here, maybe some there. It’s so sporadic. I still believe that children thrive on routines. So why isn’t German a part of our daily routine??