Last semester, we spent time reading simple stories together in German. There are a couple of stories we downloaded from Amazon, Peter und das Huhn and Der Kartoffel-troll. We read them aloud together and I had the kids do a few activities related to those stories. Peter und das Huhn ($0.99) is considerably easier than any of the stories in Der Kartoffeltroll ($1.50), but the kids enjoyed them both.
We still regularly read through some very cute German readers that I found over at carlscorner — by Cherry Carl. They have cute graphics and simple sentences — perfect for young, beginning German learners!!
This semester I don’t think we’ll have as much time to sit down and read together. I wanted some activities they could do on their own. I made an entire packet of German worksheets that I got (free) at chillola.com. Most of the work they’ll do is review and simply entails writing/tracing over basic vocabulary.
Here are a couple of free German number worksheets that I made. These are free to download:
We’ll also be going over short dialogues. Here’s an example of one I made for the kids over the break. There’s nothing fancy about it, but if you’re interested you can download these German Conversation pages here. They are printed in dashed print so the kids write them out without too much pain or fuss.
German 101 (a paid website) has a lot of easy (and advanced) dialogues for German language learners. We keep toying with getting a subscription… maybe at some point in the future.
I also mentioned the other day that we’re going to try out a German langauge learning program while traveling in the car. Just a few days ago we started in on Pimsleur German. The kids seem to like it so far. The lessons are a bit long for my kids — each lesson is 30 minutes. I find that they do well for about 15 minutes and then I turn it off and switch to something else. It explains in detail how to pronounce each word, but I like the fact that they are learning useful conversational phrases like “Entschuldigung Sie. (Excuse me.) Verstehen Sie Deutsch? (Do you understand German?) Nur ein bisschen. (Only a little)” So far, I’m really happy with these CDs.
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This year I’ve made some German worksheet packets for my youngest who is 6 years old. The first one is on animals. You can visit this post to see if it’d be useful. The packet is 9 pages and is free to download: Free German Worksheet Packet on Animals
Free ABC Book for Kids: This is a free download from willkommensabc.de You will see an orange bar that says: Laden Sie hier das kostenlose WillkommensABC herunter/download for free. If gives you different options for downloading (ePub3, Android App, Apple, pdf, etc.) You can also click on the picture below to go straight to the pdf over at willkommensabc.de:
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