I didn’t talk very much about what we were up to with German this last semester. With all my health issues it took a bit of a back burner for a while. I mainly had the kids listen to German stories on CD. We are using a German children’s book this year called Bobo Siebenschlafer (affiliate link). I bought both the book and the audio CD. It has been just perfect for our family!
The second story is called “Bobo geht einkaufen” (Bobo goes shopping) and the first few pages loosely translate as:
Mama and Bobo go shopping. Oh-where is Bobo?
Yes! Bobo sits in the shopping cart. And then they drive off.
Mama packs the goods in the shopping cart…
You can see that the story line is pretty simple. Mama and Bobo go on to buy various groceries (milk, toothpaste…), etc. etc.
The kids and I go over the vocabulary for each story together. And each day they listen to the story twice on the CD (which takes about 5-10 minutes). The kids have really learned the vocabulary well.
I didn’t ever manage to share the vocabulary sheets for this second story (vocabulary matching from the story), but I’ll do that now! You can download them to print off here:
I often double check vocabulary meanings at the google translate page.
We’ll be moving on to the story “Bobo ist krank,” “Bobo is sick,” in January.
I also have some basic German conversation sheets in that same pdf ready for the kids when we start back to school in a few days. It’s in dashed print so they both practice saying things aloud and write it:
The other book we’re using that has very simple stories is called Fun with German which we got used from Amazon. Just a couple of days ago we read a short story called, “Der Drache” (“The Dragon”).
Related Posts: There are lots of other free German worksheets and resources out on the web. I’ve talked about them from time to time in earlier posts.
If you are looking for German resources, I have some earlier posts where I shared some of the free German worksheets that we’re using in our homeschool:
Other Related Posts:
You might be interested in yesterday’s post: Why Should Kids Study Foreign Languages?
Free German Worksheets — this post includes more free resources I came across. We’ll use some of these sheets again as well:
German Language Goldmine–German Flashcards, German Worksheets: This post includes some really cute readers (in German) great for beginners. There are other links in that post as well to other free German resources:
Learning German Lesson Pages – One last post with a few pages I made for the kids a couple of years ago — such as this sheet on the colors:
This year (2014) I’ve made some German worksheet packets for my youngest. 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
Here are a couple of free German number worksheets that I made. These are free to download:
If you found any of this useful, I’d love to hear from you over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page! ~Liesl
German Conversation Card Sets:
I have found it difficult to find good German materials and curriculum for kids. Early on we used a lot of free German worksheets and materials, but then at a certain point the kids were ready for more. See more about the German Curriculum we use now in this post.
I made a whole series of Conversation Cards and we are slowly building conversations skills and vocabulary from day-to-day, week-to-week. This is what we will be covering (Click on the links to find out more about each packet):
- Family tree for greetings and family words (See this post.) – 2 files, approx. 20 pages
- The days of the weeks, months, weather and seasons, – Approx. 18 pages
- Clothing – Approx. 16 pages
- Where are you from? Nationalities
- Food and Drink
- Daily Activities
Last spring I made our first set of German conversation cards. It consisted of a family tree and various family members (brother, sister, mom, dad, aunt, uncle and grandparents). We used these to practice greetings and for basic conversations asking and answering questions like What’s your name? How old are you? Is this your aunt? etc. Wow! Having props absolutely transformed German for us. So this summer, I made a half-dozen more sets. The kids have made amazing progress with these already.
These sets are available for $2.50 each (click on the links above) or you can purchase the bundle below for $6.50.
With the purchase of this bundle you will receive 4 pdf files to download. Once you pay through Paypal, you will receive an immediate link to download these materials. You will also received an email from Sendowl (the service I use) with a link that you can click on. That too will allow you to download the files. Be sure to check your downloads folder (sometimes the files sneak in there). And of course, if you have any trouble with your order or if you have any questions be sure to contact me via email liesl at homeschoolden dot com, or via the Contact Form here on the blog, or over at our Homeschool Den Facebook page. ~Liesl
Remember, these materials are best for teachers/instructors who speak German. The contain basic vocabulary and conversation starter suggestions only. (ie. there’s no scripted back-and-forth dialogue).