The kids have been having a lot of fun building their German vocabulary for family terms such as father, mother, son, daughter, grandma, boy, girl, etc. etc. The kids learned (reviewed) some of the terms such as
- die Familie (the family)
- das Mädchen (the girl)
- der Junge (the boy)
- die Tante (the aunt)
- der Onkel (the uncle)
- die Tochter (the daughter)
- der Sohn (the son)
- die Schwester (the sister), etc. etc.
I had them each fill in their own family tree… they had to choose names and ages for the people on the chart. We used that sheet for conversation practice (for the next few weeks!). We cut out the family members and glued them onto Popsicle sticks. We have been using those for conversation practice.
We have spent the past three or four weeks doing some German conversation practice… We started with “Wer ist das?” … Who is that? as we held up one of the people in the family tree. Then we’d answer “Das is die Tante.” “That is the aunt.” At first, I asked the kids questions, but then after a couple of days the kids took turns asking each other (and me) questions.
Once the kids had all the family terms down, we moved on to names and ages. We would ask… What’s the mother’s name? What is the dad’s name? What is the girl’s name? — Wie heißt die Mutter? Wie heißt der Vater? Wie heißt das Mädchen?
The kids had also filled in the ages of all the family members, so we practiced asking how old people were… How old is the daughter? How old is the man? — Wie alt ist die Tochter? Wie alt ist der Mann?
I also had some sheets with one of the family trees labeled with names. The kids had to answer the questions that went with that family tree.
These are some of the worksheets and matching pages in this packet:
This conversation practice was really good review for LD and DD, but it was especially useful for ED. She has been listening to the stories (passively), but this is the first time she’s really been trying to speak a little in German. 🙂 It’s been a fantastic unit!
Note: I have now made a number of other packets. You can also buy this packet as part of a bundle of three German Conversation Packets (along with a set on weather-seasons-months and another on clothing) for $6.50. For more details scroll below!
If you are interested in purchasing just this packet on the Family (with the sheets you see above), click on the Buy Now button below.
When you click on the link below, it take you directly to paypal. Upon receipt of payment, you will receive a link to the two pdfs. You will also receive an email to your Paypal email address from Sendowl, the service I use, with a link that you can click which will allow you to download your files. (Be sure to check your downloads folder!) There are two because some sheets print in landscape and I made some other worksheets that print in portrait. You have the option to print the vocabulary (Wortschatz) in either landscape or portrait depending on your needs. If you have any trouble with your order be sure to contact me at liesl at homeschoolden dot com, via the contact page, or through our Homeschool Den Facebook Page.
One more thing before I go. I thought I would share with you once again the books that we are using in our studies of German. We have been using German children’s stories called Bobo Siebenschlafer (affiliate link).
We purchased both the book and the audio CD. The stories are cute. They cover topics such as going shopping with Mama, going to the zoo, going to the museum, Bobo is sick, etc. The stories are about 3 or 4 minutes long. The kids usually listen to one story twice. Each book has about 8 stories. The price at Amazon tends to go up and down (I know because I wound up getting two copies of each book to use in our homeschool, so I’ve kept checking back over the past year or so.) I highly recommend these stories! They are a great way to help students build their German vocabulary. We have four of the Bobo books now, that’s how much we like them!!
That’s about it for now! Tschüss!
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And now more about the German Conversation Card Packet Bundle I mentioned above…
German Conversation Card Sets Bundle:
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. (Click on the links to find out more about each packet):
- Family tree for greetings and family words (See post above.) – 2 files, approx. 25 pages
- The days of the weeks, months, weather and seasons, – Approx. 15 pages
- Clothing – Kleidung – Approx. 30 pages
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).