Category: German

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German Curriculum for Kids

For German this year, we are going to use a number of resources. If you have followed our blog for a while, you know that we used a lot of free resources to build up their basic skills… numbers, colors, animals, basic greetings, etc. You’ll find links to those at the bottom of this post. This year, we will be buckling down a bit more.  Just so you know, I...

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A Week of German Immersion Camp! (Even for Mom!)

This past week, we did something really ausgezeichnet/fantastic!! We got in the car… and we drove and drove and drove…  From the east coast…. …to Minnesota! We headed to the small city of Bemidji, visited Paul Bunyan and his Big Blue Ox… … before entering Waldsee (the German language section of Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota). There we spent an entire week immersed in the German language, culture, and food. Of course,...

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German Family Vocabulary Practice — die Familie

die Familie 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....

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Free German Grammar Worksheets for Kids (sein – to be)

This week my kids are going over the German verb “sein” (to be)… and reviewing all the pronouns (ich, du, er, sie, es, wir, ihr, Sie, sie). These are some very simple worksheets they filled out.  These review… ich bin du bist er ist sie ist es ist wir sind ihr seid Sie sind sie sind I know we get a lot of hits on the free German worksheets, so...

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German Stories for Children Online (Free Animal Packet, vol. 2)

This semester the kids are using the free online Book Box stories in German. The kids are spending about 5-6 days per story (and since we don’t always get to it, this really means close to two weeks), listening to the story twice at some point during the day.  The first story we listened to is called Vier Freunde, The Four Friends. The first time through I stopped along the...

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Free German Worksheet Packet on Animals

This year ED is moving beyond colors and numbers in German. I’m trying to build her vocabulary while giving her plenty of time to practice these new words.  I’ve created some packets where she also learns some basic new grammar skills. The first packet is on animals – introducing just six animals. On the first page we go over over the vocabulary – das Pferd (the horse). On the second...

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German for Kids – (Free Worksheets)

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...

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Why Should Kids Study Languages?

U.S. students lag far behind in their foreign language capabilities compared to students in much of the world. The U.S. has a lot to learn from these countries. There are so many reasons to learn a foreign language. Learning a foreign language helps increase understanding of other cultures and introduces students to new ideas, customs, habits, and values. Put another way, learning a foreign language increases global understanding. It fosters respect...

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German – Stories for Kids

We’re learning German in our homeschool. Why? Well, because that’s what I learned and studied growing up. Plus, when I was in the Peace Corps in Hungary I listened to German TV stations because I understood that better than Hungarian. Anyway, that’s the language that’s easiest for me to teach the kids. Not long ago, we started using using Bobo Siebenschlafer in our homeschool. It’s a book that has  a number...

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Free German Worksheets for Kids

This post has some free German worksheets that you can use with beginners. These are some of the printable materials I used with my kids when they were first learning German. In this post, I’ve shared some of the resources we used as we reviewed basic words in German: numbers, colors, words around the house, words in a school room, animals, etc. Be sure to scroll all the way to...

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German Worksheets (free) and Our Plans for Learning German this Semester

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...

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Foreign Language GOLDMINE!!! German Flashcards, German Writing Worksheets

Are you looking for German materials for kids? I found a goldmine!!!! I am SO excited about the German language flashcards and resources I came across. If anyone is teaching their young ones a foreign language, you might want to check them out.  The drawings are cute cartoon style. They offer flashcards/word sheets in German, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese (a few of these sheets are even in Portuguese and...

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Learning German — Lesson Pages

Her are a few of the printouts I’ve made for when we start back up with German after our summer holiday.  The kids know very, very little — just the numbers 1 through 12, some animals and some of the colors. Basically, we need to start over. Our German-learning is pretty much all conversational. That said, it’s been useful having DD’s poems hung up in near the dining room table....