The summer is upon us and honing those hard won German skills might be far down your and your children’s holiday list.
Still, you may want to encourage your local school kid to keep on practicing some German during the holidays to be sure she keeps up her language skills during the long break. Or if you are just about to relocate, you probably want to give your child a head start.
If all of you are learning German you can turn this into a family challenge!
Play games while sitting in the 10km queue in front of the Gotthard tunnel. Or maybe you need to entertain the kids while waiting to board your hopelessly delayed flight to a faraway tropical island or to get some distraction while awaiting the results of your twentieth Covid test.
If you are not traveling and want your child to practice some German, scroll further down for a list with interactive games and vocabulary practices.
1. Travel games
– I spy with my little eyes – Ich sehe was, was Du nicht siehst
To play this game, you describe something you can see in the car/airport/hotel/hiking path/road and see if the other person can find what they are thinking of.
– Who can name 5 items in German you can see out of the window/in the airport/on the beach….? or categories: Name 5 foods, find 5 blond girls (blonde Mädchen) people wearing clothes like (Ein Mann mit einer roten Hose)…
Interactive German resources for home learning
Beginners resources for young learners in KG and lower primary
My favourite! Lernvideos für Kinder von Andrea Thionville (KG-gr3)!
Videos for young learners of German
Learn with me, alphabet songs for young learners (KG, 1st grade)
Songs, rhymes for young learners
German with Felix and Franzi:
Primary and secondary school resources for beginner and intermediate levels
Interactive games and more
The Polly Lingual site provides some of the more fun games on the list within their online courses, including Hangman, Whack-a-Word, Alphabet Soup and something called a Verb Conjugation Trainer
A range of different interactive topic and grammar exercises
(School/time/days/months/seasons/Family/Clothes/Seasons/hobbies/prepositions/verbs/pets/winter sports etc…:) (Start with the topic Schulsachen and scroll down)
Verbs frequently used in school for beginners
Haben und sein (Präsens)
The correct use of the Präteritum (simple past) is very important for academic writing and schools introduce the Präteritum from 3rd grade onwards:
Perfect tense is widely used in spoken German and has many irregular forms that your child needs to practice.
Articles are critically important in the German language and learning articles can seem daunting. In order to get a ‘feel’ for the right article, regular practice is key!
(where are you going, where are you? in, zu…)
This is another piece of grammar that German learners, even advanced ones, find difficult:
Der kleine Mann, ein kleiner Mann or mit dem kleinen Mann-using the correct form of the adjective in German is a challenge for all German learners!
German sentence order varies significantly from English sentence order and even advanced DaZ students often struggle with using the correct sentence order in written German:
Do you need more information on learning the local language at school?