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German Courses and Activities for Children

  • Thursday Parent-Child Class

This 60-min class meets on Thursdays between 10-11am in our classroom at the 1st Presbyterian Church on Monroe. It is an introductory German class for younger children (3 -4 years old) to learn WITH their parent(s). We enjoy playing together and learning our first German words, rhymes and songs together. Parents are welcome to attend with the child’s younger sibling if needed.

  • Friday Child Classes

Our Friday classes meet from 3.15-5.30 in the 1st Presbyterian Church on Monroe (basement classrooms). We have age and language-level appropriate activities and learning tracks for children 3+ and beginner to advance. Younger children learn through play and songs, while older children engage in traditional learning and hands-on creative activities. Currently, we have 3 groups open (each group is also split based on age for various activities):

    • Cats 1 (Katzen 1) = 3-5/6y
      Our youngest group learning German in an environment without parents. We enjoy playing together and learning our first German words, rhymes and songs together. Each season and each term brings new songs, rhymes and activities that we work on together. 
    • Cats 2 (Katzen 2) = 5/6 -7y 
      This older group is learning German in an environment without parents. We enjoy not only playing together and learning our first German sentences and songs together, but also start working on our ABC, reading and writing skills in a smaller group activities. Each season and each term brings new songs, rhymes and activities that we work on together. 
    • Tiger (Tiger) = 7/8+
      We have a strong advanced and near-native  group that is focusing on all skills in topics about nature, science and geography. This group is German language ONLY. Themes follow "Sachkunde, Landeskunde" and cultural topics. (Fall term 2016 - we spoke about nature, animals, plants and weather. In the Winter term, we learned about Pangaea, continents and the prehistoric times, from trilobites to dinosaurs. The spring term is bringing the first mammals, jumps to the ice age people and their life style. We also have time to  explore Switzerland, Austria and Germany on the maps. 
    • Lions (Loewen) = 7/8+
      Our oldest beginning and intermediate learners focusing on all skills. Although using materials and a style of a traditional classroom, we also offer the chance to do hands-on crafting and enjoy games together in German.

All children groups learn about German culture and traditions and each season and themes selected bring new ideas and materials. We work with small groups that do not exceed 12 students, which gives us the flexibility to focus on each child’s learning development. To help our students learn their best, we provide a mix of formal and informal learning environments, a relaxed atmosphere and a variety of themes. Come and join us.

  • Sunday Child cultural sessions

This group meets 5 times per term from 2-4:30 on designated Sundays. Each meeting has its own theme which is announced prior to class. Children prepare and eat a small snack, do crafting and many hands-on activities to support German language learning in an informal setting of the Multicultural Center. Registration optional for individual days.  Spring term Overview.

  • No School Days

We offer ONE "day camp" each term. A timely sign-up  and registration helps us to best prepare activities and learning materials for our students - your children that are interested to spend one whole day in a German environment. Each day has a theme that can be interesting for both younger and older children. We are ready to offer various activities to challenge a child with different language proficiency as well. The camps are usually
8.30 am - 12 (half  day)or full day till 3.30 pm. We recommend the younger children attend just a half day to not get overwhelmed. Camp open to children 5+.

  • Summer  Camps

We offer two half-day camps (9-1 pm) on Fridays in June, July, and in August.  In addition, we offer a longer camp the last week of August (Monday through Thursday). A timely sign-up  and registration helps us to best prepare activities and learning materials for our students - your children that are interested to spend one whole day in a German environment. Each day has a theme that can be interesting for both younger and older children. We are ready to offer various activities to challenge a child with different language proficiency as well. Camp open to children 5+. Location: Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center and the First Presbyterian church. More details and registration available here.

  • June 23rd - Sports and Action Verbs
    Join us for a day of sports and actions. We will focus on learning movement verbs through both indoor and outdoor play!
  • June 30th - German Food
    Discover the variety of foods available with German cuisine. Learn the ins and outs of navigating a trip to the grocery store and more!
  • July 14th - Geography
    From deserts to jungles, the world is more fun in German! Learn about other climates, create your own, and discover the world around us.
  • July 28th - Space
    Learning about space is just another way to open up new horizons for your children. We will build on our knowledge of geography to explore new worlds and broaden horizons.
  • August 4th - Body Parts
    We will explore the human body from head, shoulders, knees and toes all the way through the circulatory system and your brain.
  • August 25th - German Culture through the Ages
    Ever wonder what life in Germany was like 10, 100 or even 1000 years ago? Join us for a journey through time, and learn that German culture is more than lederhosen!
  • Fairy Tale Camp
    Spend four days learning German fairy tales—familiar and less known. Play castle, explore forests and create imaginative worlds.
    • Aug. 28th - Schneeweißchen and Rosenrot
      This is the lesser known story of two kind sisters living together in a forest. As we watch them help an ungrateful dwarf and a good bear who will become a prince, we will explore a forest world.
    • Aug. 29th - Frau Holle
      We will enjoy the story of two sisters—will the helpful one will get rewarded by mother Holle (Weather Mother)? We will travel through the small village imaginative world of the weather mother.
    • Aug. 30 - Hansel and Gretel
      Boys and girls will all enjoy this hike through the forest to the candy house. Sculpt houses out of candy, stroll through a German village, and build on prior knowledge to enhance your German
    • Aug. 31th - Rumpelstiltskin
      Take a deeper look at this classic fairy tale – learn German rhymes and games, explore a beautiful castle and walk through the enchanted forest!