Thank you for choosing the German Saturday School. We would like to see your child thrive in our school and our teachers will do their best to help your child learn the German language and find out more about German-speaking countries.
We believe that good relationships between home and school are very important in a child’s educational experience. We also believe that another two elements play a crucial role when it comes to a child’s success at school: a child’s motivation and willingness to learn, and the support children receive at home from their parents. Many linguists and educational experts agree that exposure to an additional language at home is crucial for a child’s rapid development of that language.
Therefore, we would like to ask you to help your child benefit most from his or her learning experience at the German Saturday School by working together with us and choosing to follow these simple instructions:
1. If you are a native speaker of German, speak German with your child on an every-day basis. If a child is exposed to conversations, he’ll begin to pick up the natural accent, words, expressions. We suggest you to read to or with your child, tell your children stories, discuss TV documentaries, news, shows and family commitments. Sing songs with them. Assist them in email-writing to their grandparents or relatives overseas.
Provide videos, books and music in the language. Ask the teacher for resources your child can use at home. You can borrow DVDs from our school.
2. Take your child to the museum, to the beach, to the zoo, to the botanical gardens, to a library and discuss these experiences with them in German.
3. It is beneficial to regularly liaise with your child’s classroom teacher at the German Saturday School. Ask your child’s teacher how you can assist with homework and revision.
4. If you have no knowledge of German, you can still help and motivate your child. Encourage your child to revise at least twice a week for 20 minutes – ask your child to show you and tell you what was taught last week or to read to you from the book or worksheets. If your child still has difficulties reading properly in German, please talk to the teacher if this hasn’t already been discussed with you.
5. Find cultural events connected to the German language. This will help strengthen a child’s interest in the language and culture. The websites of the Goethe-Institute Melbourne and the Association of German Teachers in Victoria may be helpful in this matter:
Other interesting resources on learning and teaching German include http://www.pasch-net.de/ and http://www.dw.de/learn-german/s-2469
We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.