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German: Seeking lessons for kids (Aged 3 and 5) - advice for newcomers?

We're moving to Zug in late June 2011 and in need of German lessons for our young boys (aged 3 and 5). Any suggestions? Thank you in advance.
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Re: German: Seeking lessons for kids (Aged 3 and 5)

For kids so young the best way for them to learn German is to put them into a German only speaking envronment where they can learn while playing & having fun. Sign up at your local Spielgruppe (play group), Waldspielgruppe (playgroup in the forrest) or something similar that is happening in Zug.

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Re: German: Seeking lessons for kids (Aged 3 and 5) - advice for newcomers?

get yr kids to play also in the closest playpark or something, to mingle with other kids in the area. They will quickly pick up some words, you might also get to know some people there and soon...before you know you are fine
The TV also will 'teach' kids german...eg Dora and kids programmes. For them to listen to the language is good. Kids are awesome, they learn so quickly.
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Re: German: Seeking lessons for kids (Aged 3 and 5) - advice for newcomers?

Kids learn by osmosis at this age so, like the others said, don't worry about lessons for the little one, just exposure will be enough. A friend told me that for a child to start speaking a language they have to be hearing it a certain percentage of the time - I think it was something like 20% perhaps. So we put our son in part-time day-care when he was two-and-a-half (2 half-days a week, increasing to 3 half-days when he was used to being away from me) and he picked it up fine that way. Try looking for a Kindertagesstätte (KiTa) if you can't find a Wald/Spielgruppe. It worked so well for him - and for me to have some time to myself - that we'll be doing the same for our daughter. Definitely worth the money.

For the older one, he'll be old enough to start Kindergarten here in August- maybe even join in for a couple of weeks as soon as you arrive? so you'll get exposure that way. You might find that a KiTa would take him too during the summer. Ours went up to age 5. But even if you don't find anything, don't worry, he will still pick it up when he starts kindergarten if you put him in a local school (my son started this year with a complete non-German speaker, also age 5, who is doing fine now). Can't give you any specific lesson-related help, sorry.
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Re: German: Seeking lessons for kids (Aged 3 and 5) - advice for newcomers?

Hi Leslie Anne,

I've sent you a PM with some information that may be useful to you.

All the best with the move!

Kind regards,
Lianne

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Thank you, Lou!

Thank you! Very helpful.... Great ideas....

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Re: German: Seeking lessons for kids (Aged 3 and 5) - advice for newcomers?

Any other suggestion in the Zurich area as my son could do with some help as he's not picking up German as quckly as i thought after being in kindergarten for 9 months.

we're doing Rosettta at home but i think he needs somethng else.
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Re: German: Seeking lessons for kids (Aged 3 and 5) - advice for newcomers?

Hey,

there's a language school in Baar offering a summer camp for kids (from 6-12) in the last week of the holidays (15. - 19.th of August) with the idea that the kids learn German while having fun - i.e. playing games, going shopping etc. and practicing the language.

My daughter will help there during her holidays, hence the info :-).

I know that they could still take some kids, the group is not full yet. If you're interested you can contact them directly at contactus@softlanding.ch.

Hope that helps!
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Re: German: Seeking lessons for kids (Aged 3 and 5) - advice for newcomers?

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Any other suggestion in the Zurich area as my son could do with some help as he's not picking up German as quckly as i thought after being in kindergarten for 9 months.

we're doing Rosettta at home but i think he needs somethng else.
Have you considered enrolling him in something locally? My daughter is in kindergarten and has been in a singing/music group (the local music school) and now ballet, both in German.

Both these activities, as well as some intensive play with the neighbourhood kids, seem to help with her German acquisition.
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