Words are tumbling out of little Mausi’s mouth…but they do all seem to be English! And I must admit, at times I find myself sliding more and more into English as I speak to her. English is by far the more comfortable language for me to speak, and I am much more expressive in it. […]
“In einem unbekannten Land, vor garnicht all zu langer Zeit, war eine Biene sehr bekannt…”
“Und diese Biene, die ich meine nennt sich Maja, kleine, freche, schlaue Biene Maja…”
We borrowed a German children’s book from a friend at our CSA pick-up this past week (thanks again K and little Biene […]
Mein erstes Wörterbuch with illustrations by Katja Senner is part of the Ravensburger Mini Steps series, and is definitely one of Mausi’s current favourites. I think that it must be the wonderful, bright illustrations on each page depicting things that she sees around her […]
‘Goals’ came up in conversation the other day, more specifially bilingual goals, and what it was that we hoped for our children. And it made me stop and think…what are my bilingual goals? What is it that I hope to accomplish by speaking to Mausi in German?
It’s an important question I think, and one […]
Mausi is now just about 17 months old, and the last 10 months or more have been fairly evenly split between English and German. I try to speak to her exclusively in German, while her Papa speaks to her in English. He and I speak English to each other, so she hears that as well. […]
“Busi” sagte Henriette by Edith Zeller is a wonderful children’s picture book about breastfeeding. Fabian, a 7 year old boy, tells the story of his little sister, Henriette. He describes how his mum initially wore Henriette in a sling as a newborn, so […]
Meine ersten Kinderreime illustrated by Constanza Droop is a wonderful collection of rhymes and finger plays for children. Contained in this collection are 22 rhymes including “Hoppe, hoppe, Reiter”, “Zehn kleine Zappelmänner” and “Schlaf, Kindchen, schlaf”.
Mein erstes buntes Bildwörterbuch ‘Im Wald’ by Julia Hofmann with illustrations by Christine Henkel is a great German word book with forest creatures both large and small. This 10 page board book is comprised of 5 pages where individual animals and plants […]
When I started looking to buy German children’s books in Canada, specifically German board books, it seemed like a monumental task! I was surprised by the lack of options I found (perhaps I just wasn’t looking in the right place…) but after some digging I located some.
A fun German fingerplay for toddlers ~
Fünf Brüder gehen durch den Wald,
der Weg ist hart, die Luft ist kalt.
(Hold up all 5 fingers on one hand; additionally you could do an action for “kalt”)
Der erste sagt: “Oh, Brüder schau!
Die Wolken hängen schwer und grau!”
(With one hand hold […]
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