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. […]
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 […]
I can hardly believe little Mausi is already 18 months old! I seems like just yesterday that we were just getting to know one another…
She really seems to be coming out with something new language-wise every few days! Most of the words are in English, some could be understood in either language, some are […]
‘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. […]
Now at a little over 16 months, Mausi seems to really be taking off with talking, and some of the words are even starting to become intelligible! What a fabulously exciting time now that she is starting to communicate with words as well as signs. As we continue on in our quest to raise our […]
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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