How to Help your Child ---Even if you Don't Know German!!!
Below you can find a list of ways for you to help your child, even if you don't really know German. There are never enough hours in the day to do everything, but some of these ideas can be done very quickly and are very effective. Choose the ones which work best for you and your child!! In addition, students can practice online using links on my website, like Quizlet and Conjuguemos, as well as using the posted PowerPoints.
1. Have your child make flash cards with German on one side and English on the other. Encourage your child to review vocabulary often for 10 minute periods of time.
2. . Encourage your child to speak German at home. Don't worry if you don't understand; ask what it means!
3. Encourage your child to teach YOU and/or a younger sibling some German! They can teach you numbers to 1,000,000, the alphabet, greetings and goodbyes, names, carry on a basic conversation and soon they will know lots of hobbies and sports.
4. Ask your child what we are doing in class. He or she should be able to tell you what we are learning. Ask to see your child's German homework on a regular basis. Practicing vocabulary is daily homework--sometimes it is an oral assignment. Have him or her briefly explain the assignment. Assignments should be written in their agenda/planner!
5. Ask your child about his or her German notebook. Can your child locate his or her papers easily when he or she needs to prepare for a test? Ask your child to explain his or her notes. You may not understand, but the review in explaining concepts will help your child.
6. Have your child simply read in German out of their text or workbook to you. This is excellent reading and speaking practice.
7. Go to some of the culture websites together--tour a castle, check out a German catalogue to see what they are wearing, listen to some music, try making some of the recipes--big, soft pretzels or some of the Kuchen (cakes). Yum!
8. Make-up work can NEVER replace the time spent in the classroom. The speaking and listening activities in German are vital in developing proficiency in the language. If your child is absent for an extended period of time, please call in for his or her assignments.
9. Encourage your child to ask questions!! If he or she is having problems, I am quite willing to spend time reviewing and answering questions, it just might happen during his/her lunch period.
10. Help them review for test and quizzes. You can quiz them on vocabulary or ask them to explain grammatical concepts to help you.
11. Please keep in touch with me, Frau Lyon. I will be happy to discuss your questions and concerns, and your child's progress and accomplishments!!