Recently we received a question on our Facebook page about homeschool curriculums. Others jumped on the conversation looking for the same thing for their kids of different ages. Our wonderful fans offered several suggestions, including:
- Use the German Scoyo site. “This is for kids who speak good German at home. This is less expensive than the Germany based correspondence course.” (Linda S.) – Scoyo is online supplemental learning.
- Check out Deutsche Fernschule (Annette S.) – a distance learning website up through 5th grade.
- Rosetta Stone – “my 8 and 6 year old have been using it for 2 years now. It works well and they enjoy it, though it may be pricey…it has really helped us with being consistent with speaking and teaching, as it has given us a structure to go by.” (Irene G.)
- Rosetta Stone for homeschoolers — “We are homeschoolers who are using Rosetta Stone Homeschool German. Neither my husband nor I speak fluent German, but I’ve had 3 years of German in High school and College. We just sort of bumble along…we incorporate what we are learning in Rosetta Stone and then supplement with post-its all over the house for increasing vocabulary. I want to also incorporate children’s literature and movies as we go along. My kids are 12, 14, and 15. Near us is the Concordia Language Camps…someday we’ll get to do a summer German immersion type camp.” (Pam W.)
- Check your public library for language learning downloads such as the regular Rosetta Stone, Mango languages and Little Pim (for kids under 6).
- Check your local German language school to see what curriculum and texts they use, i.e. Bärenspaß and Tambur by Hueber Verlag, Geni@l by Langescheidt, or texts by Klett. (Linda S.) Contact Alphabet Garten for more information about special orders of specific items like textbooks.
- Use workbooks such as “Spielerisch Deutsch” for written grammar practice. (Irene G.)
- Listen to German language podcasts. (Chrissy L.)
- “We are Waldorf homeschoolers, and Grade 1 was very convenient: the children learn their letters using Grimm’s Fairy Tales. So, we just reached back and pulled those out in German. Many kids already know their letters quite well at that age — this is no problem, as they can still enjoy working with the stories.” (Susanne W.)
If you have other tips, please leave a comment. We’d love more information about Homeschooling, whether it’s teaching German or teaching in German!