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Wie werden Kinder zu begeisterten Lesern?

Wie werden Kinder zu begeisterten Lesern

Dass Lesen wichtig ist, ist uns allen bewusst. Ohne die Fähigkeit zu lesen, ist Erfolg in unserer Gesellschaft kaum möglich. Lesen ist die Grundlage für Bildung in allen Bereichen und damit auch für eine selbstbestimmte Berufswahl und den Zugang zu “höherwertigen” Jobs.
Lesen ist aber ebenso wichtig für die soziale Entwicklung von Kindern: Indem sie durch Bücher die Welt aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln kennen lernen, erweitert sich ihr Horizont und sie werden in ihrer sozialen Entwicklung unterstützt.
Auch in der bi- oder multilingualen Erziehung spielt lesen eine wichtige Rolle, indem Bücher neues Vokabular und grammatische Strukturen vermitteln.

Aber was tun, wenn Kinder nicht gerne ein Buch in die Hand nehmen? Wir haben für euch einige Tips zusammengestellt, wie ihr sie dazu motivieren könnt, bzw wie ihr schon bei Babys und Kleinkindern das Interesse an Büchern wecken könnt.

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Nikolaus – Tradition und Geschenkideen

Nikolaus Party 2012 as a German CityKinder Family Event in Manhattan, New York

Am Abend des 5. Dezember ist es wieder soweit. Die Kinder werden fleißig die Schuhe schrubben, vor die Tür stellen und dann ungeduldig ins Bett gehen um am nächsten Morgen voller neugierde Süßigkeiten, Nüsse, Orangen und vielleicht sogar ein kleines Geschenk im Schuh zu finden.

Aber woher kommt dieses Tradition?

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Die Adventszeit – Tradition, Geschichte und Bastelideen

Advent ist lateinisch und bedeutet “Ankunft”. Wir bezeichnen damit die Zeit vor Weihnachten und es gibt einige Traditionen, die uns die Zeit des Wartens versüßen sollen.

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Expert Tips: Renting Apartments in NYC

CityKinder Seminar How to buy Real Estate in New York USA

Finding and securing a rental apartment in New York City can be a challenging process. Being prepared and familiarizing yourself with New York City’s unique rental process will give you the best chance of getting an apartment.

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BASIS Independent – Curious Students. Expert Teachers. Endless Potential.

Basis Independent School Brooklyn

It’s no secret that BASIS Independent Brooklyn has captured the attention of families across New York City in the few years since it opened—it’s hard to imagine when we laid the first brick in 2014 that we would be bursting at the seams as we are today. So what is it that truly makes BASIS Independent Brooklyn stand apart?

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Raising your kid bilingual – Everyone’s journey is unique

ENJOY THE RIDE, IT WILL BE UNIQUELY YOURS!

Bi-lingual education is a rocky road. When you were pregnant you probably thought you would speak German to your child, German only. And English to your better half. And then your beautiful child is born and everything is a bit off and not quite the way you thought it would be. You feel bad that part of your family does not understand what you are saying, so you pull away a bit. Or you give in and don’t speak German with your child as much as you thought you would.

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Music Education Within Bilingual Education

While music may be thought of as a childhood hobby, studies emphasize the importance of music education in children’s lives to help develop memory, perception, language, vocabulary, spoken skills, and reading skills. Research shows that these benefits may last well beyond childhood. Music has an impact on both hemispheres of the brain and thus makes learning easier. To get these benefits, both listening and playing or singing are important. However, all the positive effects on cognitive development of young children are usually related to singing or playing instruments.

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Bundestagswahl 2017 – So funktioniert die Briefwahl aus dem Ausland

Am 24. September ist es wieder soweit: Die Bundestagswahl steht an. Deutsche, die sich im Ausland aufhalten, sind ebenso wahlberechtigt wie Deutsche, die im Inland leben: Über die Briefwahl können auch sie an der Wahl teilnehmen. Wie das Ganze funktioniert und was bei der Briefwahl aus dem Ausland zu beachten ist, erklären wir in diesem Beitrag.

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Grandma Wanted – Living with a Granny Aupair

Granny Aupair with young family | City Kinder

One of the biggest challenges for expat families is the lack of other family members living close by. Although regular Skype or Facetime sessions with grandma and grandpa have become integral parts of the expat’s weekly schedule, we can not just “park” the kids in front of the Ipad or computer screen and have grammy babysit from overseas.

With 12+ weeks of summer, several snow days during wintertime, and children getting sick every so often, there is no way for working Mom and Dads, to be there for their children all the time. Granny appear is one possible solution!

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Baby’s First Walking Shoes

Baby’s First Walking Shoes

We’ve all received those cute little sneakers during our pregnancy from family and friends that mean well.

But are those really going to be your baby’s first shoes? I personally didn’t have any use for the cute little sneakers, but now that my daughter can stand and already tries to take a step or two I had to buy her some walking shoes. The research was adventurous, but I was lucky enough to have been in Germany where these things are much easier for me to handle, when I bought her first pair of walking shoes.

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