Classes Deutsches Haus at NYU – Children´s Program
The Deutsches Haus Children’s Program is designed for children with at least one German-speaking parent. It caters to toddlers, Pre-K, elementary school and middle school children, furthering their acquisition of the German language. Raising children to be bilingual can be difficult; without a group of bilingual peers, children may find the second language frustrating. Deutsches Haus provides an exciting alternative with lessons modeled on those of the German school system. Please click here for class descriptions and registration details.
The staff holds Parent Teacher Conferences every semester to update families on classroom activities and individual students’ progress. We pride ourselves on creating a sense of community among families with a shared interest in German, Austrian, and Swiss culture.
We complement these lessons with a variety of cultural experiences, including a German Kasperltheater, a St. Martin lantern parade, and celebrations for both St. Nikolaus and Easter. Please click here for more details on our cultural events for children.
Bilingual classes (all age groups)
These classes will allow children who speak German at home to further their language acquisition. Depending on the age group, children focus on reading and writing, grammar, and expanding vocabulary. Additionally, during the summer, we offer a children’s book club.
All our classes are for bilingual children. Please note that classes are held in German. Classes run once a week for 60 minutes. If you are not certain which class is best for your child, please contact Chantal Burkhard.
Registration and Fees
15-week children’s spring term – Registration is open!
January 27, 2020 – May 22, 2020
Early Bird fee: $625 for one semester (deadline January 5, 2020)
Regular fee: $650 for one semester
To register, please click here. Your registration automatically enrolls you in the class. You will receive an automated payment confirmation as well as a registration confirmation.
Sibling discount 15% (one discount per family)
Returning student discount 10%
Only one discount per student may be applied.
Toddler I (Music Class) (ages 1-2)
At this early age, singing and music in general is a very effective way to allow your child to dive into the German language. This class includes songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and Orff instrument activities that are appropriate for the development of children at this very early age. It is designed in a way that will allow parents and caregivers to learn the songs and rhymes alongside their children.
Toddler Class II (ages 3-4)
This class teaches children to interact with the language by playing games, making crafts, singing songs, and storytelling. These activities supplement our standard German kindergarten activities especially learning the concepts of same and different, size, opposites, left and right, numbers, colors and more. Seasonal topics are also incorporated into the lesson plan.
Primary Class (ages 5-6)
This class teaches children to learn and practice German through playful activities that encourage the kids to communicate in German. The curriculum is filled with activities that encourage language and literacy development in young children, e.g. rhythmic games, playing with syllables and letters. Reading and writing is introduced through games and other supplemental learning materials.
Lower Elementary Class (ages 7-8)
This class teaches children to focus on conversation, expand their vocabulary and work on Grammar, as well as reading and writing in German. Reading and writing is introduced within the learning topic. Other supplemental learning materials are supporting the reading and writing development as well.
Elementary Class (ages 9-10)
This class focuses on conversation. A strong literary component also ensures that the students not only listen, speak and play in German, but read and write, as well as work on grammar. The topics are chosen according to children’s interests to provide a fun yet educational environment similar to schools in Germany.
Upper Elementary Class (ages 11-12)
This class is for students who are already communicating well, but need to work on grammar and orthography. Students will apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to comprehend selections and they will read and comprehend unfamiliar words using root words, synonyms, antonyms, word origins and derivations.
Teenager Class (ages 13-15)
Through the various reading of different stories and hands-on activities, students will make inferences, draw conclusions, compare and contrast, summarize stories, use context clues and establish purposes for reading. We will also focus on thinking and integrating the language process to help students improve their written communication skills.
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Deutsches Haus is New York’s leading institution for the culture and language of the German-speaking world. Located in the historic Greenwich Village district, Deutsches Haus is an integral part of New York University. Since 1977, it has provided New Yorkers with a unique forum for cultural, intellectual, and artistic exchange with Germany, Austria, and Switzerland through its three pillars: the language program, the cultural program, and the children’s program.
Children Deutsches Haus offers fun classes and educational activities for children, including the celebration of traditional festivities around St. Martin, St. Nicholas, Carnival, and Easter. The children’s program has and continues to create a sense of community among families who share an interest in German, Austrian, and Swiss culture.
For more information on the history of Deutsches Haus please click here:
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