How to Help your Child
Even if you Don't Know German!!!
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Below you can find a list of suggestions or 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. Others will, however, take longer periods of time.  Choose the ones which work best for you and your child!! In addition, students can get help studying on line by clicking on Class Activities and Links.

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.  Ask your child about his or her German notebook.  Is it organized or are all the papers scattered in their school bag?  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.

3.  Ask your child what he or she does in class periodically.  He or she should be able to tell you what is being taught or if there was oral (speaking) or aural (listening) work done that day.

4.  Encourage your child to speak German at home.  Don't' worry if you don't understand; ask what it means! Here are some topics your child should be able to talk about:
~hellos/goodbyes, personal info:  age, likes, dislikes, ~hobbies, freetime, sports
~counting to 100 or by fives or backwards
~weather, shopping, ordering food
~describing school, friends, family
~school: schedules, classes, grades

5.Have your child simply read out of their text or workbook in German to you.  This is excellent reading and speaking practice.

6.  Ask to see your child's German homework on a regular basis.  Have him or her briefly explain the assignment.  check for legibility and completion of the work.  Learning German means daily practice!

7.  Don't let your child come to school when her or she is sick.  On the other hand, keep in mind that merely doing the 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.

8.  If you child is absent for an extended period of time, please call in for his or her assignments. Your child will not be expected to have everything done the day of his or her return, but will have everything listed in one organized place.

9.  Encourage your child to ask questions in class or after class if he or she is having problems.

10. Encourage your child to spend time studying in a well lit area which is relatively free of distractions.  Remember that doing homework is considered practice and is only one component of studying.  Learning material, reviewing, memorizing and reading are other ways of studying!

11.  Ask you child when they have tests and quizzes and help them review. You can quiz them on vocabulary or ask them to explain grammatical concepts to help them.

12.MOST IMPORTANTLY!!! Please keep in touch with me, Frau Craig. (, school:  965-1-3766, home: 965-1433) I will be happy to discuss your child's questions, concerns, progress and accomplishments!!!

"Trying to educate the young without help and support from the home is akin to trying to rake leaves in a high wind."
-P.Gough, "Tapping Parent Power," Phi Delta Kappan, January 1991
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