We're going to take a 3-week trip to Germany (from the US) in a couple of months to visit my parents. I've been eagerly awaiting this opportunity to create need for my 2-year-old to speak German.
I have a few friends with toddlers, but beyond play dates, I think it could be really helpful to send my son to daycare/kindergarten for a few days to give him German language/cultural/social exposure.
I've heard of people doing this before, so I'm hoping someone can share their experiences with finding a daycare and other logistics. How did it go for you? Thanks!
In big cities, there is a shortage of daycare spots for all residents, so I doubt you will find something. Maybe in private structures? You could also have a look at Tagesmutter? Maybe they have a kid on holiday at the time you visit?
No experience myself (I just sent my 6yo to a German school for a day, it was no problem), but our former neighbors, also German-French, had their son in kindergarten in his grandma's town a number of times while they were in Germany. I'm afraid I don't know any details, and I've lost touch with them.
Why don't you start by checking out what daycare structures (especially private, for the reasons Elodie mentioned) are in the area where your parents live? You can always ask them, at worst they say no.
Also, maybe your parents have neighbors with kindergarten-aged kids who could point you to other sorts of organized activities for kids your son's age?
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9