I foundeD this website because
why is the native language important?
Website Launch 2016
Marielle Schaer Selby
"Having spent hours on research to find suitable resources to learn and improve German with my children, I remembered how friends would ask me to tell them about my findings. I guess that's how the idea for this website came about. And the wonderful thing is: the resources are universal. So German-speaking parents somewhere in Argentina and Indonesia can use the same resources."
quoted by founder: Marielle Schaer Selby
This website takes into account:
that it's important to know the parents' language and it's worth the effort
that living abroad with children can be temporary & learning becomes global
that all parents can learn at home or on a journey with their children
that children are curious learners, loving to play a game and discover
that children feel proud to speak more than one language
No two children have the same learning style and this webpage offers information on materials to suit these different needs. And no two families have the same needs; it may be to keep up the language for basic communication with relatives, it may be a supplement to a German tutor or course, it may be to value cultural and linguistic bonds, it may be to keep open doors for future exchanges or studies in a German-speaking country or it may be that the language skills will be needed for schooling back in a German-speaking country.
For example by 2014, more than 700'000 Swiss citizens lived abroad in relation to a population of about 8.2 million. A considerable number which is growing. The number of Swiss expats is rising steadily and the same goes for Germans and Austrians abroad. And living in a different language environment is not always permanent but increasingly becoming a temporary engagement. This has an important effect on all families living abroad and the education of their children.
This unique platform offers researched resources to learn and improve German with primary school age children from a German-speaking background.
Germanwithkids.com is the first website to address these needs by listing materials and general information.
Swiss citizen living and working in Australia