AfterSchool Program



Kinderhaus offers afterschool programs with special COVID-precautions for children ages 1-13. The programs are German immersion programs with a special focus on outdoor activities and free play, fostering the children’s language skills, curiosity, and confidence. 

When: Mondays through Fridays, 3:30-6:00 pm (following the KinderHaus calendar)

Where: 312 7th Street (off 5th Ave) / 466 6th Avenue (between 10th and 11th Streets)

Registration: Online Registration or via email to info@kinderhausbrooklyn.com

In compliance with our own meticulous safety measures developed during the early stages of the COVID pandemic and following the guidance of the new Department of Health regulations and including the regulations by the “Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie in Berlin”, Germany, our afterschool program has been adjusted, accordingly. With a focus on the outdoors, children will spend the afternoon primarily outside in a natural environment, such as Prospect Park or the outdoor backyards. The afterschool program encompasses monthly foci with a forest inspired curriculum.


Mondays: Traditional German Dance

Come dance with me, children get to know German traditional dances as well as other children’s dances and have the opportunity to express themselves in their own dances. „Dancing is the best medicine“ an old saying says. It lifts your spirit and is a fun exercise. While dancing, children learn to coordinate their movements, develop a sense of rhythm and are supported in their musical development. Shy children may find a way to express themselves and can also develop social skills.


Tuesday – Young Forest Explores (4 up)

Based on the German model of Waldkindergarten, KinderHaus WaldKindergarten is distinguished by its commitment to total nature immersion, interest-led flow learning, an emergent curriculum, place-based focus, inquiry-based teaching style and authentic play. Instead of the classroom, children will spend the afternoon primarily in a natural environment, such as Prospect Park and follow the lead of our Waldorf-trained KinderHaus teachers, who will transform the surroundings into an exciting classroom with a forest inspired curriculum. Research has proven many benefits of this special educational approach, including a stronger immune system, better physical coordination and significant improvement in reading, writing, mathematics, and social interactions. Various research and articles have elaborated on its benefits.

Tuesday – Culinary Adventures

The old saying that “too many cooks spoil the broth” does not apply to our little chefs in the Cooking AfterSchool program at KinderHaus. Our culinary adventures enrich the children’s experiences in many different ways, appealing to all of their senses while teaching them about healthy nutrition. Common hands on cooking activities help support self-confidence, collaboration, problem-solving and fine motor skills. The children explore different herbs, fruits and vegetables by smelling, feeling, and tasting them. They travel around the world experiencing culinary adventures from different parts of the world, all while expanding their German vocabulary. Together, we create a variety dishes and enjoy the delicious taste of healthy food. By preparing and eating a meal together, the children’s sense of community is encouraged as well as their appreciation of healthy food. 


Wednesday – Creative Movement and Games

 

Wednesday and Thursday – Art Club (Atelier 312)

Welcome to Atelier 312, where the after school art magic happens! At Atelier 312 children enter a judgement-free zone, which encourages spontaneous, playful, and courageous expression with paint! Regular expressive painting practice (in German Ausdrucksmalen) positively affects children’s emotional wellbeing and enhances their problem-solving skills, fine motor skill development and concentration span ability. Next to the expressive painting experience children love coming to the Art Club to experiment with new techniques, mediums, and materials. Art styles and works by influential artists are examined and drive inspiration for individualized art projects. Whilst working creatively the joy of artmaking in a group setting can be experienced. The atelier’s design and methodology are inspired by German-born Arno Stern, a pioneer in art pedagogy. Wednesday and Thursdays Karin, our swiss trained Kindergarten Teacher and Art Therapist guides the children through the afternoons and helps them expand their artistic skills and knowledge. Pick up on these days takes place on the parlor level of the building.

Wednesday – R/W

The KinderHaus Reading & Writing AfterSchool program focusses on developing solid skills in German reading and writing with a specialized approach for English-German bilingual children. The tudents are between 4 and 13 years of age and will be assigned to different study groups according to their proficiency levels. They focus on improving their German reading and writing skills by practicing German phonics (sounds) and letters, merging them to words and building first full sentences. All stories and workbooks used support early reading and writing comprehension skills through picture-matching, coloring activities, riddles and others that are a great and motivating choice for emergent readers.


Thursday – Kinderbox Geschichten

 


Friday Art Club (Atelier 312)

Welcome to Atelier 312, where the after school art magic happens! At Atelier 312 children enter a judgement-free zone, which encourages spontaneous, playful, and courageous expression with paint! Regular expressive painting practice (in German Ausdrucksmalen) positively affects children’s emotional wellbeing and enhances their problem-solving skills, fine motor skill development and concentration span ability. Next to the expressive painting experience children love coming to the Art Club to experiment with new techniques, mediums, and materials. Art styles and works by influential artists are examined and drive inspiration for individualized art projects. Whilst working creatively the joy of artmaking in a group setting can be experienced. The atelier’s design and methodology are inspired by German-born Arno Stern, a pioneer in art pedagogy. On Fridays Karin, Lorina and Katja rock the art club jointly and offer a bigger group of children access to the Art Club program. Pick up on these days takes place on the garden level of the building.