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)
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.
We introduce different types of immersive construction explorations and group crafting activities. The children create new ideas and are actively involved in projects that last over several days or even weeks, such as kites, bird feeders and other handicrafts.. The crafting activities foster the children’s fine motor skills and encourage them to improve their working with brushes, pencils, scissors, glues, and other utensils.
Which animals do we find in the natural habitats all around us? How can we make and interpret their tracks, prints, and other signs? The children go on expeditions to find and identify different species of birds, rodents, and insects. They will deepen their knowledge about these animals and they will learn how to protect them and be sensitive to their delicate environment. Beyond that, they will explore exotic animals like deep sea creatures and the wild animals of the Serengeti.
November: Kleine Künstler – Contemporary Art
We want to explore, enjoy and question a variety of contemporary artists from all over the world and their artworks. Our goal is to recognize the differences in art styles, while children explore their own imaginative responses to paintings and sculptures. The children will be working on fun and engaging art projects, learning new techniques and improving their skills by painting on a variety of materials, including making sculptures and engaging with unconventional mediums.
In December, all of Kinderhaus is immersed in a festive atmosphere, when the children across programs prepare for the season by crafting stars and baking cookies. Its also when Nikolaus comes to visit their classrooms. We will explore festitives around the world that are also celebrated in December, and how? The children will go on a journey to explore a variety of different festivities and cultures, from the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, to the African-American holiday Kwanzaa, the Latin American Las Posadas and the different Christmas celebrations around the world.
January will stimulate the children’s imagination and curiosity through role play and a variety of traditional and modern fairy tales. The children will experience the stories in multiple ways and express themselves not only through verbal but also through body language. They will explore the characters of the tales and stories through their own interpretations, dressing up in different costumes and reenacting their favorite scenes. During theater and acting games, the children will learn more about themselves as individuals and how to be empathetic around others. Acting out different roles teaches children to gain an alternative perspective, experience themselves in new ways and foster confidence.
Experimentation and nature guided science discoveries provide children with experiential learning of concepts of the physical world around us. The objective is to explore, observe and document changes from magnetism to natural phenomena. Children are encouraged to ask questions, hypothesize, conclude and replicate proofs to deepen their understanding of nature’s concepts. All activities are designed to increase interest in scientific observation and research, enhancing knowledge and enabling children’s curiosity for investigation and discovery.
Through singing, improvising, role playing and retelling stories, the children are encouraged to express themselves through body language and to tap into their own musical expression. A special focus lies on stimulating interactive participation and an ongoing communication within the group while exploring the various characters from different angles. The children will learn and perform new songs, rhythms and beats as they use tambourines, shakers, rhythm sticks, and drums. Children are also exposed to a diversity of music from around the world and they will construct their own instruments.
As New York welcomes spring, we explore the different seasons and learn about their specifics. How does the weather change and why? How do the animals behave in winter vs the summer? The children will also engage in joint art projects, such as the creation of a big “Jahreszeitenbaum”, exhibiting all four seasons.
Having learned about the blossoms we discover in spring, the children will extend their knowledge and apply it to a broader engagement with different plants and the changes we observe in them over time. They will sow their own herbs in the backyard and go on excursions to the community gardens in the neighborhood. Children get to feel and experiment with soil, seeds, and plants. Children get to harvest their own herbs, veggies, and fruits and then taste and cook with their harvested bounty.
The month of June will be all about a variety of different outdoor games. Sports and games include Soccer, Tag, Track & Field, and more. We also work on motor skills and development through: Skipping, Hopping, and Balancing. We will go to the wide lawn fields in Prospect Park and use our colorful parachute to foster teamwork, social interaction, and a sense of rythm and even invent our own games.