KinderHaus offers a full range of AfterSchool programs for children from 2 – 12 years old. Children are welcome to join us at any point through the course of the school year.
Offered daily from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm, the KinderHaus AfterSchool program is a theme based German language immersion program which enables the children to express themselves, build confidence, and enhance their German language skills in a group environment. The children will develop skills to enhance their effectiveness in today’s world while having fun exploring their interests.
Days: Families can register for any of 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 days/week.
Schedule: Program begins on signup at anytime during the school year. The AfterSchool schedule follows the regular KinderHaus calendar.
Hours: Monday to Friday from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Our PreSchool and Pre-K children will have a seamless transition from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm. Children from outside schools can be dropped off at anytime from 3:30 pm onward and picked up at or before 6:00 pm.
Location: The AfterSchool program will be held at 312 7th Street, near 5th Avenue, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Children registered for the Young Forest Explorers program, however, will meet at the 466 6th Avenue location.
Mondays: Music and Movement
We offer music sessions with singing, drumming, dancing, acting, and spontaneous improvisation. Through a focus on awakening creativity, while helping children discover their own voices and talents, children get introduced to different instruments, musicians, musical elements and genres. Developing listening skills also promotes kids’ understanding of the importance of listening to each other – an exercise in self-awareness and empathy. With a guitar accompaniment children will be exposed to pitch and studying songs, which encourages them not only to sing new melodies, but to also express themselves through body language. Our music program is meant to help children tap into their own musical expression.
Mondays: Young Forest Explorers (Ages 4 – 8; meeting point: 466 6th Avenue)
Based on the German model of Waldkindergartens, 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.
Tuesdays: Contemporary Art
In this class 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, and to encourage children to explore their own imaginative responses to paintings and sculptures.
Art increases concentration, improves motor skills and eye-hand coordination, enhances the ability to complete projects and boosts self esteem and confidence. We will achieve this by working on fun and engaging art projects, learning new techniques and improving our skills by painting on a variety of materials, including making sculptures and engaging with unconventional mediums.
Wednesdays: Cooking & Baking
Led by our KinderHaus teachers, the objective of the class is to expand palates while learning about nutrition, cooking and baking, all while expanding the German vocabulary to include rich, descriptive language. We want to create a healthy variety of food with the children and awaken their taste senses and show them how delicious healthy food is. Research has shown that the classroom cooking experience helps support critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.
Related activities will include geography lessons, like asking the children to find Ethiopia on the map, and will build in math skills with activities such as graphing favorite foods based on classroom surveys or doubling recipes, and converting grams to ounces. We will also talk about local and seasonal ingredients, such as using readily available pumpkins in the Fall, to create dishes like pumpkin vegetable soup, pumpkin bread, and much more.
Wednesdays: German Reading and Writing – 1 hour class from 4:00 – 5:00 pm (Advanced Readers Ages 9 and up) or 5:00 – 6:00 pm (Beginner Readers Ages 5 – 8)
This class focuses on developing solid skills in German reading and writing with a specialized approach for English-German bilingual children.
The students ages 5 and up 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.
The group with children ages 9 and up take a closer look at the German language, working with fun approaches like detectives to learn about rules of orthography as well as more complicated grammar structures and differences to English spelling and rules. The students are engaged in activities and discussions to help them analyze language and acquire competencies such as reading and writing comprehension techniques. In order to gain a good understanding of Germany, they get to learn about its’ culture and mentality through well-known German children’s literature and engaging real-life stories.
In both classes the individual literacy skills of each child are observed and the progress is facilitated through a targeted approach on the level of each student. All activities are meaningful and offer many opportunities for the children to be creative writers and communicate their ideas through written language.
The Reading and Writing class meets Wednesdays at 312 7th St. Parlor Level.
In our theater and acting workshop, the children will engage in a variety of activities which are designed to teach body awareness, self- expression, and respect for one another. During theater and acting games, children 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, foster confidence, and a feeling of self-worth. Interactive role playing experiences teaches children to use problem solving skills, actively communicate with each other and tap into their higher-order thinking skills. With the help of stories, games, and props, the children will learn to express themselves through a whole body experience, including large muscle movements and facial expressions.
We are thrilled to welcome Simon Geronimo and the Galli Theater program to KinderHaus for our Thursday AfterSchool program. Galli Children’s Theater uses collaborative play and imagination to develop confidence, language skills, and most importantly, fun. Simon has been performing with the Galli Theater for over 15 years in Europe and North America. He has been trained in acting by Johannes Galli and is also a certified Galli Method ® Trainer.
“Children become the master of your own creativity as they invent a character and create their very own fairytale. Students will enrich their imagination through improvisational games and develop self-esteem as they take the stage. Our work will culminate in a fairytale that is based on tradition but incorporates the children’s talents and ideas.” – Simon Geronimo
Thursdays: Role Play & Fairy Tales
Our Role Play & Fairy Tales program stimulates the children’s imagination and curiosity and is designed to support children ages 2 and 3 in their German language development through role play and a variety of traditional and modern Fairy Tales. With the help of Fairy Tale classics and role play, the children will experience the stories in multiple ways and develop a deep appreciation for literature and the German language. It is especially important for young children to explore the characters of a tale and the stories plot in different ways and will get the chance to be creative and include their own ideas through role play. A special focus lies on the stimulation of the child’s mind and individual language development, considering vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and syntax while getting the chance to expressing themselves not only through verbal language but also through body language which will raise the children’s awareness of communication in a holistic way. All activities are aimed at supporting communication and interactive participation with the stories.
Fridays: Science & Nature Exploration
Weekly experimentation and nature guided science discoveries provide children with hands-on experiences about changes and concepts of the physical world around us. The objective is to explore, observe and document changes around us from magnetism to natural phenomena.
Children will be asking questions, hypothesize, concluding and replicating proofs to deepen their understanding of natures’ concepts and develop a deeper appreciation and respect for the living things around us.
All activities are designed to enhance an interest in scientific observation and research, enhancing knowledge about the world around us as well as enabling children’s curiosity for investigation and discovery.