German

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In Mason’s schools, German was typically the second language taught, beginning songs in Form 2 and language study in Form 3.

Vocabulary

In the early years, vocabulary is developed through pictures and objects around the student’s environment.  Below are resources you could use for vocabulary.  The key here is to remember that the students are not to see the words.  In some cases, you may need to find a way to cover the words.

Songs

Stories

  • The Bible in German–with audio
  • YouTube has video stories of Piggeldy & Frederick without subtitles.  You could choose to use these for the audio only.
  • The German Project hosts a handful of nursery stories in audio, perfect for beginners
  • Here is You Tube channel with children’s stories.  Here also, you want to use these for the audio portion only in the early years when the primary means of acquiring language is through the ear.
  • Librivox hosts many Children’s German audiobooks
  • Here, Librivox has a collection of Fairy Tales in different languages, MANY in German
  • This YouTube channel has a collection of German fairy tales.  Use these for the audio only in the early years.
  • Der Geiss-Christeli by Ernst Zahn
  • Project Gutenberg has a number of German stories in print and audio
  • Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault in German
  • Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
  • Brothers Grimm Fairytales Vol. 1–a Kindle and Paperback option
  • Brothers Grimm Fairytales Vol. 2–Kindle
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

Series

Poems

Formal Lesson Books

Mason used the following books for lessons in her programmes.  Teachers were required to read the preface to educate themselves and did not use them exhaustively.