My daughter having problem in mingling with other kids

Jullie - posted on 09/25/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 4 yrs and 4 months and she is going to a German kindergarten from last year september. But still she could not talk German. Basically I am a Indian and we used to talk in home in our mother tongue, she can speak and understand our language very good. And she is not playing or speaking with other kids in the kindergarten the whole day. The whole day in the Kindergarten, she is playing alone. This attitude of her made me feeling very bad. Please suggest me what can i do for her to improve.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/26/2013

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Perhaps a "reward" system, or something...if she speaks German, she gets a sticker or something that she'd enjoy (small, nothing outrageous) so as to encourage her to speak more in German?

Jullie - posted on 09/26/2013

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Thanks for your idea. I learnt german upto B1 and she is not at all interested in talking in german at home. When i and my husband speaks in german to her, she is irritated and she is telling not speak as like in kindergarten. As u told we have to make a practice of speaking in german at home so she can learn a bit easily. Thank you very much.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/25/2013

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At 4 years old (and having been in a German speaking situation from the age of 3 or so) she should be picking up the German easily. The best time for a child to learn a new language is at her age! She may not be picking it up easily because she feels that it would possibly upset you, since you speak Indian in the home.

If you are living in a German speaking community, you need to make an effort yourself to learn the tongue. Encourage her to help you learn. My kids both speak fluent German, because we encouraged them to learn the language as part of their heritage. My eldest is helping my husband and I learn as well, because it is part of our heritage, and I want to visit Germany some day.

I live in the US, and it's pitiful the numbers of children who struggle with English, because their parents refuse to speak anything but their native tongue. I've always been a firm believer of adapting to your surroundings. If you live in France, learn to speak French. In Germany, learn German, etc.

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