Updates

Little Blue Truck and a Rally of Robots

Our preschoolers spent the Saturday meetup with stories, songs and activities about life on the farm, including finding out how Little Blue Truck’s friends got him out of a very sticky spot. And the schoolkids held a board game rally of intrepid robots racing across a factory floor.

Last weekend was the last meetup day in October! Saturday Club is going on Autumn Break – we’ll be back on November 10 with additional meetups! Stay tuned for more news!

Day at the Farm

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What are these animals up to? Find out as our Saturday Club preschoolers spend a day “Down on the Farm”! And… who knows what the schoolkids will send dancing across the table this week? Will it be letters, words… or robots? Come find out tomorrow at 1:30 pm!

Join Our Team!

Saturday Club needs help! We are adding new meetups and our most recent potential addition to the team fell through, so we are urgently looking for a new group leader.

Do are you a native-level speaker of English and enjoy working with young kids? Are you available on Saturday afternoons? Join our team!

The ideal candidate would have the following skills and capabilities:
– native-level English
– experience teaching English as a Foreign Language
– experience working with groups of preschoolers and schoolchildren
– permission to work in Germany
– willingness to sign a (no-minimum-hour) contract and submit monthly invoices

The initial responsibilities include:
– being on location in Pankow from 13:15 – 15:15 (meetup is from 13:30 – 15:00) on the following Saturdays: 13.10. (co-teaching), 10.11., 17.11., 24.11., 01.12., and 08.12.
– working with a group (usually about 6 – 8 kids) of bilingual preschoolers (and sometimes their parents), leading them in song, activities, and projects (all in English), based on a pre-designed lesson plan.

Salary is 30 EUR for a session of this type.

If it works out well, there is a possibility for more work in the new year (this meetup will continue, plus we may need help with other meetups and course planning and/or admin work).

If you are interested, please contact us ASAP.

Wild Animals!

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Who does this banana belong to? Find out this weekend, when the preschoolers will be studying wild animals in the jungle and the zoo! 13:30 – 15:00 on Saturday. Requested donation for the preschooler/toddler group: 15€ non-members, 12€ members. Schoolkids board game meetup: 3€ non-members, 0€ members.

Schoolkids ELA Meetup

We have been hinting at this for awhile, but it is finally coming together: The Schoolkids English Language Arts Meetup!

The aim of this meetup is to give English language speakers in grades 2 – 5 a bit of playful support in their English language skills. It is not an English as a Foreign Language class; the curriculum is much more inspired by primary school Language Arts classes in countries where English is the native language. The meetup is particularly aimed at giving English-speaking children who attend German schools the kind of Language Arts learning experience which they miss, since their schools only offer English as a foreign language (children in other situations are also welcome; just let us know if there is something unusual about your child’s situation or if they have a particular need).

The initial meetup series will be five 90-minute sessions on consecutive Saturdays in November and December. A trained English teacher will lead the group in reading, listening to and discussing a challenging chapter book together; executing a collaborative project which involves creating characters, interacting and writing short stories; and playing interactive language-learning and vocabulary-enriching games. If there is sufficient interest, the possibility exists to continue the meetups in the new year.

Without further ado, Info in (somewhat) Brief:
Dates: 10. November, 17. November, 24. November, 1. December, 8. December
Time: 13:30 – 15:00
Location: Helen Doron Learning Centre, Berliner Str. 118, 13187 Berlin (NOTE: NOT the Wichertstr. or any other Helen Doron Centre! This is the one NEAR THE PANKOW TRAIN STATION.)
Requested Donation: 60€ for Saturday Club members; 75€ for non-members (15€/12€ per session). This goes to the teacher, books, supplies and – last but not least – room rent.
Please note: We are asking students to commit to all 5 classes, with the option to cancel at the end of the first session (only students who commit to all 5 classes will receive the book). This is both because we need to order supplies in advance, and because students will not make progress if they miss classes.

And, way down here at the bottom, what you were all waiting for:
The Non-Binding Interest Form

Fun at Activity Day

We had a lot of fun at Activity Day – towers were built (and destroyed), trains traveled on tracks, marbles descended runs, books were read, games were played, dice and paper airplanes were created, coffee was drunk, snacks were eaten, parents chatted… it was a friendly, happy, busy meetup. Next week we’re back to our regular meetup schedule – stay tuned for more info!