Classes & Registration for 2020-2021

Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year is open! Click here to register.

Classes will begin the first Saturday morning in October. See our exact calendar here

Initial student placement is based on age and the grade your student enters in Fall 2020. To accommodate different proficiency levels, we keep our class size between 6 and 12 students. Our classes from grades 1 to 7+ are designed around a two-year curriculum; students will typically stay in these classes for two years.

Previously our classes were taught at Lake Edge United Church of Christ on Madison’s East Side. Due to pandemic restrictions and our focus on keeping our students safe, we are shifting to a mix of outdoor education, prerecorded lessons and ZOOM lessons depending on our students age and language proficiency. PLEASE REFER TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO SEE ALL OUR COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS.

We have instituted many changes to GSoM in order to adapt our education to our new pandemic limitations.

1st : Guided German Lessons sent Tuesday!

You will receive German lessons for your child every TUESDAY night, so that when your child has their Asynchronous Wednesdays (the day most schools have reduced virtual meetings or no meetings to allow teachers to prepare) at school, you will be able to provide language enrichment with fun German interactive language lessons for your child!  Your emailed lesson will contain a personal video from your teacher to guide your student through the lesson.  Your child can pause it whenever and do it whenever it works for them!.  A parent just needs to print the attachments in advance, and click the links into the browser tabs, so your student can follow along!  These lessons allow you to work nearby while this GUIDED independent work with your teacher in a YouTube provides a German lesson. Our lesson format will have everything your child needs to be more independent as they learn German on Asynchronous Wednesday (or any other day of the week!) 

2nd: Weekly Saturday Zoom lesson for “in person” interaction!

Languages are best learned through repeated immersion, so having two opportunities to work with new words is ideal for learning!  Pronunciation and speaking is the focus when the teacher will be together with your student to interact using ZOOM. Lessons will be centered around guessing games, little contests, seek and finds and all kinds of other interactive ways to work with German vocabulary!

  
3rd:  Our year starts and ends outside!

For the first 3 Saturdays in October and the last 3 in May, we will meet in person outside at Lake Edge Park!  With our masks, 6 feet apart, the children will sit on blankets in the warm fall sun.. surrounding their teacher and dusting off the summer cobwebs on their German language skills.  Parents (of young children) will relax behind them, soaking up the fresh air and listening to our expert teachers.  Won’t you join us??

Details for each class along with dates, times, cost and location are below.

  • Schwalben/Swallows (for children entering 1st or 2nd grade): This class focuses on language comprehension and speaking. Children expand their vocabulary and range of expression and are  introduced to reading and writing in German (from word to sentence level).  Language beginners are accommodated.
    • Tuition: $440
    • Class Size: 10 maximum
    • In Person Class time: Saturday morning 10:30-11:20 pm with parent
    • Dates: Oct. 3rd, 10th & 17th, May 8, 15th & 22nd
    • Location: Lake Edge Park, 511 Park Ct. Madison 53716
    • Virtual Class time: Weekly prerecorded YouTube lessons. ZOOM classes the first and third Saturday of each month 10:30-11:00 am

Outdoor Classes: 50 minutes: We will begin our year by having 3 classes outdoors on the first 3 Saturdays in October. We will also end the school year with 3 outdoor classes!  Playground equipment will be closed and caution tape used to discourage children from playing in close proximity to one another.  A parent is asked to attend with their child and stay for the entire class time. Parents are also asked to bring a blanket with them, and sit behind their child at the red cones surrounding the teacher and spaced 6 feet apart.  Make Up Policy:  If weather looks too rainy or cold, class will be cancelled 24 hours in advance and be replaced with a ZOOM class.  All parents will be emailed by the school for the cancellation, and emailed by the teacher with the ZOOM log-in information.  IF an outdoor class is switched to ZOOM, we have reserved October 24th as an additional day to meet together in the park.  If no outdoor classes are canceled, then Oct. 24 will be a ZOOM day as previously scheduled.

Online Classes 30 minutes:  We have found that younger kids often find it hard to attend a scheduled ZOOM class, so we are creating two monthly ZOOM for families to work together with the teacher on speaking and pronunciation, reviewing content and making a personal connection.  Your student will receive a weekly email with a prerecorded lesson uploaded to YouTube from your teacher  These lessons are meant to be watched at your convenience by the child with their parents, to hear the German lesson and then do the associated activities during/afterwards.  The monthly ZOOM will be used to reinforce these weekly lessons and is completely optional but very helpful.

  • Falken/Falcons (for children entering 3rd or 4th grade): Students in this class continue to expand their communicative abilities in German and their knowledge of grammar and spelling. They learn to write short texts in German and are also introduced to topics relevant to German culture. Language beginners are accommodated.
    • Tuition: $700
    • Class Size: 12 maximum
    • In Person Class time: Saturday morning 11:30-12:20 pm with parent
    • Dates: Oct. 3rd, 10th & 17th, May 8, 15th & 22nd
    • Location: Lake Edge Park, 511 Park Ct. Madison 53716
    • Virtual Class time: Weekly ZOOM classes Saturday 10:30-11:30 am

Outdoor Classes 50 minutes: We will begin our year by having 3 classes outdoors on the first 3 Saturdays in October. We will also end the school year with 3 outdoor classes in May!  Playground equipment will be closed and caution tape used to discourage children from playing in close proximity to one another.  A parent is asked to attend with their child and stay for the entire class time. Parents are also asked to bring a blanket with them, and sit behind their child at the red cones surrounding the teacher and spaced 6 feet apart.  Make Up Policy:  If weather looks too rainy or cold, class will be cancelled 24 hours in advance and be replaced with a ZOOM class.  All parents will be emailed by the school for the cancellation, and emailed by the teacher with the ZOOM log-in information.  IF an outdoor class is switched to ZOOM, we have reserved October 24th as an additional day to meet together in the park.  If no outdoor classes are canceled, then Oct. 24 will be a ZOOM day as previously scheduled.

Online Classes 60 minutes:  Online classes will occur weekly on Saturday morning at 10:30 am using ZOOM.  They are ~ 60 minutes long and will include a lesson to do before or after the class.  Please make sure your student is in a place where you can pop your head in and check on them.

The following classes are not appropriate for children with no prior knowledge of German. If you are interested in German language classes for your child(ren) in 5th-8th grade, please contact us and we will discuss options for a bridging arrangement.

  • Eulen/Owls (for children entering 5th or 6th grade): This class deepens students’ understanding of German grammar and culture. Students will read short books and write short essays while building vocabulary and grammar nuances.
    • Tuition: $725
    • Class Size: 12 maximum
    • In Person Class time: Saturday 12:30-1:20 pm (no parent)
    • Dates: Oct. 3rd, 10th & 17th, May 8, 15th & 22nd
    • Location: Lake Edge Park, 511 Park Ct. Madison 53716
    • Virtual Class time: Weekly ZOOM classes Saturday 10:30-11:45 am

Outdoor Classes 60 minutes: We will begin our year by having 3 classes outdoors on the first 3 Saturdays in October. (We will also end the school year with 3 outdoor classes in May!)  Parents are NOT required to stay during the lesson but we ask that you walk to them to their teacher, and pick them up afterwards from our teacher. Playground equipment will be closed and caution tape used to discourage children from playing in close proximity to one another. Parents are also asked to bring a blanket with them, and place their child at the red cones surrounding the teacher and spaced 6 feet apart.  Make Up Policy:  If weather looks too rainy or cold, class will be cancelled 24 hours in advance and be replaced with a ZOOM class.  All parents will be emailed by the school for the cancellation, and emailed by the teacher with the ZOOM log-in information.  IF an outdoor class is switched to ZOOM, we have reserved October 24th as an additional day to meet together in the park.  If no outdoor classes are canceled, then Oct. 24 will be a ZOOM day as previously scheduled.

Online Classes 1 hr 15 minutes:  Online classes will occur weekly on Saturday morning at 10:30 am using ZOOM.  They are 1 hour and 15 minutes long with a 15 minute break and will include a lesson to do before or after the class.  Please make sure your student is in a place where you can pop your head in and check on them during class!

  • Möwen/Seagulls (for children entering 7th or 8th grade)This class for middle school students prepares students for the A2 level certification of proficiency in German. Online Classes:  Online classes will occur weekly on Saturday morning at 10:30 am using ZOOM.  They are 1 hour and 15 minutes long with a 10 minute break.  Students will be using Google Classroom and receive additional assignment and instruction on Wednesdays. Please make sure your student is in a place where you can pop your head in and check on them during the ZOOM class!
    • Virtual Class time: Saturday morning, 10:30-11:45 am
    • Tuition: $ 795
    • Class Size: 12 maximum
  • For adults: Conversational German 2: The all ZOOM level 2 class is suitable for learners who already have a grasp of basic conversational skills (comfortably at the A2 or B1 level of the CEFR) and want to expand their communicative range. This class continues work with short thematic units, which continue to expand vocabulary and complexity of expression. Tuition does not include the cost of a textbook and workbook. Classes are 60 minutes long.
    • Class time: Saturdays, 1-2 pm
    • Tuition $495

COVID-19 Precautions: PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL ADHERE TO THE MOST RECENT DANE COUNTY HEALTH DIRECTIVES. Due to these directives, our classes will occur in two different outdoor spaces, and occur sequentially, and parents are required to attend with all students under 5th grade. To adhere with Dane County Directive Emergency Order #9 on mass gatherings and youth programs, all outdoor gatherings will have less than 25 youths (not including teachers/staff). Masks will be required for participation and social distancing will be organized and maintained.

Note: In the past, we often offered week long summer camps right after public school ends, or the week before it starts for children entering grades 1-5. Our students and community members have also enjoyed our celebrations of German Holidays such as St Martins, Nikolaus & Fasching. Currently we are re-envisioning our community events throughout the year, as the pandemic continues. At this time, we do not offer organized playgroup sessions for families with very young children.  However, we are happy to connect German-speaking families with young children with each other.  Please email us, and we will forward it to our Spielgruppe contacts.