Thought it might be an idea to look at different resources available, so when people join they know what's out there!
Here are some ideas collected from some previous posts. Apologies for deleting some but I thought this was a better way of displaying the ideas.
Lorraine has mainly come across the Early Start materials (recommended by her area MFL co-ordinator) & odd websites & making her own materials- as & when.
What do others think of Early Start? I think it's possibly better than the French version and good for non-specialists but what have you come across? Perhaps we'll start some reviews here!
Early Start 2 is supposed to be coming out in June as is the interactive CD Rom for 1 and according to the website the first versions of Talking Big Books for German are 'Out Now'.
Angelika thinks Early Start German resources have the edge on the French pack. She said her children really enjoy watching the films and often sing the "Hallo wie geht's?" song in the yard and on the bus to the swimming pool. Thinks Early Start is a great resource and is excellent for giving pupils an authentic look at life for their contemporaries in Germany.
At the Goethe Institute we were told about an interactive programme called Kleinbrücken. Check out http://www.manic-monkey.com/
Angelika uses 'Ja Klar!' Deutsch als Fremdsprache für die Grundschule, but her children have German parents, doesn't know if she would use it with children who have no prior German knowledge.
She also recommends Martina Schwarz's songbooks, which provide inexpensive additions to a resource bank and comprise songs written and performed by Martina Schwarz who is an accomplished accordionist and vocalist in addition to being a primary teacher. Her kids love the 'hey hey hallo, die Schule fängt an' song and she’s not allowed to forget to start the lesson with it. The songs cover themes like counting, colours, weather, weekdays, months, family, body parts and illnesses, languages around the world and many others. Both books include a CD with sung and instrumental versions. Some can be sung in rounds and the books show the musical scores. They are available from the Goethe Institute www.goethe.de/london.
Angelika has also registered with www.singup.org
If you are interested in German songs, see Judy Carruthers website http://hamletsfriend.edublogs.org/
Researching the net for animal flip books, Lorraine found a good site called Last word resources which have a lovely collection of German books at http://www.lastwordresources.co.uk/page80a.html. Doesn't know anything about the firm but they do have a good selection of storybooks. Anyone used them or know any other sources for German texts?
Kay Mc Keen has been involved in writing German primary material some of which is online here http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/sharingpractice/d/drama.asp?strReferringChannel=mfle "Kranke Tiere"
Recently Lorraine has discovered the 'voyage kids' site written for German children learning English, but may be useful for comparison available at http://www.ukgermanconnection.org/kids/?location_id=868
Now we've quite a number in the group what do others recommend?