Wenn ich groß bin - When I grow up August 7 - August 18, 2017

The DANK Haus Kinderschule hosts its Sommercamp during the first two full weeks in August for kids ages 4-9!  Sommercamp is a fun introduction to and reinforcement of German language and culture.  This year's theme "Wenn ich groß bin - When I grow up" is all about skilled trades and professions.  Each camp day kleine Bäcker, Schneider, Tischler, Papierschöpfer ... (little bakers, seamstresses, carpenters, papermakers etc.) will enjoy hands-on activities, stories and songs about a different skilled trade/profession.  Two field trips will round up our fun exploration!  Please contact us with any questions!

Register now! Kinderschule Sommercamp 2017

Meet the Team

Low child - instructor ratio!  We register a maximum of 20 children for two instructors and one assistant!  Field Trips will have additional staff.

We are happy for Gudrun Priemer to return for a third summer as a Sommercamp head teacher. Gudrun began teaching at the DANK Haus Kinderschule in 2005. She loves books and is passionate about teaching early literacy skills to young children. After working as a school librarian as well as adult and youth service librarian at Chicago Public Library, Gudrun is currently creating and running classes as well as storytimes for young children at the Skokie Library. 

Initially teaching upper grades (5-8) Kinderschule classes, she now has been very excited to teach German through stories, songs, rhymes, arts & crafts and play in our Kinderschule Kindergarten class in recent school years. Gudrun was born and grew up in Berlin, and has lived in Chicago since 1987 and has two sons.

Anna Pajak joined Kinderschule in Fall 2015 and has been teaching our young Level 2 students this year.  Anna is currently a Visiting Instructor of German Language at Purdue University Calumet. After graduating from High School in Fürstenberg (Brandenburg) in 2006, she moved to Chicago to pursue Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.                

Anna began teaching German in the Basic German Language Program at UIC in her second year of graduate school and received recognition for excellence in teaching.  She also taught German and Polish to professional soldiers. 

Anna’s teaching experience extends beyond linguistics.  Every summer since 2006, Anna has been teaching tennis throughout Chicago and New York City.  Teaching tennis has helped her with teaching German because learning a foreign language is fundamentally like learning a new sport.  Both are long-term processes that develop a person’s lifelong perspectives.  Anna - a recipient of several academic honors and scholarships - holds a BA in Media and Communications and Germanic Studies as well as a MA in Germanic Studies.

Being the daughter of a parent with a PhD in German Literature, Stephanie Meyer has been well acquainted with the German language since birth.  Stephanie herself grew-up as a DANK Haus Kinderschule student, so she knows the value of the program and the challenge to wake up "early" on a Saturday morning.  

After completing Kinderschule, and being a student of Frau Priemer for 3 years, Stephanie was delighted to return as a Kindergarten helper and Sommercamp Assistant. Stephanie loves working with the little ones and has been Frau Priemer's assistant for three years now. When DANK Haus Kinderschule is on summer break, Stephanie works at Paper Lantern Chinese Cultural Center, and also as a preschool/kindergarten teacher's assistant. Stephanie currently is an upperclassman at Chicago's Jones College Preparatory.

Stundenplan - Daily Structure

To give you an idea what a typical day at camp will look like ...

  8:00 -   9:00 Before Camp Care
  9:00 -   9:30 Arrival and Free Play
  9:30 - 10:30 Playground (short walk to a nearby school playground without crossing Western Avenue)
11:00 - 12:30 Circle Time and Theme of the Day
12:30 -   1:00 Lunch
  1:00 -   1:30 Free Play
  1:30 -   2:30 Arts, Crafts, and /or Cooking (related to the theme of the morning)
  2:30 -   3:00 Time for Foosball and Table Tennis
  3:00 -   5:00 After Camp Care

Registration and Fees

Registration is open!

Full Term Base Camp Early Bird Rate (register through June 15): $520

Full Term Base Camp Registration after June 15: $620

Families may register for just one week.  Fees will be adjusted accordingly.

Before & Aftercare are offered from 8:00-9:00am and 3:00-5:00pm. Two full weeks of Before & Aftercare are $200 - the fee can be prorated according to need.

Contact us

Please contact Language Program Coordinator Anett Rollin with any questions!


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Past events

Monday, August 14, 2017 Kinderschule Sommercamp 2017 - Second Week Only
Monday, August 07, 2017 Kinderschule Sommercamp 2017

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Email: Dank@Dankhaus.com

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