When we moved to Germany, we thought starting German kindergarten for our then four-year-old daughter would be easy and fun. But we actually ended up having to make some big cultural and mindset adjustments to so we could all thrive. We had no idea just how different the approach to education and child rearing is here in Germany compared to the USA. What we are finding is that we really love it and think there is a lot that Americans could learn from Germany’s philosophy on raising kids!
🇩🇪 VIDEOS MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO 🇩🇪
+ Why German Playgrounds are AWESOME and Our American Kids Love Them! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-lgX73MILs&t=646s
+ What German School is Like for Our American Kids - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJxD0uLOS4s&t=763s
+ German Childhood + Self Reliance - Are German Kids More Independent than in America? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G94acDDpBQ8&t=423s
+ German Childhood Part 2 - What Germans Say a Self Reliant Childhood Looks Like! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XltfLKQoeM&t=743s
+ @Black Forest Family - THINGS THAT MAKE SENSE IN GERMAN KITA, that Seem Odd in American Daycare - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytl14lxq9Pg&t=20s
🇩🇪 See our Raising Kids in Germany playlist here - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMUy6rPvNf97Cn8enlrCvxJER3nrRMmPd
🇩🇪 See all of our Life in Germany blog posts and videos here - https://mymerrymessylife.com/category/family/travel-and-life-in-germany/
🇩🇪 See our Life in Germany YouTube playlist here - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMUy6rPvNf96RmlBl22TCRUbrY3rTdPtb
🇩🇪See our Traveling with Kids playlist here - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMUy6rPvNf96Ml8PvPznoX6r61eVtSgoV
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0:00 - Come decorate our house for the autumn season with us!
1:12 - Kindergarten is not considered school here in Germany
4:17 - Kindergarten in Germany versus in the United States - play based versus academics based
11:47 - The German culture of Self Reliance can be seen in the kindergartens
18:41 - We’ve needed much more outdoor play clothes for Ella here in Germany