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Open House – Tuesday, November 5th

By |November 3rd, 2013|Events|Comments Off

4th Annual Laternelaufen in Central Park to benefit Pusteblume!! Monday, November 11th @ 5pm

Wir gehen mit unseren Laternen……. the tradition continues!

Come join us for the traditional German Lanternparade, the St. Martin’s Parade.

It’s that time of year and our lanterns will once again illuminate the park. Colorful lights, music and singing, and yummy cookies in the shape of the St. Martin’s goose will be in full swing!

This year will be extra special as we celebrate on the actual St. Martin’s Day as well as remember some other men and women engaged in selfless acts: our veterans. And we heard you! The parade will be longer this year with more singing, chances to interact and a wonderful play telling the story of St. Martin’s.

The cost to participate is $20 per family and all profits will go to benefit Pusteblume. Bring your own lantern, or buy one there.

Please sign up for this wonderful community event at Manhattan German Playgroup.

By |November 1st, 2013|Events|Comments Off

Pusteblume’s 1st Annual Nikolausfeier und Weihnachtsmarkt! Saturday, December 7th

Come to our beautiful preschool for our first ever Pusteblume Nikolausfeier.  We’ll be celebrating Saturday, December 7th from 1-6pm with live music, Gluehwein, German baked goods, crafting tables for the children, including a special wreath making table for adults, and of course a special visit from a certain St. Nikolaus!

Wir freuen uns auf Pusteblume’s Weihnachtsbasar und Nikolausfeier. Lasst uns froh und munter sein und die Vor-Weihnachtszeit mit Musik, Basteln, Essen und Trinken feiern. Bastelprojekte für die Kinder, Adventskranz-Bastel für die Eltern, Live Musik mit Jens Ellerhold Trio, Leckereien aller Art mit Glühwein, und Bier, Weihnachtsbasar für den Geschenke- Einkauf, und Besuch vom Nikolaus!

Sign up now!

By |October 31st, 2013|Events|Comments Off

Pusteblume Halloween & St. Martin’s Crafting Party!

Need a lantern for St. Martin’s? Looking for more Halloween fun this coming weekend? Come by Pusteblume and have your child create a lantern for our big walk in Central Park on the 11th!

Little ones can show off their Halloween costumes, and there will be drinks, snacks and spooky Halloween treats for all!

Sign up here (per family entry: $40 includes lantern making and Halloween cupcakes and refreshments)

By |October 31st, 2013|Events|Comments Off

Pusteblume presents Galli’s Fairytale Theatre: Prinzessin auf der Erbse

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Time: 4:30 – 5:30PM

Tickets: $15 per child | $20 per adult.

The show is presented in German and is recommended for children 3.5 or older. We had a big crowd for the last show – the kids really love it!

Get your tickets here

By |October 26th, 2013|Events|Comments Off

Pusteblume is going apple picking! Sunday, October 20th

Get onboard our bus to sing German songs with the kids and come away from the city to where the apples grow sweet and the pumpkins abound! Pusteblume is going to the Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard which offers many wonderful activities for kids: hayrides, corn mazes, face painting, delicious fresh food, and of course, apple picking!

Sign up at Manhattan German Playgroup which is sponsoring this wonderful new tradition. We plan to make it a yearly event!

This event is open to the whole NYC parent community.

By |October 1st, 2013|Events|Comments Off

Steuben Parade a huge success!

We had a great turnout last Saturday and wonderful media coverage for the Steuben Parade. As Manhattan’s first German language preschool, even Carol Alt was inspired! :) Because it was so much fun, and the kids had such a blast giving out candy and toys to the other kids in the crowd, we plan to do it even bigger next year. And for our Spanish speaking kids, we plan to participate in any Spanish language parades too going forward. So please get in touch with us to join our Parade Committee…. we are already planning next year – it’s top secret and it’s going to be amazing!

You can still order your Pusteblume T-Shirt now and show your pride.

By |September 22nd, 2013|Blog Posts|Comments Off

Kindermund…..

Apparently I use goofy old sayings a lot. I know this because my son is contemplating the logistics and technicalities of what comes out of my mouth. The other day, I told him: “Du hast wohl die Pfanne heiss!!” In my defense it must have been after he tried to weasel yet another something sweet from the cabinet. He looked at me in that very inquisitive way and asked:” Mama, wo ist denn die Pfanne eigentlich bei den Leuten?” It was hysterical! After I tried to explain – let’s face it, it really is a doozy – my almost 5 year old declares very matter of factly: “Das macht aber ueberhaupt keinen Sinn!” And right you are, you brilliant little creature, it is very non-sensical (now that I am writing this, I keep thinking of the anti-drug commercial…..hot pan, eggs, brain on drugs like egg in pan)…..ANYWAY, I was thrilled, that my son “is up” on these wacky, funny sayings. I know, I know funny is not exactly the first adjective that comes to mind when thinking of the German language. But yes, we can do funny. The French  have romantic, the Italians have sexy….please let us have funny. Just for today. This was funny, and it is so cool to see how he is acquiring these things and trying to to work them out for himself. I can’t wait to see if he is going to translate it for my husband and how that will work his little puzzler. Lost in translation??! Uh, maybe this will make my husband want to learn my native tongue…, to share in that wacky sense of German humor that apparently I am now introducing to our son. Yes, that’s how I will get him into it. German humor. You know how dry […]

By |April 11th, 2011|Blog Posts|Comments Off

Foundation… as in: Grundlage

When I was writing about the immersion last time I realized that the early immersion is really what is so important. Early is easier, so very much easier…just ask my darling husband. He should be speaking German by now. He hears my son and me speak, he watches the Journal on Deutsche Welle with me (wait a minute,  is he not listening..?????) The man does not speak German. We have known each other for almost 10 years. Not a lick. OK, he can butcher “ich liebe dich” when he needs to and I think “Prost!” is proudly embedded in his vocabulary, but aside from that there is not much German sticking to his Cuban brain. How can that be?  I try and teach him, translate and buy him books. Sadly, my efforts are not bearing any fruit. OK, so I am not heartbroken over this. Being able to talk about him undetectably does have it’s advantages. However, we are not the only couple that I know in this situation. And may I just point out that I DO, in fact, speak some Spanish and CAN communicate with my mother-in-law. Thank you very much! She has been in this country for 40 years and her English is very limited (which makes her love for “Wheel of Fortune” all the more puzzling). Anyway, what gives??? Why are the “immersed” adults  not as successful in their efforts to acquire an additional language?

Nutshell: With EARLY immersion comes a foundation that is almost impossible to achieve later. It will never be as easy to learn a language as it is in childhood. When you learn a language as a young child you get a foundation that is invaluable. Grundlage, foundation, we all know how necessary it is […]

By |March 27th, 2011|Blog Posts|Comments Off

Early immersion

So, I speak German to my son. Everyday! All day! We did not get into public pre-k and in hind sight it was a blessing. He is home with me and immersed in all things German.  He speaks very well, but what really amazes me is how elegant and fluent his English is. By all accounts it should really be his second language, but living in the United States we are, of course, immersed in English. He hears it as soon as we step out of the house, in every class he takes, on the playground. Effortlessly he switches back and forth between German and English but I realize that the day he is going to Kindergarten things might shift a little. He will speak English for most of his day. Will he still want to speak German with me?”Mama, sprichst Du eigentlich auch Englisch?”, he sometimes asks me? I deny, but naturally the jigg is up once we leave the house .

Sure, we have some German speaking friends and the kids do play in German when we get together, but you all know how hard it is to arrange playdates……ugh! Here is my sugarplum vision: bringing my son to Pusteblume afterschool activities where he can play, learn and be inspired with his German speaking peers.  A place were he can be immersed in the language by someone other than me and with other children….secretly I am hoping that it will make me cool again- instantly and eternally!!!

By |March 20th, 2011|Blog Posts|Comments Off