Baby sign language has a lot to offer, but at the same time takes a lot of work. If you have the time, patience, and discipline needed it can be a wonderful tool for you and your child. It can also give them something to share with others as they get older (and they will share it with others as they get into their preschool years). It can be fun to learn with your child and to watch them grow, usually with great excitement, in their skills. It will take work. It will take patience. And if you want to continue it on, it will take more patience.
There is a lot of international schools in Germany – 164 as at January 2015 – and you’ll find them wherever there are lots of expats, such as Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt. Visit the Association of German International Schools for a list of international schools in Germany. Most are day schools although some offer a boarding option which can be useful when parents need to travel abroad. They are all privately run, can be co-ed or single sex, and sometimes require a certain level of academic achievement to gain admission. They usually offer high standards of education, small class sizes and lots of extra-curricular activities, although fees are higher compared to other education options.
There are a variety of products in the market like books, CDs, DVDs, and games that have been conceived for learning of a second language. Also there exist many other products that can be used to accustom a child to a second language, without being explicitly being created for this purpose, such as children’s songs, audio stories, DVDs (why not check out if the favourite DVD of your children have other languages as well – this works particularly well as the child knows already). All these materials are ideal to wake and to maintain the interest of the child for a language; they reinforce the learning in a playful way.