Archive for March, 2010

Foreign Language Summer Camps

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Dear members,

Some parents asked about our summer camps and how to invest on bringing the best of a foreign language program to summer fun, so we decided to post our summer camps schedule on the blog for a week, after that, we will have it on our site. Enrolment has started. Come and Splash en español this summer!

                                                                                  Spanish Splashing Summer Camps

                                                                                                  EasyLearn Programs

West Deptford

July 26th-30th    August 16th-20th

10-12 am 2 hours of pure fun! Outdoor activities, sports, nature exploration at the park besides the office, water games, summer vocabulary, basic Spanish concepts and more!! Snack is included.

Cost: $ 60.00 per week / Ages 3-5 and 5-7.

Cherry Hill

August 2-6th

10-12 am 2 hours of pure fun! Outdoor activities, sports, nature exploration at the playground area, water games, basic Spanish concepts and more!! Snack is provided.

Cost: $ 50.00 per week / Ages 3-6.


August 9-13th

10-12 am 2 hours of pure fun! Outdoor activities, sports, nature exploration at the playground area, water games and more!! Snack is provided.

Cost: $ 99.00 per week / Ages 3-8.


All summer, every Friday in July and August, two hours per Friday, 10-12pm! Outdoor activities, sports, nature exploration at the playground area, water games and more!! Snack is provided.

Cost: $ 50.00 per month / Ages 3-6

Mullica Hill

July 19-23rd, afternoon times per age.  Outdoor activities, sports, nature exploration at the playground area, water games and more!!

                                                                            For more information, call 856-848-8870

Easter in Portuguese

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Dear Members,

This time of the year brings the best memories of my childhood. When my mom used to stay hours in the kitchen preparing the seafood dishes for Easter! My dad would spend hours stirring Vatapá, Camarão, arroz branco, farofinha…..makes my mouth water. Those sounds and smells still surround me when Easter times come, so I try to make this a special time for my son as well…bringing some of the traditions like purchasing the one pound Easter Egg at the Brazilian store….making sea food on good Friday and working on a two hour sweet bread which allows me to share some of my memories with him.

If you wish to share some traditions with your child or use some interesting materials in the classroom, I would suggest:

Use bunny songs which can be found in YouTube:

De olhos vermelhos or Coelhinho da Páscoa, words for the songs can also be found online

Memory game with Easter vocabulary like, coelho, cesta, ovos, chocolate, colorante, páscoa

Print easter egg from online free coloring pages and cut them in three parts, have the children put pieces of the eggs together, this can also be used to review colors on the eggs.

I hope my ideas help you share Easter traditions!

Feliz Páscoa!

Claudia Krusch

Director of EasyLearn Languages Programs

Easter and Spanish

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Dear Readers,

A lot of homeschooling parents and teachers e-mailed us, asking  for materials to use on Easter. I have couple ideas to share, which can be used in any foreign language class:

1)Plastic egg decoration- children will glue decorations they colored on the eggs and you will review or teach Spanish colors while doing that

2)Hide and seek, children will take turn counting(numbers) and try to find students.

3)Word egg hunt- I hide eggs and words/candy seeing during the month, they will hunt for eggs, but they will only get the candy if they can tell me what that word is.

4)I also use the song Los Pollitos

5) We make baskets, chicks as crafts

6) We do an animal class with Easter related animals, they will toss them into a basket, saying their names.

Feel free to contact me for more ideas! Above all, let’s help children have fun with a foreign language!


Claudia Krusch

Director of EasyLearn Programs

Dr. Seuss and Spanish

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Dear Readers,

March is Dr. Seuss month and talking to another teacher, I heard the sentence, Dr.Seuss books were meant to be read in English! I disagree, I honestly believe, children will take a advantage of any opportunity to learn a foreign language, especially if it is connected to their own experiences, something they can relate to….

The collection was published in Spanish and I worked on my own version for Portuguese. The children immediately connect with the book and a subject they are also seeing in school.

So we decided to use Dr. Seuss books translated to Spanish this month in our classes and offer a free event to celebrate the author and his legacy at our office in West Deptford, on March 19rh 5pm. Story time, refreshments and a craft, a free event for Dr. Seuss lovers!

Come and join us or puchase the book and share with your child!

Claudia Krusch

CK Translations and EasyLearn Director


Monday, March 1st, 2010

Dear readers,

Every time somebody asks me how many languages I speak, I struggle to say four, because I’m proficient in three languages, but German has always been a passion and a curse.

I took four years at Goethe Institute at my hometown in Brazil, graduated, but I can’t say I’m really proficient….

I’ve been to Germany twice, loved the country, used the language, but once I arrived in small cities, I quickly figured out that turning the menu upside down wouldn’t work…..looking at people’s plates and pointing worked better… room temperature( and I hate beer) all for the sake of experiencing the country!!! Wunderbar!

Well, we decided to bring the passion back to our classroom and offer German for adults and children!

I’m really excited to be sharing my passion with you all!

Just some info to give you a little taste of basic Deutsch. Enjoy,

Claudia Krusch


Full Country Name : Federal Republic of Germany
Land Area : 357 030 square kilometers
Population : approximately 82 million
Capital City : Berlin
Population of Berlin : approximately 3.45 million
Time Change : GMT/UTC +1 (+2 in the Summer)
Electricity : 220V, 50 Hz
Units of Measurements : Metric System of Weights and Measures.
Begegnungen Meeting people
Guten Morgen! (4am-12 pm) Good morning!
Guten Tag! (12 pm – 8 pm) Good day!
Guten Abend! (8 pm – 1 am) Good evening!
Hallo! Hello!
Auf Wiedersehen! Good bye!
Tschüs! Bye!
Wie geht es dir?
(informal, singular)
How are you?
Wie geht es euch?
(informal, plural)
How are you?
Wie geht es Ihnen?
How are you?
Bitte! Please / You’re welcome!
Danke. Thank you.
Ja. Yes.
Nein. No.
Entschuldigung. Sorry / Excuse me… !
Ich verstehe nicht. I don’t understand.
Ich spreche kein Deutsch. I don’t speak German.
Sprechen Sie Englisch? Do you speak English?
Mein Name ist… My name is…
Ich komme aus (Victoria / Kanada). I am from (Victoria/Canada).
Nett Sie kennen zu lernen. Nice to meet you.
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General Information

Currency Germay’s currency used to be Deutsche Mark (DM) but now it uses the Euro (€). The cost of most items in Germany is similar to the prices you would expect in North America. Cars and houses are cheaper in North America. Although major credit cards are widely accepted, you should always inquire. ATMs are readily available and you should not have any trouble accessing your accounts (as long as you have a four-digit PIN!). Foreign currency, including travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks and special exchange shops. Money exchanges are generally open from 6 am to 10 pm. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 1:00pm and 2:30pm to 4:00pm. On Thursdays they stay open until 6 pm. Main branches do not close for lunch.
Passports and Visas Americans, Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders and Japanese need only a valid passport and no visa for a stay of up to 3 months. Citizens of the European Union only need an official identity card.
Flying In and Out The main arrival/departure points for flights are Frankfurt-am-Main, Munich and Düsseldorf. Frankfurt is Europe ‘s busiest airport after Heathrow. If you are already in Europe, it’s generally (but not always) cheaper to get to Germany by train.
Language In larger towns the majority of people will be able to communicate with you in English. This said, it is important to at least to have a grasp of the basics of the native language wherever you travel.
Weather The most reliable weather is from May to October, but generally the climate is variable and it’s best to be prepared for all types. Check Today’s Weather.

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