Wortspiele, Brooklyn

A German Immersion Montessori preschool and language program in Brooklyn, NY


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Since its inception in 2004 Wortspiele has undergone some transitions from the first Brooklyn-based program to offer German playgroups, music & language classes for toddlers and preschoolers to the state-of-the art Montessori preschool it is today.

What has never changed is our passion for teaching, our commitment to providing outstanding education in German here in NY, with a focus on the whole child, and all of our multiple intelligences, and to strengthening families and our community. We do indeed believe that it takes a village to raise a child.

Today, Wortspiele combines academic excellence with a nurturing and stimulating environment, based on a comprehensive Montessori

curriculum for bi-lingual children, equal to the finest preschools available in NYC, offering a developmentally appropriate learning experience for children between the ages of two and six in a mixed-age classroom, that challenges and builds on all aspects of their brain and personality.

Our pedagogy is not only designed to help children develop German as a second native language but also fosters (and values) independence, creativity, flexibility, curiosity, empathy, a love of learning, strong self-esteem and problem-solving skills in our students - qualities that will serve our children well growing up as young New Yorkers. Here, or anywhere else.

As co-founder and board member of the newly established German School Brooklyn (GSB), located just a few blocks from Wortspiele, on Eastern Parkway, I am extremely pleased that parents now have the option to continue their children’s German language education right here in Brooklyn. Wortspiele is a proud partner of the German School Brooklyn. For more information on the German School Brooklyn, please visit

Thank you for visiting - We welcome your feedback.

Christine Krabs

Director/Founder Wortspiele

German Immersion Montessori preschool

                 for children ages 2 through 6. In Brooklyn since 2004.

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                    Willkommen bei

    2017-18 Fall Open Houses

        Sat, Oct 22, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon

               F, Nov 11, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

           Sun, Nov 13, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon


Learning to read and write German with Montessori

The Montessori whole language approach to teaching children to read and write has stood the test of time, and many of its elements have been adopted and incorporated in modern methods used in elementary schools in Germany today. It is also extremely compatible with "The Reading & Writing Project” developed by Lucy Calkins at Columbia University`s Teachers College, which is widely used in NYC´s premier elementary schools for teaching students to read and write in English.

In this approach, writing precedes reading in the form of invented spelling: children learn to recognize individuals sounds as “word building blocks” and the letters and letter combinations that symbolize these sounds. They start to write words “as they hear them”, making their internal language visible.

In our preschool this process is introduced and supported by the Montessori materials for reading and writing: The movable alphabet enables children as young as 4 to “compose” words using invented spelling, which they greatly enjoy. Young children assume that writing is an “inborn skill” that they “quite naturally” possess and they are fascinated with the process. The sandpaper letters and the metal insets help children develop the lightness of touch and other fine-motor-skills as well as the concentration and hand-eye-coordination needed for writing, as do the many activities of everyday life.

In these early stages, spelling mistakes are accepted in order to encourage and enable children to use writing creatively, as a meaningful tool of self expression and communication. The focus is on developing a strong, lasting love for the written word and all its possibilities.

Spelling mistakes get corrected later on, as spelling, grammar and reading exercises follow.

To register for an open house, please send an e-mail to wortspiele@gmail.com

To download our registration form please click Here !