German Kindergarten Culture Shocks

We were surprised by how different German Kindergarten is, so we thought we’d share with you our experiences, and how our daughter is doing with all the changes. Here are our top German Kindergarten culture shocks as Americans living in Germany!

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Our German Kindergarten Culture Shocks

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 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! So here were the biggest adjustments we had to make, our German kindergarten culture shocks.

German Kindergarten Culture Shocks | My Merry Messy German Life

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In February 2021, we packed up our American family of six, with four kids ages 11 and under, and moved halfway across the world to Germany to follow our dream of living in Europe again! When we were first married, we lived for two years in France and fell in love with the European way of life. Moving to Germany has been a whirlwind, especially with four kids in tow, but we’re already growing stronger and better from the experiences we are having. It has NOT been easy, but that’s how it usually is in life when you go after your dreams!

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