Online ontwikkelingsgericht leren voor het jonge kind

In this blog post, I’ll take you on a journey through one of my online Dutch lessons. The lesson is with Benedicta, a curious preschooler from America.

In this blog post, you can read about what developmental learning entails. I’ll show you, through my lessons, how I apply this in practice during online Dutch lessons.

Developmental learning, what does that mean?

Young children learn a lot when they enjoy learning and are motivated. Therefore, offering various activities that stimulate the child’s curiosity and connect with their world is crucial. Learning by doing.

Think of experimenting with different materials, building things, singing songs, dancing, using objects and visuals, and offering creative activities that tie into the lesson’s theme.

Het aanbieden van creatieve activiteiten die aansluiten bij het thema van de Nederlandse les.

Having taught in the early years for many years, I have gained a lot of experience with developmental learning. This is the approach that best aligns with my educational philosophy and therefore how I prefer to teach.

Organizing and planning these types of lessons often takes a bit more time. But when I see my students enjoying the activities and learning from them, I get so much in return, and it’s more than worth it!

Ontwikkelingsgericht leren bij Dutch for kids online Nederlandse les

Can you work this way during your online Dutch lessons at Dutch for Kids?

Absolutely! I try to come up with varied creative activities that connect with the child’s world and the lesson’s theme.

I always try to consider the individual child and their needs. Tailored education, because all my students are following their own learning journey. I also consider that parents need to have the necessary materials at home, so I try to keep it simple.

Online lessen Nederlands bij Dutch for Kids

How did I implement developmental learning during this lesson?

I’ll discuss a lesson I gave to one of my students following group 1 lessons. The theme was houses.

After discussing the picture card and teaching new words related to the theme, we did various activities. These included reading and acting out a poem, determining the number of syllables in a word, and introducing the letter/sound ‘h’.

Lettergrepen in een woord en het aanbieden

As an extra assignment, I had added a picture of a house made of colored blocks. I had asked my student’s parents in advance to prepare the materials.

During the lesson, I asked my student to build a house for the dog. So, there was a connection both to the lesson’s theme and to introducing the letter ‘h’.

Het thema van de online Nederlandse les

While my student was building her house, I also built a block house and showed it to her. Then, we discussed her house, the colors of the blocks she had used, and I asked her if she thought the dog would like living there.

This question was answered with a resounding ‘yes’!

Het was een geslaagde en leerzame online Nederlandse les.


They say ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ and you can clearly see that when looking at these photos. The joy radiates! It was a lesson that I look back on with a good feeling!

You can find more information about the way we work here.

Feedback from Benedicta’s father:

Benedicta always looks forward to her ‘Dutch class.’ Pauline always plans a fun mix of activities to engage her and keep her interested. Benedicta now often counts in Dutch and uses more and more Dutch words in our daily lives. We find the one-on-one lessons from Dutch for Kids very enjoyable and also useful because it’s a good way to bring more Dutch into our household.

This blog post was written by Pauline Groenenberg, teacher at Dutch for Kids

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