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Our heartfelt thanks to you for nominating us for Parentmap’s Golden Teddy! We are proud to announce that Sponge is nominated for the following categories under Camps+Classes:

  • Engaging Infant + Tot Class
  • After School Enrichment
  • Passport Ready Language or Art Class

Voting for Round 2 starts today, April 24, and runs through April 30. We have a week to show our love for Sponge classes, so vote now!

It’s that time of the year again! ParentMap Golden Teddy Awards are here again, and we hope you support Sponge by nominating us in the following categories under Camps+Classes this year:

  • Engaging Infant + Tot Class
  • After-School Enrichment
  • Passport-Ready Language Camp

Sponge is a Golden Teddy finalist/winner for six years in a row!

2016 – Finalist (infant & Toddler classes, After school enrichment)
2015 – Finalist (After school enrichment)
2014 – Winner (After school), Finalist (Infant & Toddler classes)
2013 – Finalist (Infant & Toddler classes)
2012 – Winner (Infant & Toddler classes)
2011 – Finalist (Infant & Toddler classes)

Along with showing your support, you’ll be entered to win over $1,000 in prizes, including a family getaway to Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort and Semiahmoo Resort, Golf + Spa. Round 1 (Nominations) run from April 6 to 16, and Round 2 (Finalist Voting) will be from April 24 to 30. Visit www.parentmap.com/golden-teddy to cast your vote!

A Big Teddy Hug from us for your support!

Are you an educator who shares our passion for language and culture? Are you constantly looking for ways to engage students in effective and meaningful language learning activities? If you answered yes, then we have the perfect event for you!

Sponge, in partnership with the Confucius Institute and the Washington Association for Language Teaching, is proud to offer a 3-hour Workshop for Language Teachers on 10 May 2017 (5pm-8pm) at Medina Elementary School.

Dr. Helena Curtain, an internationally known expert on second language teaching methodology, curriculum development, and bilingual immersion education, will help language educators examine effective activities and strategies in language teaching.

  • We will be exploring the aspects that we must consider in implementing communication-focused early language learning programs that is deep, rich, and engaging, for both students and teachers.
  • We will examine ideas on how to employ strategies that are at a minimum intrinsically interesting, but that also incorporate elements that are cognitively engaging and culturally connected.
  • Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, we will focus on practical ways to deepen activities in the early language learning programs so that they have maximum impact on the learner.

Up your language game and sign up now!

Exploring the world through language is just one click away! Build your child’s communication skills, and nurture their love for language and culture through our Online Language Classes starting this April 3, 2017.

Designed for elementary age kids, our weekly 30-min instructor-led online classes offer an interactive and immersive environment for language learning. We’re offering 10 weeks of classes in Spanish, Mandarin, French and Japanese for the following age groups and levels:

  • Level 1 – 5-7 years old
  • Level 1 – 8-10 years old

Using the same engaging and research-driven curriculum in our Center and Elementary School Programs, we hope to share our passion for language and culture to children and their families across the country!

Make us part of your summer plans!

We’re offering six weeks of language immersion camp this summer, from June 26 through the first week of August. Help your student keep up their Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and French skills over the summer months through games, cooking, culture and art!

Hear about our exciting themes straight from our teachers! Watch their videos and check out camp schedules and locations here.

Avail of the Early Bird Rates by registering on or before April 14, 2017.

Due to inclement weather conditions, the Bellevue, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, and Issaquah School Districts cancelled classes today, 7 February 2017.

Please note that there are no Sponge language classes in the following schools today:

  • Cherry Crest
  • Medina
  • Spiritridge
  • Lakeview
  • Rose Hill
  • Lakeridge
  • Northwood
  • West Mercer
  • Newcastle
  • Thornton Creek

Our Mandarin morning classes in Sponge Kirkland Center are also cancelled.

Thanks and see you soon!

Soon we’ll be able to bring language classes to your home! Sponge Online Classes are now in their Beta phase, and we’re looking for students ages 5-10 years old to be part of the Free Beta Class Test in Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and French.

Registration is now open, and you can sign up here!

We offer the following classes:

  • Japanese – Level1 – 5-7yrs – TueThu 9:30
  • Japanese – Level1 – 8-10yrs – MonWed 3:30pm
  • Japanese – Level1 – 8-10yrs – Thu 3:00pm
  • Mandarin – Level1 – 5-7yrs – WedFri 10:00
  • Mandarin – Level1 – 8-10yrs – MonWed  4:00pm
  • Spanish – Level1 – 5-7yrs –  WedThu 9:30am
  • Spanish – Level 1 – 8-10 yrs – SatSun 11:00am

Please note that only 3 slots are available for each class, so please sign up as soon as possible if you are interested.

Important notes related to the online beta program:

  • Due to the small beta class size, it is important that anyone signing up for this class is committed to attending the class. If you are not able to commit to attending all sessions in the beta class, please contact us as soon as possible so space can be freed up for someone available to attend all sessions.
  • We ask that anyone signing up for the free beta course commit to providing timely feedback. Each week, we will send a brief, 3-5 question survey to gauge the effectiveness and suitability of our course material and overall approach. Your candid, constructive feedback is essential to future improvements to this course.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you in class soon!

Cantonese classes are now open for registration in our Mt. Baker Center! We are offering Child-Caregiver and Just Kids Cantonese classes every Wednesday afternoon starting this Spring session (6 February – 18 June 2017).

Cantonese is Hong Kong’s primary language and it is spoken in nearby Chinese provinces. It is also one of the major varieties of Chinese spoken amongst overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Cambodia). Be part of the pioneer class and sign up now!