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Registration is now open for our Spring 2021 classes which run from February 1, 2021 to June 13, 2021. We have a full schedule with weekday and weekend options of online classes. Due to the pandemic, we will only be offering a very limited number of in-person classes at our centers.

Questions? Contact us via email or phone!

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Join us for fun language classes this fall!

Classes run from August 31, 2020 to January 24, 2021. Due to COVID, we’re primarily offering our classes online with a very limited number of in-person classes.

Looking for more extensive immersion for your young language learner that combines free play, art, science, and basic literacy in the target language? Join us for our online version of Sponge LanguagePlayTMProgram this Fall!

Sponge LanguagePlay online program is a extended immersion preschool program for 3 to 5 year old children who are ready for independent learning. LaguagePlay online classes will be held Mon-Thu, starting September 14 and will run through Dec 10, 2020. We are offering Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese online LanguagePlay this Fall!

Sign up now!

Need more information? Email us at info@spongeschool.com and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

We’re offering nine weeks of language immersion camp this summer, from June 22 through August 21. Help your student keep up their Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and French skills over the summer months through games, cooking, science and art! Explore the schedule to find the right week and location for your summer plans.

Camp Schedule & Registration

Summer Camps

Each camp has an engaging theme for the week. Spanish campers can take a language journey to Latin and South America. Join us for a trip to South America in De viaje por Sudamérica and let’s explore the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Jungle, and much more. Or maybe your student loves to learn about food around the world. We’re taking a linguistic and culinary tour of the Spanish-speaking world in Cocinando con Sabor. Looking for a week of exploration? Join us to explore some markets in Latin America in Vamos de compras al Mercado.  Each market is packed with yummy food and interesting shops.  For the explorers, archeologists, and liguists are heart, we are offering El imperio Inca. We’ll be traveling back in time through the Andes to explore the ancient secrets of the Inca empire. There are stories to be told, art to be made, food to eat, and most importantly, fun to be had!

Interested in China? Learn about it in Mandarin. Explore the richness and variety of Chinese food culture through dumplings in our Dumpling Dynasty Camp! Or join us for Five Days in Bejing as we explore the majestic Chinese capital. Pack your suitcase, grab your passport and let’s travel to Bejing! 

Our Japanese camp is inspired by Japan’s most famous folktale. Join us for Momotarou to learn about Peach boy by experiencing old and fun Japanese traditions! Students will build language skills through exciting games, arts and craft, music,dance and more!

French campers will go on an exciting weeklong visit to the grand city of Paris in  Allons à Paris! We will explore the French capital, its monuments, its art and of course, its food.  We will travel to Paris and immerse ourselves in French culture and language through music, dance, arts and crafts,  games and cooking.. Bon voyage!

Plant the seeds of language learning in your child through Sponge classes!

Classes run from February 3, 2020 to June 14, 2020. We have a full schedule with weekday and weekend options in our Seattle, Kirkland, and Issaquah locations.

Below are some enhancements to our Curriculum that will be sure to supplement language and cultural learning inside and outside the classroom:

  • Language Coursebook – provides a brief overview of the Sponge class elements and method, guidelines, and hand-outs for the whole course.
  • Storybooks – The phrases and vocabulary your child is learning in class are now weaved into stories you can read with them and enjoy. The storybook contains romanized text for languages like Mandarin and Japanese, with colorful illustrations and dedicated coloring pages for your young language learner. It also features Quick Response (QR) Code you can scan using your phone or another device to listen to the story in language – a great feature for pronunciation review for you and your little one! Our Summer Storybooks are already available for purchase here: https://spongeschool.com/shop/
  • Sponge Online Portal – Free access to our new, interactive Online Portal to help parents and students with language learning, including pronunciation;
  • Two weeks of Cultural Classes at the end of the session in place of the Grand Review;
  • Each unit features a Final Project for JK classes as cultural extension;

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 WE’RE STARTING OUR HALF-DAY IMMERSION PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
WITH AROUND-THE-WORLD CELEBRATION EVENT

World language classes for children will begin in September

  • What: Mini-classes, arts and crafts, and cultural performances
  • Where: 22525 SE 64th Place, Suite 140, Issaquah, WA 98027
  • When: Sunday, Aug. 25, 10am – 1 p.m.

Families are invited to an around-the-world event on Sunday, Aug. 25th from 10am to 1pm. This free event will take families all over the globe with international snacks, fun-filled Spanish, Mandarin, French, Japanese and German classes taught by native-speaking teachers; crafts from around the world; and cultural performances. Families may enter to win special door prizes, including free storybooks and discounted language classes for the Fall 2019 season. This event is geared toward children ages 10 and younger and their families.

Our new half-day immersion pre-school program is starting this fall! Sponge LanguagePlay Program is designed for 3 to 5 year old children who are ready for independent learning.

Provide your young global citizen an opportunity to get a head start on two of the most spoken languages in the world by learning Spanish, Mandarin, or both! Program is offered at our Issaquah Center. Session runs from September 9, 2019 to June 11, 2020. Use coupon code Playful2019 to get $150 off your LanguagePlay classes.

Interested in finding out whether your child will like it or not? Schedule a free Just Kids trial class.

Sign up for Mini-Classes here.

Come join us for fun language classes this fall!

Classes run from September 4, 2019 to January 26, 2020. We have a full schedule with weekday and weekend options in our Seattle, Kirkland, and Issaquah locations!

Looking for extensive immersion for your young language learner that combines free play, art, science, and basic literacy in the target language? Sign up now for our Sponge LanguagePlayTMProgram!

Sponge LanguagePlay program is a half-day immersion preschool program for 3 to 5 year old children who are ready for independent learning. Provide your young global citizen an opportunity to get a head start on two of the most spoken languages in the world by learning Spanish, Mandarin, or both! Program is offered at our Issaquah Center. Session runs from September 9, 2019 to June 11, 2020. Use coupon code Playful2019 to get $150 off your LanguagePlay classes.

Below are some enhancements to our Curriculum that will be sure to supplement language and cultural learning inside and outside the classroom:

  • Language Coursebook – provides a brief overview of the Sponge class elements and method, guidelines, and hand-outs for the whole course.
  • Storybooks – The phrases and vocabulary your child is learning in class are now weaved into stories you can read with them and enjoy. The storybook contains romanized text for languages like Mandarin and Japanese, with colorful illustrations and dedicated coloring pages for your young language learner. It also features Quick Response (QR) Code you can scan using your phone or another device to listen to the story in language – a great feature for pronunciation review for you and your little one! Our Summer Storybooks are already available for purchase here: https://spongeschool.com/shop/
  • Sponge Online Portal – Free access to our new, interactive Online Portal to help parents and students with language learning, including pronunciation;
  • Two weeks of Cultural Classes at the end of the session in place of the Grand Review;
  • Each unit features a Final Project for JK classes as cultural extension;

Sign up now!

Registration is now open for our Summer 2019 session!

Classes run from July 1 to August 25, 2019. We have a full schedule with weekday and weekend options in our Seattle, Kirkland, and Issaquah locations!

Below are some enhancements to our Curriculum that will be sure to supplement language and cultural learning inside and outside the classroom:

  • Language Coursebook – provides a brief overview of the Sponge class elements and method, guidelines, and hand-outs for the whole course.
  • Storybooks – The phrases and vocabulary your child is learning in class are now weaved into stories you can read with them and enjoy. The storybook contains romanized text for languages like Mandarin and Japanese, with colorful illustrations and dedicated coloring pages for your young language learner. It also features Quick Response (QR) Code you can scan using your phone or another device to listen to the story in language – a great feature for pronunciation review for you and your little one! Our Summer Storybooks are already available for purchase here: https://spongeschool.com/shop/
  • Sponge Online Portal – Free access to our new, interactive Online Portal to help parents and students with language learning, including pronunciation;
  • Two weeks of Cultural Classes at the end of the session in place of the Grand Review;
  • Each unit features a Final Project for JK classes as cultural extension;

Sign up now!

Every year ParentMap presents their annual Golden Teddy Awards, highlighting the best Puget Sound resources for parents. We hope you’ll spread the love by nominating Sponge in the following categories under Camps+Classes this year:

  • Engaging Infant + Tot Class
  • After-School Enrichment

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

  • 2018 – Finalist (Engaging Infant + Tot Class, After-School Enrichment)
  • 2017 – Winner (Passport-Ready Language or Art Class), Finalist (Engaging Infant + Tot Class, After-School Enrichment)
  • 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 fabulous prizes. Round 1 (Nominations) run from April 3 to 14, and Round 2 (Finalist Voting) will be from April 24 to 30. Visit https://www.parentmap.com/2019-golden-teddy-awards to cast your vote!

A Big Teddy Hug from us for your support!

Research shows that language learning increases cognitive ability for senior learners. Aside from the social benefits of exploring a different culture and learning new ways to communicate, learning a new language delays the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s as it increases the strength and agility of the brain.

Sponge partners with retirement communities to bring the joy of language learning to senior learners through our regularly scheduled French, German, Japanese, and Spanish classes. 

All of our classes are designed to be engaging and effective. We think the best way to learn a language is to be immersed in it and having fun. Our students learn a new language and discover world culture through exploration and hands-on activities.

Let us know of your interest through the form below:

 

Sponge has been chosen by Highline Public Schools (HPS) to provide Spanish and Mandarin language curriculum for use across twelve HPS elementary schools as part of the district’s new afterschool language enrichment program.

Highline Public Schools serves around 19,000 students in grades K-12 in the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and White Center in Washington state. The district has 32 schools, including 18 elementary schools and serves a highly diverse population of students.

“We wanted to provide our students with a strong, research-based language curriculum with a flexible and customizable instructional approach. Equally important, we wanted language learning to be a fun experience for our K-6th graders, and were looking for a proven, turn-key afterschool language program”, said Dr. Kristin Percy Calaff, Director of Language Learning, Highline Public Schools.

Sponge’s curriculum is based on current research and an immersion approach with emphasis on learning and communicating via games, songs, and drama. Program materials include coursebooks with activity sheets, language journals, and self-assessments, picture cards, storybooks based on unit themes, and a strong alignment with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages.

“We are thrilled to partner with HPS and bring language learning to its elementary schools. HPS staff and language program teachers have been great partners. We are getting valuable feedback based on usage of our curriculum and will use these learnings to evolve our curriculum to better meet future needs’”, said Heike Missal, Sponge President.

As part of the Sponge-HPS agreement, Sponge is

  • Delivering curriculum training for Highline bilingual para-educators and teachers to lead the afterschool language classes.
  • Delivering Teacher Guides with detailed lesson plans for K-6 Spanish and Mandarin afterschool enrichment classes at Highline elementary schools.
  • Providing classroom materials and associated student coursebooks.