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Sponge students get free access to an updated, exclusive, online, e-learning portal to help them practice their language learning while outside of the classroom. Practice language at home through reviewing class hand-outs, playing games and listening to pronunciation audio guides! In addition to quizzes and self-assessment, the online portal will provide videos and custom stories aligned with the class material.

Step into the portal and take a tour!

Log-in to your account at Sponge Online Portal.

To get access to the portal, sign up for our classes here.

The phrases and vocabulary your child is learning in class each unit are now weaved into stories you can read with them and enjoy! We will use these stories in class to facilitate language learning by an audience that typically loves storytime.

The Sponge Young Language Learner Series is now available for purchase at the Sponge Store in Spanish, Mandarin, French, German and Japanese.

  • 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!
  • Contains romanized text for languages like Mandarin and Japanese.
  • With colorful illustrations and dedicated coloring pages.

Sponge families enrolled this summer can email us at info@spongeschool.com to get your 40% off discount code.

We are exploring more ways to make it easier for kids to practice language outside of class in fun contexts. Look out for our educational videos on our new online portal for students, on FB and Youtube. And of course, send us feedback and ideas!

 

 

We had a wonderful start to our Summer session last week! We welcomed old and new students and had fun singing, dancing and learning new languages.

We’d love for you to join us! Join now and only pay for the remaining classes in the season. Use coupon code 2017SMR when you register to get our pro-rated fees.

Summer classes run through August 27, 2017. Sign up now!

THANK YOU!

Thanks to your support, Sponge has been chosen as a local favorite by kids and families through ParentMap’s Golden Teddy Awards, for the seventh year in a row.

This year, we were privileged to be nominated in three (3) categories under Camps+Classes.

Sponge won in the Passport-Ready Language or Art Class category. Sponge offers Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, Japanese and Hindi classes for newborns up to elementary-age kids in our Centers and elementary schools.

Sponge is a finalist in the After-School Enrichment Classes Category. This year, more than thirty (30) schools shared our passion for language and culture. The Sponge elementary curriculum is also currently being used under license by Mercer Island School District to teach Spanish to over 2000 students weekly across all their elementary school World Languages Program.

Sponge is also a finalist in the Engaging Infant + Tot Classes! Our Child-Caregiver classes offer a fun way for parents/caregivers to bond with their children through our fun classes. Trial a class now and see for yourself!

It is Sponge’s mission to nurture global citizens and your trust inspires us to deliver even better programs in our Centers and schools. Immerse in the Sponge experience in our weekly center classes, language camps, and online classes this summer, pre-register for our elementary fall classes or bring Sponge to your school!

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)

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.

 

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!