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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 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!

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!

Thinking of starting your child on a second language? Watch our web seminar for an in-depth look at the many ins and outs of learning a foreign language!


  • Benefits of Language Learning
  • How to Support Language Exploration/Development at school and home towards a life-long love for language and culture




Sue Brooks (Guest Speaker): Sue is an educator with a huge commitment to dual language learning. A trilingual speaker and a PhD candidate, she ran a Mandarin/English school in Shanghai for 9 years before moving back to the US in 2016.




Erica Titus (Sponge): Erica leads curriculum development at Sponge. A heritage French speaker with a Master’s degree in French Language Teaching, she is an experienced language teacher and passionate about language education.




Due to classes starting 2 hours late today, there will be no language classes in the following schools, this morning, January 10th, Tuesday:

Lakeridge Mandarin – 8:10am
West Mercer Spanish – 8:00am
Northwood French – 8:05am
Spiritridge Spanish – 7:50am

Thank you and see you soon!

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Our language immersion classes in our Centers in Mt. Baker, Kirkland, Lynnwood and some of our enrichment classes we hold in partner elementary schools, are featured in their website. Watch this segment from King 5 Evening NewsStart It Innovation Special, showing one of our Spanish language immersion classes in action.