Discover the world through language from the comfort of your home! Join us for Sponge Online Classes in Spanish, Mandarin, French and Japanese. Designed for elementary age kids, our weekly 30-min instructor-led online classes offer an interactive and immersive environment for language learning. These fun classes will be supplemented by an engaging online portal where students can continue exploring the language and themes they learn in class. We hope to share our passion for language and culture to children and their families across the country!
Using the same engaging and research-driven curriculum in our Center and Elementary School Programs, the online class is geared for kids with zero to limited exposure to the target language. We’re currently offering classes at Level 1 and we will be offering Level 2 classes soon. You can let us know about your interest in a Level 2 class here. For more advanced learners, we recommend tutoring so we can customize the curriculum based on your language needs and goals.
Being immersed in language all week is one of the best ways to learn. It’s like traveling to another country and back in a day.
What do we do? We play games, cook, do arts and crafts, act out skits, play sports and sing. We have lots of fun–all in language.
What do we learn? Each day our campers build listening and speaking skills, develop language-learning strategies, and broaden their understanding of the world through using language in fun contexts.
Who leads the camp? Our camp leaders are dynamic, native-quality speaking teachers with lots of teaching experience. Many of them have Masters in Education degrees.
Who are the campers? Our campers are Pre-K through 2nd graders. We’ve had brand new learners and kids from immersion programs join us. We group kids according to age and ability. With a small number of kids, our teachers can tailor appropriately.
“Learning a language is not just learning grammar and vocabulary…It is learning how to function in another culture, how to know a new community from the inside out.” (MLA, 2003)
Our Sponge elementary program has 3 goals:
Build communication skills,
Develop language-learning strategies, and
Broaden students’ understanding of the world
We make it fun with games, drama, crafts and songs. And, we stay in the target language to optimize our learning.
Sponge elementary curriculum is 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. More details here. And here’s a short video about the MISD Spanish World Languages Program.
This year, we are happy to announce several new components to our curriculum:
Online Portal – Students will have access to our new, interactive online portal to practice language skills at home!
Unit Stories – Each Sponge unit brings together the language learned into context through a fun story. Check out the Sponge Young Language Learner Series available for purchase at Sponge Store.
Final Projects – Introducing final projects for each unit! Each project uses a fun cultural theme to incorporate and reinforce language learned in the unit
Activity Book – Each student will have an Activity Book to help practice language in class as well as at home.
Parent Coordinator – Interested in volunteering to help with the class? Sponge now offers a special Parent Coordinator rate (one/class).
Scholarships – Sponge is pleased to offer one, 50% off needs-based scholarship for each class that meets the minimum enrollment. Please contact Sponge or your school PTA to learn more
We offer classes both at our own centers and also at many elementary schools in the greater Seattle area. You can see the schedules and sign up for both by clicking on the button below.
(If you want to start before or after-school language classes at your child’s school, we can help. It’s a simple process that often starts with one interested parent who contacts us.)
At this stage, kids are mastering their native language–irregular rules and all. They are picking up new vocabulary and ways to express themselves, and they naturally use these skills with their second language, too.
Our classes are designed for kids who are ready for independent learning. We play games, do crafts, sing and move–all in language. Our curriculum focuses on practical everyday language with new, fun units every 5 weeks. We include take-home materials for parents.
We offer these classes in our own centers and at day-cares and schools in the greater Seattle area.
From the time they’re born, babies are learning language–naturally! The youngest brains are primed to learn, and our native-speaking teachers immerse them in their language and culture. *
The great news for parents–our curriculum is based on the communicative approach, so you’ll be taking home language and expressions, and learning more about culture, too.
Classes at our centers are 55 minutes long. We play, sing, dance and explore all in language for the first 50 minutes. The last 5 minutes provide an opportunity for questions and discussion in English.
*For great research, see Professor Pat Kuhl’s Linguistic Genius of Babies.