Our curriculum has been carefully developed and refined by a team of expert linguists and educators and is aligned with both state (ICTFL - Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and national (ACTFL - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) standards. Behind the fun, games, projects and songs, you'll find a structured curriculum based on the following components:
Our Parents and Tots programs for 1- to 3-year-olds focus on building foundational vocabulary. Each week’s curriculum features a targeted Learning Topic such as colors, clothing, food, or body parts. Every weekly song, game, activity and art project is designed to reinforce this key Learning Topic.
Our Kids Only programs for 3-5, 5-8 and 8- to 10-year-olds focus on building functional language skills by featuring a specific language structure each week. Children practice Learning Goals such as expressing likes and dislikes, expressing possession with "to have," expressing motion with "to go," and more.
In addition to our Learning Goal structures, our Building Blocks reinforce a focused number of conversational basics such as, "My name is_____, I’m X years old, I live in_____," etc. Children warm up in each Kids Only class by reviewing a particular Building Block or enjoying a fast-paced Building Block "grab-bag" game.
Because rhythm is such a powerful learning tool, we reinforce our Learning Topics and Learning Goals with short, simple songs that highlight key words and structures. We sing our songs in both Parents & Tots and Kids Only classes each week to reinforce this key language in a fun way.
Fun, child friendly themes like Wacky Robots, Dino-mite Dinosaurs, and Pirate’s Treasure create a fun backdrop for engagement and learning. Themes add color, but are not the educational focus of each session plan. Instead, within the context of each fun theme, each session plan reinforces a particular Learning Topic or Learning Goal. For example, we might reinforce the Learning Goal: Expressing Possession With "To Have" with a "Camping Trip" theme (e.g., "Do you have a flashlight in your backpack?") or a "Pet Shop" theme ("Do you have a dog or a cat?")