On May Day, tots celebrate with ‘un peu français’

Parlez-vous français?

  • BY Wire Service
  • Friday, May 9, 2008 12:00am
  • News
The class pounds their “coude” (elbow) on the floor during a song about body parts.

The class pounds their “coude” (elbow) on the floor during a song about body parts.

Parlez-vous français?

Non? Well, on May 1, more than a dozen very young kids were speaking French at Sponge’s May Day celebration.

Children under the age of 7 were invited for a free May Day class at the language center, including story time and a craft.

Many of the children and guardians attending the event were current students at Sponge, although some came to see what the center was all about.

Sponge is a language immersion center where kids ages 7 and younger — including newborns — can attend classes that teach a foreign language through activities, songs, stories, music and art.

The center offers French, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese, all taught by native speakers.

Regular classes have a maximum of eight students per class; Sponge offers classes for both child and adult, or for just the child.

Classes for both student and parent are 55 minutes long. The 18-class session for children with caregivers is $499 for lessons once a week. Rates go up to $949 for lessons twice a week.

The 85 minute “Just Kids” classes for children 3-5 years old who are ready to come on their own are $620 for the 18-week session.

For more information about Sponge, check their Web site at www.spongeschool.com/.

Kyra Low can be reached at klow@reporternewspapers.com or 391-0363, ext. 5050.

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