3107 S. Day St ,Seattle, WA 98144
My parents have often wondered how language and culture and travel became so important to me. I tell them that the “Kids Around the World” bedspread I had as a little girl seeped into my dreams, and we laugh. But I think there’s some truth to this. The things we are exposed to as young children help shape who we become as adults.When I was pregnant with my first son, I read Dr. Lise Eliot’s wonderful book What’s Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life And, in the process discovered the amazing work on second language acquisition being done by Dr. Pat Kuhl at the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences which you can now see in her TED talk.I knew how important it was to me to raise globally-minded children, and it became even clearer that starting young was the right time. After 18 months of research, with the support of local parents and with a core group of passionate teachers, I opened Sponge in the fall of 2005. It was the first language programs of its kind on the west coast.Our teacher group has grown over the years, but it remains a dynamic and diverse group. We learn from each other–both skills and language and culture. The families in our community have also expanded and grown, taking us along with them. The babies who started classes when Sponge was born are now elementary school students. We offer language classes at elementary schools, too, to help them and their friends continue on this journey. And, we continue to support their families and the greater Seattle community through cultural days, educational events, donations and scholarships.
We hope that you’ll join us on this rewarding journey.