In our once/week baby/toddler/preschooler classes, the teacher
leads the child and caregivers through song and movement to get the
children familiar with the sounds of the target language. Classes are 30-45 minutes (30 for under three and 45 for three and older). Many of the songs
are familiar songs in English (e.g. Head Shoulders Knees and Toes) while
others are children's songs which are traditionally part of the target
language. For babies who cannot walk yet, the parent/caregiver can sit or
lie the child on the floor and helps him/her do the movements, and the
older toddlers can try it out themselves! Bubbles, imaginary choo-choo trains and a variety of other variety of
delightful surprises will keep your child entertained and learning!
These once/week, 45-minute classes are offered to children
and parent/caregivers by skilled teachers who lead the class through
several short intervals of song and play. Games like Duck Duck Goose and Red Light Green Light in the target
language inspire the children to play and learn at the same time!
Our once a week, two hours classes for elementary school kids consist
of rapid 5-10 minute intervals of song, games, circle time, and activities.
During the first hour, the children converse with the teacher in circle
time as the teacher asks questions (always in the target language) and the
children have to answer. Respond to movement, pictures, and audio, the
children are challenged to learn "in" the target language. If
they need to use the restroom or get a drink of water, they'll also need to
know how to ask the teacher in the target language! :-) At the end of the
first hour, there is a 10-15 minute break for a supervised snack time
(please pack a nut-free snack for your child). During the first 15-20
minutes of the remaining time, the children will learn a little bit (just a
little bit of time is used for this purpose since the Purple School's focus
is on the spoken language) of reading and writing, followed by
review through games and, finally, a story to wrap up the class.