Language Discovery Programs Blog

Language Discovery Programs: Inviting our youngest learners to expand their worlds in a culturally engaging language community.

Zai Jian to our Chinese preschoolers in Minnetonka! 

Published: April 24, 2017

The end of a session is always a bittersweet time for staff and language learners alike. It means the celebration of friendship, growth, and experiences formed over time, but it also marks a time of moving on; for some, this means the world of kindergarten opening up, for others it means coming back next fall to make new friends and pass on important traditions to “the next generation.”

Spanish learners in Eagan climb Angel Falls

Published: April 21, 2017

Our after-school Spanish learners in Eagan made a detour to Venezuela, where they climbed the face of the tallest waterfall in the world: Angel Falls.

Looking at the world through different lenses in Chinese pre-K

Published: April 19, 2017

Our preschool Chinese learners in Eden Prairie practiced their colors this week, selecting different shades to frame their vision. It’s a fun way to practice color words, but also a great metaphor for how language and culture can frame how we see the world.

Hopkins families join in on the language learning!

Published: April 13, 2017

After-school Spanish classes in Hopkins ended last week and families joined villagers for the last half hour of class to get a little taste of what their kids have been up to. Villagers have been teaching their parents bits and pieces at home along the way, but this was their first time testing it out as a group.

Tussetroll villagers go to sea! 

Published: March 24, 2017

The Norwegian parent-child class had so much fun learning about sea creatures yesterday and making their own maneter (jellyfish)! The theme for our parent-child classes this spring is, “Animals Here, Animals There.” For Norwegian learners, the sea is the perfect place to start this exploration!

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