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Secret agents in Stillwater embark on their first mission!

Published: June 18, 2019

After successfully completing spy training yesterday, Spanish day campers in Stillwater showed up this morning bright-eyed and ready for their first mission in Costa Rica. They soon learned that their first mission was to be a very critical one indeed. An important phone call revealed that the president had gone missing! Would our new secret agents be able to take on the challenge and do their best to locate him? After a quick look around the circle for agreement, they decided they were ready.

Mission Impossible! Spanish Day Camps Begin in St. Anthony

Published: June 10, 2019

Our Spanish learners began their first day by translating their names into actions! After getting to know one another a bit and singing a few songs, we switched to an Island of English to talk about strategies for learning language in an immersion environment, and to guess in which country we’d be going undercover for our first mission! This group knows their Spanish speaking countries! The next steps: to find appropriate disguises and begin their spy training!

From Succotash to Scat in Spanish After-School

Published: May 30, 2019

Our Spanish after-school clubs in Eagan have been up to all sorts of disgusting things this spring as a part of our Gross Encounters theme! From “getting seasick” on the boat to making succotash, they’ve been exploring the Spanish-speaking country of Equatorial Guinea and contemplating the question: What’s gross to most (think vomit) and what’s gross to some (think unexpected eating habits)? Crossing cultures creates opportunities for all kinds of unexpected surprises and life lessons!

Pastry Chefs in French Pre-K

Published: May 20, 2019

French preschoolers had a wonderful time last Friday getting ready for the end of the session celebration coming up this Friday! They became chefs and practiced the tarte aux fruits they are planning to serve their parents. It’s an exciting time!

Chasing Butterflies in Chinese Pre-K

Published: May 6, 2019

Chinese preschoolers started off class last week with a caterpillar race. Two students at one time were given a caterpillar and a straw and tasked with blowing their caterpillars to the other end of the table. Whoever got the caterpillar there first won! It was a ‘breathless’ game!

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