Chinese learners in Minnetonka kept their eyes open last week for anything out of the ordinary, especially when it concerned their mission to find the president! Of course, that’s a difficult task to do when a lot of things seem a little out of the ordinary (and lots of fun to boot!). From physical challenges to mental puzzles, these secret agents managed to figure it out with aplomb, and all while learning Chinese! Mission accomplished!
This year’s theme of Mission Impossible has been a hit so far with Spanish and Chinese day campers who have taken the theme to heart. We do take our play rather seriously, but humorous moments do come up during the course of a summer and we wanted to share just a few of these with you!
We sing and dance a lot during day camps! Both singing and dancing are a great way to learn languages; these activities get our bodies moving and our minds ready to take in all sorts of fun language. We use gesture, movement, rhyming, acting, and lots of repetition as we explore the vocabulary introduced during these fun moments, and LOVE hearing stories about how our Spanish learners are sharing these songs and dances at home with family.
Spanish learners in Eden Prairie last week learned the art of disguise as they embarked on their mission through Costa Rica. Although it takes many years to learn the ways of espionage, a good disguise need only take a few seconds. Eden Prairie agents used their disguises to create passports under their new identities for the week.
Spanish learners in Hopkins selected code names for themselves as they jumped into spy training this week, with some interesting results! Somewhere in Costa Rica, there may be agents using aliases like Elefante Picante, Tiburón X, or Cocodrilo Oscuro - identities designed to conceal and protect while agents complete their top secret missions.