Little Sponges® was born out my appreciation for children’s innate ability to learn multiple languages, respect for the value of bilingual education and desire to make it accessible to more children. It was inspired by my experience of immigrating to the United States in my teen years, learning English as a second language and becoming bilingual. It’s the culmination of many life experiences including teaching English to Hispanic immigrants, leading breakthrough innovations at P&G as well as raising 3 bilingual children. It took many amazing people from around the world to make Little Sponges® a reality! It is truly the first and only interactive dual language curriculum that leverages the power of real-life videos, bilingual characters and interactive games to teach young students listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in multiple languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and Russian.
Little Sponges® is based on the dual-immersion method of teaching, where students are taught in both their native language and their second language. This method has been proven to be more effective than full immersion, ELL programs and other methods. Each language track includes English and a second language. The main characters of the program, Mishka and Frog, take children on many adventures that cover key educational topics.
While Frog always speaks English, Mishka always speaks the second language, and the two languages mirror each other as vocabulary is presented. This gives students comprehensible input and accelerates their learning. Little Sponges® program not only teaches a second language, but continues to build upon the child’s first language as well, making it accessible and relevant to all students in a classroom.
Teachers can personalize the learning experience by allowing students to select the language track that incorporates their native language and the target language. This level of customization is impossible to achieve in the traditional classroom as most teachers do not speak multiple languages nor can they personalize their instruction for all students simultaneously.
The child-friendly interface allows even the youngest students to navigate the program on their own. The on-demand content allows each child to learn at their own pace by pausing and/or repeating learning modules. Mishka and Frog provide ongoing support and feedback to help students stay engaged and motivated as they master new material. Children practice comprehension and reading while they play formative learning games and earn stars for answering questions correctly.
Through creative use of technology, Little Sponges® makes bilingual learning more engaging, effective, and equitable! Children who use our program have a head start on biliteracy but more importantly, they are learning to better understand the world and appreciate diversity!
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Natalya Seals, Founder and CEO