Kids can start early on a second language |

Kids can start early on a second language

Parents who want their preschoolers to get ahead with learning a second language have another option for their education.

Kathy Haven and Karen Goldberg started The Bridge Language Academy, which teaches a second language to children 3 to 5 years old.

The earlier children learn a second language, the easier it is, Haven said.

“For me it’s watching my daughter flourish in a similar program (in Truckee),” Goldberg said.

This way South Shore residents can enroll in a program without having to commute, Goldberg said.

Students are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited, Haven said. So far three classes will be offered in the fall:

Des Colores, which is designed as a pre-kindergarten Spanish immersion program. All activities will be conducted in Spanish. The class meets for 12 weeks beginning Sept. 14. After the fall Session, the winter and spring sessions will follow, each running for 12 weeks of instruction.

Multicultural Music will teach children simple songs and musical games from other cultures, such as American, Irish, African and Spanish cultures. This program will meet twice a week immediately after De Colores.

El Puente is a program is designed for students who will be entering the two-way immersion program at Bijou Community School as kindergartners in the fall. The course will meet Mondays through Fridays starting Aug. 17-21 to prepare students for the class.

The academy does not give children seats in Bijou’s two-way immersion program. All parents still must submit their child’s name to be drawn in the lottery still, Haven said.

Haven said the goal is to offer many different languages, along with continuing Spanish, so it becomes a comprehensive language academy.

The academy is at Al Tahoe Learning Center, 1100 Lyons Ave. For more information, go to

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