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Meet the Lango Kids…Cosmo, Lucia, Luc, Wen and their Teacher Ms. L

As a parent raising her children to be multilingual, I use multiple resources that include DVDs, music and books; however, I find that face-to-face instruction is by far the most effective teaching method.

Since I am not multilingual myself, we have met this face-to-face need by hiring a Spanish speaking nanny and attending languages classes as a family.

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One of the reason we take classes from Lango is that they understand kids learn best when not just listening and speaking, but moving, singing, dancing, playing, feeling, creating and solving problems as well. Lango even takes this approach a step further by incorporating the adventures of the Lango Kids into their curriculum.

Ivey LOVES these characters! Let me tell you a little about them…

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Meet Cosmo. Cosmo is a loyal, playful dog who is up for anything even if it means he often gets in to trouble. Cosmo is very talented; he speaks and understands all languages.

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Meet Lucia. Lucia is 6 years old and is from Mexico. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and is currently working on learning Mandarin and French. Her hobbies include gymnastics, singing, and acting. She also loves music. Lucia is a natural leader and good at solving problems, adventurous, smart, confident and organized.

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Meet Luc. Luc is 6 years old and is from France. He is bilingual (English/French) and is currently working on learning Mandarin and Spanish. His hobbies include soccer, art (painting), the computer and playing video games. Luc is silly, funny, friendly, agreeable and loves animals.

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Meet Wen. Wen, being only 2 years old, is the youngest of the Lango Kids crew. He is from China and is bilingual (English/Mandarin). Wen is also learning Spanish and French but sometimes becomes frustrated and emotional because he is still a toddler. He is a natural explorer, eager to try new things and loves to dance and play.

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Meet Ms. L. Ms. L is 40 years OLD which is probably why she is so wise. She is from the United States and speaks English, French, Mandarin, and Spanish. In her free time Ms. L enjoys traveling and snowboarding. She is extremely positive, adaptive, flexible, encouraging and it is easy to see that she loves teaching kids.

About Lango
Lango was established on the belief that every child should learn a second language. Lango was started in the San Francisco Bay Area and now is in over 70 communities across the U.S. providing Spanish, French and Mandarin classes to children ages 18 months to 11 years of age. Follow them on Twitter (@CosmoLango) or like them on Facebook.

Has my Toddler Been Influenced by Lady Gaga?

Is it possible that Ivey has overheard me playing one too many Lady Gaga songs?

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Recently we took a trip to the Build a Bear Workshop. I tried to get Ivey to pick out a nice normal brown bear that would match my loft decor but instead she insisted on a blue bear. She named him Azul and accessorized him with a guitar, microphone and pink Hello Kitty underwear.

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When we got home she put a crown on Azul’s head and placed him in a pink plastic stroller.

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Later that same week…

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She tried her hand at a little performance art by…

Ivey-3_082111decorating our fire pit with sidewalk chalk.

Have you taken your toddler to the Build a Bear Workshop? I would love to hear what your first Build a Bear looked like.

Bay Area Discovery Museum – Sausalito, California

As parents of a toddler we find ourselves at the Bay Area Discovery Museum rather frequently. There are lots of activities to keep a toddler busy such as…
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There is this great wall to paint on, spray with water, squeegee off and start again. Ivey LOVES to paint so we usually spend a good chunk of time doing this.
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In the same art room there is a sand table, that on this occasion contained Bubber. Have you heard of Bubber? It is a really cool modeling compound that is lightweight, Gluten-Free, Dust-Free, Allergen Free, Stain Free, Easy to clean and never dries out. Personally I like it a million times better than the traditional Play-Doh.
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There are also great outdoor activities but remember to bring a jacket and a hat in case it is foggy that day.
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My daughter LOVES to climb rocks. If there is rocks anywhere to be found, she will find them and climb them!
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But one of the favorite things (besides the yummy organic food) about the Bay Area Discovery Museum is simply enjoying each other as a family!

About the Bay Area Discovery Museum
The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, serving over 300,000 visitors per year on its 7.5 acre Sausalito campus. The Museum is the only children’s museum in the U.S. to be located in a national park, and its exhibits are admired and emulated by other children’s museums nationwide. The Museum is recognized as the leading children’s museum dedicated to nurturing childhood creativity, fostering future generations of creative thinkers and innovators. With this emphasis on creativity through play, the Museum encourages children ages 6 months to 8 years to develop into curious, creative, adventurous lifelong learners and explorers.

The Museum’s unique programs feature hands-on art, science and environmental exhibitions, performances, special events, cultural festivals and ongoing educational curricula… all with a focus on fun!

Have you ever been to the Bay Area Discovery Museum? What is your toddler’s favorite thing to do there?