Using story form is the ideal approach for teaching languages to children ages 4 – 10 years old.—Languages and Children, Helena Curtain & Carol Ann Dahlberg
Free voluntary reading may be the most powerful educational tool in language education.—Stephen Krashen, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics & Education, University of Southern California
Language through Stories: The Fun and Natural Way for Kids to Learn.
Experts believe that children are born with a “language instinct” – that they are literally “language geniuses" from birth through their preteen years.* Researchers call this stage the critical “early window” for learning, a golden period when kids can pick up new languages with astonishing ease. Our books specifically target this sensitive developmental stage, providing a natural immersion experience for budding linguists.
Children learn differently from grownups. They don't like translations and formal instruction. Instead, they prefer to jump in and learn instinctively. They love learning through stories. And most of all, they want to have fun! Our Spot Color Immersion Method® incorporates research from language experts such as Stephen Krashen, Steven Pinker, and Blaine Ray. Krashen and Pinker promoted natural immersion over grammar and drilling. Ray invented TPR Storytelling in the 1990s, a story-based method gaining rapid popularity among teachers worldwide.
Step by step, our deceptively simple Flashcard Stories introduce new words and phrases. Target vocabulary is woven into short, clever stories that make kids laugh — and forget they are actually learning. Students pick up language naturally, effortlessly, through repeated exposure to comprehensible input.
Our books are designed to work flexibly with different teaching methods and environments. They can be used to supplement a school language curriculum; as Free Voluntary Reading (FVR); as a homeschooling tool; or a bonding language experience for parent and child.
*Steven Pinker, The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 1994.
Our words and pictures tell the whole story—no translations are necessary. Kids will naturally figure out meanings, just like they do in the real world.
Flashcards with a Story
Flashcards are proven teaching tools, but kids eventually lose interest. We turn basic flashcards into stories with meaning and context—transforming a rote learning process into an enhanced educational experience.
Context makes learning relevant and helps kids make connections faster. We present familiar scenarios that kids will also enjoy—toys, colors, shapes, eating breakfast, getting dressed, and more.
Young kids thrive on repetition and patterns. Each book is built on a clear repetition motif, giving kids structure and opportunities to practice and learn.
Online Audio Center
Native speakers provide a good verbal model, promoting more accurate speaking and comprehension skills. The online audio offers an independent learning center so kids can review and enjoy stories without adult supervision.