Kids learn Spanish and French during summer language camp

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Kids received a unique lesson on how to speak Spanish and French during a language camp at James Monroe's Highland on Monday.

The camp is part of a partnership between Speak! Language Center and the Alliance Française Charlottesville.

"Our goal for this camp is to expose children to different culture and different languages," said Sophie Parson, executive director of Alliance Française Charlottesville. "Hopefully they'll be able to learn some basic sentences and vocabulary throughout the weeks with us."

Instead of lessons, kids play different games and activities to use the new words they learn.

This year, Parson said they have specific themes for the camp.

"The French program this year is focusing on space because it's the 50th anniversary of the landing of the moon," Parson said. "The Spanish program is focusing on the ocean. So we usually have free play, circle time, play time, book time, activities."

The goal of the camp is to teach kids a new language, but camp leaders also hope they're able to use the location of the camp for a unique lesson.

Sara Bon-Harper, executive director of James Monroe's Highland, said this connection is in Monroe's global affairs with France and Spain.

"He did his own diplomatic relations in French during the times," Bon-Harper said. "We think it's a good connection. We love introducing this place and its history to young people and we hope they feel this connection going forward."

This connection is something Parson hopes kids will be able to retain as they learn the new languages at a young age.

"This is when the brain is ready to get all that information," Parson said. "This is also the perfect time because children are so curious. What matters to them is to have fun, to play and discover."

The language camps will continue through the summer until the middle of August.

For more information on Speak! Learning Center and the Alliance Française Charlottesville, you can click on the links in the Related Links box.

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