Language Beans is an art- and play-based Mandarin program. Our mission is to nurture children's artistic and creative minds through Mandarin language and culture immersion curriculum.
At Language Beans, we value creativity and cross-cultural understanding in our curriculum while Mandarin is our language tool for communication and expression. We are deeply influenced by the Flow Theory (Micaly Csikszentmihalyi) and the Scaffolding Theory (Lev Vygotsky), which believe that learning occurs when children fully engage in creative, fun but also challenging tasks.
We also embrace the spirit of the Reggio Emilia Approach & Music Learning Theory (Edwin Gordon) to design a sequential, artistic and creative curriculum for children to grow in.
Our classes value the influences of rhythmic movement in children’s language and cognitive development. Both of our applied and group classes consist of kinesthetic activities to accommodate children’s inclination towards dancing. Through moving to the motion of speed, weight, space, and flow in activities, children experience language creatively and express themselves artistically.
Developing the ability of critical thinking is important in our philosophy of language learning. At Language Beans, we not only ask our students to master Chinese, but most importantly, we foster their way of artistic expression by nurturing them to compare crafts, painting, various ways of music playing and creative notation systems. Often, students carry this way of critical thinking developed at Language Beans to different areas of life.
DAP & Sequential Learning
We believe children will learn more efficiently and voluntarily when they are in a musical program based on Developmentally Appropriate Practice. The concept of developmentally appropriate practices refers to providing an environment, methodologies, and content (e.g. materials & activities) that match a child’s level of development. At Language Beans, we value DAP and design our classes with sequential steps based on our students’ linguistic development in order to facilitate their success in language learning.
Engaging & Fun
Our program is set to promote children's confidence and creativity through musical play and activities. We designed our classes not only to be instructional but most importantly, FUN!!! Everyone at Language Beans walks out of their classes with a huge smile on their faces!!