"Spanish class, our favorite day of the week!"
Language lessons will be most enriching if the teaching strategy is fun, engaging, and appropriately structured for your child's age and temperament. That is our approach at Yak Academy. Get the straight “yak” directly from our parents and kids on their experiences at Yak Academy:
“My daughter is living proof that it is never too early to introduce a second language. I started her in the Yak Academy classes when she was only one year old and could only utter a handful of English words. Now she is two and a half years old and has learned more Chinese than I ever did my entire childhood taking the 'traditional' Chinese classes. What's so wonderful is that Yak Academy makes Chinese so easy and fun. My daughter is becoming bilingual in English and Chinese without her even realizing it. To her, it's just a chance to go to class and play with friends."
Cathy, mother of Caleb, Katara, Wyatt
"What I love most about Yak Academy is how much it has motivated my children to WANT to speak Spanish. My husband has been trying forever to get them to speak to him in Spanish, but they were not interested. Now they make up their own sentences at home and practice with each other! I tell everyone I know how much it has changed their motivation."
Kelly, mother of Makayla and Malia
"We are extremely pleased with the Spanish classes at Yak Academy. My kids get so excited to come to class. In fact, I have never seen them so excited about anything else. The way the class is set up is so fun, yet still educational. My only regret is that I did not get them into it sooner."
Marianne, mother of Colton & Brock
"Yak Academy helped my shy, baby daughter blossom into the eager‐to‐learn preschooler she is today. Every teacher in the program serves not only as an educator, but as a cultural resource too. As the mother of a child born in China, this is priceless. I would like to especially give credit to Miss Diana, who has taken all of us under her wing in sharing more than just the lessons with us. She is a gem and a lifelong friend!”
Shirley, mother of Ava
"We´ve been amazed at the amount of Spanish our kids have learned at Yak Academy. We went to Mexico recently and the kids had simple conversations with strangers in Spanish. The quality of the teachers and the care the kids get while they are in school there makes us comfortable recommending Yak Academy to anyone."
Jason, father of Delaney & Creed
“I love learning a new language that the rest of my family doesn’t know!”
Shane, age 7
"It's a good activity to do because you get to learn another language and have fun at the same time. The teachers are always nice and happy and in a good mood."
Chad, age 6
“It has been a pleasure working with Yak Academy. Their warm, enthusiastic teachers help make the transition to this extended day offering seamless for the children. The children adapt quickly and happily, with the knowledge that their Spanish teachers are excited to welcome them and teach them each week. The variety of activities presented (singing, large movement, art, etc.) keeps the children highly engaged and actively involved in the learning process. Yak Academy has been organized, responsive to our needs and committed to making their classes a success for our young preschoolers.“
Pauline Jackson, Director at Kirk in the Hills Preschool – Bloomfield Hills, MI
“Echo Park is so pleased to be partnering with Yak Academy to provide foreign language to young children. As the leader in early childhood education for the past 47 years, we feel that Yak Academy is the perfect complement to our extensive curriculum.”
Diane Quarles, Director at Echo Park School – Farmington Hills, MI
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