Review by local York Mumbler Mum – Claire Marchment
This week I popped along to Lingotots with my youngest Mini Mumbler Harry (23 months). We both enjoyed it and wanted to share our experience with our fellow Mumblers.
Louise, a mum from York, runs Lingotots and spends most of her time teaching languages in local schools and nurseries. However, on a Tuesday morning she holds sessions with parents and their babies, toddlers or pre-schoolers. We went to the 10am Spanish group but there’s also a French group at 11am.
The group is held in the Community Space of the Tesco store at Askham Bryan. You can find it upstairs through the clothing section next to the lift. It’s a lovely little room with a separate toilet and small kitchen facilities.
Louise lays out mats and fabulous cushions to keep parents and children comfortable. There are lots of activities using props, songs, actions and even some crafts to suit those short attention spans. All while listening to and joining in with the words and songs in Spanish or French. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere, so little ones can join in as much or as little as they like.
Harry, normally quite reserved, was easily engaged in every activity. We pegged clothes on a washing line, Harry’s favourite item were the pantalones (trousers). We played with different vehicles, el bus being held onto tightly for fear of losing!
We sang the wheels on the bus, twinkle twinkle little star and head, shoulders, knees and toes amongst others…or I should say we joined in with the actions! We enjoyed playing with musical instruments, always a winner, and particularly enjoyed the craft activity to make our own picture of el tren (the train). There was even time for a snack!
It’s a lovely group with plenty of interesting activities to engage children of a range of ages with a different language thrown in for good measure. It’s also a great opportunity to expose young children to another language at such an early age given the inclusion of languages now in most primary schools. I’d also recommend it for any parents looking for an activity with more than one child due to the size and security of the room and the nature of the activities.
If you are free on a Tuesday morning then why not give it a try. The class is subsidised by Tesco making it even better value for money.
What’s more, when you’re finished you can pop into the café or pick up a few groceries. I only needed milk, but I came home with two bags of shopping, oops!
You can find details of the Lingotots sessions HERE Muchas Gracias to Lingotots for having Mumbler along for a free taster session to sample your class.