*Now a word from AKontheGO sponsor business, Babylon Language Institute.
Don’t let the fancy name fool you. Babylon Language Institute is about as fun as they come when talking about day camps for kids age 6-12. Co-owner Tyler Schlagenhauf, an educator and one-half of the teacher duo operating the institute, was confident the name would satisfy parents’ desire for their kids to learn another language, AND give young people a serious look at the world in a not-too-serious way.
“Our tag line is ‘Future leaders at play,'” he said when pressed about the grown-up name of the business, “And we take that very seriously. Kids learn best when exposed to activities that engage and empower them to make decisions and meet new people.”
Offering day camp programs during the month of June in Anchorage, Babylon Language Institute gives kids a chance to learn one of seven languages (or a different one each week) in an immersive, intimate format that involves sports, art, drama, writing, and music. What could be cooler, especially in a city where 100 languages are officially spoken by students in the Anchorage School District?
AK Kid attended camp at Babylon while his German-immersion school was under construction for a few extra days last summer. Not normally an academic-summer-camp kind of tween, he nonetheless came home every day raving about soccer, art, drum circles, and the chance to brush up on his German in time for school to start back up. Have kids in one of Anchorage’s language immersion programs? This is an excellent way to keep the language usage flowing during the summer. Missed the lottery this year? Consider a week or more at Babylon and feel good that your student will be learning more about another culture; maybe you’ll find a new language to learn as a family.
The point, says Schlagenhauf, is to nurture future global citizens, and we can’t do that without learning more about each other. Babylon seems a pretty good place to begin.
Babylon Language Institute still has slots available for all programs between June 6 and July 1, 2016. But act fast. Once school lets out in May, there will undoubtedly be crowds. Before and after-care is available.