Maidenhead Lingotot Centre
I'm Claire and I'm really excited to be one of Lingotot's newest franchisees covering Maidenhead and its surrounding areas!
I have a huge passion for languages, practising very early on role playing Spanish conversations with my dad from a 1960s phrasebook when I was about 7. I am also a proud owner of two My First 1000 Words books in French and Spanish which are 40 years old and very well-loved! I studied French and Spanish at high school and went on to study Spanish at The University of Birmingham. Spanish has opened so many doors for me and seen me living, working and studying in some incredible places such as Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, as well as Brazil when I was studying Portuguese. After English it's the second most widely spoken languages in the world - just imagine how many people that means I can communicate with! Since then I've been feeding my addiction for language learning and gone on to study Italian, German, Russian, Portuguese and Swahili to varying degrees of success! The key is to start early in life...as early as you can!
I am a very proud mum of toddler Finlay and baby Livia who have been subjected to Spanish nursery rhymes since the day they were born. Without the budget for a bilingual nanny I would have loved to fully immerse my children in a foreign language (or two...or three!) but there were no classes around that gave this experience. So they got stuck with me! But that's where Lingotot allows ME to give YOU that opportunity! Through, fun, interactive classes full of song and dance, crafts and stories, whether in nursery, primary school or a huge variety of community classes, all with qualified teachers, your children can learn without realising it!
I remember when I was teaching English in Colombia. I had a 7 year old boy for a 2 hour private class. He didn't want to speak. He was incredibly shy. He just sat and listened while I read and animated the page in front of him. At the end of those 2 hours his mum picked him up and as they walked off down the corridor to go home he turned around, waved and said "see you later, alligator". My heart did a somersault. And I want you to have that feeling too when your little ones come home after a class singing a song or teaching you the new words they learnt. It's never too early to start!
Any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire (or Clarita as I'm always known by my Spanish speaking friends!)
- From nurseries
- From parents
- From schools
Jennie Moore, childminder
Fully engrossed throughout!
I joined Claire for one of her Spanish zoom sessions with 4 little ones aged 2 and 3. All 4 children were fully engrossed throughout the whole session because Claire was so engaging and the sessions were really interactive. They joined in with the actions and some of them tried to joined in with a few of the words because of the great use of repetition. I will definitely be joining Claire for future sessions!
Alison, mum of Naomi and Dylan, aged 7 and 5
They picked up new Spanish words
Both of my children enjoyed the two day camp at Whitsun. They particularly enjoyed the treasure hunt and bear hunt activity and came home having picked up some new Spanish words too.
Caroline, mum of Skye, aged 5
A camp where the kids genuinely learn a new skill
Skye had a great time at Spanish camp. She loved the superhero activities, the forest school and the little performance at the end. She is still singing the Spanish songs and saying the words she learnt 3 weeks later so it’s a camp where the kids genuinely learn a new skill. She is really keen to return in the summer and I would highly recommend this camp to other parents.
Rachel, mum of Grace, aged 5
Brilliant days with brilliant activities
Claire organises brilliant days for the children, with lots of brilliant activities to keep them active all day long. Grace comes home singing and talking some Spanish which she loves. Thanks so much to Claire and her team for providing an excellent, educational, holiday camp.
Corinne, mum of Harry, aged 4
Camp was a milliondillion fun!
Can't thank you enough for the last few days Claire. After a very nervous start, Harry told me every afternoon what a wonderful day he had. He told me the space day was the best because it was a milliondillion fun!! His words exactly.
Hayley, mum of Abby, aged 5
She loves showing off her new skills
My daughter attended the Easter Holiday camp with Claire and absolutely loved it. It was a 3 day camp and every day was structured with different engaging activities every hour throughout the day from baking, singing to exploring for bugs and insects in the garden. She didn't know any Spanish before she went and now loves showing off her new skills and gives everyone an 'Hola!' and 'Gracias' when out and about. The communication leading up to the camp and afterwards was excellent, as parents we particularly enjoyed the video showing highlights and gave a great insight to their time at Lingotot. She can't wait to go again in the summer.
Naomi, mum of James, aged 5
He's told his teacher he has a new school for the holidays!
The camp was absolutely brilliant and James loved it. He came out with a beaming smile every day full of stories about what he had done. He loved showing me what he had made and it was lovely to hear him speaking some words of Spanish he had picked up after such a short time. He's already told his teacher back at school about how he has a new school for the holidays and that he can't wait to go back. I would highly recommend this to anyone - although I almost don't want to so that I can ensure we can get a place for next time!
Viv, mum of Edward, aged 5
Did a lot of laughing
Edward loved the class! He can be a bit tricky with online lessons, but he was engaged and did a lot of laughing. Thought you were brilliant Claire.
Amee, mum of Dylan, aged 5
Surprising how quickly they pick up what the words mean!
Thanks Claire, Dylan seemed to enjoy it although like everyone else can get distracted easily in online lessons however saying that he participated the whole time! Surprising how quickly they pick up what the words mean! Thank you!
Megan, mum of Florrie, aged 7 months
I was so impressed!
Today was my first ever experience of Lingotot and wow I was so impressed! I love the fact that the whole class is in Spanish. The songs and story were all really well known classics so the children found it easy to join in. This is such a great way for children to learn another language!
Jess, mum of Keira, aged 2, and NIa, aged 4 months
Highly recommend this class
Both my 4 month old and 2 year old enjoyed the online class, with the older child joining in with the actions and loving the music. Claire's passion kept the 2 year old engaged, allowing me to focus on interacting with my baby. I'd highly recommend this class and I'm looking forward to future classes!
Naomi, mum of James, aged 4
Engrossed the whole time
Thank you Claire for such a fabulous Spanish lesson - James absolutely loved it. He’s normally a right fidget bum but he was engrossed the whole time and enjoyed all the actions and music. He can’t wait for the next lesson and we will be highly recommending you to everyone.
Hannah, mum of Catalina, aged 2
Asked for another story!
My daughter, whilst shy at first, really enjoyed Claire's class, following the actions with the songs and even asking for another story at the end!
Year 6 pupils, Wessex Primary School
I learnt things I didn't think I would at primary school
- The lessons were helpful and fun and I learnt things I didn't think I would at primary school. The games and songs were great and really helped us learn the vocabulary.
- I had fun with the songs and games. I think if I went to Spain I would speak some phrases.
- Claire engaged with us really well and was very kind when we made mistakes.
- As a Spanish speaker, I was really impressed with how Claire taught everyone.
Mrs Oliva, Wessex Primary School
I would definitely recommend Lingotot to any school
We were fortunate enough to have Claire Davis from Lingotot come in to do a pilot scheme with our Year 6's to teach Spanish for 6 weeks. Claire started each session with a couple of songs, which the children quickly joined in with as they were to familiar tunes, such as the hokey cokey, and learnt them very quickly. She introduced simple greetings and how to say your name and then introduced the topic of sports and hobbies, teaching what they were in Spanish and then incorporated them into some simple phrases of 'I like...' and 'I don't like...' . Each week these phrases were built upon to make them more complex, for example 'I like dancing because it is fun, but I don't like video games because they are boring'.
I was amazed at how quickly children were having conversations between each other using long phrases built up from the previous weeks. Claire also used lots of fun games in class, which the children loved, and got everybody involved in speaking Spanish, which was great to see. There was also a competition between the 2 classes recalling vocabulary from Spanish to English and vice-versa, which motivated the children into volunteering to speak in Spanish and all taking part. The children absolutely loved the sessions and very quickly learnt vocabulary and phrases, something I felt was achieved as the lessons were so very engaging and fun.
I would definitely recommend Lingotot to any school, as a great way to teach a language.
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