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The child has one intuitive aim: self development

Konni Barich

In 1994, my three kids were at Columbia Elementary in the Mukilteo School District. I started Foreign Language for Youth because I wanted my own children to become fluent in a language and I was not alone. Many other parents I met wanted the same thing for their children.

Studies show the window of opportunity for learning a language is before the age of 12, so I still had a couple years for my own children to be exposed. After much research and observation, I envisioned a program where students learned basic dialogue segments that they could build into conversations; all through games, songs, fun activities and drama. It had to be fun for the kids.

In March of 1995, FLY had three classes teaching Spanish, Korean and Japanese to thirty students in the Mukilteo School District. Since that time, we’ve added curricula for French, German, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic. Foreign Language for Youth now offers classes in schools all around Washington’s Puget Sound, and reaches thousands of students every year.

Language learning was a top priority when our children were in elementary school, and I am so proud today that our daughter Karli is fluent in Spanish, our son Bryce is highly conversational in Mandarin & Spanish, and Rustin, our youngest son, is fluent in Japanese. All three of our children studied abroad after spending years in high school and university classrooms.

Konni has degrees in Kinesiology and Nursing from the University of Washington.