A little bit about us...
Rainbow Caterpillar was born with Stella who is now in Grade 1 and speaks and understands 4 languages.
Her mother, Happie Testa – a hyphenated Canadian – believes that children can easily learn many languages and the earlier they do it, the more easily they learn. But when looking for children's books, games and music in other languages she found they are not so easy to come by.
In 2010 she joined forces with fellow hyphenated Canadian Hanoosh Abbasi, to launch Rainbow Caterpillar, Languages for Children.
Together they set out to search the world to bring Canadian parents (hyphenated or not) books, music and games in other languages to help their children play and have fun in as many languages as possible and make Canada and the world their playground.
Their mission is to preserve and promote culture by providing parents the tools to transmit their children their own home language or a second or third (or fourth or fifth) language. Since children learn continuously and in all environments and situation, Hanoosh and Happie believe not so much in direct didactic teaching, as in supporting spontaneous learning by the same process of playing and exploring that children go through in the course of learning their primary language.
We believe that:
- Languages connect us to one another
- Our home language connects us with our past and bridges us into our future
- Learning languages as early as possible helps expand our brains and makes us more flexible and better learners.
- Languages unlock the world
- Languages are fun!
PLEASE NOTE - We are available for school fairs and festivals as well as community festivals and events.
Please contact us at 647-975-8800