Seasoned travellers fear the Queen of Winter not! We’ve got you covered with a week-long winter camp, where in addition to games, a healthy dose of ski adventures and thrilling activities, we bring you language workshops and an international project. All this delivered in snowy scenery. We are going to have a lot of fresh air, positive emotion and laughter. Check us out having fun during our previous camps — take a sneak peek in the photo gallery! Sign up Want to see our winter fun, take a sneak peek in the photo gallery!
We have a real thrill for all fans of winter fun and creative play because we do not let the linguistic passions of our students get stuck in the snow. We provide an intensive program full of activities that take place in each of our branches. Children will enjoy a holiday atmosphere while participating in several interesting projects. We will share the English sense of humour throughout each day.
The summer Early Stage camps combine physical activities and artistic projects with learning English. In the open-air classes, students take part in a special educational program and international project. Every day they engage in creative tasks like shooting videos on key themes and participate in exciting sports and artistic activities.
The picturesque destinations and resorts with extensive recreational facilities are just right for children’s needs. Every attraction, as well as the tried and tested team of teachers and counsellors, make the Early Stage summer camps immensely popular with kids. Find out more here.
We have plenty of surprises for explorers of our summer attractions. We prepare weekly marathons full of sports thrills, open-air entertainment and language exercises whose subject matter is related to an international project. Children will be faced with ambitious challenges that involve singing, manual tasks, physical activities and linguistic exercises. The Early Stage Summer Play Centre is an opportunity to have great fun and spend time with peers. But you have been warned! We have plenty of Summer energy and we are going to use it ;)
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The book comes with a CD and access to a music app. You can use it at home, on a walk, or while travelling. It is the perfect tool for revising when you are on your way to a grammar test.
GRAMMAR RHYMES will launch your child on an amazing educational adventure and familiarise him or her with the exciting world of English grammar.
Welcome to the Pig in a Wig Theatre, the only spot on the cultural map of Warsaw entirely created for children and their parents, where from the first to the last word uttered, the plays are delivered in English. There is no place here for lacklustre repertoire, traditional approach to the audience, loud yawning, staring at the ceiling and dubbing. Instead there is plenty of laughter and unlimited space for: movement, dance, singing, rhyming, stage fun, captivating all the senses, building actor-child-parent relationships and creative English learning. Time to raise the curtain!
A cordial invitation to our play goes out to children aged 4-8, together with their parents, grandparents, uncles, cousins or aunts. We are going to take you to a different world – far away, to the land of imagination, bold ideas and astounding music. At the same time we promise that every word is going to be understood even by the youngest members of the audience. And the whole show is in English - from the ears to the curly tail.
Can a small creature be a big dreamer? Of course! An even bigger one than the adults would have ever thought especially if it is an inquisitive pig with a funny little button-like snout and an imaginative mind that is not just pink, but multi-coloured like an aurora!
This awesome pet knows English and loves fascinating adventures. So one day it comes up with an idea. It wants to fly into space. Inspired by the story of the famous astronaut dog named Laika, it plans its intergalactic trip. Unfortunately, everyone around doubts that the mission can succeed and tries to persuade the pig to stay at home. Will the mission be aborted? Will the flight take place? What does real bravery mean? Where do our dreams come true? You will learn all the answers to these questions in our show.
Soon, we will let you know, where and when our rocket with the astronaut pig and its friends is going to touch down!
Take a sneak peek and follow the adventures of our brave team 😊
The show is adapted for preschoolers aged 1-3.
The duration of every show is 45 minutes, and from the beginning to the end it is performed in English.
Before the students take their seats in the audience, the teachers will prepare them for active participation in the show by giving a specially prepared class. After the show, every student and parent will getaccess to the songs from the show in a music app.
Sean Palmer [1977, UK] dad, performer, musician, vocalist, vegan
British actor and vocalist. He's been living in Poland for 18 years and for the last 12 he’s been active in Early Stage. His talent can be heard on records released by the school. He collaborates with various Polish cultural institutions which organize the dubbing of cartoon characters into English. He can work wonders on the stage! His sense of humour and groundbreaking ideas inspire numerous artistic endeavours. He is super reliable. As a father of a 3-year-old son he either talks or listens to him and then he swaps roles so that no one gets bored ;).
Martina Rampulla [1979, Italy] mom, actress, vocalist
Every day she uses Italian, English and Polish and in each of these languages, she has something interesting to say. Professionally and emotionally connected to Poland, she has performed on the stages of numerous theatres and participated in international festivals. She is the wife of a British actor - Sean Palmer and the mother of a 3-year-old son who fell in love with the theatre right from the start. She uses movement and gesture in a very surprising way on stage, therefore the shows in which she performs touch upon everyone in the audience.
Kuba Pałys [1981, Poland] musician, performer, composer
He's been on numerous musical journeys around the world, some of them unaccompanied. Brazil is his second home. Fluent in three languages, he can still understand himself ;). He has experience as a choir conductor, musical record arranger and children's theatre show music composer. He organises music workshops in many cities all over Poland. He’s been collaborating with Sean for several years. Together they lead the POLIN choir and Early Stage teachers’ choir. His motto: music is for everyone!
Other members include the Early Stage Team: Joanna Zarańska, who passes her infectious rhyming onto the troupe, Tonia Bochińska, who in turn has the key to understanding children's souls and is the person behind the original idea of the Pig in a Wig Theatre. Marysia Kowalczyk, who makes certain everyone appears on stage at the right time.
The students of Early Stage participate in classes and topical workshops related to the main focus of an international project for a given year. They study rich additional resources and get a solid command of new vocabulary. They prepare numerous original art and linguistic works. They learn English songs composed especially for that purpose and arranged by the three-time winner of the Fryderyk Music Awards – Michał Tokaj, with lyrics written by Joanna Zarańska and performed by Aga Zaryan and Sean Palmer.
The outcome of such vocal and artistic cooperation is a record with songs presented to the children in October with an accompanying booklet. It is an integral part of the course, and, at the same time, an investment in actual help for those in need. The profit is donated to charities selected in partnership with respected foundations and organisations.
The culminating point of our year-long work on the international project is the release of a record, produced in a professional studio and sung by several hundred students of Early Stage from all over Poland. It is an amazing gift at the end of the school year and a great resource for summer holiday vocabulary revision ;)
For over ten years we have managed to do many good things.
Just a few facts we can pride ourselves on: • We supported the water-sanitary program of Polish Humanitarian Action which resulted in building a well and improving the living conditions of over 500 Somalian families.
• We donated financial resources to humanitarian action for war-torn Syria.
• We supported street children in India as well as children from the poor, rural regions of Bolivia.
• We co-subsidised a Hospice in Ursynów, a Senior Nursing Home in Zielonka and the St Philip’s Primary School in Nairobi. • We cooperated with the Szkoła na Widelcu Foundation (School on a Fork/School on a Plate Foundation) in organising a healthy cookery workshop • We collected PLN 82,000 to rescue Malayan tigers and for the modernisation of an animal shelter in Korabiewice.
• We organised a campaign for cleaning-up after pets in public spaces together with Warsaw City Hall.
Above all else:
• We involved children from other countries in making our projects come to life.
• We established regular patronage cooperation with popular foundations: PAH (Polish Humanitarian Action), WWF, VIVA! Akcja dla zwierząt (VIVA! Campaign for animals)
• We made our students aware of the problems faced by people from poorer parts of the world
And what is most important – we became better people :)
Music is one of the foundations of our school; one of our ten POWERS. It is a feature of every lesson from the youngest groups upwards. We repeat new words and phrases. We consolidate what we learn. We go to language camps. We record albums for international projects – all to the rhythm of music.
Every day at Early Stage music is a tool and a means to make learning more effective and pleasant. During this school year, we have decided to make it the central theme of our FEEL THE MUSIC project.
Specially written and composed for the project, the songs feature the sounds of nature that are present all around us; musical instruments and their role in the orchestra; renowned composers and their works; numerous music styles and famous dances as well as the history of music.
Artists who have been working with us for many years ensure that the atmosphere of the songs is outstanding. Michał Tokaj, who composes the music, is a jazz pianist and winner of many music industry prizes, including numerous statues of Fryderyk. Vocal support comes from Aga Zaryan and Sean Palmer. The lyrics, bursting with rhymes and educational value, were written by Joanna Zarańska.
Just like every year, we are inviting our students to make their musical piece. In the spring we are joining together in a professional recording studio where children will sing their versions of the project songs. It is definitely our favourite moment of the school year as it creates bundles of satisfaction and joy!
This year all the songs for the FEEL THE MUSIC Project are available through the Early Stage music app.
Take another piece of music to your home! Listen to it while relaxing and share it with your dear ones. Music possesses great power and potential. We should make use of it! FEEL THE MUSIC!
Through the FEEL THE MUSIC Project we support the activities of four different non-government organisations that keep the artistic and social development of children at the centre of their work.
We help the Muzyka jest dla wszystkich Foundation (Music Is for Everyone) in organising music classes for children and teenagers from educational centres in the Praga district of Warsaw. Our support for the international initiative Brave Kids is focused on local activities in Rzeszów that help children from distant places in the world come together and participate in artistic projects. The main theme is music, of course. Moreover, this is our second year of cooperation with the Kosmos dla Dziewczynek Foundation (Cosmic Space for Girls), creator and publisher of an influential magazine that empowers girls in Poland and all around the world. This year we are also supporting the aid activities of Polska Akcja Humanitarna (Polish Humanitarian Action) that take place all over the world as well as the Humanitarian School, focusing on global education and concerning many vital topics featured in the school curriculum. We proudly support these varied educational and aid projects carried out by one of the largest organisations in Poland.
It’s time for our TRAVELS project this year. It sums up what we have been doing in recent years – we have managed to see a large part of the world. This time we focus on travelling in a much larger context. We are going to learn new vocabulary, meet different cultures and their histories and find out more about ourselves. We are going to pass our passion for discovery on to our students!
As in previous years we released an LP record to accompany the project. This year Joanna Zarańska, Justyna Tymińska and Agnieszka Gajewska wrote some funny, moving and captivating lyrics. The music for the project was composed by Michał Tokaj - a jazz pianist, Fryderyk Music Awards’ winner. The vocals were provided by Aga Zaryan and Sean Palmer. From the joint effort of these amazing personalities, the Travel Wonders record was created. It is something really cool not only for young English language enthusiasts but also for music fans.
It has been our custom to release the record with the children and teenagers singing solely from our Early Stage groups. This year, we are going to invite our students to a professional recording studio where we are going to create yet another musical work with a little help and supervision from our musician friends. Every year we are very proud to see, or rather to listen to, the outcome of our students’ work. This time we are sure it is going to be the same!
Marcie Bronstein, an American artist and photographer also got involved in this project. Just as in previous years, she prepared topical photoplays which create space for imagination and artistic passion.
The Travel Wonders project is of a social character – we support selected non-governmental organisations whose work is related to the current theme of our project.
We are going to help Fundacja Podróże Bez Granic Foundation (Travels Without Borders Foundation) which promotes an active lifestyle and makes the dream of the disabled to travel come true. Quite often they have lost all hope that they can go hiking or on a canoeing trip. The foundation proves that anything is possible and helps to fulfil their dreams. We are happy to be part of this project. We also contacted the Stowarzyszenie Mierz Wysoko (Aim High Association) which works with children from dysfunctional families. The organisation provides them with daily help in the Brzeska Street Youth Club in Warsaw. This year the Association implements the Wilderness Therapy project which involves organising a challenging mountain expedition. Its objective is to build children's self-esteem and belief in their capabilities. We are going to support these activities with pride and joy. We also want to commit to projects connected to changing attitudes and awareness building. This is why we have joined in supporting the Kosmos Foundation (Universe Foundation), the publisher of “Kosmos dla dziewczynek” magazine (“Universe for Girls”) – a valuable source of knowledge and motivation for little girl discoverers. We are going to be the partners of the “Travels” chapter about the brave and amazing girls living on our planet. Don’t miss a single issue!
After a long trip to South America, Asia and Africa we are back home. For our project last year, we studied Europe. We touched upon many issues related to our beautiful continent. We showed the children interesting spots on the map. We discussed values that unify European nations. We learnt about the history, art and music of our continent.
Just as in previous years, we prepared special songs for the project. Joanna Zarańska and her friends wrote the lyrics, Michał Tokaj composed the music, and the vocals were provided by Aga Zaryan and Sean Palmer. We are very happy that the American artist Marcie Bronstein participated in the project again. She prepared a series of topical photoplays, especially for our students.
Each spring we invite the children from our Early Stage schools to the recording studio to create a unique album. Together with the artists, the children sing all the songs composed for the project. That was how this one-of-a-kind record, full of the children’s enthusiasm, was made. Lend your ears; it is worth listening to!
Together with PAH (Polish Humanitarian Action), the patron of our international project, we supported the charity program for Ukrainian single mothers from the Zaporizhia province, where the majority of the internally displaced persons are located. The funds collected were donated to buy food, warm clothes and personal care products.