NOI Bimbi Italian Language Program for Children

Il Punto's NOI (Not an Ordinary Italian) Program, taught by native speakers, immerses children from toddler to 12 in the Italian language through an engaging environment of play and conversation.

Three class levels — Cubs, Koala, and Panda — range from absolute beginners to proficient Italian speakers ready to work on the finer points of grammar and composition.

Early exposure to a second language not only increases the likelihood of gaining language proficiency, but it has been shown to improve a wide variety of cognitive skills. The most effective way for children to learn a second language is to put them in situations where language surrounds them. 

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For more information about the NOI Program or to ask about placement, please contact us at

2024 Fall session registration now open.

See details on the Registration page.


  • September to December 2024 See Registration page. 8 lessons in total 
  • January to May 2025: Signup opens on November 1st. 11 lessons in total

Location: Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 

Age Groups and Classes:

  1. Orsetti Italian Playdate Group (Ages 2-3 years old)
  2. Koala Group (Ages 4-6 years old)
  3. Panda 1 Group (Ages 6- and up - entering 1st grade)
  4. Panda 2 Group (Ages 9 and up - entering 4th grade)
  • Tuition fees cover all of the material needed for the lessons
  • Minimum class size: 4 , maximum class size:10 
  • To register as "Il Punto Member", please visit the Membership page


Session 1 Fall 2024 - 8 lessons in total

  • Il Punto Members $200
  • Non-members $275
  • Sibling discount: 10% off full tuition (requires at least 2 kids registered) please contact 


Il Punto reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet capacity requirements. You will be notified of any cancellation. Minimum of four participants must be enrolled for class to be held.

  • Tuition fees are non-refundable for cancellations made less than 3 weeks prior to the first day of the session (i.e. last day to cancel for a full refund for Fall session is Aug 23)
  • There are no pro-rated refunds or make-ups offered for missed days
  • In case the class is cancelled: 100% refund


Groups are organized by age and proficiency in Italian. Teachers will evaluate and suggest different placements if needed. Lessons are conducted in Italian.

  • Gruppo Orsetti - Italian playdate group 
    • Ages 2-3 years old - with a parent 
    • Activities: use Italian through games, crafts, songs and other age-appropriate tasks
    • Class size: max 10 kids - presence of a parent is required during the class
    • Language proficiency: all levels 

    • Gruppo Koala  
    • Ages 4 years and up
    • Activities: learn and practice Italian through games, songs, crafts, reading
    • Class size: max 10 kids
    • Language proficiency: Beginner to intermediate 

    • Gruppo Panda 1
    • Ages 6 and up (minimum: entering 1st grade) 
    • Activities - reading, writing, basic grammar, games, 
    • Class size: max 10 kids
    • Language proficiency: Intermediate 

    • Gruppo Panda 2
      • Ages 9 and up (minimum: entering 4th grade) 
      • Activities - reading, writing, grammar exercises, games, 
      • Class size: max 10 kids
      • Language proficiency: Intermediate 

          • CONTACTS
        • Teacher for Orsetti: Lara Bucca
        • Teacher for Koala e Panda: Daniela Balestra
        • Assistant: Barbara Rebella
        • If you are interested in volunteering, send an email to 
          Punto is a registered no-profit and offers volunteer certification for high-school students.


        Phinney Neighborhood Association

        6532 Phinney Ave N,

        Seattle, WA 98103

        For questions, send an email to

          Register for upcoming sessions

          Il Punto! P.O. Box 30674, Seattle, WA 98113

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