Home » Programs » Afterschool Language Program » After School FAQ

After School FAQ

FAQ

  • 1. After-school Pro­gram
  • 2. Gen­er­al
Expand All | Col­lapse All
  • 1. Why do you only offer 5-day and 3-day after-school pro­gram?
     
    Our goal is to help chil­dren devel­op a strong Chi­nese lan­guage abil­i­ty; to devel­op their ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion and reading/writing skills.
    Since many fam­i­lies have lit­tle or no abil­i­ty to sup­port their chil­dren learn­ing Chi­nese at home, we feel that 3-days is the min­i­mum at our pro­gram since chil­dren have 2–3 hours per day at our after-school pro­gram. This equates to about 6–9 hours per week.
    As such, our pro­gram is cur­rent­ly set up as MTWThF (5-day) or MWF(3-day) options to prop­er­ly sup­port kids in our pro­gram.
    In addi­tion, our teach­ers need to teach our cur­ricu­lum sequence so kids can advance as a cohe­sive group. While we would love to accom­mo­date oth­er part-time con­fig­u­ra­tions or offer drop-in, these options will ulti­mate­ly hurt children’s lan­guage devel­op­ment.
    More
    Was this answer help­ful ? Yes(0) / No(0)
    Viewed 134 Times 
  • 2. Do you teach Sim­pli­fied or Tra­di­tion­al Script?
     

    For low­er ele­men­tary (K-2), we teach Tra­di­tion­al script char­ac­ters and zhuyin (bopo­mo­fo).

    • Tra­di­tion­al char­ac­ters often give chil­dren visu­al clues to the mean­ing of the under­ly­ing words. These help get kids into the habit of learn­ing & rec­og­niz­ing Chi­nese pic­tographs.
    • Zhuyin (bopo­mo­fo) uses sym­bols orig­i­nal­ly derived from Chi­nese char­ac­ters to rep­re­sent pho­net­ic sounds. Because of the use of under­ly­ing Chi­nese char­ac­ters, learn­ing zhuyin is a great way for kids to get ear­ly prac­tice with Chi­nese char­ac­ter stroke pat­terns. Since “pinyin” relies on the Eng­lish alpha­bet, hav­ing chil­dren use “pinyin” for Chi­nese pro­nun­ci­a­tion can cause con­fu­sion as chil­dren are also learn­ing Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion at school dur­ing grades K-2.

    Our goal is to have a mix of for­mal class­room instruc­tion com­bined with inter­ac­tive play-based activ­i­ties to help chil­dren improve their ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion abil­i­ty and improve their char­ac­ter recog­ni­tion abil­i­ty.

    As chil­dren progress into grades 3–5, we will intro­duce Sim­pli­fied char­ac­ters and Pinyin.

    More
    Was this answer help­ful ? Yes(0) / No(0)
    Viewed 139 Times 
  • 3. Is Berke­ley school bus avail­able to trans­port my child to Han­wen School?
     
    Berke­ley Uni­fied school bus is avail­ble to trans­port your child to our after-school pro­gram from cer­tain ele­men­tary schools loca­tions:
    • Crag­mont
    • Le Con­te
    • Mal­colm X
    • Oxford
    In order to plan their routes, the Berke­ley Uni­fied school bus team needs the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion to sched­ule your child’s pick­up (from ele­men­tary school) and dropoff (to Han­wen School).
    Your child will be dropped off around the cor­ner from Han­wen School and our staff will be there wait­ing to pick­up your child to walk them to our loca­tion.
    • LAST NAME
    • FIRST NAME
    • SCHOOL
    • GRADE
    • PROGRAM
    • DAYS ATTENDING
    • HOME NUMBER

    Please con­tact our team ASAP so we can make sure to reserve a spot with Berke­ley school bus for your child.


    Some oth­er poten­tial shut­tle & trans­porta­tion options include Zum (https://ridezum.com/) and Hop­Skip­Drive (https://www.hopskipdrive.com/)

     

    More
    Was this answer help­ful ? Yes(0) / No(0)
    Viewed 95 Times 
  • 4. What is your SICK POLICY?
     

    Fever, diar­rhea, and vom­it­ing are all sig­nals that your child is ill and poten­tial­ly con­ta­gious. If your child expe­ri­ences any of these symp­toms while at Han­wen School, we will call the par­ent phone num­bers pro­vid­ed at reg­is­tra­tion. Par­ents must pick up their child with­in two hours of our phone call. If you are not able to pick up your child, please call your emer­gency con­tact and request that they pick up your child. Our pol­i­cy is that your child must be free of fever and have no vom­it­ing or diar­rhea episodes for at least 24 hours before return­ing to Han­wen School.

    More
    Was this answer help­ful ? Yes(0) / No(0)
    Viewed 64 Times 
  • 5. What is your LATE PICK-UP POLICY
     

    LATE PICK-UP FEES

    Pick-up is between 5:30PM to 6:00PM

    Parent(s) agree to pay a late fee of $10 start­ing after 6:15PM for every 10 min­utes that they are late pick­ing up their child. Grace peri­od: 6:00pm-6:15pm.

    Han­wen School appre­ci­ates par­ents call­ing our office when they antic­i­pate late pick-ups. How­ev­er, late fees will not be waived because par­ents call in.

    More
    Was this answer help­ful ? Yes(0) / No(0)
    Viewed 43 Times 
  • 6. Why is there tuition deposit?
     

    A tuition deposit, equal to that of the month­ly tuition charge, IS DUE PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT. This deposit serves as a space reser­va­tion and com­mit­ment to enroll, and shall be refund­ed at the end of the school year, or cred­it­ed towards the last month’s tuition; less any out­stand­ing pay­ments or fees still oblig­at­ed to the school. If the child should with­draw pri­or to the stat­ed start-up day of the school year; or with­draw dur­ing the aca­d­e­m­ic year, a min­i­mum of 30 DAYS WRITTEN NOTICE must be giv­en to the school in order to receive a full refund or cred­it; less any out­stand­ing fees or monies. Any ver­bal notice shall NOT CONSTITUTE AS BEING ACCEPTABLE. Oth­er­wise, only a par­tial refund or cred­it will be issued if such notice is giv­en out­side of what is stat­ed. Deter­mi­na­tion of the exact amount of a refund or cred­it will be sub­ject to the sole dis­cre­tion of the Han­wen School and shall be final.

    More
    Was this answer help­ful ? Yes(0) / No(0)
    Viewed 48 Times 
  • 7. What is the mate­ri­als fee?
     

    EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS FEE.
    The edu­ca­tion­al mate­ri­als fee is also charged and applied towards the cost of art and edu­ca­tion­al mate­ri­als used through­out the school year. This fee is non-refundable and shall be due upon notice of your child’s accep­tance.

    More
    Was this answer help­ful ? Yes(0) / No(0)
    Viewed 45 Times 
  • 8. How many days of instruc­tion are there per week? What is the length of class­es?
     

    Lan­guage acqui­si­tion is best achieved through active, repet­i­tive, and com­plex learn­ing. We believe that a min­i­mum of 4 to 5 days a week one hour content-rich Man­darin immer­sion ben­e­fits the stu­dents the best. How­ev­er, we acknowl­edge that a lot of the chil­dren have work­ing par­ents that may not be able to make the com­mit­ment for the 4 to 5 days a week class­es; thus we pro­vide a 3-day and the 5-day a week Man­darin les­son options that allows the flex­i­bil­i­ty for busy par­ents.

    More
    Was this answer help­ful ? Yes(0) / No(0)
    Viewed 54 Times 
  • 9. What is the student-to-teacher ratio?
     

    In order to devel­op a high-quality Man­darin pro­gram, one class at Han­wen School nev­er exceeds 10 stu­dents per teacher (the very youngest class has an addi­tion­al assis­tant) because we believe that small size class is more effi­cient for second-language learn­ers, and the stu­dents have more chance to inter­act with teach­ers and lan­guage bud­dies. We group the stu­dents by appro­pri­ate age and lan­guage expe­ri­ence, so each child feels com­fort­able and max­i­mizes all pos­si­bil­i­ties for learn­ing and fun.

    More
    Was this answer help­ful ? Yes(0) / No(0)
    Viewed 52 Times 
  • 10. What lan­guage con­tent and skills are taught?
     

    Each lev­el has a dif­fer­ent cur­ricu­lum and text­books.

    For exam­ple, the begin­ning lev­el explores the evo­lu­tion of Chi­nese char­ac­ters and fun, immersion-based activ­i­ties, like under­stand­ing Chi­nese sto­ries and leg­ends. After one year of Man­darin learn­ing, a stu­dent should mas­ter col­ors, fruits, time, num­bers, body parts, and oth­er basic infor­ma­tion in Man­darin, and be able to rec­og­nize and write around 300 Chi­nese Char­ac­ters.

    Advanced stu­dents are able to write short pas­sages, such as a diary, write short sto­ries accord­ing the pic­tures giv­en. They are chal­lenged to inter­act with teach­ers and chat with each oth­er to feel more com­fort­able speak­ing Man­darin out­side the class­room. Dai­ly activ­i­ties like shop­ping in a gro­cery store, order­ing dim sum in a restau­rant can be com­mu­ni­cat­ed in Man­darin by the stu­dents. Stu­dents learn lan­guage in a cul­tur­al con­text, enabling them to com­mu­ni­cate even more effec­tive­ly. Great empha­sis is placed on con­tex­tu­al and Chi­nese cul­tur­al learn­ing so that even activ­i­ties such as cook­ing class and clean-up time serve as oppor­tu­ni­ties to engage stu­dents with the Chi­nese lan­guage.

    Lan­guage acqui­si­tion comes nat­u­ral­ly to the chil­dren as a result of their par­tic­i­pa­tion in these fun and immersion-based activ­i­ties.

    More
    Was this answer help­ful ? Yes(0) / No(0)
    Viewed 51 Times 
  • 1. What is youngest age you can take?
     

    Due to cer­tain reg­u­la­tions, chil­dren must be 4 years, 9 months or old­er by the time our pro­grams start.

     

    More
    Was this answer help­ful ? Yes(0) / No(0)
    Viewed 117 Times 
  • 2. Who can pick-up my child at the end of the day?
     

    We under­stand that there may be times when some­one oth­er than your­self may have to pick up your child at school and you were unable to noti­fy us.

    • If we do not know the per­son com­ing in to pick up your child we will ask for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.
    • If the per­son is not on the list, we will not release your child to that per­son
      unless we have received a writ­ten notice that you have giv­en per­mis­sion to release the child to the des­ig­nat­ed per­son for the day.

    We strong­ly request you call or email Han­wen School if some­one oth­er than your­self will be pick­ing up your child.

    More
    Was this answer help­ful ? Yes(0) / No(0)
    Viewed 38 Times 
  • 3. What is your SICK POLICY?
     

    Fever, diar­rhea, and vom­it­ing are all sig­nals that your child is ill and poten­tial­ly con­ta­gious. If your child expe­ri­ences any of these symp­toms while at Han­wen School, we will call the par­ent phone num­bers pro­vid­ed at reg­is­tra­tion. Par­ents must pick up their child with­in two hours of our phone call. If you are not able to pick up your child, please call your emer­gency con­tact and request that they pick up your child. Our pol­i­cy is that your child must be free of fever and have no vom­it­ing or diar­rhea episodes for at least 24 hours before return­ing to Han­wen School.

    More
    Was this answer help­ful ? Yes(0) / No(0)
    Viewed 64 Times