- 1. After-school Program
- 2. General
- 1. Why do you only offer 5-day and 3-day after-school program?27.05.17MoreOur 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.
- 2. Do you teach Simplified or Traditional Script?27.05.17More
- 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.
- 1. What is youngest age you can take?04.02.17More
Due to certain regulations, children must be 4 years, 9 months or older by the time our programs start.