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After School FAQ

  • 1. After-school Pro­gram
  • 2. Gen­er­al
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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