Summer Camp FAQ

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  • 1. Where is the camp located?
     

    Our camp location will be hosted at 1548 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

    Our facility is approximately 5000 square feet split into the following areas:

    Floor Plan

    Floor Plan

    We are two blocks away from Ohlone Park, where campers will go for outdoor activities in the afternoon.

     

     

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  • 2. What level of Chinese do my children need for summer camp?
     

    Our goal during summer camp is to have children continue to be immersed in Mandarin Chinese and have the opportunity to listen and practice using Chinese.

    They should be able to understand simple verbal instructions like

    • "take this" 拿著
    • "run/walk" 跑/走
    • "here/there" 這裏/那裡
    • "sit down" 坐下來
    • etc...

    This allows us touse basic instructions to help them improve their Chinese.

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  • 3. What type of science activities will kids do?
     

    Your child(ren) will have a hands-on opportunity to learn science through our different science activities.

    The science activities will be related to the week's theme, but will be different each day. Sometimes, the science activity will build upon a previous activity. And other times, it will be different, but still related to the theme of the week.

    Our science activities will generally use things commonly found around the house. This way, families can try these activities at home with their children. We will send information about these activities home with children.

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  • 4. How will my child(ren) learn Chinese during summer camp?
     

    Our week-long summer camps are structured to teach children Chinese words and phrases related to the theme of the week.

    Living in the United States, elementary school children already know a lot of English vocabulary, but they may not know the equivalent words in Chinese.

    During each week, child(ren) will

    1. Learn to associate the Chinese words with their English counterpart.
    2. Learn what the word sounds like and learn how to pronounce them.
    3. Practice recognizing  and write characters through fun activities like flashcard relay races and arts & craft activities.

    In our Mandarin immersion environment, child(ren) will practice speaking with correct grammar to fellow students and teachers. And through conversation, they will also learn more Chinese words.

     

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  • 5. Is there transportation to/from summer camp?
     

    We currently do not offer shuttle transportation to & from our summer camp.

    If a large number of families in the Lamorinda (Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda) area register for our summer camps, we can re-evaluate providing shuttle transportation.

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  • 6. Who are the teachers, instructors, camp counselors?
     

    We are lining up a few instructors who will be leading our summer camp. They will have experience working with children, teaching Mandarin Chinese, and guiding the activities.

    With our close proximity to UC Berkeley, we will also have Mandarin-speaking college students as camp counselors to work with the kids.

     

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  • 7. How many spots for available?
     

    For summer camp 2017, we plan to have 10-20 children in our program every week.

    Register early and pay to make sure we reserve a spot for your child(ren).

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  • 8. What is your student-to-teacher ratio?
     

    For summer camp, we target to have a one teacher for every 10-15 students.

    Depending on the activity, we will also involve teaching assistants and/or camp counselors.

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  • 9. Why do you not use an existing Chinese curriculum and lesson plan during the summer?
     

    Our week-long summer camps are structured to teach children Chinese words and phrases related to the theme of the week.

    Many structured Chinese curriculum follow a progression of lessons to teach children Chinese words over the course of several weeks.

    During the summer, this teaching strategy does not work because of the following reasons:

    1. Parents want their child(ren) to attend different activities that may interest them.
    2. Many families also go on vacation at different times, making it hard to follow a continuous lesson plan.

    Our weekly theme-based summer camp allows child(ren) to learn related words through applied usage and will help improve their Chinese. By learning words related to a theme, children can better use these words in the right conversational context.

    For example, a child may not learn words for airplane(飛機) or blow(吹) or wind(風) in a Chinese lesson book until a higher grade. By teaching children these words during summer camp, they can actually use them in daily conversation.

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  • 10. How many Chinese characters will my child(ren) learn?
     

    Every week, we aim to have children learn to recognize and practice writing 10-20 Chinese characters. These "vocabulary" words will be related to the week's theme.

    This will let the child(ren) immediately use these words in conversation and during various activities. This immediate usage and practice helps reinforce the words in the child(ren)'s memory.

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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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