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Summer Camp FAQ

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

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

    We are also a few blocks away from the West Cam­pus Swim­ming Pool.

     

     

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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 camps, 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 6–10 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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  • 11. 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.

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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