We made it to the end of our 2020 summer camp! Thank you to all our dedicated students, families, teachers, and staff for contributing to this wonderful and unique Chinese immersion experience.
Our Pre-K through sixth grade students enjoyed doing cooking projects, making arts and crafts, singing Chinese songs, and learning Chinese words and phrases. They were especially excited about this session's science theme. We are so proud of each student's learning and growth this summer!
Let's see what our teachers had to say about their wonderful campers:
Chen Laoshi's Little Bears Class
We learned to read Chinese. We started to recognize Chinese characters by learning single writing strokes and tracing the strokes in targeted Chinese characters. I am happy to see students’ developing interest in drawing and writing Chinese characters.
Gan Laoshi's Dolphins Classes
The Dolphins Class enjoyed learning about science and the water cycle. Each student was able to fluently explain how water can change into vapor or ice. Students loved making props for their performances and singing their class song, “Summer Is Here.” In the third session, the students became an even stronger team by playing games together instead of only working independently. Everyone built a strong sense of collaboration to complete class projects.
Lee Laoshi's Elves Class
Through daily practice, our students learned when they should stay focused, when they can have free play, when they should stay quiet, and when they can share openly—and because of this, we had a wonderful online class experience. We all supported each other to create a positive learning environment!
Fu Laoshi's Frogs Class
The third session of summer camp allowed us to study the story “Tadpole Looks for Mommy.” Students not only learned new words and sentence patterns, but also observed how the tadpole in our story was persistent and brave when trying new things. In these short two weeks, we have made crafts and creative cooking projects, played games, and studied the life cycles of tadpoles and frogs. It was a pleasure to spend two happy weeks together and I am very proud of our students.
Zhou Laoshi's Deer and Penguins Classes
The Deer Class was very well-behaved. They worked hard to complete their assignments on time and according to the teacher’s instructions. They were engaged in each class activity, and most enjoyed interacting with peers during class.
The Penguins Class was full of proactive participants with great energy. They were willing to share their ideas with each other, and enjoyed interacting with each other and with the teacher.
Liu Laoshi's Raccoon and Seahorse Classes
The Raccoons Class was especially lively and enjoyed discussing ideas, sharing what they learned, and showing their crafts and cooking projects to each other. They created a cheerful learning atmosphere. Best wishes to all of the Raccoons Class students!
The Seahorse Class was very cute! They liked singing the song “Tadpole Looks for Mommy”—as soon as they heard the music start, they would begin singing along, which made for a very joyful class environment. Best wishes to all of the Seahorse Class students!
Li Laoshi's Stars Class
This session, I planted two beans for each student. As the beans grew roots, sprouted, and grew leaves, the students also grew! Their understanding of our class story and Chinese abilities improved with each passing day.
Zhang Laoshi's Sunshine Class
This session, we studied the story “The Empty Pot.” Students not only learned the contents of this reading, but also created their own backgrounds and props to perform the story. Some students added creative details to explain parts of the story. They demonstrated how the protagonist tried to grow his flower, how the other children in the story made beautiful plants, and what would have happened after the emperor died.
Gao Laoshi's Wang Hong Classes
This session, the Wang Hong Class was full of budding scientists. They learned a story from “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms,” about how the ancient strategist Zhuge Liang summoned the winds. Afterwards, we used our scientific knowledge to create our own wind vanes. Through trying and failing, we learned what it means to be humble! Some students felt prepared early on for their performances; even still, after hearing feedback from their peers, they worked hard to revise and perfect their execution. Through this attitude of mutual support, our students developed interesting, creative, and meaningful final performances!