Our fearless teachers and students continued their remote learning in Cornerstone's summer camp session two! We found creative ways to have a fun and enriching online camp experience this summer.
Our classes, ranging in age from Pre-K to sixth grade, spent two weeks preparing for an online performance that would be shared with friends and family. Everyone worked together to learn their lines, create their own props, and practice their Chinese.
Let's see what our teachers had to say about their wonderful campers:
Chen Laoshi's Little Bears Class
We love food! We love to talk about kitchen appliances. We enjoyed the cooking projects at home. It was an extraordinary experience learning about food and cooking in the second session of Little Bear Class!
Gan Laoshi's Dolphins Classes
The students explored different appliances in the kitchen and learned how these appliances help us in our daily lives. Each day, the students also helped our class’s Little Dolphin find its way home, which helped us learn about calendars and directions such as above, below, to the left, and to the right. We also enjoyed playing Simon Says!
Lee Laoshi's Elves Class
The Elves Class enjoyed learning different ways to read a text: for example, we loved adding movements to vocabulary words to help us better understand the words’ meanings. In our first round of this game, the teacher made the movement, and the students guessed the word. This helped with building accurate pronunciation. Later on, each student had a chance to be the teacher’s helper. The helper said a word aloud, and other students had to find the right vocabulary card. These different methods helped us remember our new words, and gave everyone the chance to be responsible for the class’s learning.
Wang Laoshi's Monkeys Class
The Monkeys Class enjoyed a wide variety of activities, such as crafts, cooking, experiments, and games. These activities allowed the students to actively and joyfully participate in class. Students had slightly different learning goals based on their Chinese abilities. This allowed everyone to improve their Chinese within a relaxed and happy environment.
Zhou Laoshi's Deer and Penguins Classes
Deer Class: This class was very orderly and engaged. They enjoyed following the teacher’s instructions to complete their tasks. They also were willing to take on challenges in the classroom and work hard to finish their assignments.
Penguins Class: This class was very lively and had strong participation in all class activities. They had a strong sense of self-expression and were able to express their thoughts and ideas clearly.
Liu Laoshi's Raccoon and Seahorse Classes
Raccoons Class: This class especially enjoyed sharing their observations with each other. They were very engaged and worked hard to complete their assignments. Students showed happiness, confidence, and excitement when sharing their crafts or other work with the class. I’m so proud of them!
Seahorse Class: This class was very cute! They loved singing and dancing, and especially loved performing their final projects. I am very pleased to see their persistence and enthusiasm.
Li Laoshi's Stars Class
The Stars Class had a lot of energy and loved playing Chinese learning games. In particular, they liked games that involved physical exercise! We learned the story of “Stone Soup” and the students loved adding ingredients into the teacher’s soup. They shouted, “加点盐！” (“Add more salt!”) to make the teacher’s soup more and more salty!
Zhang Laoshi's Sunshine Class
In session two, we studied the story of “Stone Soup.” The students made their own props to use in their performances. They added many of their own thoughts and details to their props. These projects showed the students’ creativity: for example, they created cardboard houses, clay soldiers, hand-drawn backgrounds, and more.
Gao Laoshi's Wang Hong Classes
The second session of the Wang Hong Class was full of many creative chefs! They studied a very moving story about a child taking care of his blind father. Afterwards, they used materials from their own homes to create cooking projects for their family members. Through this process, they reflected on their relationships with their families. They observed and interviewed their family members to learn about their reactions to our cooking projects. This helped them better understand their family members, too. As our class slogan goes: I’m giving you (the students) a huge thumbs-up!