Mandarin Immersion Summer Camp 2020

June 8 – August 21


Join us at Karis Academy for daily Mandarin immersion!

Mandarin Chinese Immersion Summer Camp is a fun way for children to develop fluency in Mandarin!  Each week will be centered on a different theme, with engaging activities, guest presentations, and field trips to practice our language skills!

Our summer camp curriculum is designed by credentialed teachers and centered around Karis books specifically written to accompany our themes, with a focus on conversational phrases and essential vocabulary.  Karis teachers know how important it is for children to enjoy learning so they will be motivated to continue studying Chinese as they get older!

You may register for summer camp on a week-by-week basis, however we recommend a minimum of 4-6 weeks to build fluency and conversation skills.  Past students who have joined us with no previous Mandarin experience have been able to conduct simple conversations in Chinese after the 10-week summer!  The minimum age for summer camp is 4 years and 9 months.  Younger children are invited to sign up for our “Kinder Chinese” classes offered mornings from 9:00 -12:00.

Daily Immersion

Our Chinese Language Immersion classes each morning focus on speaking and listening skills for everyday conversation, as well as reading and writing.  Students will be divided into small groups based on their age and ability level.

In the afternoons, students will be able to join either a Chinese activity class (including drawing, painting, origami, STEM activities, etc.) for continued Chinese immersion, or other electives offered at our academy (in English) including Coding, Yoga, Music, and Martial Arts.


Weekly Themes

Each week of Karis Kids Camp: Mandarin Immersion will explore a different theme! These themes allow us to explore new vocabulary necessary for everyday conversations, while we learn about Chinese culture, traditions, music and food.

Week 1   June 10-June 14 :  We Are Family

We’ll put together our family tree in Chinese, while we learn how to introduce ourselves and our hobbies too!

Week 2  June 17-June 21 :  Let’s Play!

Have fun learning some sports Chinese kids love to play! Badminton, ping-pong, and kicking the jianzi too!
* Gymnastics Field Trip

Week 3  June 24-June 28 :  Ancient Treasures

Learn about Chinese inventions and ancient treasures, and use our new vocabulary to find clues for a treasure hunt!
* Bowers Museum Trip

Week 4  July 1-July 5 :  Imagination Station

Let’s get crafty and creative this week, plus every kid’s favorite – time to make slime!

Week 5  July 8-12 :  Food Around the World

Let’s discover some popular foods from around the world and even try making some snacks of our own!

Week 6  July 15-19 :  A Bug’s Life

Grasshoppers, ladybugs, roly-polies, learn how different bugs get around and how they survive!
* Orchard Park field trip

Week 7  July 22-26 : Mirror Mirror

Who loves to create costumes, sing, dance, or act with our friends?  Let’s put on a show and play pretend!

Week 8  July 29-August 2 : When I Grow Up

Let’s find out what kind of jobs are done by the community helpers in our town.
* Pretend City field trip

Week 9  Aug 5-9 : Little Maestros

We’ll get jammin’ learning about different instruments plus make some of our own!

Week 10  August 12-16 :  Rumble in the Jungle

Elephants, tigers, monkeys, and more!  We’ll learn about animals, then go to the zoo to explore!
* Zoo field trip

Week 11  August 19-23 :  Under the Sea

Time to learn about animals in the sea, from dolphins to sharks and even jellyfish!