Ya-Ya Big Kids @home
for 6 - 10 years old
Let the fun of learning Mandarin continues this summer at home
Small Class Size
Cap at 8 students per morning class.
*cap at 4 kids during small group work time.
Cap at 4 students per Big Kids Club.
Immersive and Playful Learning
Rich curriculum meets a playful pedagogy
Fun topics taught in Mandarin immersion style
The More the Merrier
Incentives offer for multiple classes/weeks. Check out registration page for more details.
1. When does registration start?
Priority registration starts at 9am on May 26th for current families, and open to the public on June 1.
2. Does my child need to understand Mandarin?
Yes. Your child should understand basic classroom instructions in Mandarin to fully enjoy the benefits of our Mandarin immersion class. If you are uncertain, please submit a request here to set up an assessment.
3. Do you teach Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese?
Our curriculum materials are in Traditional Chinese. However, we can provide home support materials in Simplified Chinese if a family requests. During Work Time when we study Chinese characters and practice writing worksheets, the teacher can also include Simplified Chinese characters. While our curriculum includes Chinese character study with reading and writing practice, the main teaching goal is to learn Mandarin and build their conversational skills in an immersive and natural way through exploration of different subjects.
4. Is the whole morning class (9:15AM to 12PM) live session? Will my child get breaks?
Yes, the whole morning class is LIVE instruction. There will be small breaks in between the components and there is also small group work time when the group will be split to work with two teachers. Please click here to see the Big Kids Summer class description.
5. I am worried about too much screen time for my child.
As educators, we totally understand that virtual instruction cannot replace real in-person classroom instructions. However, if attending a physical program is not possible, we believe that our enriching virtual Mandarin program will not only provide the much needed continuity in Mandarin education, but also give the child the benefit of a familiar routine other than prolonged unstructured time .
6. What is the cancellation policy? Can I make up a missed class?
There will be no make-up class or cancellation for any reason.
7. Will adding extra Afternoon Big Kids Club to the morning class be too much for my child?
It depends on what type of learner your child is. Some children thrive when they are given more instruction time, while for others, the morning class may be enough. However, the Big Kids Club time is focused more on fun activities, which may include theme projects (arts / science / cooking), virtual field trips, or games etc. As the club is smaller (cap at 4 kids), we think many children can benefit and enjoy the extra interactive bonding time with a smaller group of peers, especially if one signs up for the same time slot with a friend. In general, we recommend parents to choose the type of schedule that works best for your child as well as for your family.
8. What age is appropriate for Big Kids Summer @home?
Your child needs to be at least 6 years of age by June 1st, 2020. A summary of program options by age group:
Age 3y to 5y please sign up for Ya-Ya Summer @home
Age 2y and under please sign up for BaoBao Singalong @home
Age 6y to 10y Big Kids Summer @home
Age 2y to 6y limited spots for our new Laoshi & Me 1-on-1 program
9. Do I need to prepare any materials for the class?
Around early June, we will publish the list of “class materials” needed for each summer week.
(a) You may choose to prepare the materials at home.
(b) You can pick up (contact-less) a FREE pack of materials at our 23 Warren location on designated dates.
(c) Mandarin Seeds can mail the materials to you for an extra “materials admin fee”.
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