Ya-Ya Summer @home
for 3 - 5 years old
Let the fun of learning Mandarin continues this summer at home
cap at 6
Three 45-min classes in one morning
Pick 1 to 3 classes to register
Each class is 45 minutes and meets from Monday to Friday. A student may sign up for one or multiple classes and learn something different in each class! Each class has a similar structure with variations for each component, plus a focus activity unique to each class. *PLEASE go to FAQs for common questions.
A sample lesson structure for each class:
Circle Time & Interactive Time 互動時間
Warm up & Movement 動一動
Topic Study 主題探討
Vocabulary Game 生詞遊戲
Focus Activity unique to each class:
Dolphin: Music & Specials (e.g. ukulele or yoga by a specialist)
Starfish: Project Time (arts / science / cooking etc)
Seahorse: Storybook Reading with animated graphics
9:00 - 9:45
10:00 - 10:45
11:00 - 11:45
Afternoon Mini Clubs
cap at 3
30-minute mini club meets Monday to Thursday
Time slot available: 1:40, 3:00
A great way to add more interactive and bonding time with the teacher and explore the topic in depth! It can be signed up as a standalone for children who prefer mini groups, or as a great supplement to morning classes.
Small Class Size
Cap at 6 students per morning class.
Cap at 3 students per afternoon Mini Club.
Short Sessions with Flexibility
Each session runs only 30 or 45 minutes.
Multiple sessions are offered everyday, you can build your own schedule by choosing one to many sessions.
The More the Merrier
Incentives offer for multiple classes/weeks. Check out registration page for more details.
Families love our
We have always been blown away by your program, but now even more impressed with your distance learning approach. The teachers do such a great job delivering the lessons via Zoom, making it so engaging and fun for the students. We all know how challenging it is to sustain student engagement through a screen for this age group, but your team does an amazing job.
— Janie & Ranjan, parents
Week 1 June 29 to July 3
Ya-Ya Toy Company
Are you curious about how toys are made and designed? Go behind the scenes and explore how the toys are made in the past and modern day! Let's design our own toys for Ya-Ya Toy Company.
Week 2 July 6 to July 10
I am a Designer
Do you know how many types of designers are there? Fashion designer, furniture designer, industrial designer who design cars, architects who design buildings and homes, and many more.
Week 3 July 13 to July 17
Let's Go Camping
Let's go camping! Learn to put up a tent, start a bonfire, and cooking in the open fields. Let's explore outdoor activites in nature - canoeing, swimming, fishing, hiking and observing the stars at night.
Week 4 July 20 to July 24
Let's explore the Amazon jungle rainforest and the insect species, fruits, plants, birds and animals living there! Who are the people living in the Amazon jungle? Let us find out all the amazing things about the Amazon.
Week 5 July 27 to July 31
Let us explore different types of supermarket in NYC and open our own little Ya-Ya Supermarket for business, and you as the Little Boss will decide everything from what to sell, how to display and market to customers!
Week 6 Aug 3 to Aug 7
Noodles Around the World
What is your favorite type of noodle? Chinese noodles, Italian pasta, Japanese soba, Thai rice noodles, just to name a few. Let us explore all kinds of different types of noodles around the world, how to make, cook and eat them!
Week 7 Aug 10 to Aug 14
Do you have a favorite musical? Let us study some famous broadway musicals, and explore the process in producing our own Ya-Ya musical. We will also invite a music specialist to teach us how to sing a musical!
1. When does registration start?
Priority registration starts at 9am on May 26th for current families - please check your email for a private link! Registration will open to the public on June 1.
2. Where is the tuition listed?
You will see Tuition after you click the REGISTRATION link, which is private only to CURRENT families. It will be open to public on June 1.
3. What is the difference between “Dolphin”, ”Sea Turtle” and “Seahorse” class?
Your child will learn something different in each class! Each class has a similar structure, with familiar Ya-Ya routines like circle time, warm up movement, topic and vocabulary time, and then a focus activity that is unique to each class. For example, on a typical morning, the “Dolphin” class may invite a specialist to do a “show and tell” about a musical instrument, while the “Sea Turtle” class may work on an arts project, and then the “Seahorse” class has the popular and dynamic storybook reading time.
4. How many classes should I sign up for my child?
Every child is unique! We really recommend that you choose based on the time(s) that work best for your child. Some children may enjoy attending 2 or 3 classes, while for some children, one class may be enough. There is a 15-minute break in between each class and the teachers will remind the children to get up, move their bodies and walk around. You have the flexibility in making your own morning schedule that works best for your child.
5. Will my child get bored if I sign up for 2 or 3 classes?
Since each class has some variations, a unique activity, as well as its own class dynamic, your child will surely experience and discover different surprises in each class!
6. 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 .
7. What is the cancellation policy? Can I make up a missed class?
There will be no make-up class or cancellation for any reason.
8. 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 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”.
9. What age is appropriate for Ya-Ya Summer @home?
Your child needs to be at least 3 years of age by June 1st, 2020 or an enrolled student in our Ya-Ya Immersion Spring 2020 program. A summary of program options by age group:
Age 3y to 5y Ya-Ya Summer @home
Age 2y and under please sign up for BaoBao Singalong @home
Age 6y to 10y please sign up for Big Kids Summer @home
Age 2y to 6y limited spots for our new Laoshi & Me 1-on-1 program
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