Chinese Program

All categories

Eight Things to Know About Mass Greeting 2024 at CAIS (龙年团拜及迎春大会)

1. Lunar New Year is also called Spring Festival (春节 Chūn jié) in Chinese tradition. It means the first day of the lunar calendar that cycles through 12 signs of…

Jan 23, 2024

Lion Dance Super Fan

I am a huge fan of Mass Greeting, and especially of the sixth grade Lion Dance. Current Middle School students and alumni have shared with me how they watched the…

Jan 18, 2024

Empowering Novice Mandarin Immersion Preschool Educators

Teachers’ Professional Development February 2024 Workshops Provided by CAIS Chinese American International School invites all aspiring and new Chinese immersion preschool teachers to join our enriching series of three FREE…

Jan 05, 2024

When the Students Can Become the Teachers

Each spring fifth and eighth graders’ Chinese proficiency levels are assessed using the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Chinese Program Director Cindy Chiang (right) shared this year’s thrilling results showing that 75.6% of the Class…

Nov 14, 2023

Why do we create and what do we include in a student’s portfolio in Preschool?

In Preschool, we provide individualized teaching and learning to young children and each family will receive your child’s student portfolio four times a year. We implement research-based curricula and learning…

Nov 02, 2023

What Is a Preschool Learning Story?

A learning story is a narrative written by teachers or educators to capture a child’s learning experiences, progress, and development over time. It provides a holistic view of a child’s…

Nov 02, 2023

What Is a Preschool Developmental Profile?

Preschool teachers conduct students’ Preschool Developmental Profiles at the beginning and end of the school year. These profiles help both teachers and families gain a better understanding of your child’s…

Nov 02, 2023

Happy Teacher’s Day 2023 & Confucius’s 2,574th Birthday!

We’re celebrating CAIS faculty (such as our second grade team shown above co-teaching math in Chinese and English) on the birthday of the great teacher, Confucius. In honor of this…

Sep 28, 2023

Tongue Twisters to Understand the Four Tones

In our first few weeks of Mandarin WLP class, the students began by exploring the four tones in Mandarin through fun body movements and tongue twisters. The tones are critical…

Sep 23, 2023

Meaningful Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节 Zhōng qiū jié, sometimes called the Moon Festival in the West) is next Friday, September 29. It is one of the most important, family-centered holidays in…

Sep 22, 2023