CAIS Summer Program
Playing with Chinese — CAIS Immersion Summer Camps
(Please note, the above camp photos are all from Pre-COVID times.)
This year’s in-person Chinese summer programs will be offered in two three-week sessions. Camp days run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Session One will be held June 21-July 9.
(Independence Day will be observed on Monday, July 5.)
- Session Two will be held July 12-July 30.
Separate camps both sessions will be held for children in Preschool (minimum age 3) and children in grades K-5. See details below.
The Preschool camp will be held at our Waller Campus, 42/52 Waller Avenue and the K-5th Grade camp will be held at our main campus, 150 Oak Street.
Camp Fee and Aftercare
CAIS Summer Camp is $1,800 per three-week session. Aftercare (from 3:00–5:30 p.m.) is available for an additional fee of $300 for each session.
To register, sign up via UltraCamp by Friday, June 4, 2021.
CAIS Mandarin Summer Program for Preschool (Age 3 minimum)
Your child will learn Mandarin in an activity-based camp under the instruction of CAIS’s own highly experienced teachers. No prior Chinese language skills are necessary to participate in this camp, but all participants must be at least three-years-old at the start of camp.
During each three-week session, children will experience Chinese language and culture through activities such as singing, Chinese story time, Chinese dance, arts and crafts, cooking and morning exercises. Language acquisition will come naturally to your child as a result of their participation in these fun, immersion- based, activities. Teachers will speak in Chinese while using supplemental gestures, making it easy for the children to understand the tasks at hand. Simple phrases will be learned from everyday use, such as saying “hello” every morning or “good bye” every afternoon.
8:45 Morning care begins (complimentary)
9:00 Morning Exercise—Campers stretch and dance to music in Chinese
9:15 Circle Time—Campers learn Mandarin language through conversation
9:30 Story Time—Children’s stories in Mandarin
9:55 Snack Time
10:05 Free Choice Activity Time
10:35 Singing in Chinese—Campers learn Mandarin through songs
12:20 Nap for Preschool children
1:30 Chinese Cultural Classes—Arts and Crafts, Science and Cooking
3:00 Aftercare begins (extra fee)
5:30 Conclusion of aftercare
CAIS Mandarin Summer Program for Kindergarten–Fifth Grades
Your child will learn Mandarin in an activity-based camp under the instruction of CAIS’s own highly experienced teachers. No prior Chinese language skills are necessary to participate in this camp, but all participants must be entering between kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall of 2021.
Along with Chinese Dance, Drama, Martial Arts, Chinese Math, Technology, and Singing activities in the regular class, campers will enjoy the following special classes:
Brush Painting and Calligraphy Class
In this class, campers will have an exceptional chance to explore the unique qualities of Chinese visual art with a highly experienced Chinese art teacher trained in both traditional Chinese and Western art. Emphasis will be placed on the simple pleasure of making images, while learning basic skills in Chinese painting, calligraphy, the use of Chinese ink, color, Xuan paper and special brushes. The instruction will include an introduction to special characters that represent the spirit of Chinese culture.
Campers will have the opportunity to explore language and the history of Chinese food from various regions of China. Campers will make dumplings, green onion pancakes, egg rolls and many tasty desserts. Many recipes and process will be adjust to accommodate allergies and Department of Children and Youth guidelines.
Chinese Arts and Crafts
Our campers will experiment with a variety of media to expand their knowledge of art and art theory. Having the Asian Art Museum as our neighbor allows us every opportunity to visit the museum’s various exhibits and educational programs.
During each three-week session, students will experience Chinese language and culture through a wide variety of thematic units. Each unit provides a rich setting for learning, and purposefully connects related topics, content and skills. Campers are able to apply all learned skills to complete real life meaningful tasks.
Language acquisition will come naturally to your child as a result of their participation in immersion-based activities. More advanced campers will be challenged to enhance their language skills through a more intensive level of interaction with teachers and other campers. Teachers will focus on building campers’ confidence in speaking Mandarin outside of the classroom.
8:45 Morning care begins (complimentary)
9:00 Arrival time for campers/Morning Exercise Begins
9:25 Classroom instruction
10:45 Morning Recess
11:10 Classroom Instruction
12:00 Lunch Time Lunch Recess
1:00 Cultural Enrichment Class #1
2:00 Cultural Enrichment Class #2
3:00 Dismissal / Aftercare care begins (extra fee)
5:30 Conclusion of Aftercare
CAIS Camp Agreements
CAIS Summer Programs will follow similar risk management protocols as with in-person school, including agreements reflecting the role of the school, parents, and campers. These agreements are being shared in the spirit of making a community effort to mitigate the risks as much as possible in opening our CAIS campuses. To be successful in this effort, it is important that all members of the CAIS community—parents, campers, faculty and staff—do their utmost to ensure good hygiene and hand washing, the use of face coverings, and engaging in physical distancing and symptom tracking. To guide our efforts, we ask that families review and abide by the Return to School Agreements together with CAIS campers so that everyone is aware of our shared responsibilities. Your review of this document will affirm your obligation to comply with the terms outlined here. Please understand that our work as a community to mitigate risk and avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus is based on our shared commitment to these agreements.