Day 15

The past three weeks have such an amazing journey.  Looking back at the first day, it is really extraordinary to see how far our students have come.

During our closing ceremony, our students put on such great performances.  The plays, skits, dances, and songs were integrated with Chinese they learned at camp.  A great big thank you to all of the parents, grandparents, cousins, friends, and guests who came to support our students.👏

Thank you to all our students, staff, volunteers, sponsors, STARTALK, Brookings Elementary School Principal Mrs. Powe and her staff, Springfield Public Schools, and everyone who helped make this camp very successful!☺️

Until next time, have a great summer!😎

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Day 14

Happy final Thursday everyone!

Final preparations for tomorrow’s final celebration continue and our students have been diligently rehearsing.  We were also visited by a Chinese nursery rhyme songwriter today.  Everyone had such a wonderful time learning the rhymes and singing along in songs. Butterfly Class made amazing slime after learning the Chinese vocabulary for its ingredients in Chinese.  The upper classes finished their Linguafolio to see how much their Chinese have improved since the first day of camp.

See you all at the final celebration tomorrow and prepare to be amazed by your children! 🤩

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Day 13

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Everyone at camp is diligently is getting ready for our celebration on Friday. We won’t reveal everything just yet but there will be songs, dances, and even theatre!  The students have been working hard every single day so they can give us their best for the celebration. The students in Panda and Rabbit classes are reviewing vocabulary through games and activities. The Tiger Class is making their own props for their presentation and Frog Class rehearse their performance. Our classes will have one more day of practice and preparation that before the big day.  Can’t wait to see more tomorrow!

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Day 12

Happy Tuesday

Today our camp hosted our annual fundraising luncheon for Springfield’s Shriner’s Hospital for Children . Our students worked hard in preparing and serving the food all on their own.  The impressive menu featured popcorn, spring rolls, chicken, rice,  fruit salad,  bubble tea, and lemonade!  Yum!  A huge thank you to each student, their families, and our teachers for their donations and support!  At the end of the day, the raised funds were presented to the Hospital.  With everyone’s help, our students raised a whopping $700!  Our next big and final event is the closing ceremony on Friday and we can’t wait to see you all there! 😁

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Day 11

Welcome back to the day of the last week of Chinese camp!  

We are so happy to see all the classes hard at work preparing for the fundraiser for Shriner’s Hospital tomorrow.  The Dragonfly class practiced cooking chicken rice, Giraffe class and Tiger classes helped by making menus.  Dragon, Panda, and Rabbit classes made bubble tea from scratch while using the proper vocabulary and phrases in the preparation.  Frog, Fish, and Butterfly classes each crafted invitations for the fundraiser and presented them to our very own Instructional Lead, Hwang Laoshi.  Can’t wait to see result of everyone’s hard work and effort tomorrow!

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Day 10

What an exciting day today!

The older classes (Tiger, Dragonfly, and Giraffe) went on a field trip to Five Star Marketplace. At the market, students engaged in a scavenger hunt to find many different items.  It was a great opportunity for them to use the Chinese that they have learned. The Frog, Fish, and Butterfly classes participated in a flea market where they bought and sold items brought from home with play money. The younger classes enjoyed snow outside in the sunny weather. The snow cones were provided by our friends at the Sheriff’s camp who we share our campground with. A great way to end the week with fun activities!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend and remember to stay cool! 🙂

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Day 9

Happy Thursday everyone!

Today, our special friends from STARTALK came to visit our students and the ’ experiences that we are proud to give. While here, classes reviewed vocabulary, time, and numbers in preparation for the luncheon fundraiser.  

Today’s highlights include students interacting with a hands-on learning environment, including students of the Fish Class engaged in UNO using their knowledge of Chinese numbers and colors. In Rabbit and Butterfly, students practice communication skills through peer conversations. In Dragon class, students role-played as reporters to interview  and ask questions to each other.

Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

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