We want to set a new trend by introducing international travel, bilingual language instruction, and experiential learning to children aged two to six.
Shanghai, China (PRWEB) November 09, 2011
As China’s influence on the global stage grows, it is more important than ever that children are taught the Chinese language and culture.
A new program will help young children gain knowledge of, and appreciation for, the Chinese culture and language at their most critical stage in development – during their preschool and kindergarten years.
The Sino-European International Preschool & Kindergarten(“SEIPS”), located in Shanghai, is offering a unique summer camp experience that will do just that – expose children to Mandarin and the Chinese culture. It is one of the only educational tours available for preschool and kindergarten-aged children.
This is ideal for Chinese-American parents who wish for their children to know something of their heritage, as well as the parents of other American children who feel exposure to the Chinese culture and language is an important part of their child’s development. It has the added bonus of making for an unforgettable vacation the entire family – including the youngest members –will enjoy and remember.
The SEIPS camps are offered in three two-week sessions. Unlike most travel-based educational summer camps, which start at age six, these summer camps target younger children with sessions for two to three years old, three to four years old, four to five years old, and five to six years old. Programs for younger children are also available.
The 2012 Edutours, which are titled “Little Dragons,” will be held in Shanghai on the following dates:
- Session 1: Monday, June 25th – Friday, July 6th
- Session 2: Monday, July 9th – Friday, July 20th
- Session 3: Monday, July 23rd – Friday, August 3rd
Each week of the two-week sessions will have a different theme, including: At the Chinese wet market, My Chinese Family Tree, Animals of Bamboo Forest, My Global Community, Chinese Arts & Dance and Under the Pacific Ocean.
Employing the best of European and American teaching philosophies, children will be taught Chinese Mandarin through creative play and guided exploration in a range of subjects, including Chinese reading, math, science, 3D art, writing characters, geography, drama, biology, physical education and many other courses.
Cultural programs will include Tai Chi, traditional Chinese sword dance, Fan dance, dragon dance, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, Chinese zodiac, and making lanterns.
A parent must accompany the child to Shanghai and stay for the duration of the camp. However, while children are interacting in a stimulating environment that encourages creativity and learning, parents will enjoy a variety of excursions and visits to some of Shanghai’s historic Chinese sites.
According to Nina Jares Cheung, SEIPS Education Director, the focus is giving younger children a foundation in Chinese culture and an appreciation of international learning.
“We want to set a new trend by introducing international travel, bilingual language instruction, and experiential learning to children aged two to six,” said Cheung.
The US Travel Association highlights the importance of international travel when it stated that its studies found, “A clear majority of students who traveled on an international exchange program felt they had become more trusting, open-minded, flexible, confident, and tolerant as a result of their travel experiences.”
“We believe that healthy foundations for cultural understanding and the learning of languages can be developed at those early ages,” said Cheung.
Each class benefits from a highly qualified team of teachers, directed by a full-time native-English teacher with a degree. This teacher is supported by a native Chinese teacher, ensuring a diverse, bilingual educational opportunity. A 5:1 ratio is maintained for all classes, guaranteeing students receive individualized attention.
Camp fees vary, depending on the length of the school day; half-day and full-day programs are available. The fees include classroom teaching, daytime meals for the students, and a series of local excursions for both children and parents. Trips outside of Shanghai can be organized upon request. Housing and airfare is separate. More information is available at http://www.seips-china.com, via email at info(at)seips-china(dot)com, or by calling (21)5045 8668.
About The Sino-European International Preschool & Kindergarten
The Sino-European International Preschool & Kindergarten offers unique preschool and kindergarten summer camp programs designed to expose children aged 2-6 to the culture and language of China. Based in Shanghai, the school offers a variety of programs guided by qualified teachers with a low student to teacher ratio. For more information, visit http://www.seips-china.com, via email at info(at)seips-china(dot)com, or call (21)50458668.
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