Young Learners English Camp: American Preschool Curriculum.
This summer camp we wanted to do something different and exciting by using an American preschool curriculum for summer camp. The first few days took some getting used to, lunch started a little late because we decided to make all the food ourselves, the curriculum and teaching methods had us learning a lot ourselves as well but by a few days we had it down and came together as a team. The children really bonded with us and each other by the end and a few children I hadn't heard speak English before started to say things like "Line up!" and "Clean up!" which goes to show how powerful it is to hear and use English in every day tasks. It was hard to choose only a few photos from camp so here are many of our favorites. 1. Children are immersed in an American English environment. Following the recipe in English from the book Growing Vegetable Soup kids helped make their afternoon snack. Tracing letters children practice their fine motor skills. During free exploration children got to choose which station they wanted to participate in, all books are in English. 2. Fostering creativity and independent thinking through diverse activities.
Getting our daily exerciseMaking bugs from leaves, grass and other nature items. After talking about how lift is created children made and flew their own paper airplanes Everyone made a bird feeder from pine cones, peanut butter and birdseed. By the last day birds had eaten quite a lot! The exercise station was a real hit with our kinesthetic learners. We asked students, "What do germs look like?" and had them draw some with chalk then wash them away. 3. You likely know that a quality environment for young learners is rich in different types of stimulating activities, this is why we make every activity we can a sensory experience encouraging children to touch, feel and smell new things; snack time is no exception. Children serve themselves during morning snack time. Muesli (healthier than granola) , grapes, nuts, yogurt and pairs. Breakfast for lunch anyone? Beats and cucumbers for iron and fiber. making a caterpillar from pretzels, bananas, peanut butter, two chocolate chips and cheddar cheese. (I thought, ew... cheddar cheese? but the kids loved it and it provided the protein needed) Making their own pizza's for lunch with dough made by Samantha and fresh vegetables, cheeses and salami. Making fruit kebabs for snack time. 4. You can just see the love in these photos. He found his ear under all that hair! She's really enjoying watching her airplane fly. Making wings with feathers (real and synthetic) Shy about being complimented. More photos can be found at our Facebook page here and at our Wechat post here.