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2024-2025 Mandarin Seeds Club

芽 芽 小 學 堂

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Registration opens in April

Junior Kids Club

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3y to 4y

Mondays & Wednesdays

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Big Kids Club

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4y to 9y

Tuesdays & Thursdays

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Prerequisite:

Able to follow Mandarin classroom instructions.

Age Group:

3 years old (potty-trained) and up 


Duration:

Annual program from late September 2024 to early June of 2025. 

Registration Process: 

  1. Registration will open in April 2024 for the school year of 2024-25

  2. Priority will be given to currently enrolled students and alumni of Ya Ya Preschool. Timeline below:
    April: currently enrolled students
    May: for all other students.

  3. A student’s spot will be confirmed only if the tuition invoice is fully paid. Please understand that we will not be able to save any spot after the invoice deadline is past, and the spot will be released to the next student on the waitlist. 

Mandarin Seeds Club is an enrichment program originally designed by veteran educators from Mandarin Seeds, which has been well-known for providing an engaging and highly effective Mandarin learning experience for children since 2008.


This distinctive program serves as a bridge between the early years (defined as birth to grade 2) and the later stages of Mandarin studies focusing on reading and writing.
 

As our teachers use Mandarin 100% of the time in class, enrolled students older than 4 years old must already possess a solid foundation in Mandarin. Our typical student is either a Ya Ya Preschool alumni, accustomed to a 100% Mandarin immersion model for a minimum of one full academic year, or native speakers consistently exposed to Mandarin at home from a young age. (Assessment will be required if a student is not a recent graduate of Ya Ya Preschool.)
 

Highly Selective Educators: We take pride in adhering to the highest selection criteria for qualified Mandarin teachers. Our teachers participate in ongoing training and receive support from hands-on Directors who ensure consistent curriculum planning.

STEAM Projects & Activities: Our teachers are experts at designing open-ended art activities and stimulating science experiments. The teachers primarily use Mandarin instructions to guide these hands-on projects. Mandarin vocabulary and meaningful discussions are seamlessly woven into carefully planned activities. Our teaching approach aims to recreate an extracurricular experience similar to what students would have in Taiwan or China. (Scroll down to view some classroom photos and read more about the types of art and science activities we typically do in class.)

Learning Goals:

  • Enhancing listening comprehension.

  • Broadening vocabulary through engaging topic studies.

  • Applying Mandarin verbal skills in meaningful contexts.

  • Cultivating a love for the Chinese language and culture.

Continuity & Commitment: Acquiring proficiency in a language is comparable to mastering a musical instrument, requiring years of consistent practice, repetition and commitment. This is why we only offer an annual program schedule, from September to June. The same group of students meets two times per week.

Please email yaya@yayapreschool.org to inquire further. 

Notable Key Features

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you teach Chinese character reading and writing?

We do not teach Chinese character reading and writing intentionally or systematically as our focus is on helping children develop their Mandarin listening and speaking skills. However, our immersive environment is designed to act as an invisible teacher, with Chinese characters labeled everywhere, on the bulletin board, calendar, projects, story books, etc. Some early readers may pick up Chinese characters through the exposure to our environment and the class activities organically.

Can my child join if they don’t already speak Mandarin?

Our programs are designed for children who already can understand basic classroom instructions and directions in Mandarin (either our alumni from Ya Ya preschool day school program or a Mandarin native speaker at home).  If your child is under 4 years of age, we highly recommend starting the journey with our day school Ya Ya Preschool

Are Chinese reading and writing classes offered at Ya Ya?

No, we do not. However, we would be happy to refer you to check out this Chinese language program called CCBG, which will teach pinyin, reading and writing systematically. Our extracurricular after school program would be a great supplement to any formal Chinese language lessons, adding not only frequency to your child’s Mandarin learning routine, but also lots of fun in learning extracurricular subjects.

What is a typical Mandarin Seeds Club Class Like?

Our teachers excel in guiding children to use Mandarin in a diverse range of art and science activities, sparking their motivation to learn beyond the language.


​In the science domain, the children learn to build skills in critical thinking and problem solving. Have you observed how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly? Why does vinegar and baking soda create a chemical reaction that will help propel a rocket that we have created? How does an elevator work and how do we build one so that it can go up and down? How do we turn flour into colorful playdough? 


In the art domain, the children use their imagination and think outside-the-box through open-ended art projects. How do we use recycled materials such as empty bottles, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, and turn them into our very own unique art pieces, like using egg cartons to create a boat or a helicopter?  


​Cooking projects incorporate both art and science! We have made yummy treats such as baked apple crisps, sticky rice balls, bubble teas and more!

芽芽小學堂裡的學生都是小小科學家和藝術家。芽芽科學家將透過生動有趣的科學和工程活動,探索自然科學的奧妙,培養創意思考和解決問題的能力。你看過毛毛蟲變成蝴蝶的過程嗎?要怎麼使用醋和小蘇打粉發射自治火箭呢?電梯是怎麼升上去和降下來的呢?芽芽藝術家將透過充滿創意的藝術課程,把喝完的水瓶、用完的衛生紙盒、家裡不要的雞蛋盒子,這些隨手可得的物品變廢為寶,賦予它們全新的生命。你知道怎麼把麵粉變成黏土嗎?要如何把雞蛋盒子變成直升機還有船呢?你也喜歡當小廚師嗎? 我們可以來烤蘋果酥,揉揉湯圓和做珍珠奶茶。

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