Summer Camp 2018 Book Sharing!

Dear Campers and Parents:

Let’s learn some Chinese through your favorite books this summer! Share with us your favorite children’s books, in English, Chinese, or both! Throughout the summer we will be posting about our favorite books on our program blog, and we will learn some Chinese along the way!

Sound fun? Just email us the following to emarks@chinainstitute.org

Your first name:

Your age:

A few words about you:

The title of your favorite book:

One or two sentences on why you love it:


In this first blog post, we are kicking off our book sharing with “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, picked by Emily, our Program Coordinator. Like many kids (and grow-ups), her 3-year-old nephew loves this book!

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Where the Wild Things Are is a timeless story about a boy named Max who is put in time out and goes on a journey. “In and out of weeks, and almost over a year, to where the wild things are.”

It teaches lessons not judging someone by the way they look, because all these “Wild Things” are big and scary, and upon first look it may seem as though they would hurt Max, and instead they become great friends.

The book also teaches about imagination, Max is having this incredible dream and you are just going through it with him. He also is a little wild himself, and that’s okay, sometimes we all need to let go and be WILD!

When I read the story to my 3-year-old nephew I use fun voices for all the wild things, and we roar our terrible roars and gnash our terrible teeth and roll our terrible eyes and show our terrible claws.

At the end of the book, Max travels back to his room where is mom has brought him dinner, “and it was still hot.”

Books before bedtime is one of my favorite things to do with my nephew. I love nothing more than curling up with him and a good book.

—- Emily Marks, Program Coordinator, Children and Youth Program at China Institute


Now on to some Mandarin Chinese:

1. How to say the book title in Chinese?

Where the Wild Things Are?


(yě dōng xī men dōu zài nǎ ér?)

2.How can you describe a wild thing in Chinese? 


3.What else appears in Max’s imagination besides the wild things?

A forest :一个森林 (yí gè sēn lín)

An ocean:一片大海 (yí piàn dà hǎi)

A boat:一艘小艇 (yì sōu xiǎo tǐng)


Hope you enjoyed this post. Let us know your favorite book!


kuài lái fèn xiǎng nǐ zuì xǐ huān de tóng shū ba !


A Trip to the Past!

Welcome to a new week!

Last Friday we did some time travelling!

We started in Manhattan and took a boat all the way to Staten Island. But the craziest part of our journey is when we travelled back in time.

We visited the Chinese Scholar’s Garden (苏州园林,sū zhōu yuán lín) in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

We learned about the Dragon Boat Festival (龙舟节,lóng zhōu jié). The Dragon Boat Festival honors the very famous Chinese poet Qu Yuan (屈原). It is a festival when the Chinese people have big giant dragon boat racing, make pouches full of herbs and incense to ward off evil spirits and make and eat delicious treats like Zongzi (粽子,zòng zǐ  ),Chinese rice dumplings!

We walked around the beautiful garden and learned about all the things that make it special, even the rocks they use to make the floor!

Then, we made Dragon puppets! We made sure to decorate the eyes last, to bring our dragons to life!

Stay tuned for more of our Friday adventures! Next week we will travel to the aquarium!

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A recap of our week at China Institute!

The weather was so beautiful outside this week that we took the children out to the park on Tuesday morning.

All classes went together to enjoy playing under the sun.

The older children played games like Duck, Duck, Goose and 萝卜蹲 (a traditional Chinese game) while the younger children played with bean bags and a giant parachute.

The children had fun under the watchful eye of all the teachers and teaching assistants.

Meanwhile, back in the classrooms…

Toddlers learned their colors and landscape words (ex: 山shān and 河 hé). They drew mountains on chart paper and colored them. Then, the children glued the word 山shān ​onto their drawing.

Our beginner/intermediate (4-7) class each made topographic maps of China.  They painted them with three different colors. They used construction paper as a base and used model magic clay to form the mountains.

Our advanced (4-7) class learned about landscapes as well making mini versions of象鼻山/ Xiàngbí Shān (The Elephant Trunk Hill). They used clay, construction paper and craft sticks to make this really cool artwork come to life!

Our beginner/intermediate (8-14) class learned how to do kungfu and the instructions in Chinese. They learned the song called Descendants of the Dragon.

In our afternoon workshop, we made and cooked many dumplings! And then we made some crazy ones with m&m’s inside.

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Also, please check out of the Pipa player that joined us for a workshop this week on Monday!


It’s time to explore and go out on an adventure!

This Friday, our children will be going to the Chinese Scholar’s Garden at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. This beautiful location is full of stunning scenery and years of history that make for a great learning experience. There is spectacular architecture and historical landscapes.

We will be participating in a tour of the Chinese Scholar’s Garden accompanied by a workshop on the Dragon Boat Festival.

The Dragon Boat Festival memorializes the great and ancient poet Qu Yuan, and is a day when Chinese traditionally take part in dragon boat racing, fend off sickness and evil spirits by wearing incense bags, and make and eat delicious Zongzi (粽子),Chinese rice dumplings)!

We can’t wait to go and check out what Snug Harbor has to offer. For more information, please check out our flyer (see below).

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Our First Day!

We kicked off our Summer Camp today! And all our kids had a great time learning about Chinese Language and Culture. In this first session, language classes and activities will be focused on the theme Get Lost in the World of Chinese Landscaping”, where students will explore China’s landscape through geography, art, history, and of course, language!


The 4-7 beginners settled in by reading a classic children’s book. “Where the Wild Things Are” Which their teacher Ms. Kay translated into Chinese for them! They learned about a magical island where these magical monsters live.

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In our advanced class, they made a very detailed signs about the rules in the class, of course, in Mandarin Chinese!

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说中文! —Always speak Chinese!!


Our teachers helped the students glue their signs to popsicle sticks!

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Our toddlers learned their colors today by making abstract art! They used marbles covered in paint and put them in a shoebox with a piece of paper!

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They picked all their favorite colors…

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Then their teacher shook them all up to make beautiful art!

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And they came out amazing!

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Our 8-14 year olds had fun learning about Chinese geography!

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They looked at pictures and maps to help them start to understand Chinese geography.

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In the afternoon, our Pipa musician, Jiaju Laoshi, charmed the students with a great performance, with a story of a battle in ancient China.




And we learned about the Forbidden City at one of our China Institute at Your School workshops!

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We used big poster boards to build the palace and learn about how nature influenced the architects of this great palace.

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Stay tuned for more news from our Summer Camp!





Welcome to China Institute’s 2018 Children’s Summer Program!

We are so excited that your child is going to be joining us this summer. Our energetic and experienced teachers are ready to lead the Mandarin Chinese classes, cultural club activities, and academically enhancing field trips on Fridays. In the first session, language classes and activities will be focused on the theme Get Lost in the World of Chinese Landscaping”, where students will explore China’s landscape through geography, art, history, and of course, language! On Fridays in this session, we will visit the one and only Chinese Scholar’s Garden in NYC, and explore the ocean wonders at New York Aquarium!

In preparation, please note the following instructions:

  • Please dress your child comfortably before coming to the program– we want them to feel at home.
  • We will be going outside on Tuesday morning and on Wednesday afternoon, weather permitting. Please make sure they wear appropriate clothes and shoes to run and play outdoors.
  • The summer program starts at 9am from Monday to Friday (there may be slight time changes for Friday field trips). Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to 9am to drop-off your child, and pick your child up at 12pm or 3pm sharp (depending on whether your child is participating in the half or full-day program).
  • Consistently picking up your child late (30 mins) or dropping off your child early (30 mins) will incur additional fees, please note the terms of enrollment.
  • Throughout the day, we will provide snacks and water. However, we won’t be providing meals.
  • If your child is attending the full day program (9am-3pm), please pack a lunch for your child. Please also bring a pillow and a small blanket for your child’s nap time after lunch on the first day of the program.
  • Caregivers are only allowed to observe the first day of camp unless a special arrangement is made with the program.
  • Field Trip Fridays (9AM-12PM): The starting time and location for field trips will vary depending on the opening hour of the field trip destination. We will advise you in advance of the meeting time and place for the Friday field trips. On field trip days, we will meet at the field trip locations, and the parents must pick up the students from the field trip locations.

NOTE:  Students must wear their China Institute summer program t-shirts on field trip days.

We look forward to seeing you and your child on the first day of class! Stay informed with our camp activities through this blog.

If you have any questions about the 2018 Children’s Summer Program, please feel free to contact Program Coordinator, Emily Marks at 212-744-8181, ext. 110.

I hope your child will have a unforgettable summer here at China Institute and continue their love for Chinese language and culture!



Shenzhan Liao

Director of Education

China Institute in America

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What is Prep 1B Up To?

Meet our Prep 1B Class! Our classes are divided into small groups according to students’ language levels and learning backgrounds. With a theme-based curriculum, students will have a fun learning experience in an interactive environment through a variety of age-appropriate activities, games, songs, etc. In addition to listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, students will also develop social skills and learning habits through our program.


We are learning body parts and facial expressions in Chinese!

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We all made different characters and used Chinese to then laugh, cry, feel surprised and also feel pain. We love to learn Chinese!

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Then we pretended to be trees while describing them in the four seasons. My body is like a tree! Our torsos are the trunk, our arms are branches. We even have different color of leaves!

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I am a tree in spring. My leaves are new and green.

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I am a tree in autumn. My leaves are about to fall off! They have turned yellow.

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