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According to posts from Bilingual Kidspot (BilingualKidspot.com), being bilingual can bring the following 10 amazing benefits to your children:
1. Being bilingual has positive effects on the brain
2. Bilingualism gives you the educational advantage
3. Languages are highly valued in the workplace
4. Being Bilingual has been linked to health benefits
5. Speaking more than one language makes you more open minded
6. Speaking a foreign language can be highly beneficial when you travel
7. Being Bilingual opens up new social opportunities
8. Knowing more than one language helps you to learn additional languages
9. Being bilingual means you can raise bilingual kids
10. You are not the minority if you are bilingual
Why bilingual in Spanish or Chinese?
TOP-3 Most widely spoken languages in the United States:
The most spoken language in the United States of America is, of course, English. With more than 231 million speakers, it’s often mistaken as being the official language of the US. Though it isn’t the official language, it is the de facto national language, which is just a fancy term for being unofficially official. Everything is in English with the exception of some districts in various states where a concentrated population of a certain culture can dominate.
The next most spoken language in the USA is Spanish, which has been on the rise for the past several decades. As more and more Spanish speakers immigrate to the US, almost everything can be offered in Spanish. High school students are also choosing to take Spanish as their foreign language credit so that they can learn how to communicate with and understand the more 37 million Spanish speakers.
Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world with approximately 1,197,000,000 people speaking Chinese, of which 873,000 million speak Mandarin, according to infoplease.com therefore 14% of the global population speaking Chinese.
During the Gold Rush in the 1800’s, many Chinese immigrants moved their lives to California to have a shot at striking gold. San Francisco became the first city to have a Chinatown, which is the term for an area with a high concentration of Chinese-Americans. While there aren’t as many speakers of this language (4-5 million speakers), Chinese is still a well-recognized language in the USA, and continues to be on the rise.
As well as China, Mandarin is spoken in countries such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Phillipines and Mongolia so if you do business in these countries then it would be beneficial to converse in their language.
Mark Zuckerberg is wowing audiences across the world with his new Chinese Skills, especially those important business executives in China. In fact, there are many top CEO’s that speak Chinese as a second language. China is continuing to rise as the next economic power in the world, educating your children to speak this language is a smart investment in education.
What is Outdoor Classroom and Why attend it?
According to Wide Open Education , outdoor classroom can bring the following 11 amazing proven benefits to your children:
1. Better grades
Here’s one that ought to make every educator snap to attention. A 2006 academic paper pointed to a 2000 study of schoolchildren in California as evidence that outdoor education improves kids’ grades...
2. Better health
Anecdotally we all know getting up and moving around outside is not only good for kids but necessary for their health, and the data backs it up...
3. Decreased stress levels
When serotonin is released in the brain, it produces feelings of safety and well-being, earning it the nickname “the happy hormone.” Activities that cause this release are...
4. Increased motivation
Despite the bizarre conventional thinking that has begun to diagnose and treat ADHD in children as young as 3, kids are naturally mobile and geared toward moving around...
5. Better attitude about the environment
In 1999, researchers Robin Mittelstaedt (Ohio), Laura Sanker, and Beth VanderVeer put 31 boys and 15 girls through a five-day “biodiversity” program. They found that ....
6. Better overall behavior
Not only are kids’ environmental behaviors improved by learning outside the classroom, but their ability to behave in an educational setting is improved as well. The Hollywood elementary study found as much....
7. Enhanced communication skills
Many schools employ outdoor education specifically to target students’ communication skills, and as college students have been derided for years for paltry writing and speaking skills
8. Increased self-reliance
It would be impossible to definitely prove a change in self-reliance, but it makes sense that experiential learning would increase self-dependence
9. Increase in outdoor skills
Curtis in 1998, Hutchinson in 1999, Long in 2003, Wells in 2005: studies have shown time and again that the most effective means of learning skills is by doing
10. Community improvement
A unique form of education has sprung up uniting the ideas that a) education is most effective when paired with experience, and b) knowledge ought to be used to benefit others
11. Improved memory
A proven way to improve recall is to experience something new and unfamiliar, which releases dopamine into the hippocampus where memories are created
CITACamp® Bilingual Outdoor Classroom
We have it all!!!
CITACamp® Bilingual Outdoor Classroom (simply "CITACamp") is an afterschool program of CITA, which was initiated to offer excellent and outstanding outdoor learning experience to children after school, key words of this program includes:
#integrate hands-on learning #bilingual in Spanish #bilingual in Chinese #outdoor learning
CITACamp® pushes an afterschool program to the top of it's level by integrating the following 3 components:
Bilingual in English-Spanish or English-Chinese
100% Outdoor learning experience. Decreased behavior problem and reduced symptoms of ADHD. Reduced blood pressure and obesity. Better sleep and decreased stress. Increased immune function
Research and inquiry based learning. It provides a perfect setting for all subjects, including STEM, Arts, Literature, Sports, Life-skills and so on. It promotes creativity and problem-solving skill, brings better test score, and a higher GPA.
Students at CITACamp® is going to gain the following key skills:
Bilingual in English-Spanish, or English-Chinese
Noticing (Look, listen, smell, feel)
Arts and crafts (Draw, paint, create)
Tracking (Recognize and follow animal signs)
Using caution (Safety skills)
Reasoning (Wonder, think, predict)
Adventuring (Explore nature)
Language arts (Journal, write, and read about nature and everything outdoor)
Identification (Research and identifying nature)
Survival (grow plants, catch food, and find your way)
Thinker (Collate, build, make)
CITACamp® Curriculum and Schedules
Monday-Friday, 2:30PM-6:30PM. Free pick-up from school to CITACamp® Outdoor Classroom, parents pick up from outdoor locations.
10 Sessions per year (Late August to early June)
4 Weeks per session
5 days per week (Monday-Friday)
4 hrs per day (2:30 PM-6: 30 PM)
Choose a (bilingual) Spanish class or Chinese class, both get Inquiry-based outdoor activities with a rotation of language immersion and subjects, including
Language and Literature
2:30-3:30PM, Homework in the green, how interesting! (Homework support from CITACamp® Lead teacher and Assistant Teacher)
3:30PM-4:30PM, STEM learning activities in English Immersion
4:30PM-6:00PM, Spanish/Chinese language activities, immersion arts and literature
5:30PM-6:00PM, calm down, slow activities and pick-up time
Enrollment / Tuition
Step 1: Fill out the CITACamp® Outdoor Registration Form below
Step 2: Purchase a $9 registration pass
Step 3: Our Academic Advisor will contact you and walk you through our registration process, including picking your immersion class type, outdoor classroom location, purchasing session pass, attending CITACamp® orientation, etc.
Step 4: Get ready to pick up a happier, healthier bilingual kid who crashes into bed and enjoys a sound sleep every night.
CITCamp® Outdoor Classroom, for our beloved children!
Regular session price:
$640/Session of 4 weeks (Pick-up cost from school, material cost, MISC and so on all expenses are covered. Kids will be ready for pick-up from locations at 6:00PM, extension care of $0.5/minute after 6:30PM will apply.)
MEET OUR TEAM CITACamp®
Will GuoCITACAMP™ Program Director/Certified Camp Director by American Camp Association/TEFL Master Diploma
Bryan V.CITACamp™ Teaching Director/ CITACamp™ Intl. China Coordinator
Raychel GranthamCITA Advisor/BridgeKinder U.S. Coordinator
MichaelCITA Advisor/Camp China Coach
Jenny Y.CITA Legal Advisor/ Certified U.S. Lawyer
CITACamp® Outdoor Classroom Locations
Currently Enrolling at the following locations
Mason Park, Chatsworth (10500 Mason Ave, Chatsworth, CA 91311)
Rancho Simi Community Park (1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley, CA 93065)
Rancho Tapo Comm Park (3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley, CA 93063)
Larry L. Maxam Memorial Park (3715 W Pacific Ave, Burbank, CA 91505)
Fremont Park (600 Hahn Ave, Glendale, CA 91203)
Garfield Park (1000 Park Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030)
Lacy Park (1485 Virginia Rd, San Marino, CA 91108)
Up-coming available locations:
Clover Park (2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405)
Edward Vincent Jr Park (700 Warren Ln, Inglewood, CA 90302)
Charles H. Wilson Park (2200 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501)
Marina Vista Park (5355 E Eliot St, Long Beach, CA 90803)
Frequently Asked Questions About CITACamp® Outdoor Classroom
CITACAMP™ is an international summer camp program initiated by CITA, the California International Teachers Association, to offer consulting services to schools and educational institutes world wide. CITA is based in Los Angeles, United States, and Shanghai, China.
What's CITACamp® Outdoor Classroom
CITACamp® Outdoor Classroom is a natural outdoor learning program developed by CITACAMP™. CITACAMP™ is an international summer camp program initiated by CITA-California International Teachers Association.
What kids learn at CITACAMP™ Afterschool?
Yes! Users can add video from YouTube or Vimeo with ease:
Enter App Settings
Click the "Manage Questions" button
Click on the question you would like to attach a video to
When editing your answer, click on the video icon and then paste the YouTube or Vimeo video URL
That's it! A thumbnail of your video will appear in answer text box
How much does it cost to attend CITACamp® Outdoor ClassroomCITACAMP™ Afterschool?
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