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Preschool-12 Bilingual Education in
Two Locations in the Bay Area

Elementary School Camp Age 6 - 9

 

Our camp for kids who have completed 1st Grade by the summer and up blends classroom study of the German language in the morning with engaging activities in the afternoon.

Morning German classes are separated into language level groups with max. 8 students and one teacher. In the classroom, instructors teach in German exclusively, no matter the level of German.

Afternoon Activities are mixed language level with max. 10 students and one teacher. Activities are exciting, active, and social, and offer a "lived" experience of German. Instructors speak mostly German, with a sprinkling of English to ensure everyone can follow along.

Our camp is a week-long or multi-week intensive immersive German environment that brings students closer to the language and culture, and to their peers who share a connection with or interest in German.

Registration opens on February 29 at midnight.

Enrollment for Summer Camp is on a first come, first served basis.
Registration will close on June 1st.
Once capacities for sessions are reached, we cannot guarantee desired schedules or camp availability.
Enrollment from waitlists when possible.

Schedule

Sign up for any weeks for Full Day (AM Camp + PM Camp) or
Half Day (AM Camp or PM Camp).
Supervised lunch included for everyone.
Add on Extended Care week by week as needed for an earlier drop-off, later pick-up, or both.

AM Extended Care: 7:30am - 9am
AM Camp: 9am - 12pm
Supervised Lunch: 12pm - 1pm
PM Camp: 1pm - 4pm
PM Extended Care: 4pm - 5:30pm

Registration is first come, first served, with caps on all programs. Register early to secure your desired schedule.

 

Extended Care

Add on AM or PM extended care for a longer day. Organized by our instructional team, Extended Care means crafts, helping to get ready for the day or to clean up, and lots of outdoor games.

AM Extended Care: 7:30am - 9am / PM Extended Care: 4pm - 5:30pm

AM Camp: German Language Classes

For the age group 6-9, we offer three language groups in the morning: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Groups are capped at 8 students each with one instructor. All materials are provided.

Please note that students must be able to read and write in English to participate.

Camp managers will serve a snack halfway though AM Camp.

AM Camp: 9am - 12pm / snack break 10:30am - 11am

 

Beginner

Lessons include:

  • basic communication: introduction, asking questions
  • phonetics & spelling
  • basic vocabulary, incl. articles
  • negation
  • conjugation of verbs sein, haben

This class is for students who:

  • are total newcomers to the German language
  • are younger and may have had some German exposure, but are not fluent, and cannot read or write in German

Intermediate

Lessons include:

  • more complex, context-aware communication
  • writing short sentences & stories
  • conjugation of common verbs
  • present and past tense
  • correct use of prepositions

This class is for students who:

  • can communicate well in German, but may not know how to read and write in German
  • may have attended 1-2 years at full-time GISSV or Saturday School, or similar program

Advanced

Lessons include:

  • role-play, complex narratives
  • writing longer stories
  • present, perfect, past tense
  • review of personal and possessive pronouns

This class is for students who:

  • can communicate in German, and can read and write in German
  • have attended 3-4 years at full-time GISSV or Saturday School, or similar program

Supervised Lunch

Supervised by all instructors and our camp managers, students from Vorschule Camp, Elementary School Camp, and Middle School Camp enjoy and outdoor lunch and games together.

Please pack a hearty lunch or sign up for My Green Lunch to get lunch delivered every day.

Students joining us for AM Camp or PM Camp only are picked up or dropped off any time during lunch. Supervised Lunch: 12pm - 1pm


PM Camp: Afternoon Activities

German language classes in the morning are complemented by a fun-filled afternoon program that introduces students to sports, music, art and other activities in mostly German and some English.

Different activities are offered in each week, and students can choose two new options for each week of camp. Groups are capped at 10 students each.

Camp managers will serve a snack between the two Afternoon Activities.

PM Camp: 1pm - 4pm / first activity: 1pm - 2:20pm / second activity: 2:40pm - 4pm

European Travelers Week 1, 2
Europe is a diverse continent. Our adventure goes through Italy, France, Germany and Austria and we will explore the geography, history and culture of each country along the way. We will travel with handmade maps and passports and will have hands-on fun with country-specific crafts.

International Cooking & Baking
Week 1, 2, 3, 4
Cooking and eating with friends and family is a rewarding bonding activity that will form some of your most cherished memories. In this class, we will be cooking recipes from all over the world—join us on an exciting culinary journey!

Let´s Dance Week 2, 4
A great way to shake it out! Students will dance to German pop songs and help develop choreography. Dancers will perform for their fellow students during Friday lunches.

Textile Design Week 3, 4
Experiment with textile materials such as fabric, wool and yarn, and learn how to crochet, felt, knit, sew, weave and braid! Projects include sewing stuffed animals, decorating T-shirts, and different friendship bracelets.

Fashion and Jewelry Design
Week 2
We will work with all kinds of materials to make hats, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and anything else you design! Students will learn to sketch and problem-solve their ideas before making them into something they can wear.

Music Games Week 3, 4
Music games are a great way to help kids overcome their shyness and to socialize with other children. We sing traditional German songs and combine physical and musical activity. 

Mad Scientist Week 1, 3
Science plays an important role in helping children explore and understand the world around them. In this hands-on class, we will be learning about biology, chemistry and physics by conducting experiments, observing our environment and recording our results.

Galli Theater Week 1, 2
Visiting us from New York, Galli Theater workshops give our students a chance to try out different roles from different plays. Warm up games, movement activities, and theater games prepare our actors for the stage, and the group together selects a play to rehearse and perform at the end of the week. There are roles - and cool costumes - for everyone!
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Acrylic Painting Week 1, 4
Acrylic painting on canvas opens up your hidden talents in capturing nature. Kids learn to see a picture out of a different perspective, think abstractly and be precise in detail. With simple paintbrush strokes, kids can create a finished artwork. We also learn about great artists like Picasso and Dalí, and discuss the reasons for their work.

Zumba Dance & Culture Week 1, 2
Zumba® Kids features kid-friendly routines based on original Zumba® choreography. We break down the steps, add games, activities and cultural exploration elements into the class structure. During the class, kids get the chance to be active and jam out to their favorite music. Giving children an outlet to jump, dance, shake, and swing their hips, it’s the perfect recipe for fitness fun. 

Yoga & Meditation
Week 1, 2, 3, 4
Learn basic yoga poses in a playful way. Yoga practice is complemented by relaxation and meditation, and lots of fun games and group exercises that build balance, concentration, and body awareness.

Little Architects Week 3
Design and build a collaborative miniature city out of cardboard and all kinds of junk! We will learn vocabulary for all city landmarks and discuss urban life.

Climate Detectives Week 1, 2
Case: Planet Earth. Target: Humans. Objective: Report how humans could live are more sustainable life on Earth. This class is a great way for curious, problem-solving kids to learn more about a healthy daily diet, garbage reduction and new weather phenomena, while learning about climate change in general. Eventually, all new entitled climate detectives are invited to spread the word about how to save our planet.

Latin American Dances Week 3
Collaborate on fun choreographies, and learn the basics of salsa, cha-cha-cha & co. Even with ballroom dance, the emphasis is always on enjoying the movement and fun exercise.

Sports & Games Week 3
Get active with all kinds of German Games and Activities—from Völkerball, Fußball and Basketball to Topfschlagen and Ochs am Berg, this is traditional outdoor fun and “Sport” just like in Germany!