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

Elementary School Camp MV: 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. 12 students and one teacher. In the classroom, instructors teach in German exclusively, no matter the level of German.

Afternoon Activities are held in the same class setting this year with max. 12 students and one teacher and are likely to be outdoors. 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 two 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 April 8 at 8am for all GISSV parents.
  •  on April 10 at 8am for all GISSV Saturday School parents.
  •  on April 11 at 8am for everyone

Enrollment for Summer Camp is on a first come, first served basis.
Registration will close on May 24.

Once capacities for sessions are reached, or if not enough children sign up for a class, we cannot guarantee desired schedules or camp availability.

Enrollment from waitlists when possible.

Schedule

Sign up for any 3 week package for Full Day (AM Camp + 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: 8:30am - 9am
AM Camp: 9am - 12pm
Supervised Lunch: 12pm - 1pm
PM Camp: 1pm - 4pm
PM Extended Care: 4pm - 5pm

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

 

WEEK 1 + 2 + 3                              WEEK 4 + 5 + 6

 06/ 21-06/ 25  / 06/ 28 -07/02 /   07/05 - 07/09             07/12 - 07/16  /  07/ 19 - 07/ 23  /  07/ 26 - 07/ 30

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: 8:30am - 9am / PM Extended Care: 4pm - 5pm

 

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 max 12 students each with one instructor. All materials are provided.

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

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 our instructors and our camp managers, each group from Elementary School Camp, enjoy and outdoor lunch and games.

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

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.

Students will stay in one group with one or two instructors for as long as two weeks. Afternoon Activities are very likely to be taught outside. Students and staff are asked to wear a mask and keep social distance at all times.

Due to our regulations this year, groups always stay in the same setting for language classes and afternoon activities. Activities will  change daily! (not as usual weekly) A set afternoon activity schedule will be send out to all language classes once available. For more information about variety of activities see below. 

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

European Travelers 
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.

Let´s Dance 
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 
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

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.

Mad Scientist 
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.

Acrylic Painting 
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 
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

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 
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.

Latin American Dances 
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 
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!