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

Middle School Camp MV: Age 10 - 14


Our camp for kids age 10-14 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.

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 three 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.

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. 

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       +          WEEK 2       +            WEEK 3               

06/ 21-06/ 25                                06/ 28 -07/02                                  07/05 - 07/09                                          

Email us: camp@gissv.org if you like to extend the 3 week program and we will add you to our waiting list. 

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 10-14, we offer three language groups in the morning: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Groups are capped at 12 students each with one instructor. All materials are provided.

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

 

 

Beginner

Lessons include:

  • basic communication: introduction, asking questions
  • writing words and very short sentences
  • basic vocabulary, incl. articles
  • conjugation of verbs sein, haben, and other common verbs
  • prepositions

This class is for students who:

  • are total newcomers to the German language
  • may have had some German exposure, but are not confident

Intermediate

Lessons include:

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

This class is for students who:

  • can communicate in German much better than they can read or write German
  • may have have attended 2-4 years at GISSV Saturday School or similar after-school program

Advanced

Lessons include:

  • role-play, complex narratives
  • writing longer stories, analyzing sentence structure
  • present, perfect, past, future tense
  • cases and declination
  • conjunctive

This class is for students who:

  • can communicate in German, and can read and write in German
  • have attended 3-6 years at GISSV Saturday School, or similar after-school program

Supervised Lunch

Supervised by our instructors, Middle School Camp enjoy and outdoor lunch and games in their regular group setting.

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 each day. 

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

Language Explorer 
Did you ever wonder where words come from? Have fun with your multilingualism while exploring all major languages, funny false friends, special expressions, translation tricks, and phonetic peculiarities.

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. 

Filmmaking 
Students write, direct, produce and market the next German classic! A great way for creative, problem-solving kids to collaborate on a fun project, while learning about basic video editing tools, as well as narrative and story-telling (and advertising!) in German. The film will be screened during Friday lunches.

Fashion and Jewelry Design

We will work with all kinds of materials to make hats, basic clothes, 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 and show off.

Acrylic Painting on Canvas 
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.

Mad Scientist 
Science plays an important role in helping kids 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.

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, working with the sewing machine, and making different kids of bags.

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.