Now that the rains have (mostly) left the Bay Area, summer is just around the corner (right?). For those who are looking for ways to keep little ones busy in summer months, I wanted to give a run-down of Mandarin immersion summer programs and camps in the area. A two-week (or longer) camp program can be a more manageable commitment for those who want to try out language immersion without committing to full-time school program. It can also be a gentler way to introduce foreign languages to kids in a more relaxed, fun setting.
The Shu Ren International School in Berkeley will offer a camp for 3-5 year olds and another for Kindergarten age and up. The older camp will include both beginning and intermediate/advanced classes. They offer an Early Bird discount to families who register by March 31.
Additional camp listings can be found from the Mandarin Immersion Parents Council and Families with Children from China/Northern California. All of the schools I listed in this post also have camps so see their websites for more details.