USHA Launches “Camp Jano India” June 13, 2011!

While our Hindi language and Indian culture camps are nothing new to us (the executive staff has been doing them for many years), we are very happy to announce that this summer we’re offering a more robust camp – beginning June 13 and running all summer – that offers both language and cultural studies!

Each camp runs for one week, though you may decide to enroll your child for more than just one week. We recommend at least two weeks or more.

Children of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds will learn Hindi language in the morning session and Indian culture (in English) in the afternoon to provide a well-rounded learning experience.

Here is how the camp will break out:

Language (this is an immersion class): 9:30 – Noon

Because children in grades K through 3 cannot learn reading and writing in a week, we teach conversational Hindi instead of offering language studies. Being exposed to conversational Hindi daily for 2.5 hours is a great opportunity for newcomers to start on Hindi, and for continuing students to practice what they already have learned and to improve upon it.

Middle-school children will learn the Hindi language because they may not have had time to attend the HindiforUS classes during the school year. They will have the unique opportunity to catch up on what they missed during the year! For every subsequent week they attend the children will progress to higher levels. This is an awesome opportunity for the students as they will soon be in high school and may not have any time available to spend on Hindi. We want them to acquire as many language skills as they can during summer, so this will be our focus for this age group.

Cultural Study: 1:00 – 4:00

Indian culture in the afternoons is conducted in English.

A lot of children growing up in the Bay area can benefit from learning about the Indian culture. Indian children will certainly benefit, because even they don’t always know what India is all about or why things are done the way they are. In this camp kids learn a lot about traditions in the Indian culture, such as why we have certain festivals and activities. Parents don’t have time to explain cultural heritage to their children. We feel it is vital to teach about the Indian culture as it helps Indian heritage children to be more confident about their own roots and for non-Indians to understand more about the second largest country in the world (in population).

While there are Indian Culture camps elsewhere, Camp Jano India is the first of its kind in the Bay Area. Again, it’s not just for Indian children. This unique camp has something for everyone. We want the children to understand just how diverse India and its Indian culture truly is. For example, we have a lot of festivals throughout the year to celebrate different events and people in Indian history, but today’s Indian children may only have heard of one or two. At that, they don’t have much understanding of these festivals.

We wanted to create a fun camp where the kids could learn both language and culture.

USHA has the expertise in both aspects to run a high-quality camp, which the parents expect in the valley. USHA is known for its professional HindiforUS classes and its eduHindi curriculum. The contents and operations of Camp Jano India will be in the same professional and highly interactive and engaging style as our school.

As part of our Cultural Study, we cover three distinct areas:

Incredible India: We cover destinations inside India, its architecture and monuments, and more. In this part we take the view of India as a traveler, which makes learning even more fun.

Celebrate India: In this section, we cover why and how celebrations happen, sharing the stories behind the celebrations and the Indian people.

I Love India: In this fascinating journey into ancient India and its people, we go more deeply into our Indian heritage. The children love to learn about the struggle for freedom that our Indian ancestors had to go through to bring us where we are today.

Once an Indian child understands more about his/her cultural heritage, it becomes a point of pride. We see this in the kids we teach year after year, and it makes our hearts sing! Children who are not of Indian descent still find that learning about another person’s culture is very interesting. For example, they learn that Yoga comes from India and that some dice games were played thousands of years ago in India, where the people lived in civilized groups. All the children enjoy learning how to play these games at camp, too!

We live in a very diverse world with many different peoples and cultures. World history is taught in our schools, and some cross-cultural history is also taught, but not much is said of Indian history. For example, how many children know that the British ruled India for 200 years? This is interesting to them, and by giving them a fuller history lesson – one that includes Indian cultural information – the children gain a better perspective on peoples of other cultures and a much wider view of the world.

Cost: $325 per week

(Discount of $25 for each additional child registered and for each additional week.)

Enroll Early! These generous discounts will be reduced on April 1!

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