Tag Archives: STARTALK

Your kids read books in English, why not Chinese?

A great post by our sister organization in San Francisco with recommendations for where to obtain grade-appropriate books in Mandarin.

Featured are grade-level readers produced by our own Brigham Young University and http://www.chinasprout.com – the official bookseller of my kids’ school.

I would also direct you to the online STARTALK summer reading camp, which features video and audio “read along” versions of Mandarin books, organized by grade level. Also available is an English translation for parents and online and printable activities.

Not too late to enroll in STARTALK summer camp

Did you miss out on STARTALK summer camps?

Due to increased demand the University of Utah’s Confucius Institute has opened new STARTALK camp sections for grades 3-4.

HELPFUL HINT: You are supposed to enroll in the grade your child just finished – NOT the grade he or she enters this fall.

Here is the direct link: http://continue.utah.edu/search/advanced?s=chinese&searchglass.x=0&searchglass.y=0&searchglass=Submit

New to UMIPC? Here’s what you’ve missed

We have many new “followers,” so I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of recent, popular posts.

I encourage you to spend some time exploring this web site. Click on the header, “Contact Us” to see if there’s a council representative at your school. Contact that person and ask how you can get involved. If you find no one listed, contact a regional VP and volunteer your name.

This is meant to be an interactive forum. If you know of a cool cultural event, learning web site or app, please share!

Keep your kids’ skills fresh over the summer
Compiled by several council representatives, our resources page includes a link to interactive flash cards paired to Utah’s curriculum. Think of it as a grade-by-grade list of Mandarin words your kids should know.

STARTALK Summer Camp
Thanks to the amazing efforts of Sandy Talbot at the Utah State Office of Education, Utah students have had the chance this summer to participate in a free Chinese reading camp. Funded by a grant, it’s the largest STARTALK program in the country. If you missed it, don’t worry. An online version of the camp will launch on July 1.

UVU’s Chinese Summer Days
An immersion-style two-day camp where kids are encouragd to speak only Chinese. Parents may also participate – and it’s free.

Update on STARTALK

Many Utah parents have asked about the online portion of STARTALK.

Sandy Talbot at USOE reports that it will be available after the classroom STARTALK programs wind down. They should launch online sometime after July 1.

You’ll find it at utahchineseimmersion.org. Talbot said, “We’ll put an announcement on the front page of the website with a link to the STARTALK 2013 pages.”

Chinese summer camps proliferating in Utah

We announced a few weeks back that the University of Utah’s Confucius Institute is organizing a Chinese language summer camp, possibly this year. We will have more details in the next week, or two.

But here’s another opportunity to keep your kids’ Mandarin skills fresh over the long, hot summer months:

Utah’s Chinese Immersion Program director Sandy Talbot won a STARTALK grant this year that will enable school districts to sponsor a summer reading program for kids currently enrolled in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades.

School districts will announce details soon. But here’s a sneak peek.

The program will kick off sometime in June with a week-long Mandarin storytelling festival. Enrollment will be limited. But…here’s the good part….teachers will record the books and make the recordings, along with the books, available online for everyone for free.

Stay tuned for more.