Fourth of July Fun at the Chinese Academy!
Location: Saint Michael’s College
What the Chinese Academy did today: The kids are back to their regular schedules of classes and CE’s after an AWESOME Fourth of July!
Yesterday, the students practiced their Chinese in the morning before attending a classic American barbecue for lunch! They munched on juicy beef (and veggie!) burgers, grilled chicken, homemade potato salad, and fresh watermelon! To beat the heat in the afternoon, they hit the “pool” (lots of small, blown-up pools of water) at the soccer field and had water balloon fights, volleyball games, and more.
After a quick shower and rest period, the students called home to say hi to family and tell them about their week at the Academy. Then, post-dinner, we loaded up to go to Essex Junction and watch one INCREDIBLE fireworks show!
The Language Pledge® was lifted for a few hours, giving students the opportunity to communicate with each other across Academies for the first time in over a week. It was fantastic to see the kids make friends, discuss their experiences at the Academy, and reflect on their language learning. They indulged in kettle corn, maple cotton candy, pizza, and other Fourth of July essentials too! The students even had the opportunity to get airbrush tattoos and show them off, with many choosing to rock sparkly American flags or bald eagles. We were happy to see them have so much fun while sharing this special holiday together at MIL!
This weekend, the students will have another opportunity to connect over a dance. They’ll share more cultural exploration activities and prepare for their third week at the Academy!
9:30 am—Class Block 1/break
10:30 am—Class Block 2/break
11:30 am—Class Block 3
1:15 pm—Free Time
2:00 pm—Cultural Exploration
3:45 pm—Activities/Exercise/Free time
5:30 pm—Dinner & Free Time
7:30 pm—Evening Activities
9:15 pm—Dorm activities/snack
10:00 pm—In room/Journaling
10:30 pm—Lights out
Check back on Monday to read more about the Chinese Academy!