School of Chinese Studies
Mandarin Munchkins (小橘豆）
Children play and interact in an immersive environment that gives them opportunities to learn and use Mandarin Chinese. Our Mandarin Munchkins program is a 45-minute curriculum for children aged eighteen months to two and a half years old that develops their social, cognitive, emotional, language, as well as fine and gross motor skills. All activities are conducted in Mandarin Chinese by educators experienced in early childhood development. Children are provided opportunities to be introduced to the world and to people beyond the circle of their own families and to develop important skills—such as following instructions, problem solving, task completion, self-expression, and group interaction—preparing them for a successful transition into a formal school setting.
Children engage in an interactive learning environment through play, thematic games, hands-on activities, music, movement, and storytelling. The program enables children to develop an early foundation in bilingual and bi-cultural competence during a crucial period in language development.
Classes follow the academic year and are divided into two semesters from September to June. Each semester consists of 15 weeks. Snacks are included.
Enrollment is limited and offered on a rolling basis. Schedule an appointment for a 15-minute visit to our state-of-the-art education facility!
For question? Please contact us at: [email protected] or (212)-744-8181, ext. 143.
Please fill out our Inquiry Form
•All classes are small-sized. Registration is closed as soon as a class is full!
•Final class schedules are subject to change (i.e., individual sections are canceled if registration is low).
Mandarin Munchkins (18 months – 2 years old)
This immersive Mandarin class is designed for both parents/caregivers and their children. Participants explore childhood themes, learn basic phrases, and gain practical conversational skills through music and movement. Activities foster children’s development of fine motor skills, build self-confidence, and prepare children to participate in group activities and properly interact with others. Our experienced teachers are native Mandarin speakers with extensive training in early childhood education.
A typical Munchkin class:
6 mins: free play with hands-on activities followed by gathering
8 mins: story time in Mandarin Chinese
8 mins: game time
8 mins: music and songs
10 mins: art project
5 mins: Movement time and wrap-up
No prior Mandarin skills are required for this class.
Choose any of the time slot to join us:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:30am – 10:15am
10:30am – 11:15am
2:00pm –2:45 pm
1x /wk: $550
2x /wk: $1,000
3x /wk: $1,550
4x /wk: $2,050
5x /wk: $2,550
5% discount for siblings
or 5% off one single session for children of China Institute members at Dual/Family level and above.
Plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee
To register please contact us at: [email protected] or (212)-744-8181, ext. 143.