Registering Your Child in a Local Vancouver Program

How to Register Your Child in a Local Vancouver Classes?

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As you know, I am a big believer in learning through experiences and immersing oneself in a language and local culture. This is particularly beneficial for children, who absorb information like sponges! So believe me when I say that if you are visiting Canada, you DO NOT need to put your child in an ESL  / EAL class.  If you are visiting Canada, the goal should be to improve oral fluency.   ESL classes  will be tempting and many people may try to pressure you into this. But believe me! Surrounding your child by native speakers is truly the best way to improve their oral comprehension, oral fluency and their accent.

Basically, there are two options for you to register your child in local Vancouver classes:  Community Centres and Private Companies.

Community Centres

Each major Vancouver neighbourhood has at least one community centre. These centres are run by the municipal government – the City Of Vancouver. Community Centres offer a wide array of classes throughout the year, for people of all ages.  This is your best bet if you are looking for affordable classes in a particular neighbourhood.

How do I Begin?

  1. You must create a profile with the City Of Vancouver Recreation Site here. You must have an email address and be over the age of 13 years old to register. As the parent, the account MUST BE UNDER YOUR NAME. You may add people under your account, such as your husband, wife and children.  Your entire family will be under this one account.

How to I Find  a Class?

  1. Go to the registration home page here
  2.  Search for a course that interests you in the search bar on the top left. For example, you can simply write “dance” or “swimming.”
  3.  Use the  filters  located on the left of the page, to help you be specific. You can choose certain dates and locations (neighbourhoods) for your classes.
    • For example, you can select “Day Camp” from the Activity Category and “3-Child” from Age Category to see all of the options for children’s day camps .
    • Note: the more filters you leave blank, the more options you will have.  You do not need to only attend courses in your neighbourhood. Vancouver is easy enough to get around by public transport. Going to a different neighbourhood for a class is an excellent way to explore more of the city!
  4. When you see an activity you are interested in, click on it to see more information.
  5. Once you have made a decision, click on the activity and click “Add to Cart.”
  6. Log in (if you are not already logged in) and select the name of your family member who will be taking this activity.
  7. Next review and click “proceed to shopping cart.”
  8. Review again and confirm  your purchase. You can make changes here if you have made any mistakes.
  9. Click “Proceed to checkout” and pay by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Visa-Debit and Pre paid credit cards.
  10. Once your payment is complete, you will receive a receipt  onscreen. Make sure to print it or save it onto your computer.

Congratulations! You have signed up for a class!

 

Private Companies in Vancouver

There are many different companies that offer different classes. I have compiled a list for you, with direct links to their websites. If there is no online registration, then emailing them may be the best way.  There is no problem in emailing a company to ask for more information.

PERFORMING  AND VISUAL ARTS

Arts Umbrella   – Art, Theatre, Music, Dance

Circus West – Circus School

Goh Ballet  – Ballet

Boogaloo – Dance, Music & Drama

Harbour Dance – Dance ( older kids)

Dance Co – Dance

Vancouver Tap Dance – Dance

JeanLyonsMusic – Music

YMCA – Many activies, not just art.

YWCA – Many activies, not just art.

Long & Mcquade – Music lessons ( Voice and Instrument.)

Young Rembrandts – Visual Arts

Luminous Elephant – Visual Arts

4Cats Art Studio – Visual Arts

SPORTS

The Edge Climbing Centre – Climbing (Only for if you are living in North Vancouver)

The Hive Bouldering Gym – Climbing

Vancouver Youth Soccer Association – Soccer. Check this out to look for summer camps

Volleyball BC –  Check out the “Clinics and Camps.”

Badminton Vancouver

SUMMER CAMPS

BC Summer Camps – This website has great information on MANY summer camps.

 

So where to go from here?

At this point you have a  lot of information.  Please note that the list of companies above does not include EVERY Vancouver company and class out there. As I continue to explore and get feedback, I will add to this list.  Finding the right class can be exhausting, especially when you don’t know the city and English is your second language.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS

  1. Think about  classes that are in a group setting rather than one on one. This will allow for more opportunities for your child to speak and engage with his peers
  2. Aim to find a class that is in your neighbourhood OR that is easily accessible with public transport.
  3. Consider a summer camp!  Many summer camps are only one week long, so it might be easy to find one during your visit.  They are also a lot of fun and full of kids!
  4. Do not over think to much. If you found a class that looks good, then go ahead a book it!

I look forward to hearing about your experiences here in Vancouver! Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions or send me an email at marisol.getupandgetlost@gmail.com

 

Good luck!

 

如何在當地溫哥華為你的孩子註冊一個班級?

English 中文版

如你所知,我深信透過親身體驗本土文化之中來學習語言。這對像海綿般吸收訊息的兒童們特別有效果!所以,當我說如果你訪問加拿大時,請相信我,你不需要把你的孩子放在ESL / EAL課堂上。如果您已經在加拿大觀光生活,目標應該是提高口語流利程度。 ESL課程的確是很誘人的,許多人可能會試圖向你施壓推銷。但相信我!有當地的母語人士圍繞您的孩子身邊,確實是提高語言理解度、流利程度和解決口音的最佳方式。

基本上,有兩種方法可以讓您在當地的溫哥華課程中註冊您的孩子:社區中心和私人公司。

社區中心

每個溫哥華主要街區至少有一個社區中心。這些中心由溫哥華市政府管理。社區中心為所有年齡層的人們提供全年範圍廣泛的課程。這是你最好的選擇,如果你正在尋找在一個特定的社區且能負擔得起的課程。

我如何開始?

您必須在溫哥華這裡的休閒網站建立一個新文件。您必須有一個電子郵件地址,年滿13歲才能註冊。作為父母,該帳戶必須在您的姓名下。您可以在您的帳戶下添加人員,例如您的丈夫,妻子和孩子。你的整個家庭將在這一個帳戶下。

如何找到課程?

1.回到註冊主頁。
2.在左上方的搜索欄中填入搜索您感興趣的課程。例如,你可以簡單地寫“跳舞”或“游泳”。
3.使用位於頁面左側的篩選過濾選項來幫助您更明確找出你的目標,你可以為你想要上的課程選擇某些日期和地點(社區)。
例如,您可以從活動分類中選擇“日間營地”,從年齡分類中選擇“3歲兒童”,查看兒童日間營地的所有選項。
注意:你留下的空白越多,你將擁有的選項越多。你不需要只在你家附近上課。溫哥華很容易搭乘公共交通工具。去一個不同的社區,這也是一個很好的方式來探索更多的城市!
4.當您看到您感興趣的活動時,點擊它,可以查看更多信息。
5.一旦你做出決定,點擊活動並點擊“添加到購物車”。
6.登錄(如果您尚未登錄)並選擇將要參加此活動的家庭成員的姓名。
7.接下來查看並點擊“進入購物車”。
8.再次檢查並確認您的購買。如果你犯了錯誤,你可以在這裡修改!
9.點擊“繼續結帳”,並通過Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Visa-Debit和Pre付款信用卡付款。
10.付款完成後,您將在屏幕上收到收據。確保將其列印或保存到您的電腦上。
恭喜!你已經註冊了一堂課!

溫哥華私人機構

有許多不同的公司提供不同的課程。我已經為你編制了一份清單,直接連結到他們的網站。如果沒有在線註冊,那麼發送電子郵件可能是最好的方法。給公司發郵件詢問更多信息是沒有問題的。

表演和視覺藝術

Arts Umbrella   -藝術,戲劇,音樂,舞蹈

Circus West – 馬戲學校

Goh Ballet  – 芭蕾舞團 – 芭蕾

Boogaloo – 舞蹈,音樂和戲劇

Harbour Dance – 舞蹈(大齡兒童)

Dance Co – 舞蹈

Vancouver Tap Dance – 舞蹈

JeanLyonsMusic – 音樂

YMCA – 許多活動,不只是藝術。

YWCA – 許多活動,不只是藝術。

Long & Mcquade – 音樂課程(語音和樂器)

Young Rembrandts – 視覺藝術

Luminous Elephant – 視覺藝術

4Cats Art Studio – 視覺藝術

體育

The Edge Climbing Centre – 攀岩(只適用於如果你住在北溫哥華)

The Hive Bouldering Gym – 攀岩

Vancouver Youth Soccer Association – 足球。看看這個尋找夏令營

Volleyball BC –  看看“診所和營地”。

Badminton Vancouver -夏季營地

夏令營

BC Summer Camp-這個網站有很多關於許多夏令營的信息。

那麼從哪裡開始?

在這一要點上你有很多的信息。請注意,以上公司名單並不包括每個溫哥華公司和班級。但我會繼續探索搜尋,有新的資訊我將添加到此列表中。找到合適的班級可能會令人筋疲力盡,特別是當你不了解那個城市時,而英語又是你的第二語言時。

這裡有一些小訣竅,

  1. 考慮一下團體班級,而不是一對一的班級。這將使您的孩子有更多的機會與同齡人交談
  2. 目標設定可以是一個在你家附近的班級,或者是可以通過公共交通工具輕鬆到達的班級。
  3. 考慮一個夏令營!許多夏令營只有一個星期的時間,所以在您訪問當地期間可能會很容易地找到一個夏令營。他們也很有趣,裡面參加的都是孩子們!
  4. 不要考慮太多太複雜。如果你發現一個看起來不錯的課,那就去參加吧!
我期待聽到你在溫哥華的經歷!如果您有任何建議,請留下評論或發送電子郵件至marisol.getupandgetlost@gmail.com
祝你好運!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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