A Story About Jacob Zhang
Focus Learning Summer Camp is a wonderful experience for all young learners. We know this professionally – as a leading afterschool centre and effective Summer Camp for over 7 years. On countless arrival days, we
greeted many cautious, apprehensive, and wide-eyed new campers. Nine weeks later, we wave goodbye to confident and happy young students. This summer, Focus Learning had the pleasure of working with numerous international students from all over the globe. One student, in particular, who stayed with us for all nine weeks of summer camp, experienced a remarkable transformation.
Jacob Zhang, a six-year-old newcomer from China, took ESL and Robotics camp programs this summer. Coming from a different culture, Jacob spoke very little English and had-a hard time following instructions. This led to a series of behavioural issues. At the start of the Summer, he was causing so much disruption to the camp that some teachers wanted to dismiss him. When Jacob was told by the principle that his behaviour was leading to a permanent dismissal, his reaction to leaving was sincere and reflective. Jacob did not want-to leave the camp and took steps toward trying his best and following the teacher's instructions.
As camp went on, Jacob spent his days engaged and challenged in a number of play-based activities that led to many positive changes within his character. Jacob's love for baseball and his high energy was centred into Focus Learning's outdoor activity time, where Jacob made new friends and changed physically. His transformation is shared among staff member as-the positive memory and a reminder of the impact Summer Camp makes. Jacob parents inform us that he will be returning to Summer Camp 2019 to expand his love for learning at Focus Learning. We look forward to to-yet another successful year of happiness and growth.