Firstly, the children will learn basic life skills and positive habits such as greeting each other and manners. We will also support them to develop the ability to think for themselves and take initiative independently. By establishing good communication with our students’ families, we strive to improve the educational environment for children to enjoy their school life, respecting their uniqueness and their personality.
A child’s early years play a key role in the acquisition of communication and language abilities as well as in the development of their arithmetic skills. If children miss this initial chance of acquiring language comprehension skills, they will need much more time to develop the same abilities later in life. For these reasons our program includes English and mathematics lessons multiple times a week. During their English classes, students at TWIS have plenty of opportunities to hone their listening and speaking skills, as well as building strong foundations in phonics which will then help them develop their reading and writing. All of the subjects, with the exception of Japanese language classes, are taught in English.
In addition to English and mathematics, we give focus on the children’s physical and creative development. Special subjects such as physical education, music and Japanese are integrated in our curriculum and taught by specialist teachers with the support of class teachers.
We believe in the power of movement, music and art to express feelings that sometimes words cannot convey. We wish our children will lead positive lives, surrounded by many friends and with the strength to overcome difficulties. We hope that sports, art and music will bring them fulfillment and enrich them as individuals.
We want our kindergarten to be a place where children are eager to come every day to play with friends and have fun learning. Our main goal is to have children enjoy every moment at school, and while they are having fun, equip them with all of the tools and knowledge that will make them shine. We are committed to the continuous improvement of our facilities and educational environment to maintain the highest quality in early childhood education.
Our curriculum focuses on English and Mathematics, as well as Physical Education, Music and Japanese. Physical Education (PE), Music and Japanese classes are taught by early childhood education specialists in the respective fields. Classroom teachers also support them during these lessons.
We have outside play time in our playground and sandpit area as well as Physical Education lessons in our indoor gym with special activities designed to nurture the gross motor skills of young children.
For English reading and writing instruction we are using Jolly Phonics. Jolly Phonics is a synthetic phonics method of teaching letter sounds in a way that is fun and multi-sensory which enables children to become fluent readers.
In Math, students learn about counting and cardinality to 100, graphing, classifying and grouping objects, bi-dimensional and tri-dimensional shapes, patterning, nonstandard measurement, ordinal numbers, addition and subtraction within 20, story problems, and time and calendar concepts.Students use hands-on manipulatives, play games, and engage in multi-sensory activities to develop number sense and link mathematical concepts to their daily lives and experiences.
Science and Social Studies
We adopt a theme-based approach for our Science and Social Studies curriculum. The themes will be the same for all grade levels, although lessons will be differentiated in difficulty depending on the children’s age group.
The whole kindergarten will have an event for each theme.
In Art, we offer a well-balanced variety of lessons covering both painting and crafts. We give focus on the children enjoying expressing themselves creatively through art, and value the uniqueness of each child’s creations. Art and crafts will also follow the monthly themes, taking inspiration from what the children are learning in Science and Social Studies as well as from observing of nature.
During Music classes, students learn many different skills such as listening to and then reproducing the notes they hear, using singing as a guide to play instruments, developing rhythm awareness and expressing themselves through dance. We have plans to include keyboard, eurhythmic and hand bells. Music presentations will take place on Sports Day, at our Halloween and winter presentations, and at the graduation ceremony.
In Physical Education (P.E.), students learn gymnastics and ball games. We also play during the summer. We have begun the construction of a second gymnasium for kindergarten which is much bigger than the last kindergarten gym. We hope that the larger space will allow students to move their bodies more freely and enjoy exercise. Because we have P.E. lessons regularly, please ensure that your child wears clothes to school which are appropriate, safe, and easy to move in.
In Japanese, students learn how to write Japanese letters (Hiragana and Katakana) as well as learning about culture and seasonal traditions. The Japanese teacher will read Japanese books and teach the students Japanese songs. We will also be making crafts related to Japanese culture and events. We use both Japanese and English when reading books so that children who are learning Japanese as their second language can assimilate Japanese vocabulary more effectively.
PRESCHOOL and Kindergarten classes will get to the park with homeroom teachers and support teacher for one hour of outdoors playtime.
For each theme, kindergarten will go on a corresponding field trip to enrich their learning. We are planning to go on six field trips over the school year.
Each class have a birthday party each month for all children born in that month.
End of Theme Party
To close each theme, we will have a kindergarten-wide party. Children can dress up, eat snacks, and participate in a theme-related activity.
2020 Academic Year
2021 Academic Year