Best Enrichment Classes for Kids in Tokyo

By on February 13, 2017

Kids go through different stages of development as they grow from infants to young inquiring minds.

Multiple changes that happen in each of these stages are best stimulated by activities and enriching experiences for their growth and development. 

These places have amazing programs that will do just that.

 

 

A child begins to explore from the minute of birth. Babies delight in games of peek-a-boo, the sight of a parent’s face close to theirs or the contrast of simple black and white patterned toys. During the early years, a child’s fascination with how things work expands to fill a daily life rich in imagination and challenges. Parents everywhere know the joy of watching their children grasp a new skill or understanding. It is like magic.

Research by renowned academics worldwide states a child gains social and physical confidence from structured play. The opportunity for social development through play is wide-ranging. Stories and role-playing can foster creative language and communication skills. Interaction with other young players is good for confidence and team building. The underlying aims are not always obvious when watching a group of active three-year-olds scramble enthusiastically through a giant “dishwasher” (clamber equipment setup to act as a toy tunnel) or take a trip on a “bouncy train” (a large air inflatable air log). Squeals of glee obscure the fact the children are demonstrating co-operation, turn-taking and concentration skills. They are also showing appreciation for the efforts of others as well as achieving personal triumphs. Early physical play can provide long-term physical advantages. Agility, dexterity and balance are useful to master at as soon as possible.

The first six years provide a foundation for the rest of a child’s life. How a child learns to learn will stay with them forever. Places such as Gymboree provide an extra dimension to a child’s early development. But most important is the fun.

Customers with babies between 0-2 years old can join us for an age-appropriate, Mommy & Me play, music or art class. Customers with children over 2 years old can also try out our drop-off or drop-off optional classes, including preschool steps, preschool and after school. Please contact us by email or phone to reserve your trial lesson.

www.gymboree.jp/en

HIROO/MOTOAZABU

Motoazabu Crest Building,1F
2-3-30, Motoazabu,
Minato-ku,
Tokyo
03-5449-2311
LALAPORT
LaLaport Yokohama 1F,4035-1 Ikonobe-cho,
Tsuzuki-ku,
Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
045-414-2719

JIYUGAOKA

Feel Building,2F 1-5-1 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku,
Tokyo
03-3723-0651

Ohana International School is an English language preschool for children aged 15 months to 5 years old. We offer a wide range of after-school programs throughout the school year and are open to non-Ohana regular students. Classes are available for children aged 3 years old and above unless otherwise stated.

Art
Thursdays 2:30-3:30 pm
Foster creative expression & develop fine motor skills. Paint, draw, sculpt, glue & build artwork based on different weekly themes.
Ballet & Dance
Mondays 2:30-3:30 pm
Learn the basics of rhythm, steps & movement. Improve strength and coordination through pre-ballet and creative dance.
Design & Technology
Thursdays 2:30-3:30 pm
Develop fine motor skills and gain an understanding of materials and processes. Learn how to use real tools to make objects and various projects.
Early Numeracy
Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 pm
From 4 yrs old and up. Develop understanding of numbers & shapes; begin sorting, patterning & classification through fun games and activities.
English as a Second Language
Mondays 4:30-5:30 pm
Build confidence using English as a second language. Improve essential speaking and listening skills through fun English conversation classes.
Foreign Languages
Chinese: Thursdays 2:30 -3:30 pm
French: Mondays 3:30-4:30 / Fridays 2:30-4:30
Learn basic vocabulary, sentences and pronunciation in Chinese or French.
Japanese with Music & Songs
Wednesdays & Fridays 2:30-3:30 pm
Learn Japanese through music and songs. Read & write simple Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.
Karate
Tuesday’s 2:30-3:30 pm
Beginner’s martial arts class. Develops coordination and concentration and teaches respect & discipline in a fun way.
Music Appreciation
Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 pm
Explore the wonders of music, rhythm and movement with exciting monthly themes. Open to 15 months old and up.
Piano Classes
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 2:30-3:30 pm
An introduction class to piano. Play, sing along and have fun through various music activities.
Phonics & Literacy
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 2:30-3:30/3:30-4:30/4:30-5:30 pm
Enjoy the early stages of learning to read in English and increase your child’s phonemic awareness.
STEAM Builders
Mondays 3:30-4:30 pm & Saturdays 10:00 am -12:00 noon
Learn the concept of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in a fun in interactive way. Classes for 4 years old and up.

Ohana International School
3-12-36 Moto Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046
Tel: 03 3408 8888 / Email: office.ohana@schoolintokyo.com
www.schoolintokyo.com


Antoine Rollet Music School (ARMS) is located in Kita Urawa, Saitama founded by Antoine Rollet, a musician who was raised by a French father and British mother.

An alumni of the American School of Modern Music, Paris and Berkley College of Music in Boston, Rollet’s first love is teaching and wishes to see students blossom musically, particularly in Japan.

The school has grown in size since starting in February 2014. The school offers music lessons to anyone of all races, ages and music level, from beginners to advanced.

The Kids Class offered to preschoolers will help develop children’s sensibility, listening, rhythm and generally, a love for music. Antoine Rollet Music classes for kids are held in English and arranged for up to 3 preschoolers. Children who are 3 to 6 years old are welcome to take lessons of their choice.

The Kids class is from 1:50 − 2:30 pm on Saturdays
Registration fee : ¥5,000
Monthly fee ¥8,900 (4 lessons) paid on the day of the first lesson every month. Amount is adjusted if there are holidays in a month or if a child signs up in between the monthly lessons. Parents who wish to sign up are also welcome.
POP PIANO
MODERN GUITAR.
TRUMPET
JAZZ

Saitama Prefecture Saitama City
Urawa-ku Tokiwa 9-33-1 2F
TEL 048-789-6434
arms.jp.net

Open 10:30 am – 9:10 pm
Closed Sundays and public holidays
3 minutes walk from the Kitaurawa Station West Exit
by JR Keihin Tohoku line

Konami Sports Club is not just a health club. It helps families with young children to take the first steps in providing children the experience to help shape their vision into becoming a reality. Konami believes that physical fitness started early leads to better school grades. Konami Kids School is an athletic cram school offering a range of recreational activities designed for different age groups to help them achieve a healthy mind and body. The staff at each activity ensures that each child is given attention to achieve developing potential in a fun and engaging way.

Swimming program is offered to six age groups: Baby Swimming (4 mos – 1 year old), Little Swimming (2 − 4 years old), Kinder (3 − 5 years old), Beginner (5 – elementary school-age), Intermediate (elementary to middle school age), and Athlete or Senshu for high school age children. Each program is designed to meet the child’s goal. The Baby Swimming program exclusively for 4 months old until 2 years, allows the child to experience being in the pool early. Accompanied by a parent or guardian, the baby is introduced to structured activities for a natural water experience that will help build confidence.

Babies who are just beginning to walk will benefit from the Sports Baby program offered from 8 months up accompanied by parent or guardian. The physical training routine for babies includes walking, running, flying, going round in circles in a spacious friendly environment that otherwise is not possible at home. Konami’s research-based locomotor activities result in the habituation of the body and help develop fine and gross motor skills.

Dance classes are also offered in 4 different groups according to their dance exposure: Happy stars (Just getting started), Challenge Stars (beginners), Dream Stars (intermediate), Shiny Stars (superior), and J.B. stars (performer level).

Other classes offered at selected Konami branches are Soccer, Tennis, Karate, Baton/Cheer Dance, Golf, Classic Ballet, and Modern Ballet.

Konami Sports Club has 15 locations all over Tokyo: Ota-ku (2), Setagaya ku (1), Itabashi ku (2), Shinagawa ku (1), Musashino shi (1), Hachioiji (1), Adachi ku (1), Edogawa ku (2), Koto ku (1), Kodaira shi (1), Tachikawa shi (1), Inagi shi Higashi Naganuma (1).
(*Some activities are offered only at selected schools. Check the website for details.)
Trial course is available before deciding to sign up.

www.konami.com


The bilingual classes at the Lycée Francais International in Tokyo offers the opportunity to integrate into our education system while developing a double cultural and linguistic richness.
The objective of our bilingual education program is to enable students to acquire comparable skills in both languages in all areas of the French education system.

The teaching is done half in French and half in English. From cycle 1 to cycle 3, all curricula are taught in both languages. (For example, mathematics teaching, discovering the world, are taught in both French and English). The pedagogical choice to teach the whole of a discipline in a language can be proposed (For example: history in French, sciences in English, with reinvestment of vocabulary).

It is an additional tool for quality teaching, knowing that other possibilities are offered to high school children like teaching English from the preparatory course as well as teaching Japanese in skill groups from the middle section

How it works:
A meeting is organized during the 3rd quarter for parents wishing to integrate their children in the bilingual class.
In each level, the French and English teachers meet the parents to discuss the structure.

There are two types of classes at the Lycée Francais International in Tokyo:
1. French classes combined with English and Japanese language teaching;
2. French and English.

These classes also benefit from a Japanese education from the Middle Kindergarten. Subjects are taught in both languages with two teachers in a class and a maternal assistant trilingual in French-English and Japanese.

The general curriculum is endorsed by the French Ministry of Education with British Curriculum adjustment. Bilingual Class pupils also study Japanese language (2 times 45 minutes, Japanese as a foreign language or Japanese as a mother tongue).

www.lfitokyo.org



 

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