All posts tagged "Top of the Class"

  • Devices Are Pulling Our Kids Away from Books. Get Your Preschooler To Read.

    Reading is meant to be an enjoyable undertaking.  For most people, reading is a daily task, done for pleasure or to acquire information. An excellent reader reads effortlessly and easily understands what’s been read. For the good...

    • Posted November 27, 2017
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  • PIXI Academy: Building kids’ skills from the bottom up

    If children are expected to solve real global problems such as analyzing complex data, adopting a design-and-build mindset (using new media and computational thinking) as well as applying social intelligence, then the work of putting them on...

    • Posted November 11, 2017
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  • Q. Can my toddler learn a second language at home before starting school?

    Answered by Deborah D.K. Ruuskanen, Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Vaasa, Yes. It is entirely possible to teach an infant two or even three languages, and four is not unheard of. In Europe, a...

    • Posted October 23, 2017
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  • Montessori Education is powerful in shaping global minds

    hroughout history, the family has played a major role in educating children with schools providing instructional scaffolding. The influence of home that parents make for children to develop and build strength of character, unique personal attributes and...

    • Posted May 10, 2017
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  • Internet puzzled: Japanese engineers can’t solve Junior High school math equation

    Kobe University and Doshisha University research group  found out many engineers at major companies can not solve a fundamental mathematical equation used for  junior high school entrance examination tests in Japan. In the 1980’s, the percentage of...

    • Posted May 3, 2017
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  • Son’s tricky formula to a math equation leaves dad scratching his head.

    Dad: What is 40 divided by 5? Son: Hmm.. 5+5= 10, right? Then 4+4= 8, right? So the answer is 8. Dad: Wait, I’m not sure I follow you. Robo Taro’s son might have gotten the right...

    • Posted April 27, 2017
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  • Teaching kids about financial literacy

    A couple of months ago, I picked up a pretty cool item from the liquidation shelf at a store: a large lidded glass jar featuring a coin slot and digital display– a bank that counted your money...

    • Posted February 22, 2017
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  • Learning Music the Suzuki Way

    Anyone with an interest in children’s education, in general or in musical pedagogy in particular, will have heard about the now world-famous Suzuki Method approach. Its founder Shinichi Suzuki was born in Nagoya in 1898, the son...

    • Posted October 19, 2016
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  • Danseur and Teacher James Amar gives ballet lessons to children.

      Tokyo families catches up with James.   What brought you to Japan? The wish to always come back! I came to Japan for the first time in 1981 (at age 11) with the Paris Opera Ballet...

    • Posted August 17, 2016
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  • Tokyo couple brings an arts-centric British-style preschool to Japan

    When Ayahi Suda packed her bags to move to the U.K. to pursue her dream of studying Arts at the University of the Arts London, she left behind a highly successful preschool, kindergarten and grade school (in...

    • Posted July 19, 2016
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  • Is Summer Learning worth the time and money?

    Most parents are looking forward to the end of the school year when they are able to take a long break from homework wars and getting up early to make obento. Summer holidays are indeed long and...

    • Posted April 19, 2016
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  • The Case for Putting Play first in Preschool

    As a preschool educator, I often have to resist the urge to teach in my classroom which may sound surprising given my role. But, the longer I am in the classroom and the more we understand how...

    • Posted December 10, 2015
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  • Sunshine Kids Academy makes tuition affordable to support most families who want an international preschool program for their children

    When it comes to learning progress, it all comes down to how much early literacy skills help or hinder learning. James Heckman, Economist and Nobel Prize winner said, “Early learning begets later learning. And early success breeds...

    • Posted November 7, 2015
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  • High school parents are signing their kids up for tech classes

    Love it or hate it, the name of the new game is Tech. Looking forward well into the future, Japanese parents are now adding a new after-school activity to their teen’s schedule – coding and programming classes,...

    • Posted September 11, 2015
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  • Star Kids International Preschool

    Tokyo mum makes room for early learners in Minato-ku. Because this is Tokyo, there’s always a new restaurant to try, an entertaining event to watch and loads of stuff to do. Parents – this month, you have...

    • Posted September 7, 2015
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  • What to expect from the new SAT

    Most parents with children at international schools already know that the College Board has redesigned SAT and is set to start in 2016. This will be the first SAT upgrade since 2005 when the essay portion was...

    • Posted August 7, 2015
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  • What is teaching to the top?

    by Shelley Sacks I believe that teaching to the top is teaching to the children, who are at the highest developmental level of all the children in the class. My theory behind this is that if you...

    • Posted May 11, 2015
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  • Children’s House Montessori School opens

    An advocate of Montessori principles and values, Maki Sugamata, a Montessori-qualified teacher with over 15 years’ experience teaching children from birth to age 6, opened a new school in Minami Aoyama.. She called it Children’s House. Its...

    • Posted May 6, 2015
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  • Questions to consider in choosing a summer program

    Will my child be safe? Are emergency measures in place in case of unforeseen circumstances like earthquake, fire, etc.? What is a typical day like? Can my children select their activities or do they follow a strict...

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • Prevent summer slump!

    Learning through the summer is absolutely essential. A couple of years back, our ten-year old son Jon, fell behind in Math for two consecutive grading periods. Both my wife and I had serious concerns because we both...

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • Abrakadoodle Japan offers fun and eye-popping art experiences for children

    “Our independent learning philosophy is in the context of promoting self-reliance, creativity in kids to foster total independence. Up until now, cram schools were only available to junior high school students. I have always thought that there...

    • Posted January 22, 2015
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  • “LESS IS MORE,” says Camelot International Primary School

    The newest addition to affordable international schools in town Japanese family who chose an international education for their son to prepare him for a future global job was interviewed recently on NHK. When asked what made them...

    • Posted December 15, 2014
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  • United School of Tokyo makes an attractive offer

    Choosing an international education means being prepared to shell out two million yen or more in annual tuition. But this new school offers families an option to prohibitive tuition fees. nternational schools in Japan are expensive and,...

    • Posted November 10, 2014
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  • What 15-year olds know and what they can do with what they know

    he title is the subject of OECD’s study measuring the knowledge and skills of high school students belonging to the 15-year-and-3-month up to 16-year-and-2-month age range from participating countries and how the results will impact their present...

    • Posted November 1, 2014
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  • Mom from New York opens a school inspired by Montessori and Reggio Emilia

    New Yorker Sybrina Ignatieva-Wada came to Japan in 2008 for a one-year visit after her university studies  in New Zealand.  Smitten by Japan, she decided to make it her home. Sybrina founded tinyHappy Garden  International School for...

    • Posted August 11, 2014
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  • Mom with a passion for quality education

    Mami Hioki lived for six years in England and the Netherlands where she had raised her three children. “I realized having children in an international environment is a valuable experience,” says Mami of her past expat life....

    • Posted July 12, 2014
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  • There’s a new school in town! TOKYO CREATORS KIDS

    okyo resident Isaac Schulz recently opened a special space in Shibuya where aspiring little Van Gogh or Steve Jobs can leave reality behind and discover infinite ways of thinking and playing. TF catches up with Isaac to...

    • Posted June 9, 2014
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  • Born to Teach

    reg Selfe has three loves: his family, Japan, and teaching. Seven years ago, he owned two educational development companies in Vancouver, Canada which he sold to make a permanent move to Japan. His involvement in education did...

    • Posted May 7, 2014
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  • A Vision for Change

    n 2001, he adopted a new approach to education to suit the changing needs of the new generation. He founded  New International School, one of today’s most renowned international school groups in Tokyo, creating an oasis of...

    • Posted March 10, 2014
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  • What to look for in a pre-school

    Looking after your children’s needs in the first two years is relatively easier compared to the task of looking for a good preschool.  That’s because there are too many things to consider for families especially those new...

    • Posted December 17, 2013
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  • Future job skills

    Over the coming decade, we will be seeing a major transformation in the workplace.  Virtually every domain of our lives will be dominated by smart machines.  Repetitive tasks that were once the domain of humans are gradually...

    • Posted December 15, 2013
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  • Early Childhood Education – The ELC way

    “Children learn through guided discovery, and they take responsibility for their own learning by posing study questions and then experimenting to draw conclusions about the world around them. Caskey points out that this approach to early childhood...

    • Posted December 15, 2013
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  • Tips towards the successful launch of a new school year

    If you visualize time off school during the summer months as a mountain, you may or may not be pleased to realize that you are more or less at the peak, and will soon be making the...

    • Posted September 11, 2013
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  • Skype Classrooms Becoming the Norm

    Japanese language teachers are now reaching out to students who want to take a course but lack the time to commute to school via SKYPE classrooms. One Japanese teacher says, “It’s pretty good considering the money students...

    • Posted August 7, 2013
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  • Language Study

    I went to a travel agency last week to have my family’s travel dates changed. The person who took care of my booking was away so I had assumed that the boss was there to assist me....

    • Posted May 12, 2013
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  • Tokyo International Kindercare opens

    A welcome addition to international schools in the Azabu area is the newly opened Tokyo International Kindercare,  a full time pre school and kindergarten located in Higashi Azabu .  Billed as a school offering world-class education yet...

    • Posted May 8, 2013
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  • Why Mandarin classes for kids?

    Tokyo parents are turning to Mandarin classes to have young children get a headstart in a language believed to make a difference in the future global job market. China’s Ministry of Education announced that nearly half of...

    • Posted May 7, 2013
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  • Tokyo International Players Youth Program

    Now in its third successful year, the Tokyo International Players Youth program will be presenting the results of their theatre studies with performances scheduled for April 25th to 28th at Momo Theatre in Nakano. The students, aged...

    • Posted March 3, 2013
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  • School of rock: the American Guitar Academy

    The arts have always been an integral component in children’s education. Music, in particular, is a great medium through which students can create, experiment, and express themselves. Moreover, studies show that picking up a musical instrument and...

    • Posted February 3, 2013
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  • Chateau School: a new concept in international education

    The chic area of Omotesando is not only the mecca of fashion but also the new home to Chateau School. The building is reminiscent of a French chateau overlooking a miniature fountain.  Chateau School is not your...

    • Posted January 2, 2013
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  • English immersion in early childhood

    Raising a bilingual child is a goal of many parents in an international setting and research shows that students can gain additional cognitive, academic and employment benefits from speaking more than one language. Developing second language skills...

    • Posted December 30, 2012
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  • An eye to the future: Will your child find a job when he graduates from college?

    Parents told us that to succeed in life, we must go to school, finish college, and get a good job. Period. That’s the basic idea parents taught children generation after generation.It worked for years until decades later...

    • Posted December 30, 2012
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  • Rethinking Japanese learning

    Many foreigners arrive in Japan with just a vague knowledge of its language. The distance between their current skills and the level they aspire to reach may look as long as the road separating Narita Airport and...

    • Posted September 28, 2012
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  • AXIS International School

    AXIS is one of the few international schools that admits to a limit, children whose mother tongue is not English.  We asked its headmaster Daniel Mahr as to what learning options are available for children there. TFM:...

    • Posted August 30, 2012
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  • Reggio Emilia, the innovative approach

    The initial learning phase from birth to age 8 is crucial to achieving an effective outcome to a child's development. The Reggio Emilia Approach encourages students to learn in a self-guided manner through exploration and discovery.

    • Posted July 31, 2012
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  • Should parents wait until preschool before reading to kids?

    Back in the old days, children of the ’50s and ’60s weren’t introduced to reading until they began primary school. As the number of mothers joining the workforce increased, so too did the preschools. Parents in Tokyo...

    • Posted July 1, 2012
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  • JoliArts

    In the world of children’s education, one cannot deny the importance of the arts. Nurturing creativity and bolstering independent thought while being incredibly fun, both the performing and visual arts have come to be fundamental in a...

    • Posted May 1, 2012
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  • Summer school programs

    It is still a few months away before the summer break but parents may already have started their to-do list.  Much of what goes on that list depends on how parents feel about a three-month school break. ...

    • Posted April 2, 2012
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  • English made easy

    Sarah meets the innovative mind behind the Effortless English Club to discover some of the secrets to starting – and maintaining – a successful language learning business. Fans have dubbed him "the great English teacher", but AJ...

    • Posted March 1, 2012
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  • We are not native English speakers but our daughter became one. Here’s what we did.

    My wife and I come from countries where neither Japanese nor English was spoken.  My wife speaks Italian and I speak Spanish but we both speak the language of the other.  We communicate with each other in...

    • Posted January 31, 2012
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