bilingual environment

Japanese  Program: The “Bilingual Environment” starts in September 2017
 

After numerous inquiries we have decided to subscribe students to a bilingual program. We are taking applications on a first come first served basis and will start the program in the fall 2017 for children 2-4yrs old.

Our Japanese educator will partner with an English speaking educator to offer consistent care, learning and support exclusively in Japanese. This gives us the opportunity to offer the bilingual environment to all the children attending our setting. 

All children have the ability to learn more than one language and the process of doing so increases their ability to think creatively, be flexible thinkers and develop great interpersonal and communication skills. What is more, multilingual children become all around confident learners. 

The kindergarten’s main language of instruction is English and Japanese and we also offer instruction in Finnish and Spanish. Our early stimulation development program (for babies 6mos-1.5 years) is offered in Spanish. 

OPOL Language System

We adhere to  the golden rule of “one-person, one-language” and aim for the natural use of language. With consistency and daily exposure, children start understanding more and more English and Japanese within a short time-frame. Our educators work in teams speaking to the children in their respective language throughout the day, without mixing different languages in sentences. Together they prepare the daily curriculum that exposes the children to a variety of playful learning opportunities from each educator.

Will your child become bilingual?

Children who joins our bilingual environment program at a young age will be able to understand both English and Japanese to a high level. While all children develop their vocabulary and oral communication abilities at different paces, daily exposure leads to language understanding, the most important step in language acquisition. This process alters their brain's architecture and sets the stage for future learning. 

Is there a "best age" to start learning a new language?

The early years are often described as a "window of opportunity" in language learning. Since they are babies, children are naturally eager to learn anything they can and learn to naturally identify all the languages spoken in the home environment, our environment is an extension of the home. 

Bilingual education is the norm in countries such as Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, parts of Canada, Scandinavia and Singapore with great success. Multi lingual families have found that the benefits or learning different languages extend to their children's opportunities later in life. Multilingual children grow to be naturally confident in their abilities and become ambassadors of their culture along the way. 

Researchers now can demonstrate the benefits of learning additional languages when children are young. The new connections the brain makes when children are young are life changing and have long lasting effects that include keeping the brain healthy, complex and actively engaged though old age. Watch this TedEd talk!

HOW IS THIS SYSTEM DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PRE-SCHOOLS?

International Pre-schools typically focus on English and sometimes offer 1 or 2 second language sessions per week. While this is better than no exposure at all, there is a limit on how much a child learns as the opportunities to practice hearing and speaking are limited. We provide consistent care, learning and support in both languages everyday.

SPANISH TOO?

Most parents are happy with their children acquiring one additional language, while others welcome multiple languages. Our early development program for babies is offered in Spanish. Being a small center allows all of our children to get to know all educators well, so if you hear your children saying "agua" when they want some water, jump with joy! 

AVAILABILITY

We currently can offer a limited number of places for your children either 3 or 5 days a week. Please inquire here...