personalized EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY
Each child is different and learns differently. Our premise is that each child has immeasurable potential and we are here to help them realize it. Our educators communicate and partner with parents to get to know each child. After a period of observation and interaction with the children educators are able to assess the ways of being, talents and development opportunities of individual children. Educators are then able to develop an individual learning plan for each child. This plan serves as a guideline to design their own curricula in a way that enhances the teaching and learning and caters to the development of all children. Educators monitor each child’s progress and adjust the curriculum accordingly. They promote active participation, social interaction and reflection among the children. And with teams of 7 children to 1 adult, this is easily accomplished.
Our educators are highly qualified and committed to the children. Their mission is to build relationships with each child and support their holistic individual educational and care needs at every stage of development. They expose children to dynamic, creative and multi sensory experiences that promotes healthy neurological growth and the children learn valuable life skills. Educators work as a collaborative team in order to plan and support their teaching, expand and improve their skills, receive constructive feedback and ensure the children’s well being at all times.
Teaching through systematic lessons for example in reading and writing is not applied at our center. Rather, we build a base in language development through play so that learning to read and write is natural and fun for children. We read together everyday, we tell stories, we play math games. In short, all of the learning is done through games and fun activities so that children are excited and don't even notice they are learning.
All of our educators receive Finnish style training which complements their education and previous experience. It encourages educators to personalize their teaching to a diverse group of children and provide exploratory opportunities for each child in the group. Educators receive constructive feedback and are coached about the opportunities and challenges of working with multilingual or monolingual children living in Japan.
Through their own innovation, pedagogical methods and a variety of activities educators motivate and encourage children to take risks, become strong, independent, open minded individuals, able to adapt to any environment, and learn to enjoy the love of learning.
Parents are our active partners and supporters of all aspects of the children’s learning and embrace our philosophy of praising and encouraging and in practicing discipline and respect. We support you in the educational aspects and care of your children while at kindergarten and welcome you to actively communicate and share with us any concerns or development achievements of your child.
Our learning environments plays an important part in the children’s learning. They are flexible, safe and comfortable spaces designed to inspire, engage and invite children to learn. After each learning workshop, children have an opportunity to practice self management, move their bodies and play to feel good and learn better.
Our inquiry based, exploratory and holistic learning approach provides children with a solid foundation to enjoy learning and continue learning throughout their lives. Monthly themes for different age groups through an integrated learning continuum give children exposure to different subjects, celebrations and the world at large.
Our learning approach is child centered, integrated and exploratory. Our educators are trained in areas such as: Early years pedagogy, development and learning; childhood, growth environments and well-being; and the development and assessment of early childhood education. After a period of observation, an individual development plan is prepared and agreed on with parents. This plan is revisited with parents reviewing progress.
FINNISH ECEC CURRICULUM
We trust our educators to develop a quality curriculum of activities to build a foundation for future learning. It combines the Finnish National Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Curriculum guidelines with Scandinavian learning traditions, integrating the educator's experiences, creative thinking, languages, individual children teaching methods and a distinct set of values and goals. The Finnish ECEC Curriculum guidelines.
The educator's teaching approach integrates creative skills, self expression and making every subject matter fun and interesting. Educators are skilled and experienced to partner with children to explore their interests and the world around them. On a typical day, the children move with their educator from the play area to the creative arts studio, to the gym area, to the quiet reading nook. They go outside and also practice movement in our gym area everyday to ensure they are physically active. Physical activity impacts the children's overall development and provides opportunities to put mathematical skills into a physical context, helps them to concentrate for longer, be more alert and ready to learn. Educators integrate subjects and plan activities to give children the tools to understand and gain knowledge and an awareness that every situation is a learning opportunity.
With a mix of play, experimentation, interpersonal relations and oral expression, the children spend their days enjoying being children while learning and developing new skills.
Our Early Education Curriculum includes:
- Early stimulation program
- Motor skills
- Various forms of Music
- Daily physical education
- Artistic expression
- Foreign Languages
- Math games
- Knowledge of the World
- Story Time
- Experimental Work
- School garden & nature education
- Show and Tell
- Grapho-motor skills
- Daily Outdoor play
Educators are attentive to children’s challenges and individual needs, including special needs. They support the development of cognitive, intellectual, social, emotional, language and physical skills, as well as global competences, managing daily activities safely, and being responsible. In addition, educators actively encourage, praise and support children to learn the value of hard work, to focus, to learn how to become good at something, to value their own ideas, to serve others, to become persistent and to be passionate.