(Frequently Asked Questions)
Q. What is the difference between International preschool and English conversation classes?
A. Our preschoolers don’t “study” or “learn” as in an English conversation class, but as they are daily immersed in a 100% English-speaking environment, they acquire to observe, listen to, and try to understand the conversation around them. With high ability of acquisition of young children, our preschoolers readily pick up the ability to think and understand in English in such contexts as greetings, basic conversation, and self-expression, rather than replacing Japanese words with English words.
Q. Are the classes divided according to ages or levels?
A. The children take part in activities all together. By cooperating with children with different ages, they learn compassion, sociability and gratitude. As far as “individual initiative” is concerned, they cultivate their potential for growth and development. We do not enhance competition among children, rather encourage them to concentrate on projects and let them feel a sense of achievement and fulfillment, while others work on different activities.
Q. Family members can’t speak English at all. Will it be a problem?
A. It won’t be a problem. Children can switch between English and Japanese. They select the switch by themselves and use English at our preschool and Japanese once they leave the preschool.
Letters from our preschool to parents and guardians are all in Japanese. There is nothing to be worried about.
Q. How about lunch?
A. Please bring your own lunch.
Q. Do you have a school bus?
A. No, we don’t have a school bus. Please take your children to school and from our preschool.
Q. Are there extended programs after 14:00pm?
A. Yes. We have Toddler’s class and music lesson as optional programs.
Q. In time of illness, how are you going to take care?
A. In order to assure health hygiene of preschoolers in a group setting, we do not allow student to attend the preschool i time of illness. In case a change of physical condition during school, we will contact the parent/guardian and have the student to rest while waiting for parent/guardian to come to fetch him/her home. In addition, as a part of infection prevention and risk management, we will conduct a body temperature taking to all students once they arrive at the preschool. If body temperature is 37˚C and higher, the student have to return home.