Tamagawa International Pre-school's Curriculum
All learning objectives are developed to meet standards consistent with, and
incorporating elements of, Early Elementary curriculums in the U.K. and North
America and Australia with an investigative, student directed, learning approach.
The program is aimed at introducing your child to artists and musicians to foster an appreciation of the Arts. The first artist we have been learning about is Pablo Picasso. After looking at his many different styles of painting, the children created their own cubist self portraits. We looked at paintings from Picasso's blue period and then afterwards the children painted there own blue pictures.
Physical Education Class
Our new Physical Education class has started this term. The classes are being taught by Coach Someya, the director of the Someya Athletic Club and have been a great success. All the children have been participating in the classes with lots of enthusiasm. We have been learning to stretch, jump, hop, do somersaults, walk backwards, throw a ball and lots more. Before class starts we ask the children to change into their gym clothes. This promotes independence and gives children another opportunity to practice changing by themselves.
Center Based Learning Activities
Students learn by engaging a number of subject and theme specific activity
centers designed to use materials within them to foster a meaningful, hands-on,
approach to learning.
Children participate in whole group, small-group, and individual learning activities
to develop language awareness and promote language skills.
A focus on “reading readiness” guides our reading programs which use a variety
of resources (big books, “authentic readers” – storybooks, and guided readers).
Students have the opportunity to expand upon concepts learned in instructional
time during center time and by engaging in projects.
Assessment is undertaken regularly using professional, progressive, assessment
tools that gauge each student’s abilities. These assessment tools also drive
the next steps in teaching to further each student’s progress in their listening,
speaking, reading and writing capabilities.
Children learn with the emphasis on the use of countable, manipulative, items
during instructional time and center time. This approach allows students to
develop concepts in math that are appropriate to their cognitive development
to allow them to move from “concrete” mathematical operations to “abstract”
operations. Resources used in instructional time include elements taken from
North American classroom textbooks as well as modified Montessori modules.
Students focus upon themes that are relevant to their understanding of
the world around them. Thematic learning engages the students’ interest
to promote a deeper, more enriched, understanding of the subject matter
during instructional time, center time, and time dedicated to projects.
While we continue to expand our school’s programs, currently we have
developed the following themes.
Themes for Term 1
Sept. 1st -- Sept. 19th -- Me and My Friends
Sept. 22nd -- Oct. 10th -- Five Senses
Oct. 13th -- Oct. 31st -- Spiders / Halloween
Nov. 3rd -- Nov. 21st -- Safety
Nov. 24th -- Dec. 12th -- Gingerbread Man / Christmas
Themes for Term 2
Jan. 5th -- Jan. 23rd -- Little Red Hen / Occupations
Jan. 26th -- Feb. 13th -- Dr. Seuss
Feb. 16th -- Mar. 6th -- Animals of the Sea
Mar. 9th -- Mar. 19th -- Space / Robots
Themes for Term 3
Mar. 30th -- Apr. 17th -- All About Japan
Apr. 20th -- May 15th -- Weather / Kites
May 18th -- June 5th -- Insects
June 8th -- June 12 -- Teddy Bears / Graduation