Already incorporated into American schools, IBK is the first in Japan to employ Learning Activity & Dramatic Play as part of its afternoon teaching program.
Familiar objects and activities we take for granted in our everyday lives often turn out to be quite surprising or unexplainable when looked at from a different angle. With Learning Activities we work together to think about and experiment with various things and use books and videos to further explore their meaning. For children, even matters of the slightest significance can be incredibly interesting and fun and may carry a lasting impact of their future goals and dreams.
Put simply, Dramatic Play is ‘playing pretend’. We select a setting, rehearse a skit, and practice how to learn and use real, natural English. We also weave in social manners and etiquette and, touching on history and ecology, provide fun lessons that look at numerous topics from a variety of angles. What’s more, each child takes part in crafting and completing the props and other items used in the skits.
In short, it’s an incredibly fun, entertaining lesson.
■ We offer Chinese lessons to all our classes twice a week.
From self-introductions, games, and songs to the Chinese names of familiar everyday objects, we practice a variety of activities using Chinese. Once a year we hold a recital where our students perform Chinese songs and dance.
■ We hold gymnastics classes once a week. Divided into our Rabbit and Kangaroo classes, the students practice mat exercises, the vaulting horse, horizontal bar, balance beam, trampoline, and other activities according to their age.
■ In our phonics classes we instruct our students on how to pronounce different pairs of sounds and connect this with reading words formed from these phonetic compounds.
■ For writing, we start with teaching our students how to properly hold a pencil and move on to connecting lines and practicing the alphabet. From here, we work on writing out words and sentences.
■ For comprehension, we instruct the students on reading and hold a Q&A session afterwards to further develop their understanding of the text.
■ In our art classes, we enjoy creating various works according to the seasons and school events found throughout the year.
■ We offer Japanese lessons to all our classes once a week.