English is the medium of instruction. The students learn through a wide range of language learning techniques. The students learn language by speaking, writing, reading, and also listening to various audio resources which introduce them to different accents from around the world.
Students with limited or little knowledge of English are provided with one on one intensive lessons to help them cope with the grade level.
Japanese is taught in accordance with the standards prescribed by the Ministry of Education in Japan. The textbooks used are the same as those used in Japan’s public schools. The students are fluent in Japanese; they speak, read, write, and understand the nuances of the language. They learn to appreciate the language and the culture, which is an important aspect of language acquisition.
Chinese: Considering the emergence of China as an economic superpower, we believe that learning the Chinese language would be extremely beneficial. Hence, the students will also learn basic Chinese vocabulary, writing, and communication skills.
Little Angels follows the Indian curriculum recommendations for the subject of Mathematics and this emphasizes the important requirements of logic, deduction, induction, rules and concepts. The Japanese abacus is also used to teach students to master basic mathematical skills. The learning is further enhanced through hands-on activities to help students understand each concept, and apply it to real life situations. We also use several mathematical tools, games, and methods to achieve this goal. Students also practice mental math, by calculating the answers to various questions within their minds.
Science is learnt via experiments and exploration. Various kinds of hands-on experiences help provide an in-depth knowledge of science and the understanding required for applying the same.
The curriculum content is quite well prepared and it covers all the areas of science and includes both Natural and Physical Sciences.
In social studies, the students learn to appreciate the culture and history of Japan, and also of other countries. They learn about their immediate environment, and also about challenges faced by different peoples of the world. The goal is to help the students understand their place in society and their contribution to world peace and the elimination of poverty.
Physical Education is taught in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Education, Japan. Further, the children are also introduced to Tennis, Soccer, Cricket, Baseball, Swimming, Basketball and Skiing. By the end of the elementary school, the students will be able to play, enjoy and also follow the rules of these sports. They also take part in a short marathon during the winter.
The lack of a playground is overcome by the use of the Musashino city grounds and other public facilities. Various indoor equipment are used to train the students. Apart from these physical activities, the school holds aerobics and stretching classes and yoga classes on a daily basis.
Arts & Crafts include multiple media of expression, reflecting upon a child’s creative ability. The children learn to draw, sketch, color, paint using different kinds of paints. They also carry out craft work using various types of materials such as clay to make sculptures etc. Japanese calligraphy is taught from the first grade onwards. The children also learn about the lives and the styles of modern, contemporary and past artists of the world.
General Studies augments children’s education by helping them to become positive in studies and to foster life style balance. In the elementary school, health is closely allied to science and social studies. Hence, taking care of and respecting one’s body is an important part of the curriculum.
They will learn about nutrition and health; prevention of diseases; cleanliness; exercise; fostering family values; respect for life and improving communication and finally promote tolerance to fellow beings.
All the students working with the new Robotics curriculum are encouraged to work out math and science rather than simply study them. This method helps the students to appreciate not only the importance of each concept, but also how they relate to each other in the real world.
We use “proprietary” products/materials to teach and to practice the concept of Robotics.
In Japanese, the abacus is called the soroban. Recent research has shown that learning the abacus lead to several important results:
Improvement of numerical memory: Abacus students have revealed that not only is their memory capability much superior but also these students are able to memorize large digits compared to those who haven’t learnt it.
Improved spatial arrangements: Recognizing patterns were also enhanced in the abacus users considerably.
Enhancing mathematical abilities: Abacus students showed tremendous progress in size comparisons (0.35, 11, 7.45, 0.89, 9.11 etc.) and also in solving fractions (only as a side result).
Right brain enhancement: Research has shown that the use of the abacus stimulates right brain activity which is essential for art expression and also to foster creativity.
The tools of Yoga provides tested methods of managing physical, mental and emotional stress. Through the use of Yoga practice, LAIS provides a simple way to make the students’ lives happier and healthier, increase their capacity to learn effectively, manage their emotions, regulate their own behavior, and achieve personal and academic success.
Key learning attributes include:
- Improved overall health
- Increased strength & ﬂexibility
- Improved body image
- Improved executive function
- Improved focus & attention skills
- Increased class room engagement
- Greater sensory integration
- Improved emotional regulation
- Greater self confidence
- Increased resilience
- Greater compassion & empathy
- Improved communication skills
- Increased leadership skills
- Greater sense of community
|About the subjects:|
|Japanese language will be taught by a Licensed elementary school teacher of Japanese origin. The prescribed Japanese text books are those recommended by the Local city Educational Council.|
|Japanese History will be duly covered under “Social Studies”.|
|Japanese History & Culture will be taught in English and Japanese as well.|
|All other subjects will be taught in English.|
|* Optional Languages are at discretion in higher grades|
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