Why Lais

Foundations

Research and literature in History, Sociology and Science suggests that humans have taken the onus of passing on “knowledge” to each succeeding generations. Each generation experiences an increase in the amount of knowledge, progress in technology, and over time increased human interaction. The development in various fields of science, commerce and business couple with he advent and spread of the internet, implies that in the twenty-first century, we also have witnessed a rapid globalization of mankind, which has brought the different parts of the world much closer via new communication tools. In view of these changing circumstances, the content and process of education must be optimized for students to interpret past knowledge better to understand the present, and further help them foster thinking to face the unknown challenges of the future. At Little Angels, this lasting effort to be dynamic, relevant and progressive is designed to prolong the legacy of man and is a vital statistic.

The LAIS curriculum had been first created, before school inception in 2001 while targeting 2 years olds and later, over time has been continuously refined and made relevant to be a dynamic document. The curriculum also takes into account the geographical locale, the cultural context, social circumstances, and the requirement of the market (Japan) very carefully. In delivery, the LAIS curriculum regards the content, method of teaching or the relevance continuously and is refined to best suit the individual student.

Education at Little Angels

LAIS believes that education is a life long journey; that humans learn as children and adults alike. LAIS believes in the importance of institutional learning; therefore, learning encompasses all the facets of the school – the management, the administration, the faculty, the students, and the parents. At Little Angels, each individual is a lifelong learner. The school also learns and grows as an institution that focuses on educating children. Hence, the school believes education of children should be student centered, active and interactive, and must involve the social world of the child and the community.

LAIS thus affirms the following Learning Objectives :

  • Learning to Know: Students learn how to find, evaluate, sort, interpret, and connect information.
  • Learning to Do: Students learn to manage change and diversity, and develop skills for self-directed learning
  • Learning to Live Together: Students learn how to relate to many more people, in many more roles and using many different media..
  • Learning to Be: Students learn to integrate the other three learning objectives to further his/her potential – memory, reasoning, aesthetic sense, physical capabilities, and communication skills.

LAIS endeavor to provide a meaningful learning experience, to achieve the Learning Objectives. Each learning experience should: be based on the student’s interests, and grow out of their existing knowledge; support of the student’s development; help develop new skills; add to the student’s understanding of the world; and prepare the student to live more fully.

School Mission Statement

Little Angels is an educational institution that is committed to providing a multifaceted and an international education, to nurture students to be ambitious and life-long learners.

Mission objective
  • Help the children to become life-long learners.
  • Help students of all ages to become self reliant and productive member of society.
  • Provide a well-balanced and excellent learning experience at an affordable cost.

Our Belief

Every student is a unique individual, and as such has a different learning style and personality.

Philosophy

The school aims to provide

  • An Environment of Acceptance.
  • An Environment of Self-Confidence.
  • An Environment of Nurtured Learning.
  • An Environment of Creative Learning.

Methodology
  • To provide a proper educational foundation.
  • To provide a creative, imaginative and very innovative learning environment.
  • To be very family oriented.

Framework

  • Uses the immersion method of language learning for non-native English speakers. (For English speakers, appropriate Japanese lessons will be offered.)
  • Establishes a simple daily learning routine.
  • Offers a relaxed and fun-filled learning experience.
  • Project based education (Designed for Elementary & Middle School Children.)

Curriculum

The Little Angels curriculum is uniquely blended to create the perfect balance of various learning objectives. We are committed to developing and nurturing academic skills, and human skills in each student.

The LAIS curriculum will:

  • Expose the student to all the areas of learning; develop a good vocabulary, writing and target communication; utilize all the five senses of the student;
  • Introduce the student to social, cultural, and the economic aspects; and utilize various media and tools of learning.
Balanced--curriculum

Fun in learning is the primary premise of the educational environment. Project based learning coupled with spiral learning curriculum helps in deeper understanding of subjects.

Teaching
  • To instill the love of learning in children!
  • To encourage the student to use their imagination, and creativity to satisfy their curiosity and eagerness to learn.
  • To make the student realize that language is very valuable and necessary when communicating with others.
  • To encourage the development of positive social relationships.
  • To provide sufficient opportunities for the student to experience success, thus increasing their self-confidence.
  • To respect the individuality and ability of each and every student.
  • To engage in exploring and learning thru experiments.

The learning is not done within the four walls but by going on many field trips. Hands-on learning is the essential mode and practice of the school. Students who need extra attention are provided with after school lessons with/without extra cost.

The student’s daily schedule is designed in such a way that it is fun filled, experiment oriented with fact finding lessons, which are project based. The learning environment is conducive to foster inquisitive minds. The books, songs, games, multi-media tools carefully picked up from around the world are used to help the young minds understand and absorb. The students are encouraged to teach what they have learnt to junior grades. This helps the students to achieve a deeper understanding of the subjects. Self-expression, independent thinking and creativity are encouraged and appreciated.

The Honeycomb view of our Holistic Educational Goals
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The pictorial above depicts the highly representative view of the proper educational foundation at LAIS. It encompasses the school’s mission, values, philosophy, and educational-framework with a methodology towards creating a holistic goal for education.

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