English Studio International Kindergarten (Meguro-ku, Tokyo)

Meguro-Ku, Megurohoncho 3-18-16, Tokyo, Japan 〒152-0002
Phone: 03-3712-3313 Fax: 03-3712-338
English Studio has traditionally had a very strong elementary school program. In 2004 the school decided to start reviewing the types of classes that were offered to kindergarten aged students and to work on creating a more comprehensive program for 3 and 4 year old students. This project was completed in 2004 and in 2005 English Studio started 2 and 3 hour Pre-kinder classes using this new curriculum.
The move ultimately resulted in the establishment of a full time English Immersion Kindergarten based at its Meguro school at the beginning of April 2006.
The International Kindergarten is a three year English Immersion and Enquiry Based Learning course.  Language arts, social studies, nature walks, science, Maths, storytime, music and Physical education are all part of the curriculum (For comprehensive overview of the curriculum see this page).
The first year of the program is a 5 hour a day, 5 days a week program where the children interact entirely in English.
Enquiry Based Learning
In the second year of the program, students are taught to enquire about the world around them through English. Students are encouraged to build their creative skills, imagination, logical thinking, reasoning and decision making.  Enquiry based learning encourages the children to ask questions about set themes and then together explore the answers.
First year course (Foundation Year) is an immersion English course for students with little or no exposure to English.
Through play and hands on activities, students learn a variety of different subjects through English. Emphasis is based on building confidence in communication as well as listening, pre-writing and pre-reading. Each unit lasts one month and cover a wide variety of themes relating to Math, Science, Personal and Social Education, Art and Social Studies.
Second Year course is an enquiry based learning curriculum. Taking the skills that were learnt in the foundation year, students gain a deeper understanding of the topics through asking questions and hands on activities. Each semester consists of two units. These units cover a variety of topics relating to Social Studies, Math, Science and Technology and Personal and Social Education.
Third Year is a consolidation year. Students take the lead in choosing what and how they learn, building on their knowledge and language skills form the previous year the students will be able to explore new themes and familiar favourites more independently and articulate their thoughts and opinions more expressively. Each topic is studied for one term, allowing the students to really get involved in a theme and to take the lead in their education, by planning form the start- what do I know already, what do I want to learn, how can I learn about this?
History:
Founded in 1985, English Studio consists of three unique schools in Mita, Meguro, and Setagaya, part of the JIEC group. These schools operate their programs during these hours: Tues – Fri 12:00~20:00 / Saturday 9:30~16:30
Locations of three schools:
4-17-26 Mita Minato-ku Tokyo  〒108-0073
Phone: 03-3798-5829 Fax: 03-3769-9397
3-18-16 Meguro Honcho Meguro-ku Tokyo  〒152-0002
Phone: 03-3712-3313 Fax: 03-3712-3386
6-16-14 Okusawa Setagaya-ku Tokyo 〒158-0083
Phone: 03-5758-2491  Fax: 03-5758-2492

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