At Kuwana Forest we cover the range of pre-academic skills, incorporating original theme-based curriculum activities which are tailored to provide a meaningful learning experience for our students’ ages and abilities.
In a multi-age class environment, younger students learn through aspiring to, and imitating the skills of, older students. Older students develop social skills with the practice of kindness and consideration for those smaller and less accomplished than themselves.
We provide a solid foundation for literacy with phonics, reading and writing material supplied by Letterland, an excellent series from England which is loved and used worldwide. In Letterland, students travel to a place where the alphabet is introduced one sound at a time, via the names and interests of colorful characters such as Bouncy Ben, Golden Girl and Harry Hatman. Visual aids, stories, songs and physical gestures are used to enrich the experience, and have students knowing the ins and outs of the alphabet without the confusion often associated with learning the abc’s. With Letterland, students develop the foundational skills they need to fan the flames of a passion for reading that will propel them forwards in their ongoing education.
With a jam-packed daily schedule of fun activities and learning content, students develop native-level listening and comprehension skills and near-native verbal abilities, at a truly surprising pace.
From February 2019 our students will take regular gymnastics classes at Sohgoh Gymnastics School, located in Hidamari No Oka. They will learn a full program of gymnastics exercises, including those covered in primary school system(cartwheel, jump box and back hip circle.
Original Daily Exercise Routine
Students perform a daily series of exercises created through collaboration with pro sports trainer, Takeharu Kato.
This routine is designed to be fun, while promoting optimal posture, core strength and joint health.
Our curriculum program also incorporates dance and other activities to stimulate the five senses(sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell) and thereby deepen the learning experience.
Our program prepares students not only with the basic knowledge required at elementary school level, but also equips graduates with a grounding in morals and wider general knowledge, and most importantly, the ability to question and think for themselves.
In recent years daily mindfulness practice has become a popular adjunct to childhood education in American schools. This practice has been found to balance the autonomic nervous system, thereby reducing anxiety and stress in children, and assisting them in achieving an increased state of happiness. There is also a growing body of evidence that mindfulness practice leads to lower incidence of bullying in schools, and helps students to develop their sense of kindness and compassion for others.
The specific effects of Mindfulness are said to be as follows:
In addition, new research continues to indicate that performing daily mindfulness practice from early years is extremely beneficial for children, and that the benefits carry over into their ongoing development.
Our school vegetable farm is located a twenty minute walk from the school, surrounded by picturesque rice fields and bamboo forests. This convenient location affords students a valuable chance to interact with the natural world first hand. Each student has the opportunity to plant their own vegetable seeds, and learn the crucial points of the process of growth through to harvest. While normal daily life sees children walking on flat surfaces, by having regular exposure to uneven and unpredictable terrain, they have yet another source of developing strong bodies and optimal posture.
Through direct contact with healthy, organic soil which is teeming with microbial life, children’s micro biomes and immune systems are further enhanced. Recent research has revealed a deepening level of impact of gut health on brain health and emotional control.