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REGULAR PROGRAM   18 months – 6 years old
Program Information

Educational Philosophy:
Education of young children is not simply a matter of teaching literacy and mathematical reasoning skills. Learning basic social and emotional skills--such as confidence, self-control, cooperation, resilience and empathy--lay the foundation for success and happiness in later school experiences as well as in adult life. The latest research into preschool education confirms that without acquiring social and emotional skills, a child's future learning is greatly jeopardized.

Educational Philosophy | KOMAZAWA PARK INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL:International preschool tokyo

"Teaching should address the whole child: heads, hands, and hearts."
- Rudolf Steiner

KPIS provides a high-quality program that recognizes the importance of a well-balanced curriculum in a nurturing environment. Teachers maintain a classroom atmosphere of respect and appreciation, where every student's ideas are valued and students are given daily opportunities to express their creativity, develop critical thinking skills and solve problems.

When students graduate from KPIS, we want them to be prepared in every way for achievement in either a Japanese or an international school system. This includes acquiring necessary pre-academic skills, which are taught through teacher-guided activities as well as through free play.

 

Free Learning through Free Play:
"Play is the highest form of research." - Albert Einstein

“Free learning through free play” is an integral part of our educational philosophy, and it supports our mission: to develop and encourage confidence, creative thinking, independence, intellectual risk-taking, resourcefulness, and social and emotional adaptability.

Allowing students the freedom to explore and make their own discoveries through unstructured activities develops their initiative, curiosity and inventiveness. For this reason, free play is incorporated into both our outdoor and indoor activities.

Outdoor Free Play:
"Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health." - Richard Louv

KPIS has the advantage of being located a few minutes away from Komazawa Olympic Park. Our students enjoy approximately 2 hours of outdoor play in forested areas under our teachers' supervision on 3 days per week.

Komazawa Olympic Park provides our students with a safe and rich environment in which to interact with friends and learn about nature throughout the four seasons. While they play, they develop gross motor skills, independence and resourcefulness. Using the natural resources of the Park, students have the opportunity to explore, investigate, imagine and invent their own stories and games.

Edible Education:
Every term, our students gain first-hand experience working in the school garden by digging soil, planting seeds, and observing how herbs, vegetables and fruits grow. These meaningful experiences develop early science skills of observation, investigation and prediction. They also promote greater love and appreciation of the soil and its importance to life on our planet. We hope that KPIS students will always remember the wonder of gardening and that they will become lifelong protectors of the natural environment.
 
Special Subjects:
We employ specialists to work with our students on their aesthetic abilities and physical development. The specialists design a curriculum that allows students to express their ideas and imagination through music and movement, drawing, painting, crafts and pottery making. KPIS offers the following special subjects:
Fine Arts: Students are encouraged to explore various art materials and techniques to express themselves visually. The Fine Arts class gives them a chance to make discoveries about the concepts of line, color, value, space and texture. Fine Arts classes are scheduled once every 3 weeks.
Music: Our Music teacher introduces students to the concepts of rhythm, beat, melody and harmony. Students sing or dance to songs played on the piano or keyboard. Musical instruments such as xylophones, castanets, maracas, drums, tambourines and triangles are often part of the lesson. Music classes are scheduled on a weekly basis.
Sports: Physical activities are organized and facilitated by an experienced PE teacher who is an expert in the development of students' gross motor skills, balance, coordination and strength. Through team games and other sports activities, students learn the satisfaction of teamwork and the joy of physical exercise.
Pottery: Our Pottery teacher visits our school twice per month. Students can explore the properties of various kinds of potter's clay while developing fine motor skills and creative expression through a medium that is quite different from ordinary playdough. Often, students' creations incorporate natural materials and are sometimes fired in a kiln in order to be shared and appreciated at home.
 

Pre-Academic Skills:
KPIS is extremely proud to offer the highest quality early childhood education program in Tokyo. Our program is based on an activity-centered curriculum integrating pre-academic skills and creative arts. Well-planned hands-on activities stimulate students’ interest and discovery, while they learn important and age-appropriate language, math and science concepts in a stress-free environment.

We balance pre-academic skills without pressure and unrealistic expectations. Anxiety, disapproval and fear of failure all severely reduce children’s enthusiasm for learning. At KPIS, we always try to provide our students with an atmosphere that nurtures their curiosity about the world and supports their growing academic readiness. Thematic units are chosen with our students’ interest in mind, and learning goals are consistent with high standards.

 
Mission:
Our mission is to create an environment that develops and encourages
confidence, creative thinking, independence, intellectual risk-taking, resourcefulness, and social and emotional adaptability.
 
School Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Extended Child Care & Babysitting Services are available until 5:00 p.m.
School Year:
Term 1: August – December
Term 2: January – March
Term 3: April – July
 
Class Schedule:
Pegasus: 18 months – 3 years (3 – 5 days per week)
Unicorn: 3 – 4 years (5 days per week)
Olympia: 5 – 6 years (5 days per week)
 
Health & Hygiene:
Our facility is ecologically friendly and built with hygienic materials similar to those found in hospitals. Our teachers and staff pay close attention to cleanliness and encourage students to practice healthy habits of personal hygiene.
Floors, doors and walls throughout our facility, including those found in our restrooms, are all constructed of allergy-free materials and create a safe environment, especially for students with atopic dermatitis and asthma.
Centralized heated flooring is used to reduce the spread of airborne bacteria and viruses that cause illnesses such as the common cold and influenza.
Students wash their hands with anti-bacterial soap before eating anything and after returning from outdoor activities.
Students brush their teeth every day after lunch.
Classrooms are kept clean throughout the day.
Classroom tables, chairs, toys and materials are sterilized on a regular basis.
Toilets and sinks are cleaned 4 times per day.
Classroom toys are sterilized at least once per week.
School entrance, shoe boxes, floors and other surfaces are sterilized regularly.
General Safety:
Safety is one of our main priorities, and the following measures are in place to ensure every student’s security at all times:
SECOM safeguards our entire facility, including doors and windows.
19 security cameras survey our school’s interior and exterior.
Each student wears a personal COCOSECOM tracking device.
Classrooms are equipped with a child-safety door, fire extinguisher, security camera, security alarm, and smoke detector.
Child-safety doors in restrooms prevent finger injuries.
Cushioned flooring in classrooms helps prevent injuries if students fall or trip.
Facility's earthquake-resistance architecture meets Japanese government standards.
Students practice one earthquake or one fire drill every month.
A complete list of emergency exit routes and an emergency exit map of the school are clearly posted in each classroom.
Each student has an emergency kit that contains the following items: one 500 ml bottle of water, one or two non-perishable snacks, one rain poncho, and cloth or plastic carry bag.
Majority of our facility's windows are shatter-proof.
Park Security:
Teachers keep a watchful eye on the students at all times .
Teachers are equipped with first aid kits and emergency phones to contact SECOM.
Each student carries a personal COCOSECOM tracking device.
Fluorescent colored vests and caps are worn by the students for easy identification.
Students who are 2 years old or younger are taken to and from the park in a baby cart.
KPIS is two minutes away by car from the emergency center at Tokyo Medical Center.
Students practice earthquake and emergency drills in their play areas in Komazawa Olympic Park.
Bus Service:
KPIS offers bus service both in the mornings and afternoons for Regular Program students. Our school bus is custom-made, with two emergency exits and specially designed seatbelts made specifically for children. There is one seatbelt per student. Also, a bus attendant is always present on the bus to help the students during pick-up and drop-off times as well as in cases of emergency. Students who enroll at KPIS in the middle of a term may sign up for our bus service. However, there may be times when the bus cannot pick up and/or drop off students at locations that are separate from the bus route. Our school bus travels through Setagaya and Meguro wards. Please contact the school for details on bus stop locations as well as pick-up and drop-off times.