The intensive education program of Kawasaki International School has been designed for children of 2 years to 9 years of age. We use English curriculum with a focus on language skills, mathematics, physical training, art and crafts, practical science and social sciences.
We also have special education program for children of two years of age as part of [School Readiness Program] At K.I.S., children would not only learn English but would also study Japanese language as a part of English curriculum. We teach children to be proud of their own mother tongue and culture while learning to be a part of international society.
“Arts and crafts” is also an important part of K.I.S. curriculum. We believe that this subject helps shape the foundation of imagination and creativity in children from an early age.
Children are also encouraged to develop reading habits by consciously setting up the library day and reading circles. As a part of physical activity, we have regular play time in nearby parks where children walk and play together. We believe that exposure to different cultures help children enrich their knowledge and experience. Even though it is not a regular planned event, we make efforts to invite foreign speakers for international cultural exchange.
In addition to above, we have sightseeing tours to museums, zoos, and factories where children can learn about science and nature through practical learning.
In Japan [Young Aliterate] word has been a topic of debate for a long time now. The reading habit is indispensable in cultivating rich values by experiencing the different thoughts and imagination through vast knowledge of the world accumulated in books over the centuries of human existence. We, therefore, consider it important to create interest in reading. Kawasaki International School has set the days to visit the library or conduct reading circles, so that children tend to pick books so that books are a natural integral part of their life.
Physical Education Program
There is a saying that “Healthy mind resides in a healthy body”. The body of little children is in early stages of physical development and therefore it is even more important that they develop a habit of exercising from the early stage. As a part of physical education curriculum, children are not only taken to nearby parks but also have periodic picnics for group activities. We also have swimming, karate, physical exercise and dance classes to aid the overall physical development.
As a part of physical education program, children go to indoor pool to nearby Tipness Sports club once in a week and have recreational swimming. There is no doubt that swimming helps in the overall body exercise and good physical growth, it is important to be acquainted with water sports from an early age since this is also considered a lifesaving skill that is important to have. Please note that the pool charges for this program are included in the monthly fees, and there is no additional fee for this program.
In order to develop rich imagination, creativity and receptivity, K.I.S. has included Swiss origin music educational program called Rythmique in its educational program so that children are familiar with music from the early childhood. Rythmique is a music education method developed and introduced by famous musician and music educator Émile Jaques-Dalcroze of Switzerland. This nurtures the qualities of receptivity, creativity, expression, spontaneity, concentration, memory and cogitativity by understanding the elements of music through the body by capturing the music and rhythm through the actions of “listening” “feeling through body” and “action”.
We think that exposure to different cultures enriches the mental strength of children. And the best way to learn about different cultures is to actually interact with the person from that culture. In order to provide the children with opportunity to learn about other cultures, we invite guest speakers from different foreign countries and provide a platform for international cultural exchange.
ECV (Education in Core Human Values) Program
ECV program is a unique program of Kawasaki International school to develop strong character and nurture individuality. During this program, children learn how to deliver a speech, participate in music or drama programs, and speak about their craft object before a group of children. Through participation in ECV, children develop strong confidence in their talent and this would help them grow up as confident individuals. We emphasize on paying attention to student needs with care and love so that each child gets the share of attention that he/she deserves. In order to achieve this goal, we would accept only up to 15 students in each class. This admission would be based on either an entrance test or observation interview depending on the level of admission. We hold regular parent teacher meetings where parents can discuss about the progress of their children. We would also provide the progress report at the end of each academic session and parents can participate in their child’s development.