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代表 早川真由美Our Mission
We strive to nurture young children in a culturally rich environment opening the vistas of the world to them through the gateway of languages. Through collaborative discourse and the joy of play, together in a rich stimulating environment, our students will become knowledgeable, self-motivated and critically thinking world citizens.
Meaningful relationships with peers and staff will provide a safe foundation for each child to build self-confidence and independence. An emergent approach to learning incorporates all areas of the curriculum including group times for music and movement, literature arts, arithmetic and science, dramatic activities, and stories and a wide range of experimentation with various art media and creative materials in the indoor and outdoor classroom environment

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Children at FunShine Academy will...
● Honor "play" as the intrinsic avenue of understanding
● Experience joy through discovery in the indoor and outdoor classroom
● Be actively engaged in learning and exploration in the indoor and outdoor classroom
● Provide a physically and emotionally safe environment, both indoors and outdoors
● Feel proud and contented with themselves
● Learn to be kind and make wise choices for themselves
● Immerse themselves in English and Japanese language and culture
● Create a school "family" by cultivating friendships in a climate of empathy
● Adapt to changing circumstances and while considering the needs of others
● Be exposed to a wide range of enrichment activities
● Encourage an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding
● Participate in cultural/ethnic events
● Embrace the opportunities to connect with nature in the outdoor classroom
● Make new friends and grow!

Our Philosophy

At FunShine Academy, your child will easily learn a second language by being introduced and exposed to the language and culture through a playful indoor and outdoor classroom experience, in addition to voluntary family/community event opportunities. FunShine Academy believes in the tried and true method of "Learning a Living Language" through language immersion/acquisition. Immersion simply means total exposure to the language, music and culture of the society for the time your child is with us. Language acquisition is a milder version of the immersion program where the child will be introduced to the language in a playful way, to slowly grow his or her language skills.
Group activities are predominantly conducted in English on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Japanese on Wednesday. All teachers and assistant teachers understand and speak both Japanese and English fluently. The focus of the program is "learning through fun" to retain each child's original joy of learning. There will be a great balance between structured projects and free play, learning opportunities about nature and your environment (recycling), language enrichment, sense training, handling of quantities, numbers, forms, rhythmic-musical education, movement. In return, children have the opportunity to become better listeners, more flexible in their thinking, and be more open to other languages and cultures. Our students will have many opportunities to learn in an outdoor environment and connect with nature.

Our approach

We believe that children come with their own learning styles and questions. Our approach, which is supported by the constructivist philosophy, is that curriculum should be negotiated between the children, the teacher and the group through shared experiences. We plan to offer a rich array of both structured and unstructured opportunities for children to learn about themselves, materials, how to get along in a group, how to communicate in a second language, and connect with nature. Therefore, we do not use pre-prepared curriculum plans, rather every week the teachers and the children meet to plan their experiences.
By introducing a language immersion/acquisition model at a young age , founded on the tenets of the emergent approach, FunShine Academy will prepare young students for the challenging school years to come on an intellectual, social and personal level.
The language immersion/acquisition model will be the driving vehicle at FunShine Academy. Components of a variety of other philosophies will be introduced in increments, in order to give staff and students the opportunity to slowly grow into the model. The Outdoor Classroom supports our philosophy and learning profile.
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