The curriculum provides a liberal arts education that includes science and physical education; being multifaceted, it also nurtures sensitivity and creativity.
Based on varied themes, classes extend into different directions covering such subjects as mathematics, social studies, language and arts.
Kindergarten “The World”
With “the world” as the theme, children learn about food, clothing and shelter of countries in both hot and cold climates and create houses that they think are appropriately designed to live in such countries.
The theme “fish” is expanded into various areas such as visiting the fish store, participating in a beach seine and collaborating together to build an aquarium by making fishes from clay. Everyone was excited to see even the scales and fins appearing in fish prints made with the fishes caught by beach seine!
Nursery “ Fruits”
“Food”-- the most familiar theme for 3-years old is developed into “fruit” and “vegetable” themes, further deepening their interests. The five physical senses are applied to heighten the children's sensibility such as by touch, taste and smell. After observing the actual fruit / vegetable, children use them to enjoy various activities such as creating crafts or cooking.
Children are divided into small groups of up to four children with one teacher in charge. Original, hand-made educational materials are used to cultivate flexible thinking and an open-minded approach.
Kindergarten "Layered Color Papers”
By using four to six colored paper strips, children try to arrange them so that they are layered exactly like the example.
Pre-kindergarten ”Reflecting Images”
Children observe how objects are reflected when a mirror is placed in its middle, and then select the correct image out from two or three choices.
Nursery “Joining Trains”
Children join trains made out of felt so that they match the colors of the trains as they appear on cards.
Children choose their particular favorites from the variety of teaching tools available and use them to develop into play.
Children are free to decide what to play by selecting their favorites from different corners of the room such as blocks, playing house, handicrafts, puzzles, games and working with textiles. Through play, children develop their interests and abilities and at the same time, acquire cooperation and social skills.
Children engage actively in outdoor physical activities through exercises and play.
The garden play also aims to improve children's social and cooperation skills.
Children are free to play with whatever they like…slides, exercising bars, climbing poles and sand box … or to run around or play tag to their hearts' content. Garden play is a time to enjoy and be carefree. In the summer, water-play is included in the activities.
Using a variety of materials, children engage in wide-ranging arts and crafts activities such as drawing, clay and woodwork.
Children are encouraged to explore their unique self-expression by enjoying not only drawing, but other art activities using a variety of techniques and materials such as stamp-art, wood-working, marbling, scratch-drawing and reproducing famous paintings.
Children develop passion for enjoying music through various musical games and performance.
By experiencing a wide range of musical activities such as singing, dancing, games, acting and playing musical instruments, children's emotional expressiveness is stimulated, enhancing their social skills and developing their artistic sensitivity.
Children's physical strength, athletic capability and sociality are enhanced.
To encourage balanced physical development, gymnastics class incorporates play that fits the child's stage of growth using vaults, mats, horizontal bars, skipping ropes and balls.
Children enjoy working with letters and numbers through play and heighten their comprehension and expression abilities.
「Children acquire speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through various experiences. By enjoying games and puzzles, children deepen their interest in and understanding of “letters” and “numbers.
Interacting with native speaker teachers, children foster their sense of English and awareness of the international world.
Children experience simple English conversation through picture books, songs, games, cards and role play. In Kindergarten, English classes are instructed in small groups of about ten.
With the children's questioning mind of “why” and “how” as the starting point, their spirit of curiosity and inquisitiveness is nurtured through the joy of investigating.
Children experiment, observe and create crafts making use of science topics that are familiar to them such as magnifying glass, rubber bands, red cabbage and excavation.
Children become familiar with the basic operation and concepts of computers by enjoying activities involving graphics and thinking puzzles. Each child has a computer to him/herself to create works based on themes and to experiment with diagrams to foster perceptions of direction and distance. The basics of computer literacy (and manners) are acquired by becoming accustomed to operating the mouse and keyboard.
City as a Classroom
Children leave the classroom to venture out into the city to enjoy a variety of experiences
By regarding the city as our classroom, children broaden their experience and perspective through visits to various places including parks near Dalton School, train stations, fire stations, shrines, art and science museums as well as eldercare facilities.
The Serendipity Program was established as an optional program to be selected as an extended schooling by those who desire to participate in the Program after regular school hours. Programs that have been introduced in the past include the following: Contents differ by each school year.
The meaning of serendipity is “to discover the unexpected by chance.” Through a wide variety of programs that include academics, the arts, expression, sports, games and interaction with different age-groups, and through the encounter with highly individual teachers, children deepen their interests in and involvement with various fields. The Serendipity Program was instituted to become a starting point for children to discover their hidden abilities.
- Science & Cooking
- Martial arts
Magic, Little Scientist, Calligraphy, Art, Science & Cooking, English Project, Music, Gymnastics, Soccer, Martial Arts, etc.