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Fukui International School (FIS) is an innovative kindergarten which features an early childhood program grounded in English Education, Physical Fitness, Nutrition, Social Skills, and emotional education. The word “international” in our school’s name refers not to a school with students from various countries attending, but to a school focused on raising an internationally-minded individual.
FIS’s main appeal is the small number of students in a home-like atmosphere.
Accepting from 20 to 30 students per class is the norm in standard kindergartens and child daycare centers. At FIS, however, the maximum number of students is a mere 8 children. The needs of each child can be readily addressed and the individuality of each child recognized. This allows for the relationship between teacher and student to be strengthened and engages the child.
In addition, the FIS building itself is a house renovated for school use, in the middle of a residential neighborhood setting, adding to its “at-home” atmosphere. The experience of the child becomes much like a neighborhood child visiting a neighbor’s home. We believe that this allows for a unique educational experience in which children can feel safe and cared for.
An important component of FIS is introducing English to children early on through our English program.
Introducing foreign language instruction, such as an internationally recognized language like English, into early childhood education is not only common, it has become standard practice. The reason for this is due to a peak in growth in the audotory area of the brain around the age of 6. It is at this stage in language development in which children naturally become attune to the language of their environment. The most important element of learning English at this stage is creating an ear receptive to English. No matter how many English expressions are committed to memory or recited, this does not make for English conversation.
In the process of mastering English,we believe it hard as well as significant to enhance English listening comprehension skill.
There is no need to delay the English learning to the shy adolescent begins bother miss a great childhood with a keen sense of hearing and a curious mind are special to the infant. Still have people that you can learn a foreign language, but the acquirer is also the forced efforts of several times of childhood that number also, reduced to a few tenths.
Learn English in Daily Life
Children will continue to learn English at home and the nature of either the parent or parents, as long as the talk on a daily basis in English. Because it’s the words that are present naturally in the life.
On the other hand, family life everyday is to learn English for children of the only Japanese it is not easy. It is very limited in the English School of returnable once a week. In addition, lessons, that it will become to study and even to attend school every day if English. It is a few even had children like to study. It would be clear if you look at the perimeter of all of you, or how much are children that do not miss the recap before the next lesson.
In FIS, children are made in English life all of school, etc. play in the park or to the work to eat lunch and go to the bathroom with a greeting in the morning. Able to speak or hear English for children is a natural landscape of everyday life because there is in English. Joy that you can communicate in English with the teacher of my favorite alien what,’s a big motivation of children in the “learning English”.
I have spent over a quarter century as an English educator and administrator in Japan. My career as an English teacher began when I started teaching English in junior high schools and senior high schools in the Tokyo area. After returning to Fukui, I founded an English communication school, and also began teaching in an elementary school in Fukui City.
In the year 2000, I started a class called “Fun With English” at several nursery schools and kindergartens. My experiences in those classes inspired me to think about education in a different way.
Throughout my career, I have been facing with the difficult task of teaching students English in a purely Japanese environment. It is a great labor for students to increase their English skill when there is nothing in their everyday lives to reinforce that learning. For students to become fluent in English language, they need to experience English communication in their daily lives.
After this realization, I began to work towards the creation of an international school, where the entire curriculum would be designed to provide the constant reinforcement necessary for English language education.
I feel strongly that children’s acute sense of hearing plays a key role in mastering a foreign language. We lose this sensibility as we get older,making it much more difficult to master a foreign language later in life. The immersive environment of an international school takes advantage of this time in our children’s lives and helps cultivate bilingual and near native linguistic skills.
Fukui International School is the first one of its kind in our prefecture. In our school, we will provide the necessary training and environment for children to take a bold leap in their linguistic skills. In addition, our curriculum is designed to promote their appreciation of other cultures while fostering their pride and identity as Japanese people.
We appreciate your interest in Fukui International School and we look forward to working with your children as they prepare themselves to be the driving force of the 21st century.
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To understand FIS more deeply
If you are a household with a kindergarten-aged child which is debating if your child would do well in a nursery school, and you are planning to live in one area or become a permanent resident, I would like to introduce you to a place in Fukui Prefecture which will rid you of your worries. That place is Fukui International School (FIS).
What exactly is an international school? That means it is bilingual, right? There are many places like this all over the world, you may think. However, FIS delves deeper. The real meaning of an international school is to have an exchange between many children speaking many languages.
The school has many parent English speakers from Britain or the United States wishing to receive education for their child in the parents’ native language, even when separated from the English speaking country. FIS has listened to their expressed desires and made school specializing in English study.
Within the group of students are Japanese students whose first language is not English. Giving them extra attention to succeed is not common.
Discipline and moral education practiced in Western countries is gradually introduced. Because discipline is an important feature of homes in Europe and America, it is also thought to be an important part of schooling. Let’s take a look at FIS in detail.
By coincidence, most everyone in Japan is Japanese. The children’s mother language and way of thinking in Japanese was developed while the child was still in the womb.By extension, these children most easily identify with Japanese culture. When this happens, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to introduce a curriculum based around Western education to expand child’s horizon.
FIS defines itself as international not because there are many people from many countries, but because it creates internationally-minded and world-class leaders. When children becomes adults, those which have been exposed to different cultures, backgrounds, and ways of thinking will be the most essential in encouraging exchange with others. Simply put, these individuals will be the ones able to communicate at a high level. Their lives will be revitalized with these skills.
English does not equal communication skills. To communicate on a deep level means to develop a character which shares concern and compassion for the other party. You must learn this kind of communication while you are still a child. Beyond that can be considered English. Generally in Japan, a kindergarten or a nursery school is for children 4 years and other, arranged in classes of 15 to 20 pupils supervised by one or two staff members. On the other hand, at FIS, there are only 5 or 6 children in each class. Those children are taken care of by one adult, either an oversean instructor or Japanese teacher.
If there was a group of say 20 children, there would be no way to read the facial expressions and understand the needs of each individual child. In order to maximize learning in the classroom, the number of children is kept to a minimum. Having the current system of 5 or 6 students to a class is ideal. Each individual’s speech and behavior can be monitored to promote the best possible learning environment.
The number of parents poorly disciplining their children is increasing unfortunately. Nowadays, it is becoming the responsibility of schools to fill the need. This is an unavoidable fact of the childhood educational institution today. Disciplining children will bring calmness to their lives. They will listen more attentively and better understand what a speaker is telling them. As a consequence, they will be filled with a sense of appropriate behavior and gain confidence.
Day-to-day activities at FIS include meals, free time to play, and studying as building blocks. However, the main goal is to acquire a sense of discipline. When visitors to FIS see one and two-year old children with the same concentration of older students performing everyday tasks, it comes as a real surprise. “It isn’t that they are quiet. In fact many of the children are naughty. But, I can notice a clear difference in the level of concentration of the children here.”remarked one visitor.
The school curriculum is filled with things like gymnastics and Hip-Hop dancing P.E. courses, tea ceremony lessons, and model drawing, all taight by invited experts included as part of the regular program. Every Friday everyone goes out on a bus trip to visit a farm. Dietary education is a main theme of these trips.
Learning excellent English is not just taught in the classrooms by native speakers but also taught through various activities. Children will graduate having obtained a sense of discipline, emotional understanding, and English auditory excellence and motivation to learn more, through fun daily activities.
Childhood only happens once. If you decide to put the importance of your child’s education first, it may even be worthwhile to temporarily relocate close to Fukui for a few years. Entrust your child with the best at FIS. Prices for enrollment and tuition are reasonable and a great value. Remember, as a parent, the gift of education is best thing you can give your child.