The American School in Japan Early Learning Center
The program at the Early Learning Center (ELC) is designed to meet the needs of young learners. Children in the age range of 3-6 acquire knowledge through direct sensory encounters with the world as well as through teacher-directed learning. The curriculum responds to the differing learning and developmental needs of young children.
The program is based on the ways children learn best. Children are encouraged to explore, manipulate, create, and construct things in their environment. The cognitive and social development of children is best encouraged through collaboration with others, discussion, discovery of the “how” and “why” of actions, and developing personal meaning through the application of what is learned. Spontaneous play, either alone or with other children, is a natural way for young children to learn to interact with one another and to understand their environment; play is valued and supported in our program. The program at the ELC provides experiences that match children’s development.