Hayama International School
The Hayama International School provides a serene and natural setting that is sure to inspire your child or children. The seaside flanks the school on the west side while majestic mountains can be viewed from the east. Mount Fuji peeks out occasionally on clear days and can be seen from every classroom!
The school has three main programs – preschool, kindergarten, elementary school. After school, Kids & Moms, Weekend school programs are also available.
In the preschool, your child will mostly likely be away from the family for the first time, and we take this opportunity to introduce your child to personal responsibility. Autonomy is an integral part of our program and we strive to make this transition comfortable for both the child and the parents. As the child learns these basics, they will also be introduced to the alphabet, numbers, colors, new vocabulary, music, stories, and arts and crafts. They will also engage in various activities, specifically designed to develop fine motor skills, gross motor skills, sensory awareness, cognitive development, creativity, music and movement ability.
Once the children finish their first year of preschool, they are ready for new challenges and stimulation. In the Pre-Kinder classroom, children still have not perfected all the basics like toilet training, eating properly, and speaking English. School continues to provide support for them to master these areas, but in addition, the children have a few more expectations. They will express their feelings through words, share ideas with the class, and learn academic building blocks like letter and number recognition, and writing for the first time.
Junior and Senior Kinder
These two years are crucial to the child’s preparation for elementary school. Not only school provides the necessary academic tools like math, reading, writing, and science, but we mentally and emotionally prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead. Social development is essential to a child’s overall success in school and in life. By this age, the children can start to reason, understand consequences, and predict outcomes for the first time. This is why we find it so important to spend time correcting behavior, teaching values, and guiding the children in their self expression. Lessons like sharing and empathy for others go in tandem with the academic lessons, as the kids learn to work with one another to achieve common goals. As the students navigate through life, the lessons they learn in this year will prove to be essential to their success.
Learning is fun in the Elementary school at Hayama International School. School offers a varied educational program designed to develop the individual strengths of our students in a child-centered environment. The school takes great care to ensure small class sizes, well-equipped classrooms and a highly-qualified teaching staff.
At Hayama International the child is at the center of the educational process and our curriculum is based on this philosophy. Through the standards based curriculum we aim to develop the intellectual, emotional and physical potential of each child.
The Hayama International curriculum includes the core subject areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Art which are taught by the student’s homeroom teacher. Specialists teach Japanese and consult with the homeroom teacher on Music and Physical Education. All students receive Japanese instruction as a first or second language depending on their proficiency.
Children learn deeply when all of their senses are involved in active exploration of a stimulating environment. School emphasizes a respect for a variety of learning styles as children engage in experimenting, drawing, writing, modeling, discussing, reading, building and inventing.