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​At SIS, all of our programs are based on the belief that children are active participants in their learning. We believe in a child-centered approach to learning that encourages children to take learning into their own hands as opposed to being directed or prompted by teachers. Through collaboration, shared experiences, and in-depth exploration of unique themes, children can develop a rich understanding about the world. 


In a child-centered kindergarten, we put an emphasis on: 

  •  Learning at their own speed

  • Children’s natural curiosity is part of the curriculum

  • Children work closely with their teacher to forge a path of learning.

  • Learning with emphasis on concept rather than knowledge (Thematic Units)

  • Holistically develop competence in thier SPICE (Social, Physical, Intellectual, Creative, Emotional)

  • Nurture attitudes, skills and knowledge necessary to becoming lifelong learners

  • Learning through play

  • Work collaboratively with others


Collaborative Family-School Relationships for Children’s SEL

At Shonan International School, parents and teachers work together in the process of maintaining a healthy social and emotional environment. Therefore, it is crucial for parents to implement positive parenting strategies while teachers utilize similar behavioral strategies at school. 


Under the guidance of our Social and Emotional Coordinator, teachers and parents take part in effective workshops to understand effective strategies that adhere to the child’s current emotional and social development.


We believe that for a child to maintain a healthy personality, the child will need to master specific tasks according to his / her developmental stages. 


SIS provides compulsory workshops for parents and teachers. These workshops are to learn about the social and emotional developments of each child. During these workshops, we discuss how we, as adults can implement the same strategies to help support the children's’ social and emotional well-being.  For specific themes , please click on the following link. 

Bilingual Education

There are many models of bilingual programs that have specific objectives and the characteristics of the student body.  At Shonan International School, we utilize a Two Way Dual-Language Approach to a second language instruction. This means that English and Japanese are the vehicles which all content is delivered.


Our goals in Bilingual Education

•    Students to be social, culturally and linguistically adaptable in a global setting

•    Students to achieve competence in their first and second language (listening, speaking, reading and writing)

•    Students are able to apply higher thinking skills in both Japanese and English

•    Students to acquire the same English Language skills as students attending English only schools

•    To gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the Japanese culture


For more information on Bilingual Education at SIS, please click the following link. 


The Kindergarten curriculum implements the standards and practices provided by the Ministry of Education Ontario, Canada. Here is a brief explanation of each of the subject areas we teach at SIS. 

A child’s social and emotional wellbeing will have a powerful impact on a child’s future success. Therefore, at Shonan International School, we weave SEL into all parts of the school culture- both in the classroom, in the playground and at home. Children who are in preschool (ages 3-5) learns the following:


  • Building relationships with others

  • Practicing how to use words and sentences to express themselves, their feelings and to solve problems

  • Creating self-awareness

  • Regulating and controlling emotions by developing appropriate behaviors (e.g. instead of yelling or cursing, they may use “I am upset because...” or “You hurt my feelings...”

  • Gaining independence by providing students with a variety of jobs and tasks at school. 

Children in kindergarten are constantly learning about nature through real interactions with the nature!  The students are constantly connecting with the natural environment as they have regular interactions with bugs, tadpoles, spiders, slugs and more. Our environmental education includes going to our farm to plant vegetables and taking weekly trips to the woods!


For Kindergarten, the majority of their environmental education involves the ability to connect their bodies, their senses and their natural curiosity to the natural environment. Here are the skills we aim to nurture:


  • Deepening our relationships with nature

  • Reinforce and expand the developing sense of empathy towards nature.

  • Invent play from nothing

  • We encourage students to explore and discover creatures that live in our community 

  • Celebrate the changing seasons

  • What are they inventing?

Our program puts a strong emphasis on Thematic Studies as we feel this is the opportunity for students to deepen their conceptual understanding of the world around them. 

Thematic units integrate the following: 

  • Has a real-world application

  • Crosses disciplinary lines where students are applying methodology and language from more than one discipline to examine a central theme, issue, problem, topic or experience 

  • Students are invited to seek and use knowledge effectively and imaginatively

  • Spur student interests and wonderings

  • Requires a problem-solving component

  • Applies cooperative learning to construct new understandings.

  • The student is a producer who develops purposeful products and/or performances.


Students in kindergarten inquire on six thematic units throughout the year. 

As they explore these themes, they will utilize math, language,the arts,  social studies, and science in a real-world context. Down below are how subjects are organized around one central theme.

From birth to early childhood, children use their five senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. 

It’s an important part of early childhood development, and providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development.

Exploration time includes any activity that stimulates a young child's senses of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing, as well as anything which engages movement and balance.


Some examples: 


  •  observing light and shadow created by a torch on objects of different shapes or sizes, or watching the colors mix and the patterns formed by finger painting or sponge painting (with child-safe paint)

  •  creating shapes and playing with kinetic sand, or playing with musical instruments and listening to the tone and pitch as they strike or blow through instruments softly or forcefully


Timetable & Events

Lunch Information 

​​Our school lunch uses all organic ingredients and everything is homemade. All the menus are free of preservatives, chemicals, colorants any kinds of additives. The lunch is freshly made in Chigasaki every morning and is delivered in warm condition with thermo-bags.


  1. Age:2~6 years old 

  2. Lunch service:  Pre-order lunch from Unusual Way Kitchen at additional cost. 

  3. School Days:Monday ~ Friday

  4. Time:9:00-15:00

  5. Language Focus: English & Japanese 

  6. Extended Child Care:15:00-19:00

  7. Morning Child Care:7:30-9:00

  8. Pick up Support:We provide morning pick up and afternoon drop off at Fujisawa and Chigasaki station.

  9. Special Needs:   SIS does not have all the facilities necessary to support students with special educational needs. However, we are able to accept students with special needs that are within our limits and we will do our best to assist the student.  

  10. Subsidy System: SIS has been licensed officially since 2002. Parents living in Fujisawa, Chigasaki, Kamakura, Samukawa-cho, Ayase-shi, Hayama are officially subsidized by each Board of Education 

  11. Fees: Please contact the school office for detailed information. 

  12. Seasonal Program: Summer Camp, Summer School 

  13. Admission requirements:  Kindergarten students do not have any specific admission requirements. However,  parents are asked to participate in our monthly parental workshops. These workshops are primarily to explain our schools' philosophy and methodology, as the children will benefit if all understand the program.

  14. Clubs: Movie club, Dance/Yoga club, Ukulele Club, Soccer Club

  15. Events: Ocean Camp, Kidz Biz, Winter party, Orientation, Presentation, Made in Japan Week, Student-led Conference, Bean Throwing, Tanabata, etc.




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