Shonan International School upholds the following standards to create global citizens.
Shonan International School is committed to providing children with a bilingual education program with a strong commitment to Japanese language, culture, and curriculum while developing commitment to intercultural understanding
The Japanese program is designed to create awareness of the Japanese culture and is taught with the same principles as the international curriculum. The program incorporates world-class standards that actively involve students in the learning process. The time a child spends with a teacher and with their parent’s influences and develops their self-concept and values. These interactions influence them throughout their lives. WE AS A SCHOOL – offer a place to reach those who need the most help to adopt ways to teach children to cope with the tasks and problems of the present and later life. We, teachers, are here to develop positive social skills, helping children to interact with their peers and adults. The students learn cooperative and problem-solving skills while developing leadership skills as well as being aware of the need for kindness and empathy towards others.
SIS employs the Gaiety Method, a discovery-based learning method which allows for the practical application of the 4Rs. Discovery-based learning places the child at the center of the learning process, and is driven by what interests and motivates them. Educators cretae learning goals for their students, and create classes which directly reflect student interests. Learning based on “discovery” focuses on the implications of themes and is instilled more naturally in the child, instead of emphasizing how much factual knowledge is being memorized.
We believe that co-active dialogue with the adults around them, who have their own beliefs and values, are essential in turning student thoughts and ideas into output. This co-active dialogue creates Encouragement
(instilling “courage”), which leads to motivation and energy.
Encouragement should be speech based on the recipient’s emotions and thoughts, which differentiates it from speech solelyy based on praise.
The Gaiety Method is a program which provides children a chance for self discovery, constructive support from adults to maximize their power to think and feel, and experience the joy of lifelong learnng.
We at Shonan International School understand that to gain all of these attributes takes time, practice and patience but we are working to achieve these goals and believe that the best way is to encourage, encourage and encourage the child.
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The Shonan area, surrounded by both mountains and the ocean, is blessed with ample opportunities to interact with nature. Many of our programs encourage our students to explore and expand their interests, of which many can be found in the natural environment that Shonan provides. We have chosen Shonan as our home, so our students may fully utilize and expand on their curiosities. The area is also easily accessible to Tokyo, and the residential environment is very favorable to families.
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