Otamajakushi (Tadpole) 3 ~ 4 yrs.
Kaeru (Frog) 5 ~ 6 yrs.
Students will learn, play and sing in a Japanese immersion-style class. Each session will have a theme based on everyday vocabulary such as food, colors, shapes, and animals. Students will be able to use the theme vocabulary throughout the ten week session as we listen to stories, play games, sing songs, and participate in class activities together.
Classes are held once a week, and every class will include vocabulary, storytime, music and rhythm activities, and crafts to help children learn Japanese!
Otamajakushi and Kaeru will have the same session themes and similar material, but different vocabulary and activities for younger and older learners. Classes are designed to be repeated: no session is the same, so students can enjoy a brand-new class every time! Classes are open for all levels; no prior experience in Japanese language is required.
(Egg) 7 & up
Parent or Guardian participation is not requested. We will provide instructional guides to assist parents in their children’s learning process on a weekly basis and homework.
Practice makes perfect. In this class our goal is to master the 46 Hiragana. We will ensure proper stroke order is being used, and learn to integrate new vocabulary in our day-to-day lives.
To assist children in understanding the elements and traditions that make up the Japanese culture, we offer a multi-faceted approach that incorporates fun features such as games, cuisine, and origami.
✓ Traditional Japanese games such as Otedama and Ayatori
✓ How to prepare food items such as Omusubi
✓ Origami folding of diverse shapes and designs
✓ Singing and Strumming Popular music
✓ How to read and write Hiragana
✓ Japanese Songs
(Chick) 7 & up
Prerequisite: Ability to read Hiragana. Writing Hiragana is a plus!
Hiyoko helps students learn numbers, Dakuon Hiragana and more. We introduce Kanji, and start to learn general time counting.
We also teach proper greeting styles, and master Hiragana recognition.
Children will learn fun new songs, origami folding, and more about the Japanese culture!
(Chicken / Rooster) 7 & up
Hiragana reading mastery is required + all Dakuon e.g. Ga, Gi, Gu, Gya, Gyu, etc., & the ability to write Hiragana is a plus (to avoid any confusion with Katakana).
Incorporating conversation and writing in daily activities, Tori classes build on past content and introduce adidtional vocabulary through Katakana.
We teach Japanese culture, introduce easy conversational skills, particles, writing easy sentences, and lots of fun new songs as well as Origami.
After completion of Tamago, Hiyoko, and Tori classes: students should be able to read all Hiragana, Katakana (including Dakuon), be able to write characters, as well as basic recognition of introductory Kanji characters.
After completing Tori Class, students will be ready to use text books. Based on the students focus, we utilize any of the following books:
☞ Japanese for Young People
☞ Japanese from Zero
☞ Minna no Nihongo
☞ Adventures in Japanese
7 & up
For students who have completed Tori Class OR who have mastered hiragana and katakana writing, Japanese 1 is the first of a series designed to prepare students for advanced study. Japanese 1 includes more intensive study of vocabulary, phrases, grammar points, and kanji. Classes include a balance of writing, reading, listening and speaking, and will also include weekly homework. Get ready to learn with us!
For students who have demonstrated a good understanding of the materials presented in Japanese 1, Japanese 2 expands on concepts and is designed to improve vocabulary and language skills.
Students who have mastered the concepts and abilities of Japanese 1 and Japanese 2 may join Japanese 3 - our highest level group class!
OtamajakushiTuesdays: 10:00 ~ 10:45am
KaeruSundays: 4:15 ~ 5:00pm
TAMAGO☞ July 22 ~ September 30
Hiyoko☞ October 14 ~ December 23
Tori☞ August 1 ~ October 3
Japanese 1☞ January 6 ~ March 10
Japanese 2☞ January 6 ~ March 13
Japanese 3To be announced...