New start! Comparing differences – by Eric

As I mentioned last week, I am close to schedule a day of visit each to lower school and middle school to observe how the schedules go and the atmosphere of the classes. The three main points I am going to focus on are the schedule of a day including the variety of classes they take, the interaction between students and teachers, and what most students do after classes have ended. I believe I can obtain many interesting and polarizing information to compare to those of Japan. While I am looking forward to go visit at least one place this week, I would like to introduce the basic schedule of Japanese kindergarten.

Japanese parents, just like all parents, want their kids to get the best education possible, so they start sending their kids as young as 1 year old to kindergarten. Kindergarten is really common in Japan, and parents usually have to work during the day so they see kindergarten as a safe place for their kids to be as well. The kids normally attend kindergarten at a age of three years old and normally go until five years old and they then attend elementary(lower)school.

The kids need to be at school at 7:30 p.m. The period is for gathering the children together and let them play and talk to each other until nine o’clock. At 9 a.m, the kids normally start doing exercises on the playground under teachers’ orders. Lunch then starts at 11:30 a.m. After lunch, the kids basically start playing again or doing group activities in class. Some kindergartens start to teach the kids how to read and write while some focus on group participation and verbal skills. At 3:30 p.m, parents can take their kids home. Most kindergarten provide extended day care service until night. Although the parents need to pay extra fees in order to let the kindergarten provide dinner for their kids, they feel much safer to leave their kids in a safe place.¬†Furthermore, most kindergartens in Japan use trimester systems. Each semester is approximately three and a half months. Between the trimesters, there are usually a two to three week break.

1 thought on “New start! Comparing differences – by Eric

  1. margaretjhaviland

    Dear Eric,

    Be sure your proof read to present the best blog possible. Is it common for very young– five and younger students- to stay through dinner in school? When do students go to cram schools? How about music lessons? Do these happen during the school day? Do Japanese children through 8th grade have “free time” during the school week or on weekends?


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