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Surviving Japanese Kindergarten (Yochien)

I thought preparing for Japanese kindergarten (yochien) was overwhelming. In hindsight, it`s a breeze compared to the responsibilities given to Yochien mothers once school begins – especially as a foreigner. This is my experience, as well as some tips, for surviving the first two months as a yochien mom. If …

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Preparing for Japanese Yochien (Kindergarten)

Are you ready for Japanese kindergarten? Sharing our experience and tips for preparing for Japanese school. Every kindergarten requires parents to make a number of handmade bags. You can make them yourself, purchase some on Amazon Japan or find some talented moms to make them with the exact dimensions for …

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Required Japanese Kindergarten Items (Yochien)

Japanese Kindergarten (Yochien) begins in a few weeks. Are you prepared? Your yochien will have provided you with a list of items to hand-make, purchase and label. However, there are a number of items not highlighted that your kids will need daily throughout their years in yochien. Here are necessary items to purchase …

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Preparing for Japanese Elementary School (Shogakko)

Japanese Elementary School begins in April. Are you prepared? Or will your child attend in the coming years? We`ve listed what you need to know, information schedules and a general school supplies list to help you prepare. What you need to know: *Elementary School Selection Procedure for Meguro Ward. Please …

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Guide to Making Obento – Supplies, Tips and Where to Purchase

Obento making is a daily occurrence in homes with children who attend Japanese yochien. We spoke to veteran obento making moms and these are their recommended obento making items. Many can be found at Toys R Us Japan, department stores like Aeon Style or on Amazon Japan. We have highlighted Amazon products below which …

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Surviving Japanese Elementary School (Shogakko)

October marks the beginning of Japanese Elementary School application distribution, setsumeikais (briefing sessions) and open school. If your child is 6 years old now is the time to start applying for Japanese Elementary School for the April 2020 start. Note Japanese public schools are broken out by zones and availability. …

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Take-Aways – Educating Your Child in a Non-Native Language

Educating Your Child in a Non-Native Language

As a parent educating my children in the Japanese school system I was thrilled to attend the `Educating Your Child in a Non-Native Language` seminar at the Tokyo American Club. This seminar organized by Betsy Rogers, an American longtime Japan resident with experience of school systems in the US and Japan and …

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Tokyo English Classes for Multi Cultural Kids

Looking for Tokyo English Classes for Multi Cultural Kids? If you are a parent educating your child in the Japanese School system supplementing English reading and writing at home can be a challenge. There are numerous English language schools in Japan so it`s not difficult to find the best English …

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Japanese Kindergarten Application and Interview Process

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Thinking about applying for Japanese Kindergarten? If so, now is the time to attend kindergarten open schools and apply! It is now application and interview season for private yochien (Japanese Kindergarten) for April 2020 entry.  Please note that most kindergartens release their application forms and relevant school information the first …

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Required Japanese Elementary School Items (Shogakko)

Japanese Elementary School (shogakko) begins in a few weeks. Are you prepared? Your elementary will have provided you with a list of items to purchase and label. However, there are a number of items not highlighted that your kids will need daily throughout their years in elementary. Here are necessary items to purchase …

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