Importance of grettings
Show gratitude for what you have
Greetings are magical words that open the world. We connect with each other and become part of our community when we greet it each and every day. Learning the habit of friendly and polite greetings prepares us for happy participation in society. From the very first words, we learn by example from adults around us how to communicate with others. Therefore, teachers at our school always try to greet everyone with warmth and attention.
We have a strong focus on appreciation and teach this through Thank you-time at the end of each day. By reflecting on the people, things or events we are thankful for, we learn to see and appreciate the positive experience we have. We say thank you for our healthy bodies, for our family, for the sun, for electricity, for clean water – and learn in our hearts that even the most trivial things are important for our everyday life and joy and should not be taken for granted. We nurture students to appreciate what is around them as well as their own talents, skills and personality.
Respect others’ identity and be independent
We respect and appreciate that all children are different and will develop at their own pace. Children who are still learning to share are encouraged to work with others without feeling shame, and differences are celebrated and accounted for. We celebrate differences in looks, culture and habits, and think of these differences as opportunity to learn something new about each other. We watch and recognize what children are able to do on their own, and encourage independence to boost autonomy and confidence.
北米では教育科目の一つである、Show and Tellを授業に積極的に取り入れます。
Show and Tellではテーマに沿って、自分の発表したいものと 話したい内容を決めて他の生徒さんの前で発表します。
From American traditions we have adopted the idea of Show and tell as an educational subject. By incorporating the monthly theme, students are encouraged to decide what they want to show their fellow students. By repeatedly practicing personal presentations and showing their choices to their group, we aim to nurture students’ self-confidence and self-esteem.