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Japanese Academy of San Diego

JASD

Our classes are designed for all students to get direct instruction from teachers and prepare our students for their future. The curriculum challenges students to be critical thinkers and sets strong academic foundations for further learning. The extracurricular classes are also offered as a way to nurture creativity and stimulate senses for a well-rounded development and education.

At JASD we believe in strengthening students’

  • Ability to comprehend and understand

  • Ability to think and connect

  • Ability to imagine and hypothesize holistic development of young learners

=Leads to academics & Bilingual attainment

Classes

Kindergarten

Japanese

We start the year with assignments and group activities to strengthen thinking, listening, and comprehension skills. The goal is to complete Japanese Ministry of Education’s 1st grade curriculum by the end of the school year. Students will learn hiragana, katakana, reading comprehension from short sentences to paragraphs, writing sentences to full journals.

English

English class will start in the second semester of the school year. Kindergartners will begin with two hours of English per week. The focus will be to learn the alphabet, phonics, increase vocabulary and short sentence comprehension.

Math

JASD Students will learn and understand numbers1-100. Addition, subtraction, reading time, using clocks, understanding lengths, shapes, and categorizing. The goal will be to complete the Japanese ministry of education 1st grade material.

1st Grade

Japanese

Students will start the year reviewing material learned during kindergarten and continue with Japanese ministry of education 2nd grade material. We will focus on writing letters and kanji neatly with proper strokes and correctly reading sentences. Students will also focus on summarizing books read in class and enhancing reading comprehension. The goal will be to complete the 2nd grade material by the end of the school year.

English

English hours will increase to 4 hours per week. Students will build on material learned in kindergarten and focus on reading and writing short sentences, continue with increasing vocabulary, and strengthen English reading comprehension.

Math

The goal will be to complete the2nd grade material by the end of the school year. The focus for the 1st graders will be to learn lengths and time, times tables, multiplication, shapes, liquid measurements, and understanding numbers up to 1000.

2nd, 3rd Grade

Japanese

3rd and 4th grade material from the Japanese ministry of education will be covered. Students will also start learning science and social studies in conjunction with English, for terms to be learned in both languages. Students will focus on differentiating words and how they are used in context, increase vocabulary, learn about sentence structure and grammar more in depth.

English

English hours will increase to 6-8 hours a week for 2nd and 3rd graders. The focus for English will be to enhance gram- mar, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Daily journal writing will be required for all students. Writing projects such as, biographies, book reports persuasive essays, and informational writing will also be required.

Math

3rd and 4th grade material from the Japanese ministry of education will be covered. The math curriculum will include 2 and 3 digit multiplication, time, division, and fractions.

Social Studies

Students will learn about the community they live in, the traditions, about families, and culture. The curriculum will focus on what resources and environment students live in and be able to identify these in both Japanese and English.

Science

Students will learn about plants, animals, weather and life cycles of nature. Students will learn how to gather information through books and other resources to summarize in their informational writing for English.

Other Subjects

Music

Students will learn how to use various instrument such as the xylophone, drums, triangle, and piano to orchestrate songs for 2 performances held during the school year.

Art

Art class is held once a week. Students will learn how to use different art tools and materials to create colorful and extravagant works of art. Student’s creativity will be expanded with through themes and newly introduced art supplies.

Calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy class is held once a week to enhance focus and writing skills in Japanese. This class enables students to learn proper strokes with different types of writing tools. This is also an additional Japanese cultural art students will be able to experience year round.

Civic & Moral Education

Students will think about and reflect on moral, ethics, and behaviors during this classes. Stories and videos will be utilized to bring attention to the topic of the class.

Outdoor Science & Social Studies

Students will think about and reflect on moral, ethics, and behaviors during this classes. Stories and videos will be utilized to bring attention to the topic of the class.

Japanese Community Events

Our students are frequently invited and participate in events held by the Japanese community. Students will have the opportunity to perform and do presentation sat senior festivals, and help welcome the Japanese defense training force into San Diego.

Schedule

Japanese Academy of San Diego