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Welcome to the Orchestra Class!

Welcome to the ORCHESTRA CLASS!

3 years to 6 years old

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ABOUT

Welcome to the ORCHESTRA CLASS!

This class, for ages 3 years to 6 years old, is geared toward providing a class where the children can continue to grow and excel in an environment full of exploration and discovery. Many of the activities are run together with all the ORCHESTRA children (Mat time, park time, lunch time, etc) however occasionally the class is split up into two different groups (English lessons, skilling exercises, some craft, etc). Upon entering this class, the focus for the younger students (3-4 years old) is to continue increasing independence and strength within daily life skills, English understanding, speaking skills, letter recognition skills and fine/gross motor skills. The younger students often benefit from seeing the older students’ (5-6 years old) actions and imitate their behavior.  This often increases the children’s own confidence and they soon become the older students in the class, ready to help the younger students. The focus for the older students in the ORCHESTRA CLASS is to increase their ability and accuracy in communication, reading, writing and creativity. Increasing their skills in social interaction and their skills in English expression is very important for these children to practice before entering elementary school. Students are often encouraged to express their own thinking about different situations or about the world around them. This also helps them understand each other despite any differences they may have, an essential skill to be a global citizen. The main focus in the ORCHESTRA CLASS is social interaction through self-control, cooperation, communication and experience while at the same time learning self-direction and self-confidence through the acquisition of various skills.

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Main Curriculum Focus for the ORCHESTRA CLASS

SOCIAL INTERACTION

PPP believes that the preschool/kindergarten age is the most important age for gaining many different experiences in social interaction.  PPP is also a small school which allows students to interact with many different ages and gain an understanding that all children are different and may need to be approached differently according to their age, character or skills.  Due to the fact that English is not the mother tongue of most PPP students, conflicts may easily arise. However, with each conflict students are learning how to communicate their likes or dislikes, learning how to read another’s non-verbal communication, and learning empathy towards one another. PPP believes this is one of the most important skills to be learning at this age.

MUSIC

As the children get older, Music becomes even more a part of their everyday PPP life. The children continue unconsciously learning musical concepts through the Music Together program while simultaneously having fun learning many different kinds of songs. Especially as they become the older ORCHESTRA members, the children begin to learn a bit more about musical concepts through rhythm activities, tonal activities (scale practice, rounds, harmony introductions, improvisation and lyric writing) and instrument play.  As the children near graduation, the children get an opportunity to learn and perform on some instruments.

Music Together Information

ENGLISH

When the students move up into the ORCHESTRA CLASS, their English is just starting to flourish (and often times their native language too). As the younger ORCHESTRA CLASS members spend day after day listening to the older children in the class their confidence in the language grows and little by little they too are soon communicating fluently. PPP believes that all these children have the opportunity to memorize English by muscle memory, a skill we slowly start to lose after entering formal educational settings. While learning vocabulary is always very important for a fluent conversation, often times vocabulary is the first thing to be forgotten when not continually exposed to the language. PPP’s goal is to help children internalize the flow, the sound and the feeling of English with such activities as mimicking story books and Show & Tell. From these exercises, articulate-speaking children grow and are able to communicate their understanding or misunderstanding of the daily activities. This also give them a framework for the copious amount of vocabulary they will learn in their future English studies.

READING TOGETHER / EXPLORING TOGETHER

We are really excited to be offering this type of curriculum to our older students in the ORCHESTRA CLASS. This curriculum consists of a two week book rotation where children get a mix of learning vocabulary, colloquialisms, practice writing/reading and of course having fun by doing crafts, science experiments and other activities based on the books. It is fun for the teachers and the students and it encourages a love of reading!

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DAILY SCHEDULE

ORCHESTRA CLASS

(3 years and over)

9:00 am
Students Arrive
9:45 am
Morning Greeting and Discussion Time
10:00 am
Toilet / Outside Preparation
10:15 am
Snack Time
10:30 am
Park Time
11:45 am
Toilet / Activity Preparation Time
12:00 am
Age Specific Activity Time (English / Skilling / Music)
12:30 am
Lunch Time
1:30 pm
・Daily English Writing/Spelling Practice
・Brushing Teeth
・Show & Tell
・Free Play
2:00 pm
・Reading / Exploring Together
・Music Together
2:45pm
Goodbye Song / Parents Arrive

SCHEDULE DETAILS

MAT TIME

The children warm up and greet each other with some daily songs. Children practice singing some scales or mimic musical tones. This is the best opportunity for the children to tell everybody about their weekend, recent activities or anything they want! Teachers may also encourage understanding by asking all children a specific question. The younger children benefit greatly from hearing the older children often accurately answer the questions. The teacher may also review basic information such as what month it is or day of the week.

TOILET TIME / OUTSIDE PREPARATION

If your child is not yet potty-trained we will work with them individually before toilet-time. Once they turn 3.5/4 years old, the children have the opportunity to call the next person in line and they love this responsibility! Their confidence grows as they start to understand more and more about the routine of the day and interact more and more with their friends. The older children of the class often enjoy this time as they can help the younger ones as well. From jackets to zippers and hats to shoes, the big children know where they are needed to help!

SNACK

Morning snack is provided by PPP. Snack usually includes a couple pieces of fruits and allergen-free snacks. The children will sing our daily “Itadakimasu” song before snack and the “Gochisosama” song after snack. The songs were written by the Director especially for the children to show appreciation for their daily meals.

PARK TIME

All children will go to the nearby park and enjoy a period of free play in the morning sunshine! As children enter the ORCHESTRA CLASS they are becoming more and more active at the park. They begin to run around more, climb more and they begin to participate in some of the many games that the children play at the park such as hopscotch or tag.

AGE SPECIFIC ACTIVITY

This is a very important time of the day as the ORCHESTRA CLASS can be split up into two different groups to work on some age specific skilling, English or music activities. Younger children who may be shy in front of the older children get a chance to lead and test their skills while the older children get to be challenged with more complex activities and concepts.

LUNCH

Your child will eat their homemade lunch while enjoying the best opportunity to converse in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The ORCHESTRA CLASS children love to pick out which friends they would like to sit with and enjoy chatting and comparing lunches. Occasionally music from around the world will be played as BGM to the children’s conversations.

DAILY ENGLISH PRACTICE / BRUSHING TEETH

After the children finish up their lunch and pack away, they have a short daily English practice activity. This may be writing, reading or spelling. Nenchu children (turning 5 this school year) and up also brush their teeth after lunch.

SHOW & TELL  / FREE PLAY

Children are assigned Show & Tell days and they sure do love showing their friends their items. This gives the children an opportunity to speak in front of their peers while showing and speaking about something they love. Show and Tell is also an opportunity to practice English with their parents at home. If there are no Show & Tells, the children have a period of free play.

AFTERNOON ACTIVITY

This period of time is when the children work on their Reading Together and Exploring Together activities. Once a week children will also have Music Together with the Music Together specialist.

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Morning Course Tuition

(including GST)
Time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday [9:00am ~ 3:00pm]

5 Days / Week

¥63,650 (¥68,742)

4 Days / Week

¥57,000 (¥61,560)

Enrollment Fee (one time fee) (including GST)

Morning Class: ¥50,000 (¥54,000)

Insurance and Materials Fee (per year in April) (including GST):

Morning Class:  ¥20,000 (¥21,600)

Music Together Material Fee (per year in April) (including GST):

Morning Class:  ¥8,000 (¥8,640)