Ensure student's success

Provide the services and environment every student needs for intellectual challenge and social and emotional development. Teachers will facilitate comprehension and expression skills beginning with oral and progressing to written language. Each student should be able to communicate effectively, obtain and use information to solve problems and engage in active, lifelong learning.

Interaction and Cooperation

Promote children's social skills for diverse adult and peer relations, including listening, turn-taking, following directions, rules and routines, group participation, care for shared materials and conflict resolution.


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(Excerpts from an interview to "Comfort" magazine with Joe Menezes, Global Village school director)

"What distinguishes Global Village from other schools?"

There is a great number of preschools in Japan today. All of them put stress on the academic side of learning. Learn to read and write and vocabulary are essential parts for all of them. Some are better at fostering communication and the ones more prepared also give emphasis on their students’ social skills. They teach the concepts children need learn at kindergarten age and try to prepare them for elementary school.

We at Global Village go beyond that. We educate children to be thinkers.

Besides working on their academic, motor and social skills, our curriculum incorporates what we refer to as “Brain Building”. Brain building teaches children to think critically, which is the ability to analyze, interpret and find solutions for problems. Logical Thinking (the ability to use logical sense to resolve problems) and Spatial Thinking (the ability to relate space, distance and movement to make conclusions) are also part of critical thinking.

What does that mean?

It means that the process to achieve a result is as important as the result itself. Small children need to experiment with the world, learn from mistakes and take one right step at a time. Their conclusions may lead to different results. Sometimes all of them are right, sometimes there is only one right. Children will find out only after they figure out the answer by themselves.

For example, a story may not finish after you read it. Give children the pictures from the book, ask them to put those pictures in a sequence and use their imagination to build a story. The sequence may be different and consequently their stories may be different. We can then read their stories and read the original story to compare those differences.

The answer for 2+2 goes beyond a sequence of numbers. It needs to have a practical meaning in their lives.

What do children need to know?

We, parents and educators, need to help children learn to make the right choices in their lives. Life is about choices and their choices will make all the difference in their future. We all wish we could go back in time once in a while and change the way we did things. With no exceptions, we all feel the same. But people who learn to take the best of their choices and happier and more successful. That is easier for children because their lives are like blank books, still to be written. Parents can help them by making right choices in their lives right now.

School can help them by teaching them to be independent thinkers, risk-takers and not afraid to try. So choosing a school that follows those principles from an early age is essential. After all, we are handing our most precious assets to strangers for several hours a day in the most important time of their lives.

How about the future?

The ability to think independently has been a concept widely spread western countries since a long time ago. Now we are gladly seeing those changes being introduced in the most prominent schools in Japan. Especially the ones that emphasize English in their curriculum. Those schools are eager to receive students that can develop their own individual thinking and take their own conclusions of facts instead of just learning a set result without analyzing it.

In the future, the successful will be the ones that have the ability to see where opportunities are. Today we see very young people in their 20’s or even younger that have already succeeded.

This is wonderful, but it was hard to achieve in the past. In the age of information and technology, the world has become more and more global and complex in certain ways. So those opportunities may appear in places they would never imagine. Spotting those places before others, will give them a head start in the future.

Nowadays, changes happen in such a speed that we often feel it’s just impossible to keep up. So when making choices in our children’s lives we should not think of them living in the world of today. We should think of them 10 or 20 years from now. That is when they will have to be ready to make their own choices, and the world will be very different then.

Try to envision the world at that time. What things will be important then? How will our children fit into that world and what kinds of prospective jobs will be there for them? We must try to answer those questions before you decide on what paths our children will trail while there are in our care.


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