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Kindergarten

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Kindergarten serves as a transition for children into the formal school system. Children learn important developmental and social skills, such as how to appropriately communicate and interact with their peers and others. They are also exposed to a variety of learning opportunities, all of which are adjusted to be age appropriate, informal, and intellectually engaging. Activities and games serve as a primary component of learning, as also does the involvement of parents.

Quite a number of kindergartens seek to develop creativity and analytical skills, as these foster effective problem-solving skills for formal schooling. However, the approach to education does vary from country to country. In Japan, for example, a larger focus falls on manners, proper social behavior, and structured play, all of which prepares the children for successful integration into Japanese society.


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Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. What is education like in your country? What age does it begin? What does it consist of?

Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions before/after your read the article.

  1. What best describes kindergarten?
               a. Children learn how to interact with others.
               b. It's a stepping stone into school.
               c. Activities and games foster learning.
               d. all of the above
  2. According to the article, what is the main focus of kindergarten in Japan?
               a. education
               b. assimilation
               c. informal and engaging activities
               d. structured play

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. What other benefits do children receive from kindergarten?
  2. How important do you think kindergarten is in a child's overall education? Why?
  3. What is kindergarten like in your country?

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