Summer holidays are time to play with friends in pools, be outside in the sunshine and take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. But summers are also a great time to acquire new skills and hands-on experience while still doing exactly the above — having tons of fun. If you’re a busy parent in Tokyo or are simply looking for ways to teach your kids that learning can be fun, the following summer-exclusive programs provided by several of Japan’s top international schools are the perfect solution.
From learning how to be an entrepreneur to taking field trips with other kids in the Tokyo outskirts, these activities look so much fun that we almost wish we were back in kindergarten once again!
Laurus International’s ‘The World of Work’ and ‘Entrepreneur’ Summer Programs
For children who love science (or to the contrary, those who need a review of their periodic tables), Laurus International School of Science offers two exciting programs that promise to equip kids with hands-on knowledge of how to work in a team and become a future entrepreneur. The school’s five-day-long Summer Camp for kindergarteners, titled “The World of Work,” explores the world of various jobs through role-plays, crafts, games and communicative activities with a focus on jobs of the future and the possibilities that science and technology offer.
The more extensive STEAM Summer School for elementary school students, which runs for five weeks (students can sign up for any of the five weeks), is themed “Entrepreneur” and aims at teaching children how to become the world’s next best CEO (sort of!). The program introduces students to the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM) through various activities and classes centered on shaping a specific set of traits that will grow a successful entrepreneur. In this short time, children will acquire basic entrepreneurship knowledge, learn how to create action plans by improving techniques and evaluating business situations, promote an attitude towards change, and learn how to promote new start-ups, and/or business collaborations. In other words, once the course is completed, you may find yourself raising the next Steve Jobs!
Where: Laurus International School of Science, 3-4-17 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
- Summer Camp (For Kindergarteners): July 30-Aug 3 (Fri)
- STEAM Summer School (For elementary school students): Week 1: July 23- July 27, Week 2: July 30-Aug 3, Week 3: Aug 6- Aug 10, Week 4: Aug 20-Aug 24, Week 5: Aug 27-Aug 31. (All classes are from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.)
Cost: Summer Camp: From ¥9,000 (1 half-day attendance) to ¥61,000 (five full days); STEAM Summer School: ¥45,000 per week
Hayama International’s Summer School
With its upcoming summer program, Hayama International School, based in the marine town of Yokosuka, teaches kids that there are many things they can learn about life and academia by taking it easy and refreshing under the sun. The full-day program is open to children aged 3 to 12 and focuses on “Play, Think and Learn” activities that are both educational and fun. Through various themed activities changing weekly and running for six full weeks, children will be able to make new friends and expand their horizons in an exciting and creative environment. Parents can sign up their children for one, two, three, four, five or six weeks — whatever fits their interest and family’s schedule best. The program will be guided by the school’s international teaching staff and take place in its beautiful facilities at a beachside location — #WhatElse?
Where: Hayama International School Yokosuka Campus, 4427-1, Akiya, Yokosuka, Kanagawa
Program dates: July 23-Aug 31, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Full day program.
Cost: Information will be available after May 7. Check website for details.
How to enroll: Registration will open on May 20. See details here.
Aoba-Japan International’s Summer Camp For Kids and Teens
Held over ﬁve weeks during July and August and themed “Communication Unites the World,” Aoba-Japan International‘s Extension (AJE) Summer Camp 2018 welcomes kids and teens from around the world for a jam-packed program that traverses the world through creative thought and activities. The guiding principle of the AJE Summer Camp is learning through inspiration and experience—through exploration, discovery, application, and practice.
Each week focuses on a different theme explored through language and culture. In class-based morning sessions, students participate in one of two possible language streams: English or Japanese. In the afternoons, participants dive (and literally so into Aobaʼs swimming pool in the hot summer afternoons) into a wide variety of activities on offer during the summer program. Camp activities include everything from technology and cultural studies to hip-hop dance to racing to visual and performing arts. For sports aﬁcionados, there is a lot to take advantage of including soccer, basketball, and much more.
A lot of ﬁeld trips amplify the learning experiences. They provide camp participants the ability to drop in on many locations across Greater Tokyo, including museums, embassies, mountains, rivers, and more. Weekly Family Days allow parents to become involved in the camp experience with their children. During the campʼs gala ﬁnalé, all participants will have a blast dancing, chatting, sharing experiences and so much more! The Kids camp is open to children aged 4 to 12 and the Teens Camp to children aged 13-18. For more details see here.
Where: Aoba-Japan International School, 7-5-1 Hikarigaoka, Nerima-ku, Tokyo
Program Dates: July 23-Aug 24, 2018
Cost: Registration: ¥15,000, 1st Week: ¥100,000, Additional Weeks: ¥50,000, Non-Resident: ¥25,000
How to enroll: Register online here.
Summerhill International’s ‘Summer Fun 2018’
Conveniently nestled in Moto Azabu, Summerhill International School provides a learning environment that strives to boost imagination in children and encourage interaction through play. In-line with its principles, the school’s Summer Fun camp is a five-week-long course themed around “summer,” with each week exploring a different subject through various interactive activities and classes. The weekly themes reflect on various senses, including sound, smell, taste and feelings, where teachers help children to learn and explore them through various hands-on experiences. Children are free to sign up for one week, two weeks or the whole summer. The program is fit for kids from 15 months to 6 years old.
Where: Summerhill International School, 2-13-8 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Program Dates: June 20-July 27, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Early bird from 9 a.m. Extended care from 2:30 to 5:00 pm are available.) Registration deadline: May 15
Cost: (Non-members): ¥12,000 per day, plus ¥10,000 for registration.
For more information on each school, see the following articles:
- Laurus International School of Science
- Hayama International School
- Aoba-Japan International School
- Summerhill International School