One unique aspect of our progrm is that we view children, not as future adults, but as fully functioning people, just at a differnt level of development. With this in mind, we believe that the most important thing for children’s future success, is to have a rich childhood full of play and experiences. By providing an environment where children can learn through play and developmentally appropriate activities, children’s “non-cognitive skills” will develop from early childhood in order to cultivate the basic skills of active learning, which will be essential skills in elementary and junior high schools. Because the concept of education has shifted from “teaching” to “co-learning”, it is necessary that teachers support children instead of instruct children one-sidely so as to nurture self-driven individuals. In the age when today’s children will be adults, we will live in a completely different world under further progress of globalization, robotics and artificial intelligence. Looking to the future of the next generations, we take care of your children with the aim of maximizing the abilities they will really need, all while allowing them to experience the joys of childhood.
Our unique approach: The "MintLeaf Method"
We introduce a unique educational approach inspired by the Municipal Schools of Reggio Emillia, Italy, as well as other current trends in Early Childhood Education. Reggio Emilia education is well known as one of the world’s best early childhood education programs for bringing out the skills and abilities that the next generations need. This approach inspires preschools that are run by global companies such as Google, Disney, and World Bank.
Dave Williams, the inventor of the MintLeaf Method, holds a master’s degree in early childhood and Dual Langugae Education in the United States and has been a trainer for preschool teachers and foreign teachers, while practicing and studying Reggio Emilia education for 16 years. Dave devised a unique method based on Reggio Emilia education to suit Japanese culture and climate. The method is based on guidelines that allow teachers and program directors a lot of freedom and autonomy to be creative, while ensuring the needs of children are supported in a way that is consistent with our company’s vision. That is the MintLeaf Method.
At Mint Leaf, instead of teaching English, we use English as a tool to provide an environment where children can develop their abilities. Language is not a subject that children learn, but a communication tool for communicating with others. Language starts with “listening” and then children gradually become able to “speak”. The English proficiency we are aiming for is one that can be put into practice. Instead of memorizing words or memorizing sentences in the short term, we want to provide high quality care for while children while maintaining a natural English environment.
What are Non-cognitive skills?
Creativity is the ability to make new things from nothing. It will be one of the most necessary skills to live in the coming era.
Critical thinking is a “skill that allows you to think for yourself and come up with the optimal solution.” In the coming era, the ability to think and act on our own will be essential, so people with critical thinking ability will be needed.
Communication skills are the ability to facilitate mutual communication in interpersonally, or between two or more people. It is a very important ability to smoothly build relationships with others not only in business but also in private life such as at home and school.
Collaboration is the ability of multiple people in different environments and positions to accomplish things toward the same goal while helping and compromising with each other. As AI and robots permeate society from now on, cooperation between humans will become even more important.
Negotiation is the skill to create solutions to problems and issues that occur between parties. It is important to be able to find a compromise that is beneficial to both sides, rather than finding a favorable condition for either side.
The ability to analyze the problem that is occurring, identify the cause of the problem as much as possible, create a solution that can be dealt with by oneself, and solve the problem is called problem-solving. In the coming era, it is more important than ever to stay calm and solve problems when unexpected situations occur.
The ability to seek the best solution from multiple alternatives in a given situation in order to achieve a particular goal is called decision-making. The flow is: find a problem → collect necessary information → provide as many solutions as possible → anticipate possible results and outcomes → decide and act → evaluate actions
Perseverance is the ability to endure negative emotions such as pain, and sadness. A person with patience does not take violent revenge or escape from reality when someone says something unpleasant.