Gymboree Parenting Column

Enjoy dancing with your child at home! Let’s explore its physical benefits!

おうち時間こそ「親子ダンス」を楽しもう! 体を動かすメリット

With the current COVID-19 pandemic and families staying home more, many parents are concerned their child is...

Why are children picky eaters? What can parents do about it?

子どもが偏食をする原因は? 親ができる対策法

Parents want their children to eat everything they are served but many times children have likes and dislike...

How to nurture your child’s sensitivity through picture books?

子どもの感受性が育つ! しかけ絵本の選び方のポイントは?

Children love picture books because they can enjoy the sounds, textures and various characters that pop up. ...

【From Indonesia】3 Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

【インドネシア編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び3つ

Consisting of more than 10,000 islands, Indonesia is known as a nation of multiple races and religions. 85% ...

How to develop empathy in children and why it is important

子どもの共感力を育てよう! 重要性と育て方について

It is great when children (and adults) are able to relate to the feelings of people around them who are in n...

4 Effective Ways to Put Children Down for a Nap

昼寝しない子どもの上手な寝かしつけ方法4選

Many parents get frustrated when their child doesn’t nap. It is especially frustrating when their child stop...

Why do children not nap, even though naps are important for them?

子どもにとって大切な昼寝! しない理由は?

Naps are very important for children. However, some children dislike taking naps and try to avoid them. This...

Why do children write mirror letters? What can parents do to fix the problem?

子どもが鏡文字を書く原因は? 直すべき? 親がすべき行動について

Children often become interested in letters through picture books and try to write them. Although it is fun ...

【From Hong Kong】Popular Games Among Foreign Children

【香港編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び2つ

Hong Kong is a popular tourist destination and is said to have one of the highest academic standards in the ...

How to improve your child’s “non-cognitive” abilities and expand his/her possibilities for the future

将来の可能性がどんどん広がる! 子どもの「非認知能力」の育て方とは

“Non-cognitive” ability is attracting attention as an important ability to acquire to succeed in life. Resea...

What are the characteristics of “Non-Cognitive Ability”? Why is it receiving attention around the world?

世界で注目されている「非認知能力」とは? その特徴や種類をご紹介!

“Non-cognitive ability” is currently attracting attention around the world. Human abilities can be broadly d...

The Effects of Incorporating Tactile Play from a Young Age

脳を刺激するって本当? 幼児期から取り入れたい「感触遊び」の効果

Tactile play encourages children to touch and enjoy objects with various textures and feels. It is beneficia...

Summer Festival Activities to Enjoy at Home this Summer

家で「おうち縁日」を楽しもう! 子どもが喜ぶアイディアや遊び方4つ

In Japan, it is common to have many outdoor summer festivals for children to enjoy. However, this summer it ...

【From Taiwan】Popular Games From Around the World

【台湾編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び3つ

Taiwan is located very close to Japan, only about 100km from Yonaguni Island in Okinawa. The country’s offic...

【From India】Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

【インド編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び4つ

India has become known as an “IT Powerhouse” in recent years and more and more Indians are active in global ...

How to help your child develop their 5 senses – Some techniques for parents and children to try

子どもの五感を育てる方法とは? 親子で実践できる五感磨きテクニック

To promote the development of children’s brain nerve cells, it is important to stimulate their five senses i...

3 Tips for Helping your Child Improve their “Self-Affirmation”

子どもの「自己肯定感」を高めるために親が気をつけたいポイント3つ

Children need “self-affirmation” to grow into healthy adults. The behavior of parents and other adults in a ...

When should children start sleeping on their own? Here are some tips for sleep training and room preparation.

子どもが一人で寝るのはいつから? 一人寝の練習方法や部屋作りのコツ

Although it is common in Japanese families for small children to sleep with their parents, in many countries...

Let’s look at the benefits of walking in the rain with your child

雨の日にこそ子どもと「お散歩」を楽しもう! メリットや注意点を解説

Many parents choose to play indoors with their child when it is raining. It is true that playing outside in ...

What are the benefits of [Reading Out Loud in English]?

子どもにぜひ実践させたい! 「英語の音読」がもたらす良い影響とは?

Reading sentences out loud is an effective way to learn a language. At many elementary schools in Japan, chi...

What should parents be aware of when reading English books to their children?

子どもに英語の絵本を読み聞かせたい! 親が意識するべきポイントは?

Reading picture books with your child has many advantages, such as language acquisition and parent-child com...

7 Popular Indoor Games for 1-year-olds to Enjoy During the Rainy Season

梅雨の時期でも退屈せずに過ごせる! 1歳児におすすめの室内遊び7選

Although most 1-year-olds can walk and talk their actions are still limited. During the rainy season, it is ...

【1~4yrs】Are there changes in the “No Phase” based on your child’s age?

【1歳~4歳】子どものイヤイヤ期は年齢によって変化するって本当?

Most children go through a “No Phase”. Of course, some children have a mild “No Phase” but it is a phase tha...

【From Vietnam】4 Popular Children Games From Around the World

【ベトナム編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び4つ

Vietnam, a Southeast Asian country facing the South China Sea, is famous for its beautiful sea and Buddhist ...

What are the benefits of building blocks for children?

積み木が子どもに与える効果とは? 遊ぶメリットについて

Building blocks are a standard toy that has been enjoyed by children for generations. Many parents let their...

What is “clothing education” and what are its benefits for children?

巷で話題の「服育」とは? 子どもにどのようなメリットがある?

In recent years, children’s education methods such as “food education” and “brain education” have become pop...

Why is it important for children to have curiosity? How can parents encourage it?

子どもの好奇心が大切なのはなぜ? 好奇心を育てる方法とは?

The buds of curiosity in children begin to sprout when they are babies. Curiosity is required not only for e...

Why is online English learning popular? What are the pros and cons?

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In recent years, the demand for online English conversation classes has been increasing due to changes in so...

【From Thailand】4 Popular Children’s Games

【タイ編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び4つ

Thailand is a country in Southeast Asia which is called “The Land of Smiles”. It is famous for its exotic cu...

What is “Coordination Training” and why is it receiving attention?

今注目の、運動神経を伸ばす「コーディネーショントレーニング」とは?

Have you heard of “coordination training” which is attracting attention as a type of sports training for chi...

How to stop your child from biting his/her nails and what causes it

子どもの爪を噛む癖を止めさせたい! 原因と対処法は?

Many children have a habit of biting their nails. According to a survey by a Canadian University, one in thr...

Advantages of Wooden Toys for Children

子どもに木育を! 木のおもちゃのメリット

The terms “___ education”, such as food education, intellectual education, clothing education, are often use...

How to raise a tenacious and successful child

成功者の条件! 「粘り強い子ども」の育て方

“GRIT” is regarded as the most important characteristic of American education. Mark Zuckerberg defines “GRIT...

【From Singapore】3 Popular Children’s Games From Around the World

【シンガポール編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び3つ

Singapore is known as a multinational and safe country in Southeast Asia with good economic conditions. The ...

What is “Good Child Syndrome”? What are its causes and how can parents prevent it from happening?

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In today’s stressful society, not only adults but even children feel stress and pressure. Depending on his/h...

What is the “Golden Age”? – The relationship between a child’s age and his/her motor skills

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The “Golden Age” is known as the period when children’s motor nerves are said to grow dramatically. During t...

Which method of praise is most beneficial for children? Let’s see!

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People often say it is a good idea for parents to praise their children when they are growing up. However, i...

When should parents first enroll their children in lessons?

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Many parents want their children to experience a variety of lessons as they grow up. After hearing that thei...

【From Greece】4 Popular Kids Games from Around the World

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Greece is well known as the birthplace of Western civilization and its capital city, Athens, has many archaeol...

What to teach your child about the origin and meaning of “Valentine’s Day”

子どもに教えてあげたい! 「バレンタインデー」の意味や由来とは?

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is known as “the day when women give chocolates to men”. However, few people know ...

What are the benefits of attending gymnastics classes for children?

体操教室が子どもに与える効果とは? どのようなメリットがある?

Gymnastics is a popular activity among young children. Some parents send their children to gymnastics classe...

What do parents need to prepare for potty training? Let’s prepare and have fun!

トイレトレーニングに必要なものって? 準備をして楽しく挑戦しよう!

 Many parents start to think about potty training when their children are around 2-3 years old. Toilet training can...

Developing your concentration! Introducing the “Puzzle teaching method” which keeps children’s interest!

集中力を養える! 子どもの興味を引き出す「パズルの教え方」とは?

Puzzles are simple games that you can enjoy with your child. Although puzzles with many pieces may be too di...

[From Hungary】Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

【ハンガリー編】外国の子どもに人気の遊び3つ

Hungary is a European country next to Austria and Romania. Unlike the Japanese educational system, in Hungar...

Fun Indoor Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy Over the New Year’s Holiday!

Fun Indoor Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy Over the New Year’s Holiday!

Did you know there are many indoor activities that families can enjoy over the New Year’s holiday? Please co...

The Benefits for Children of Crafting with Teared Paper

The Benefits for Children of Crafting with Teared Paper

The Japanese craft, “Chigiri-e”, is created by tear up colored paper and gluing it on paper to make a pictur...

Do your comments influence your child’s motivation?

Do your comments influence your child’s motivation?

A child’s motivation is the driving force behind everything he/she does. However, research shows that this m...

Three Easy Snacks to Make with Your Child in the Microwave!

Three Easy Snacks to Make with Your Child in the Microwave!

Spending more time at home, more families are enjoying cooking and baking with their children. However, some...

【From Finland】Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

【From Finland】Popular Children’s Games from Around the World

Finland, a Scandinavian country, is known as “the happiest country in the world”. This happiness is thought ...

Are you destroying your child’s ideas?

子供の発想力を潰していませんか? 

Many parents believe that as long as their child develops a healthy body and mind it is OK. However, whe...

Tips for getting children in the habit of studying at home from a young age

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Many parents focus on physical development rather than studying until their child finishes the first yea...

“Review” is an important part of studying for children! Check out our tips on efficient ways for your child to review what he/she has learned.

子供の学習には「復習」が重要! 効率のよい復習方法をチェックしよう

In order for us to remember what we have learned, it is important that we take the time to review. If yo...

Does one’s parents’ level of interest in English affect their child’s English ability?

「子どもの英語教育」と「親の英語に対する関心」は関係する?

The ability to speak and understand English is becoming more and more important for Japanese children. R...

Playing cat’s cradle has educational benefits! Let’s try playing the game with our children!

あやとりには知育効果が期待できる! 子どもと一緒にチャレンジしよう

Most people have tried playing cat’s cradle at least once in their lifetime. All you need to play is a p...

It is cool that animal sounds in Japanese and English are different!

表現の違いが楽しい! 日本語と英語で異なる「動物の鳴き声」について

Animal sounds in Japanese and English are different. Even in English speaking countries, the animal soun...

Why do we distribute candy on Halloween?

子どもに教えてあげたい! ハロウィンにお菓子を配るのはどうして?

Many children have dressed up in costume and received candy at a Halloween event. However, why is it tha...

Let’s have fun with cute costumes this Halloween! Introducing 5 costumes that are good for young children!

可愛い仮装でハロウィンを盛り上げよう! 子どもにおすすめの衣装5つ

More and more families enjoy Halloween festivities every year. Parents want to dress their children up i...

Autumn is a great season for outdoor play! Let’s take advantage of the nice weather and spend time outdoors as a family!

秋は行楽に最適なシーズン! 秋を見つけに、子どもと公園に出かけよう

After the long, hot summer, the cool breeze of autumn makes it easier to spend time outdoors as a fa...

Combining English and Japanese words in the same sentence negatively affects English comprehension!

「英語と日本語を混ぜる会話」が子どもの英語能力を下げてしまう!?

For their future, parents want their children to study English from as early as possible. Some parents eve...

Enjoying sports as a family! Some tips for improving your child’s coordination!

親子でスポーツを楽しむ! 子どもの運動神経を伸ばすためのポイント

Many parents want to improve their child’s coordination but are uncertain how to best teach them sports. I...

What 21st Century skills will children need to succeed in the future?

これからの未来を切り開く子どもたちに必要な「21世紀型能力」とは?

Children who will live in the future will need 21st Century skills to succeed when they are adults. Which ...

My child got into a fight with his/her friend! How should I handle it?

子どもが友だちとケンカをしてしまった! 親はどう対処したらいい?

Once children enter school, they are required to communicate within groups as well as individually. Childr...

Let’s start English learning from age 0! How to help your child develop an ear for English.

0歳から英語を始めよう! 英語を聞き分ける「英語耳」を育てる方法

In order for children to develop an ear for English, it is important that they are exposed to the language...

3 Ways to Get Your Child to Sleep Successfully!

寝かしつけのコツはこれ! ねんねを誘う3つの方法

Do you have trouble getting your child to sleep at night? According to research, more than 70% of parents ...

Learning Activity Options for Working Parents

共働きの夫婦が子どもにしてあげたい幼児教育

Many working parents are worried that they are not exposing their little one to enough learning experience...

English Activities Children Should Start Before They Enter Elementary School

小学校就学までに行っておきたい英語学習とは?

It has been a few years since English became a mandatory subject in public elementary schools in Japan. Bu...

Forcing children to say “I’m Sorry” is NG!! How to handle children who refuse to say” I’m Sorry”

「ごめんなさい」の強要はNG!? 絶対に謝らない子どもへの接し方とは

Many parents are worried that their child cannot say “I`m Sorry”. When raising children, we see many situa...

3 Cautionary Steps to Take When Playing Outside with Your Children during the summer

夏の外遊びには要注意! 子どもとお外に行くときの注意点3つ

During summer vacation, children enjoy playing outside and will have opportunities to go to the pool, atte...

Let’s enjoy riding bicycles! Some Tips for Parents When Their Child is Learning How to Ride for the First Time!

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It is best to start teaching your child how to ride a bicycle when they are between 4 and 5 years old. Som...

4 Tips for Parents to Keep in Mind When Their Child is Drawing

子供の勉強を見る母親

Drawing improves children’s imagination, sense of expression and their emotional skills. Let’s encourage o...

Reading out loud has many benefits! What can children gain from practicing reading out loud?

本を読む少年

“Reading out loud” activates children’s brains. It requires children to remember letters and words and pra...

What are the benefits of having children sleep by themselves from a young age – as practiced in America and France?

枕に抱きつく女の子

Most parents in Japan sleep in the same bed as their little ones. However, in most Western countries, pare...

Let’s go to the beach this Summer! Introducing 5 fun activities to try with your child!

浮き輪を付けて海で泳ぐ男の子と女の子

Many families think about going to the beach during the Summer. Going to the beach is a great learning exp...

How can parents use children’s worksheets effectively? Let’s make learning fun!

幼児ドリルの効果的な使い方は? 楽しみながら家庭学習を進めてみよう

Many families use children’s worksheets at home to encourage their child’s learning. For these worksheets ...

Using “Show and Tell” activities is a great way to improve your child’s English ability!

子どもの英語学習にピッタリ! 「Show and Tell」を取り入れてみよう

Do you know the “Show and Tell” study method? Under this method, children choose their own subject and th...

Let’s enjoy summer festivals as a family! What are the origins of “Tanabata”? What should we write on the paper slip?

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During the “Tanabata” season, children may ask questions about the festival. It is important that parents ...

4 activities to try outside during the rainy season!

梅雨シーズンにこそ外遊びしてみよう! 雨の日の外遊びアイディア4つ

Afraid that their child will get wet or dirty, many parents stay indoors on rainy days. Being forced to sp...

5 Wordplay Games That Will Develop Your Child’s Intellect

子どもの思考力を伸ばす! 「言葉遊び」を楽しむためのアイディア5つ

Wordplay games do not require any props and can be enjoyed at any time anywhere. They are also effective i...

Let’s incorporate the 3 Sacred Treasures “Maps”, “Dictionaries” and “Encyclopedias” into our young child’s learning

親も一緒に「地図」「辞書」「図鑑」を眺めよう

We now understand that children learn better when they are expected to think about the theme themselves in...

4 Actions Parents Should Avoid When Encouraging their Child to Learn English (Foreign Language)

よかれと思っていたのに……子どもを英語嫌いにする親のNG行動4つ

Although one can learn English (foreign language) when they become an adult, like swimming and piano it is...

Teaching Shy Children How to Make Friends

人見知りの子どもに教えてあげたい「お友だち」の作り方

Children who have trouble speaking with those around them often also have trouble making new friends when ...

Let’s enjoy Children’s Day – It’s Origin and How to Celebrate It!

こどもの日を楽しもう! お祝いをする由来とお祝い方法

May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan. Also known as Boy’s Day, families eat special rice cakes and fly “ko...

What is learned in the cradle is carried to the grave! Things parents of children under 3 years old should watch out for when parenting.

三つ子の魂百まで! 3歳までの子育てで親が注意したいこと

In Japan, we have the proverb, “What is learned in the cradle is carried to the grave!” This means that ...

Early childhood education improves children’s independence! What parents can do to encourage their child’s independence.

幼児教育が子どもの自主性を高める! 自主性を育てる方法

Many parents want their child to grow up independent knowing what they are interested in and going after t...

The Start of Early Learning is Teaching Children How to Exchange Greetings!

幼児教育のスタートは「挨拶」をできるようにしよう!

We hear that “greetings are important” all around us. This is not only because we are embarrassed beca...

When it comes to studying – it is important to consider input and output!

勉強のポイントに! インプットとアウトプットを上手に活用しよう

Although “memory” is the base for learning, our brains are created to forget things. When studying English...

Using flash cards to increase your child’s English vocabulary!

子どものボキャブラリーを増やそう! カードを使った英単語の覚え方

The larger one’s vocabulary in a language is the easier it is for them to communicate their feelings to ...

From what age should students take the TOIEC test? What is the content of the test?

何歳から受けられる? TOIECとはどんなテスト内容なの?

The TOEIC test is currently used not only to determine an individual’s English ability but also an importa...

The advantages and disadvantages of allowing children to watch YouTube

YouTubeを子どもに見せるメリット・デメリット

There are a lot of English videos on YouTube that are made for people who are studying English as a Seco...

What is the best age to give your child his/her own room?

子ども部屋を与える年齢は何歳がベスト?

When children are young and need their parents’ support there seems to be little need for them to have t...

3 English Picture Books Recommended for 0-3 year olds

0~3歳の子どもに読んであげたい英語の絵本3つ

English is a hard language for Japanese people to learn because it includes many sounds that are not fou...

3 Fun Activities to Enjoy with Your Little One in the Spring!

過ごしやすい春ならでは!  子どもに教えてあげたい春の遊び3つ

After being cooped up indoors during the winter, many families want to go outside as soon as the Spring we...

Are Wall Posters Effective for Learning?

壁に貼る学習ポスターは効果があるの?

Study posters are often included in children’s study books. Many parents question whether they are effec...

Making learning dance fun and safe! 3 benefits of teaching your child dance!

楽しく安全に! 子どもにダンスを習わせるメリット3つ

Dance is often thought of as a hobby or something fun to do. But is really more than just that. Dance is a...

4 reasons why children say “I hate Papa!” and how to solve the issue

「パパ嫌い!」子どもがパパになつかない理由4つ&解決策

Until very recently, in Japan, child-rearing was considered the mom’s job and dad’s were expected to focus...

Parents want to imitate this! 3 Ways to Encourage Children to Enjoy English (Foreign Language)!

これは真似したい! 子どもを英語好きにさせるための方法3つ

In recent years, Japan has become more globalized and we are hearing the English language spoken more than...

Children love snacks! Which snacks are best to give children as afternoon snacks?

子どもにおやつは欠かせない存在! 子どもに優しい3時のおやつとは?

Some parents avoid giving their child afternoon snacks because they are worried about their nutritional ba...

5 Actions Parents Can Take that Encourage Children to Study on Their Own

子どもに自分から勉強してもらうために効果的な親の行動5つ

Many parents complain that their child doesn’t study. However, research shows that rather than trying to f...

Four ways to teach your child English (foreign language) at home

英語ができない親必見! お家で子どもに英語を教える4つの方法

As our society becomes more and more global, many parents want their child to grow up being able to speak ...

The use of naps to improve your child’s academic ability and how to encourage your child to take naps

昼寝は子どもの学力をアップさせる!? 昼寝の効果と寝かせ方

As the phrase “sleep brings up a child well”shows, sleep is very important for a child’s development. Alth...

5 Movies That Will Encourage Children to Enjoy Studying English

子どもの興味を惹きつける! 楽しく英語を学べるおすすめの映画5選

Watching English movies is a great way for children to learn English while enjoying stories and music. In ...

Why should English classes for young children focus on hearing and speaking?

幼児の英語学習は「聞く」「話す」に特化するべき理由とは?

If you want your child to gain English skills efficiently, it is important for them to be in an environmen...

The psychology behind children’s lies and how parents should handle them

子どもが嘘をつくときの「心理」と子どもの嘘への「適切な対処法」

Children who are good at manipulating words tend to lie sometimes. Let’s look at why children lie and how ...

Children who are patient succeed! Self-control training parents should start when their children are young.

我慢強い子どもは成功する!? 幼児期から始めたい自制心トレーニング

Children need patience to succeed in school and fulfill their goals. This is why children who have patienc...

What can parents do to prevent their children from disliking English(foreign languages) in the future?

子どもを将来英語嫌いにしないためには何をしたら良い?

From 2020, Japanese students will be expected to answer questions on English listening and speaking in add...

What is the educational style of Sweden, where 1 in 5 people have roots abroad?

【5人に1人が外国にルーツ!?】スウェーデンの幼児教育方法とは?

Sweden, which is known as the welfare state, was one of the first countries in Europe to implement an immi...

How can parents help their child(ren) discover their strengths?

子どもの「得意なこと」を見つけるために親ができること

It is important for parents to discover their child’s strengths so they can help them develop their talent...

Which 8 brain functionalities should parents/teachers understand to implement MI Education?

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The abbreviation “MI” has become popular in recent years. It is an abbreviation for “Multiple Intelligence...

“Alternative Education” – why it improves children’s human nature as well as their academic ability?

「オルタナティブ教育」学力だけでなく人間性を磨く教育法とは

Nowadays, we often hear the phrase “Alternative Education” in the media. Some parents, who are educational...

Preparing a good reading environment at home is a good way to encourage your child to develop a love of reading

子どもを「本好き」にするには「幼児期の読書環境」が大切

In our current society where younger people are moving away from reading, many parents feel the need to ra...

How can we prevent the older sibling from “acting like a baby” when their younger sibling is born?

兄弟が生まれた時、上の子の「赤ちゃん返り」はどう防ぐ?

When a younger sibling is born, the older sibling often begins to act like a baby as well. Many parents be...

How will “Active Learning” education change in 2020?

2020年「アクティブラーニング」教育はどのように変わる?

Have you heard the phrase “Active Learning”? This type of learning is expected to play a greater role in t...

Does one’s parents’ level of interest in English affect their child’s English ability?

Does one’s parents’ level of interest in English affect their child’s English ability?

The ability to speak and understand English is becoming more and more important for Japanese children. Res...

Is it true that “Living Room Studying” is a good idea? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

幼児学習には「リビング学習」が良いって本当? メリット・デメリット

Many moms worry about creating the perfect studying environment for their children. Until recently, most p...

What is “4C Education? Why is it important for children to succeed in the future?

これからの子どもが社会で活躍するために必要な「4C教育」とは

All parents want to provide their children with the best education possible. Did you know that in today’s ...

IT engineers around the world need to read & speak English!

ITエンジニアにも英語は必要! 小さいうちから英語力を鍛えよう

Today, where technology is becoming a more important part of everyday life, there is an increased need for...

Why is Mine Craft a great educational tool for your child?

マインクラフトが子どもの教育にぴったりな理由って?

Do you know the game, Mine Craft? Mine Craft, which was created in 2009, has sold more than 1 million cop...

Two Reasons Toddlers Should Have Access to PCs

幼児期からパソコンに触れあうべき2つの理由

Many parents are worried about allowing their children to have access to PCs from a young age. However, th...

How to raise children with a high [EQ]

心の知能指数「EQ」の育て方

In recent years, [EQ] has become more of a desired trait than [IQ]. Please refer to the previous article, ...

It is important to raise children with a high IQ as well as a high EQ

IQだけじゃダメ!  早いうちから育みたい「EQ」とは

Most parents have heard the word “IQ” (Intelligence Quotient) before. People tend to think that the higher...

How to raise a sociable child

子どもを「友達ができる子」にするには

To improve their English (foreign language) communication skills, it is important for children to have str...

3 Fun Classes During Which Children Can Learn English (or Japanese) – Let’s Enjoy Learning English (or Japanese)!

英語で習える習い事3つ 楽しみながら英会話を覚えよう!

Incorporating English (or Japanese) into your daily life is a very effective way to learn the language. Th...

How to Avoid Raising a Spoiled & Selfish Child

わがままな子どもにさせない親のあり方

A child’s personality is very influenced by the environment in which he/she is raised. Let’s take a look...

[The Increased Use of Smart Phones & the Internet Among Young Children] – How to teach them “Internet Literacy”

【幼児に増えるスマホ&ネット利用】ネットリテラシーを学ばせて

With the increased popularity of smart phones, more and more younger children have access to the Internet....

The Social Skills You Want Your Child To Learn During Early Childhood

幼児期の子どもに学ばせたい「社会性」

When children are very young they spend the majority of time with their family but as they get older they ...

The English Children Learn In Elementary School is Useless! How Should We Teach English?

小学校の英語は役に立たない!? 学ぶべき英語教育は?

According to survey results, only 50% of students feel that the English they learned in elementary school ...

Are Your Child’s Grades Linked to His/Her Sense of Control? What We Can Learn From the Marshmallow Experiment

子どもの自制心は成績にも影響する? マシュマロ実験で分かったこと

The Japanese have a saying “What is learned in the cradle, is carried to the grave.” This means that the p...

How to teach your child the difference between right and wrong

親から子どもへ「善悪」を教える方法

Small children cannot tell the difference between right and wrong. Therefore, they often do bad things or ...

The Causes of the “No” Phase and How Long It Lasts

子どもの「イヤイヤ期」の原因と期間とは?

Many mothers become more stressed when their children enter the “No” Phase. However, the “No” Phase is an ...

The Benefits of Starting “Emotional Learning” from an Early Age

幼児期から始めたい「情操教育」のポイントとメリット

“Emotional Learning” helps children develop their morality, personality and individuality. We recommend be...

3 Sports that Are Recommended to Start During the Early Childhood Years

幼児期の時から習わせたいオススメのスポーツ3選

In the early childhood years, children’s mind and body begin to develop at a fast pace. This makes it a gr...

The benefits of starting classes with your child when he/she turns one year old and the top 3 types of lessons for this age group

The benefits of starting classes with your child when he/she turns one year old and the top 3 types of lessons for this age group

From one year old, babies start to communicate with sounds and their bodies are ready to move around. When...

Letting your child try rice planting is a great way to teach them about nutrition!

子どもに田植えなど経験させることで食育にもなる! 農業体験のすすめ

Experiences we have as young children and the memories we gain from them last forever. Experiences that im...

Is “Cell Phone Babysitting” bad for our children? What should parents be aware of?

スマホ子守りは子どもの成長に悪影響? 親子の育児に大切なこととは

The popularity of cell phones has made child-rearing a little easier for parents. With the increase in vid...

What are the customs of the Prefectures that are known for raising good kids and the Prefecture that is famous for making kids cry?

【良い子が育つ都道府県】悪い子が泣かされる「あの県」の習慣とは? 

The results of an early learning survey targeted at preschool and kindergarten children were recently anno...

“Child Philosophy” – Supporting your child’s cognitive and communication skills

子どもに哲学を考えさせる? 考える力と伝える力を養う「子ども哲学」

To help your child develop his/her independence it is important that he/she receives not only an academic ...

The “Reggio Emilia Educational Approach” and how it cultivates our children’s sensitivity

子どもの感性を磨く幼児教育 「レッジョ・エミリア・アプローチ」とは

Early child education is effective in cultivating children’s academic ability and skills. In recent years,...

Does a child’s posture affect his/her grades in school? Here are some tips for improving your child’s posture before it is too late.

姿勢が勉強の成績に影響する? 子どもの姿勢を改善するコツ

How is your child’s everyday posture? Many children roll up their backs in a cat pose or rest their chin o...

The famous Japanese standardized university entrance exams will change in 2020 – with the addition of an intense English section!

2020年センター試験が変わる! 英語が重視される「評価テスト」

The Japanese university entrance exams are expected to change extensively from 2020, the year of the Tokyo...

What is your child’s dream for the future? Which skill sets are necessary for the AI (artificial intelligence) era?

子どもの将来の夢は? AI時代に身に着けておきたいスキルとは

Most parents want their children to choose a career that will enable them to lead a good life in the futur...

Are your child’s temper tantrums caused by what he/she eats? Which foods help calm down children?

子供の癇癪(かんしゃく)は食事が関係する? 心を落ち着かせる食べ物

Handling your child’s temper tantrums is a difficult part of child rearing. Young children often have trou...

How to help your child prepare for the “behavior observation” section of the Elementary School Entrance Exams at home

小学校受験の難問「行動観察」の家庭でできる対策とは

The entrance exam for elementary school depends on the school you choose and consists of many parts. There...

How can we prevent the declining reading comprehension rates among children from a young age?

低下している子どもの「読解力」 小さなうちから行いたい対策は?

The Ministry of Education and teachers around the country have sent out a warning in recent years about th...

What are the benefits of origami? How can the art style be performed successfully?

折り紙は育児に効果アリ!? 折り紙がもたらすメリットと上手な遊び方

“Origami” has been popular with Japanese children for many years. The art style has also gained popularity...

Which form of discipline is more effective: “time out” or “time in”?

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Parents scold their children when they are mischievous or throw a tantrum. Some parents worry about how th...

The difference between “Overprotection” and “Excessive Meddling”

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Can you explain the difference between “Overprotection” and “Excessive Meddling”? We often hear about “ov...

5 English Songs We Recommend You Sing with Your Child

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Research shows that children who listen to English when they are young have less trouble grasping the lang...

4 Benefits of Encouraging your Child to Color Using a Variety of Colors

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Recent research has shown that coloring invigorates the brain. However, there are many other benefits to c...

What causes temper tantrums and how parents should handle them

子どもの記憶力を伸ばす3つのポイントとは?

Many children have a temper tantrum and cry if they do not get their way. Most parents know that these tem...

3 tips for helping your child improve his/her memory skills

子どもの記憶力を伸ばす3つのポイントとは?

Many children have trouble memorizing information for tests. Having good memory skills will help your chil...

How to encourage your child to grow up with a love for reading

子どもを読書好きに!きっかけづくりのポイント

Reading books helps children develop their imaginations, their sense of concentration and their understand...

How to apply “Adlerian Psychology” to child rearing

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With the popularity of the Japanese book “Kiwareru Yuuki”, the number of Japanese people interested in “Ad...

What can we do to avoid becoming “toxic parents”?

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Are you aware of the term “toxic parents”? In order for our children to live up to their full potential, i...

Will programming become a mandatory subject at schools in 2020?

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Due to the shortage of Web engineers and IT staff, the Japanese Ministry of Education announced on 4/19/16...

What should parents do when they find out their child is being bullied at school?

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“My child does not talk about kindergarten and other activities anymore…” “He/she is out of it a lot of t...

Increasing your child’s “metacognitive ability” will lead to improved academic performance!

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Have you heard of the phrase “metacognitive ability”? Improving these skills will help your child get bett...

Singing with your child is beneficial in the following 6 ways!

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Listening to children’s songs is fun for parents and kids alike. Many children love singing and there are ...

Classical Music? Environmental Sound? What type of music positively influences our children?

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Exposing children to music from an early age has amazing effects on their development. However, there are ...

How to teach children to effectively use smartphones

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Allowing children to use games and apps often leads to them asking to borrow your smartphone frequently. I...

When encouraging your child to be outgoing – how important is the relationship of trust between parent and child?

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The number of children who have conflicts with their friends and/or have trouble controlling their emotion...

What can parents do to raise children who are good at expressing their feelings?

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When children are in kindergarten and/or daycare, there is always an adult nearby and opportunities to com...

The quality and amount of sleep your child gets will influence his/her academic ability!

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Children will start receiving homework and studying when they enter elementary school. Children with bette...

The reasons behind your child’s stranger anxiety and how you can help them overcome it

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Some children go through a phase where they are afraid of strangers. They sometimes even start crying when...

How to explain Christmas and Santa Claus without crushing your child’s dreams

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Many children start thinking about Santa Claus as soon as the decorations around town go up. Are you, as a...

Let’s be careful and prevent the entire family from catching influenza!

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At this time of year, it is important for families to take special measures to avoid catching influenza. F...

How to raise your child to be a good thinker

考えられる人に! 子どもの考える力を育てる教育方法

In our constantly changing global society, we need to be flexible and able to think quickly to succeed. H...

How to help your child gain a sense of self-affirmation

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Having a strong sense of self-affirmation is important to succeed in our society. People with a sense of...

How taking care of a pet can improve your child’s emotional development

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Having a dog or cat in the family when your child is young is said to be beneficial to their emotional dev...

Frustration – the enemy of parenting! How can moms relieve their stress?

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When raising children, parents often become frustrated. Parents tend to become stressed when they ...

How can we teach our children to clean up after themselves?

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Many parents have trouble getting their children to clean up their toys when they are done playing with th...

Why does the “Jewish early childhood learning style” help raise so many geniuses?

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●The theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, who was known for his Theory of Relativity ●The famous psych...

A brief overview and the challenges of free early childhood learning program

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Early child learning is said to be the most important of a child’s education. Are you aware that the Japan...

What is the meaning of “non cognitive ability” which is often spoken of by early learning specialists?

幼児教育の現場で注目が集まる”非認知能力”とは?

Many parents and teachers use test scores and whether a child can study or not as an important factor in d...

Which industries will be busy as a result of the Tokyo Olympics?

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The Tokyo Olympics will be held in 2020. It has been 56 years since the last Olympics in Japan so many res...

The benefits of encouraging your child to study in the morning and how to succeed

朝に勉強させるメリットと子どもに習慣化させるコツ

In recent years, many early childhood learning specialists believe that encouraging children to study in t...

What should parents do to prevent their child from getting scared easily?

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Some children become scared when they experience new things. Even if the cause is something trivial, once...

What benefits does cooking as a family have?

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One’s brain needs nutrients. Which foods will improve your child’s memory?

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As parents, we often worry about our child's health and growth when determining which foods they eat. Res...

How to raise your child to be a good talker

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Many parents are worried that their child is not good at talking and may have trouble in the future. Howe...

Tips for reading to children and why it is important!

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Teachers and educators recommend reading picture books to young children. Research shows that children wh...

Age appropriate play activities that improve your child’s dexterity

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Most people feel that as adults it is better to be dexterous. As a result, many parents are worried whet...

What is Montessori style education?

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Do you know what the "Montessori method", the educational style that the founders of Amazon and Wikipedia ...

How to make learning the alphabet with your child fun and effective!

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Children start learning their alphabet when they enter kindergarten. When children have trouble rememberi...

Is studying in the living room effective?

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There are 2 opinions when it comes to whether studying in the living room is effective or not. Many paren...

4 tips for improving your child’s concentration

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Children who never seem to finish their homework or start doing another activity in the middle of their ho...

How to prevent your child from being poor at sports

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Children develop very quickly and learn new things one after another. Playing and exercising from a young...

Bringing out your child’s full potential! – Early education and the brain

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Along with the decrease in the birth rate, the early education industry has grown to over 3 trillion yen i...

We are more likely to be successful if we enjoy doing the activities – how to encourage your child to like foreign languages

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At a young age, children absorb knowledge like a sponge. So it is a good time to expose them to foreign l...

How to unlock your child’s motivation

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Children are curious. It is a great that they are interested in many different things. However, it is imp...

The use of art to enhance our children’s powers of expression

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Few children dislike painting and drawing pictures. Painting and drawing has many benefits for children i...

An introduction to American style discipline – “time-out”

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There are a lot of imitable aspects of American free-style thinking that we can pick-up. One of those a...

3 techniques for raising a cooperative child

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Have you ever watched your child play with his/her peers and worried whether he was being cooperative or n...

What should we do when our child throws a tantrum in public?

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Many parents have experienced dealing with children who throw huge tantrums at the store, in the park (yel...

3 reasons why children become light eaters during their growth period and how to prevent it

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Many mothers take the time out of their busy schedules to provide their families with healthy food options...

Fun indoor play activities for the rainy season

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"Play" is an influential factor on a child's growth. As parents, we want our children to have the opport...

Increased intelligence? – The benefits of jigsaw puzzles for young children

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Jigsaw puzzles are a popular hobby for people of all ages because they are fun and have interesting design...

What should you do when you think your child may be developmentally slow?

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During the infant and toddler stage, children's bodies and minds develop. Watching your child grow and dev...

Why do so many elementary school students dislike math?

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According to a survey of elementary and junior high school students regarding subjects that they dislike, ...

How can we teach our children to think and act for themselves the “Finland way”?

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When How can we teach our children to think and act for themselves the "Finland way"? cannot seem to do some...