Great Kindergarten for Children

by 053 Tuna on October 30, 2016 - 4:21am

The most child-friendly kindergarten in Japan attracts many people. It is famous for its unique design. There are an endless playground, and trees growing through classrooms. The ordinary kindergartens do not have them, so we can say it is a novel kindergarten. The name of kindergarten is ‘Fuji Kindergarten’. It’s located in Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. This essay will show you the features of Fuji kindergarten, the roles of trees, and the devices that make children feel comfortable.

The kindergarten was designed like a doughnut shape, with a kind of endless circulation. There is a roof which was made of wood and the classrooms are under the roof. Children can play on the roof and run around. Also, they can go through the classrooms because there are no doors. Classrooms are fitted with glass, so children can easily see each other. They love to look through the skylights from the roof. They are lovers of adventure, so we can hear their voice, ‘Where’s my friend?’ ‘What’s going on underneath in class?’ They do not be restricted in one place. They can play freely. In addition, there is one more interesting feature in this kindergarten. It’s a vertical handrail. Japanese building standards say that architects have to fit up a vertical handrail with bars 100 millimeters apart so that children can’t put their heads through. However, they can put their legs in, so they can swing their legs. They enjoy swinging themselves like chimpanzees. I agree with the system that allows children play in the kindergarten freely. I think children can become people with wonderful smiles, because they can play in the kindergarten without so much restriction.

Between classrooms, there are trees. Actually, the architects had to build classrooms around the trees because they couldn’t cut the roots, which spread widely. They added the safety nets so that students wouldn’t fall through the holes around the trees. Children love to play with nets. They can jump into it whenever they want. In 2011, the architects built an annex to the school with two more classrooms and some playing areas. They thought the trees should be more important than the building. Children are encouraged to climb trees in this kindergarten. If they are strong enough, they can reach the upper level without using the stairs. Other kindergarten or schools might not allow this, but children in this kindergarten know their own limits. They will stop when they have to stop. Children can learn about what is safe, and what is dangerous. Trees are playing important roles in this kindergarten. In other kindergarten, children cannot experience to climb trees, but children in Fuji kindergarten can do it. In my opinion, something in nature like trees is necessary for children because it can teach children what is safe and what is dangerous.

We can find many kinds of ideas incorporated in designs. For example, children can play with a lot of things other than toys. They can use their chairs they sit on every day as a train. There are about 600 boxes including chairs in this kindergarten. Children can turn boxes upside down. One boy or girl rides in the box, and another child pushes or pulls it. Like this, children can create the new games. Also, there is a well in each classroom. Children are made to talk to each other. There’s a phrase in Japanese, ido bata kaigi. This means, ‘conference around the well.’ Women used to meet and exchange information when they went to get water. The architects wanted children to do the same thing. They hope that children will talk to their friends. This helps children have a good relationship with each other. Thanks to these devices, children can spend comfortably. I suppose that children can have opportunities to think themselves, so it’s a pleasant kindergarten for them.

In conclusion, Fuji kindergarten has a lot of amazing features. The design of this kindergarten is child-centered and has playful touches. Children grow up freely, so teachers can encourage them to feel nature and create games without tools. In this kindergarten, children can communicate with each other and become cooperative. By going to Fuji kindergarten, children can do many things which other children  cannot do. I’m sure that children can grow up vigorously.

References:
http://ideas.ted.com/inside-the-worlds-best-kindergarten/
https://www.architonic.com/en/project/tezuka-architects-fuji-kindergarte...
https://educationinjapan.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/fuji-kindergarten-japa...

Comments

Your essay was good. I have never heard the name “Fuji kindergarten”. I like the form of it because many children can touch and get used to the nature there. It is said that a lot of children cannot touch enough nature. Therefore, touching and feeling the nature are very good since they are children. In addition, they can see all people and talk with them easily. They will be able to make friends and create the wonderful relationships. Making good relationships with other people is very important in the society, so learning the way to make them in childhood is very nice. 003 tigers

Hello, my friend, I am Félix Bergeron and I come from Québec, Canada. I read your essay and I found it really interesting to see how education can be different around the world but can be still be as good. Also I am really impressed by the shape of the building, especially because there are trees emerging from the roof. To conclude, I would have loved to be raised in such a nice environment back in the days.

Hi, my name is Ann-Julie and I'm from Quebec Canada! I really liked your essay, it made me discover a new style of Learning that I found exceptionally amazing. It is really great to see that in your country they found a way to make kindergarten really fun for little children. I also really liked the fact that they get to discover things on their own, for example with the trees, like you said, they can learn their own limit and make an huge difference between what is safe and what can be dangerous for them. Finally, I found interesting to know that the children are not confined between four walls like the majority of other kindergarten ,but they have a classroom full of light and huge Windows which create a brighter and lighter environment. Overall your essay was really good and informative ; it taught me a lot.

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