Genki Japanese

Genki Japanese Program

About the Genki Japanese program

The Genki Japanese curriculum is an artistically delivered Japanese language course for young children at Kool Kids and is delivered by native Japanese teachers in conjunction with a trained team of 10 Kool Kids staff.

The program operates regular Japanese cultural events such as food tasting, festivals, visits from Japanese children and child care professionals from Japan, performances for parents and friends.


Why the artistic element in the Genki Japanese curriculum

Kool Kids Genki Japanese classes promote participatory learning in the context of evaluating the processes behind creating a work of art

Art, like language does not discriminate, it stimulates by providing a wide frame of reference – both analytical and artistic using the left and right brain. Studying Japanese language with dance, song, movement and color, the Kool Kids program will increase learning ability, make children healthier, happier and better learners.

Movement is an important key to Genki Japanese learning. Expressing the feeling of sentences through movement and choreographing our way through language education challenges creates a feeling of teamwork and absolute equality in the classroom. Gifted children discover new and exciting ways to learn and interact through movement. Challenged learners quickly become actively engaged and advance due to many more artistic entry points or different ways to learn the activities of each unit.

Our curriculum and art

  • Keeps children engaged in the learning process
  • Closes the achievement gap
  • Reaches all learners, addresses special needs of learners, and provides education for the “whole child”
  • Celebrates all of the cultural and diversity needs of children
  • Improves reading, writing, and speaking
  • Inspires parents to actively participate in their children’s education
  • Takes into account that: Arts are languages that all people speak that cut across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers and enhance cultural appreciation and awareness
  • Takes into account that: Arts, dance, music, movement and color are symbol systems that are just as important as letters and numbers
  • Integrates mind, body, and spirit
  • Provides opportunities for self-expression bringing the inner world of the child’s imagination into the outer world of concrete reality
  • Develops both independence and collaboration
  • Provides immediate feedback to the child
  • Exercises and develops higher order thinking skills including, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and problem solving.

The Genki Japanese curriculum scientific fact

It is a fact that the brain physically changes when we learn, and that change is most extensive and powerful when art is part of the learning. Art is proven to arouse chemicals of emotion, such as adrenalin, serotonin, and dopamine; these act by modifying neurotransmitters in the brain, and this is the very root of learning.

The important fact then is that the arts trigger emotion and this is responsible for brain stimulation and increased use, and we are aware of this.

The Genki Japanese curriculum and teaching framework is based on these understandings. They are structured to engage children and their imagination to therefore expand learning portals, motivation, positive results and happiness.

Through the design of this curriculum children are not passive observers; they are artistically guided by the Kool Kids teachers on a proactive program containing multi layered learning experiences and lessons that will form valuable platforms for their entire lives.

To work with children or to be a teacher you must be a caring prophet – because you are trying to prepare people for a world thirty to fifty years into the future, and that is what we are doing – in some part – with the Kool Kids Genki Japanese Program.

Genki Japanese Curriculum

Genki Japanese curriculum

The curriculum consists of nine units, 75 Japanese target vocabulary, song and dance, drama and visual and written components. Use the links to the right (or below if you’re viewing on mobile) to view each of the units.

The Kool Kids Genki Japanese curriculum philosophy

The lessons in the Genki Japanese curriculum are anchored to six fundamental elements:

  1. Respect for any race of human being
  2. Importance of family and friends
  3. Movement
  4. Colour
  5. Music
  6. Art

GENKI Japanese is an original curriculum based on methods utilised within the most successful second language program for children in Japan – Genki English. The website has a multitude of great educational ideas that we highly recommend.

The Genki Japanese curriculum is delivered over a 12 month period and is designed to open up and increase imaginative thought processes, whilst introducing cultural diversity.

GENKI Japanese units consist of a fundamental set of study materials that are utilized during our lessons. These are:

  • Target vocabulary lists
  • Straight visual components – discovery picture cards
  • Musical components
  • Interactive online components

Genki Japanese Teachers

Genki Japanese teachers (Sensei)

Hiromi Sensei


Konnichiwa, Parents/Caregivers

Genki!? (How are you!?)

My name is Hiromi Campbell. I’m from Ibaraki, Japan.

I used to work in childcare in Japan for 10 years and now I have been teaching Japanese in Kool Kids for 2 years.

I would like to provide children with a wider understanding of Japanese culture and arts and to improve their learning ability and provide children with healthier, happier outlook to become better learners.

You are always welcome anytime to come and have a look at our Japanese lessons.

Thank you very much. ARIGATO~!
Hiromi Sensei

Haruko Sensei

haruko-senseiKonnichiwa, Parents/Caregivers

My name is Haruko Tomita. I’m from Osaka, Japan.

I have been teaching at Japanese School for 10 years and now I have started to teach Japanese in Kool Kids from April 2014.

I believe that learning other language helps to develop children’s brain and when children hear the sounds in their early stage, they never forget or they easily remember when they grow up.

Through Japanese lessons I also introduce Japanese culture. I would like to help children learn Japanese through lots of songs, games, books, crafts (arts) and events etc. I hope children enjoy our Japanese lessons.

Thank you for your support and you are always welcome to have a look and join our Japanese lesson.

Arigato! (Thank you)
Haruko Sensei