Class and Curriculum

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Schedule: Classes are held every Friday from 4:00PM to 5:30PM

School year: Lessons commence after Labor Day and end on the third Friday in June.

Special events: Sports Day, School Fair, New Year’s Party

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Curriculum

Preschool class (children aged 4 at the end of the year)
Textbook: Hajimete no Hiragana (Kumon)
Learning focus: Students become familiar with Japnese games and songs, and  are introduced to the Japanese syllabary.

Kindergarten (ages 5 to 6)
Textbook: Hiragana Workbook (Kumon)
Learning focus: Students master Hiragana, and are introduced to katakana. Proper Japanese pronunciation is reinforced, and students learn to create  simple sentences, and identify common Japanese vocabulary from flashcards.

Grade 1
Textbook: Hikarimura (Level 1, Vol. 1 &2)
Learning focus: This textbook is used for most of the year, and common Chinese characters (kanji) taught in Vol. 2 of the textbook are introduced.

Grade 2
Textbook: Hikarimura (Level 1, Vol. 2 & Level 2, Vol. 1)
Students use this textbook throughout the year.

Grade 3
Textbook: Hikarimura (Level 2, Vol. 1&2)
Students use this textbook throughout the year.

Grade 4
Textbook: Hikarimura (Level 2, Vol. 2 & Level 3, Vol. 1 )
Students use this textbook throughout the year.

Grade 5
Textbook: Hikarimura (Level 3, Vol. 1 &2)
Students use this textbook throughout the year.

Grade 6
Textbook: Hikarimura (Level 3, Vol. 2 & Level 4, Vol. 1 )
Students use this textbook throughout the year.

Senior Class 1
Students master common elementary school-level kanji, focus on reading  comprehension and learning more advanced grammar. Students begin  preparations for the Level 3 Japanese Language Proficiency Examination.

Senior Class 2
For the first half of the school year, students continue to prepare for the  Level 3 Japanese Language Proficiency Examination. During the second half  of the year, students prepare for the Provincial Grade 12 Japanese exam.

Senior Class 3

Advanced class after Senior class 2

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Local school grade and class in the Japanese school 

Local school Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School
Age 4 at the end of year preschool class
Kindergarten Kindergarten
Grade 1 Level1
Grade 2 Level 2
Grade 3 Level 3
Grade 4 Level 4
Grade 5 Level 5
Grade 6 Level 6
Grade 7 Level 7
Grade 8 Senior Class 1
Grade 9/10 Senior Class 2
Grade 11/12 Senior Class 3

*This chart is a standard. The Senior Class students need to consult with the class instructors.