How to give your child a strong foundation for learning


The Kuno Method is designed to give three- to six-year-olds a strong foundation in future learning and make the transition to primary school more enjoyable.

Mention Japanese learning methods, and you might think of right-brain training centres or worksheet-based study programmes. The Kuno Method, however, is neither a tuition centre nor a right-brain training centre. In fact, it helps develop both right-brain abilities (memory and focus) and left-brain abilities (logical thinking and reasoning), and in a different way from fast-paced right-brain stimulation.

What is the Kuno Method?
Founded in 1986 by Yasuyoshi Kuno, the Kuno Method is an early childhood programme that is designed to develop well-rounded children and prepare them for primary school. It aims to help develop your preschooler’s intellectual, emotional and social abilities before primary school to make lifelong learning much easier for him.

The Kuno Method uses an experiential and engaging, three-stage learning approach.

Stage 1: Kids learn a concept through interactive group play. The centre engages children in well thought-out and fun games with specific learning objectives. This interactive experience also teaches them to collaborate with one another, articulate their own point of view, and foster courtesy and etiquette.

Stage 2: Children practise the concept they’ve learnt through hands-on activities such as sensory games, which make learning real and memorable. Through the process of trial and error, they experience “setbacks” before overcoming them on their own, and are encouraged to discover answers on their own.

Stage 3: Children learn to master the concept using worksheets and through dialogue with their teacher. This reflection process encourages them to articulate what they’ve learnt, develop confidence, and and allow teachers to give immediate feedback.

In short, the programme helps sharpen children’s logical thinking, numeracy skills, memory, creative problem-solving skills, focus, collaborative skills, and communication skills.

Concept-based curriculum covering six areas of learning

The Kuno Method curriculum helps children acquire early numeracy, literacy and other fundamental concepts. It focuses on concepts that deal with six areas of learning, namely Language and Effective Communication; Comparison, Order and Measurement; Spatial Recognition; Number and Operations; Geometry; and Other Essential Life Skills.

This curriculum nurtures your young one’s ability to think, critique, synthesise, analyse, and use and apply information, instead of just making Junior commit facts to memory.

Some of these concepts may not be taught or “tested” in schools, like spatial recognition, but are important life skills to have. Proven to be ability-appropriate and yet challenging to children, the Kuno Method is not constrained by the short-term view of just teaching Primary 1 curriculum in advance, or just teaching subjects that will be tested in schools.

An excellent track record

Another reason to consider the Kuno Method? Its founder, Yasuyoshi Kuno, is a renowned expert in Japan’s early childhood education field and is also a curriculum adviser for Osaka City. The programme, which is backed by international research and has been refined over 30 years of teaching, is highly regarded in Tokyo because it has an excellent track record for helping children pass the entrance tests of some of the city’s most prestigious primary schools. These children continue to do well and later go on to study at the world’s most reputable universities, like Harvard, MIT, Columbia and Tokyo University.

Kuno firmly believes that playing with others and learning through play is more important today than ever. He says: “With the declining birth rate, children these days have fewer siblings, and this limits their experience with playing and learning in groups”.

Kuno Method is located at Northpoint City in Yishun, tel: 6560-8588, e-mail: [email protected]; visit

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