Lifestyle | LEARNING BY HEART Dec 21, 2001

Children learn life's hardest lesson

On a recent Friday, I swung open the gate to my daughter's school yard. I was expecting to find the usual crowd of mothers milling outside in the garden. But I knew something was dreadfully wrong when a teacher solemnly ushered me toward a ...

New b-boys and b-girls on the block

Lifestyle | LEARNING BY HEART Dec 7, 2001

New b-boys and b-girls on the block

The hippest of hip-hop dancers perform pure magic. They do somersaults, cartwheels and flips. They're dramatic, eccentric, funny and highly creative. They slide in any direction, send electric shock waves through their limbs, glide across the ground like moonwalkers and twirl into body-punishing spins. At ...

Pioneer still speaking up and acting out

Lifestyle | LEARNING BY HEART Nov 23, 2001

Pioneer still speaking up and acting out

Almost 20 years ago, Teri Suzanne stood in front of a packed audience in Tokyo at the Association of English Teachers of Children, and unveiled her "English in Action" method with what was then a radical declaration: "I know that young children have the ...

Music, dance help young minds and bodies grow

Lifestyle | LEARNING BY HEART Nov 9, 2001

Music, dance help young minds and bodies grow

For American Amy Nanavati, the mother of 1-year-old Elizabeth, moving to Tokyo from New York earlier this year felt overwhelming. And then she discovered Kindermusik. "It's neat to see how Elizabeth has developed since we started Kindermusik," said Nanavati. "Before she just laughed and danced, ...

Community Aug 3, 2001

Togetherness with calisthenics

School is out for the summer but still, remarkably, kids in this fitness-savvy society turn out -- at 6:30 a.m., no less -- at parks, shrines and quiet streets across Japan for NHK's daily "Radio Taiso" workout, a 15-minute live broadcast of morning calisthenics. ...

Community Jul 20, 2001

Checklist of things to look for in a swimming school

A good school should build self-confidence, teach safety precautions in water and create a warm, friendly and happy atmosphere among students and instructors. Visit a few fitness clubs or private swimming schools in your neighborhood and consider some of these points: * Location: The closer ...

Community Jun 10, 2001

Turn on to feng shui for good vibrations

For 12 years, April Perkinson, a jazz pianist, has lived in a spacious, old apartment in Kawasaki City. Once sunny and inviting, her south-facing residence was recently blocked by the construction of a skyscraper next door. What to do? One thing she was determined ...

Community Jun 10, 2001

Home (not so) sweet home

"The word 'home' comes from the Nordic and Germanic languages and means a place of comfort, a warm fire and a place to sleep," said Colleen Lanki, artistic director of Kee Company, a Tokyo-based bilingual theater group. In her research for Kee Company's most recent ...

Community Jun 10, 2001

Feng shui tips for beginners

Inspired to try a little feng shui around your own home? Here are some tips to help you get started: * Keep passageways unblocked. Doors should generally be kept open and flat against the wall. If there is not enough space in a small or ...

Toddlers' dance: freedom within structure

Community | LEARNING BY HEART Apr 27, 2001

Toddlers' dance: freedom within structure

In fluffy tutus and silky ballet slippers, a circle of pink angels do back-bends in a circle. They dance like storks, skip to my lou and fly backward. It's obviously fun, but the pace is quick. Teaching dance to 3-year-olds, Eynat Molenaar marks a fine ...