Growing up with Rainbow Bridges

A VISION OF THE FUTURE

What do you want your child to be like after they’re grown up and gone?

Many parents have said they want their children to be happy and fulfilled, successful and productive, ethical and decent, independent and self-reliant, but also caring and compassionate—and confident, curious, creative, critical thinkers, and good communicators. And they hope their children will keep learning, and wanting to learn, even after leaving school.

 

Perhaps your child is a preschooler now. She will grow much in the coming years. Consider what you want her to be, how you want her to turn out.

How will years of Rainbow Bridges English lessons affect her life?

We provide a rich environment, a strategic plan, professional guidance, and a community for her to develop into her potential as a capable and active member of society as well as the global community. 

Perhaps she cries on her first day of class. Everything is new and different. She may not see the point of being there or even realize she is hearing another language. This will soon pass, as our friendly teachers work hard to make connections with her and support her to feel welcome and comfortable. She is shown respect and made to feel welcome. With trust gained, her participation becomes freely chosen and anticipated.

She’ll begin to find fun in games, songs, books, and play with her teacher and classmates. She’ll open her mind to new ways of interacting and communicating and eventually let go of the need to use Japanese. As the months pass, she’ll decide to speak more and more English as she has fun, connects with her teacher and classmates, and gains experience expressing herself in her new language. 

Each week, she will encounter new things. She will also find challenges, struggle against them, and experience successes. She will leave her comfort zone and enter new worlds again and again. She’ll experience confusion but solve puzzles by her own effort, finding clarity, and growing in confidence.

She’ll try games her friends haven’t played, read strange new books, and discover more ways to read and write. She’ll sing, dance, run, draw, throw things, create art, make believe, and try to figure things out. She’ll think, notice patterns, and make connections.

She will feel free in a place of learning, not being compelled to sit unnaturally for long periods of time or do only what she’s been told. She will have meaningful choices and discover that joining her teacher and classmates in learning is fun.

She’ll participate in events where she can experience foreign cultural practices, make and eat new foods, try uncommon things, and see nature in a new light. She’ll see other teachers and many children just like her learning English and feel part of a community. She’ll have the support of more experienced students who speak English well, interact with bilingual and multitalented adults who inspire in her new ideas of who she might become, and meet all kinds of children who speak English. She’ll experience what it’s like to hear only English for an entire day.

As the years pass, communicating with diverse people and in a foreign language will become natural and normal. Learning and having fun are the same thing. New situations are adventurous. Rich memories from these years will remain with her throughout her life.

Having the ability to communicate fluently in a foreign language will enable her to think in entirely new ways. With challenges and successes each week, each month, each year, she’ll believe that even difficult problems are solvable and that she can be effective with her own efforts.

Her curiosity will grow as she finds enjoyment in doing difficult things. She becomes comfortable in facing uncertainty because her experience gives her confidence to think positively.

She’ll gain experience negotiating difference. She’ll discover new people, mannerisms, phrases, words, gestures, and more that seem odd, baffling, or weird at first—but they become familiar and comfortable. She will read about, listen to, see, and meet children from around the world, noticing how people live and act differently—then coming to realize they also have much in common. She will come to see racial and other differences as welcome highlights of a diverse global community. She will see both strangers and loved ones with an open and thinking mind, even in difficult times.

She will build a network of open-minded and talented people. She will have connections to others who have worked hard like her to make a better life for themselves and their communities. She will know people living around Japan and in other countries. She’ll have support to make even further connections beneficial to her studies, career, interests, and personal life.

Her understanding of English will not only make it easier for her to make foreign friends and travel independently, experiencing for herself the vast diversity of human existence and the wonders of our planet, it will enable her to access massive amounts of information not available in her native language. She will have this resource for every purpose she wishes.

In turn, her native language ability will flourish because she has used and thought about different systems of communication, variant notions of meaning, and alternative approaches to idea formation. She’ll have the capacity to choose from more modes of communication for higher efficacy. This ability to think in new ways further enables her to achieve a deeper understanding of self.

Her years of detecting language patterns will become an ingrained skill of pattern recognition, both for true and false patterns, that applies to all areas in life.

The sympathy and awareness of others along with appreciation of differences that she will develop helps her grow beyond her family, local community, and nation, and into cosmopolitanism and acceptance of her citizenship in the world.

Begin with the destination in mind and from there decide the path. Anyone can learn a foreign language. You can provide this gift, which gives so much more. We help make it real.