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Learning Outside School



A lot of kids in Japan take lessons outside of their regular school classes. By studying something that interests them, they are able to learn new things while having fun at the same time. Learning to play the piano, swim, do ballet, speak English, and write Japanese calligraphy are among the most popular after-school activities. Recently though, some classes teaching less conventional skills have also appeared.


Kids attending the Bennesse Science Lab wear white lab coats and eye guards as they work with their friends to carry out science experiments. The experiments address different themes, such as energy, life, and matter, and teach kids how to find answers to questions on their own. In one experiment, for example, kindergarten-age children have a go at using a thermometer to measure the temperature of the room and other things, like ice and orange juice. Japanese kids normally learn to use thermometers in elementary school, but at the Bennesse Science Lab these younger children are taught in a way that's very easy to understand. Through this lesson, they learn how to check for themselves when they think something might be cool or cold. In each lesson, kids are able to perform different kinds of experiments and have fun, making the lab a popular choice for kids.