Japanese Children and Independence


Article describing how Japanese pre-schools teach children independence
NPR book review about French Parenting


field trip (noun phrase)
preschool (noun)
waiver (noun), waive (regular verb)
mention [s/th] off-hand (verb phrase)
helicopter parenting vs. free-range parenting (noun phrase)
foster (regular verb)
admonishment (noun)
reinforce (regular verb), reinforcement (noun)
take [s/th] to heart (verb phrase)
milestone (noun)
run an errand (verb phrase)

Main Activity

Read the article about Japanese children for gist to answer the following questions:

  1. How do the procedures mentioned in the article differ from your experience?
  2. What are the benefits to learning independence from a young age?
  3. Are there any drawbacks to this system or obstacles to applying it elsewhere?