Japanese Language Program

Learning a foreign language is the ultimate brain booster. Language literally rewrites and rewires the brain. The best way for a child to learn a second language is by exposing them to it naturally.

Exposing children to other cultures when they are young also helps children understand that the world is a big place full of diverse people and customs. They can learn tolerance, acceptance and appreciation of those things that are different to them.

It’s for these reasons that Sesame Lane offers an exclusive Japanese Language Program delivered by fully qualified teachers of Japanese background. Kayo Sensei delivers a program to all Sesame Lane children tailored to their age and understanding. The program activates the language learning centre of the brain and broadens our children’s views of the world. Children who grow up learning about languages develop empathy for others and a curiosity for different cultures and ideas; prepared to take their place in a global society.

During a typical term in our Japanese Language Program, children will be immerced in Japanese culture through the following activiites:
  • Japanese story time, when our Japanese Teachers will read in Japanese, exposing children to both oral and written Japanese language.
  • Seasonal celebrations such as how the Japanese mark the beginning of the wet season or the beginning of spring harvest.
  • Cultural celebrations such as the festival of Setsubun (to celebrate Spring) and Hinamatsuri (Doll’s festival) through arts, crafts and music.
  • Hands-on cooking experiences making traditional dishes like sushi and daifuku.
  • Exploring Japanese numbers, words, colours and basic Japanese expressions.
  • Origami, arts & crafts.
  • Traditional Japanese music and learning Japanese lullabies (a favourite in our Nursery program) as well as singing familiar rhymes in Japanese.
  • Discussing and learning what toys Japanese children like to make and play with.
  • How Japanese people live, and discussing what Australian’s do the same, and what we do differently.
The Early Years Learning Frameworks (EYLF) fully supports the benefits of language and introducing children to the wider community of the world.


This is just another way Sesame Lane is inspiring learning early


The ability to acquire and use complex systems of communication.


The ideas, customs and social behavior of a particular people or society.


Including individuals representing more than one national origin.