Attention parents in Japan looking for a dynamic summer camp for your child!
The right decision might not be my camp!
"...I put my son in her camp. He came back, alive, unscathed, reporting it was one of the best times he'd ever had. And the value was remarkable..." Stephen "Boone" Johnson
Dear Concerned Parents,
You may be like other parents in Japan. You are trying to balance your child’s social and emotional development, sense of adventure, along with providing opportunities to use English while living in Japan. This website is to help you get started on finding the best summer camp program for your child!
You may be a parent that falls into one or more of the following categories:
Whatever your needs, I would like to help your child find the right summer camp that will develop independence, self-confidence, and a healthy relationship with nature.
As a teacher, at an international school in Tokyo, I get questions from parents all of the time asking me what can they do for their child during the summer. I think a lot of parents want to know what books their child should read, what should they study, or how can they improve academically for the next school-year.
Some parents remember what it was like to go to summer camp and they want their child to experience the joys of making lasting friendships, singing camp songs, and doing silly skits.
Listen closely. You could spend hours sifting through different summer camp websites and still not really understand or know the philosophy behind the summer camp program - but all the searching in the world won't help you make a decision until you know the right questions to ask!
It's tempting to walk away from this page without downloading The Ultimate Free Guide to Summer Camps in Japan! You probably don't think you have time to read this information-packed guidebook.
You may even think you know all there is to know about summer camps.
Look, I know where you send your child for the summer is a tough decision. My guess is that you have attended summer camp fairs and you have talked to friends who have children, but you haven't really researched for yourself. If you have looked around you may feel overwhelmed by the number of choices that are available.
My goal is to help you make the right decision. I'll be honest, the right decision might not be my summer camp. My program has a limited number of slots available so it would be impossible to serve all the children in Japan.
But I do want you to find a summer camp that matches your family values and your child's needs and interests.
Let's take a closer look at the summer camp listings, most, if not all, are in the Kanto region. This means English speaking parents in Osaka or other parts of Japan have a very limited number to choose from. The summer camps in other parts of Japan tend to focus on learning English.
I'm sure you want a program where you child isn't learning English, but is in an English speaking environment.
That's why I have written The Ultimate Free Guide To Summer Camps for Parents Living Overseas.
This Guidebook strives to answer:
Did you find what you were looking for?
Even if you still have questions, I am eager to help you in any way I can.
If you've read this far, then you're clearly interested in learning how summer camps can increase your child's self-confidence and self-reliance.
So here's what you should do next.
All you need to do is click the photo of The Ultimate Free Guide to Summer Camps in Japan. The link will take you to a form where you have to include your full name and email address and once you confirm your email address, you'll instantly get your copy of The Ultimate Free Guide to Summer Camps in Japan (1,8ooJPY value).
Why should you listen to me?
My name is Michaela Chatman. I have worked with high school teens as a counselor, a special education teacher to Learning Disabled and children with severe emotional and behavior problems, and as a classroom teacher at an international school in Tokyo. During my summer vacations, while in the United States, I worked for The New Teacher Residency Program at Mercy College as an advisor for first-year special education teachers.
Michaela is a dedicated teacher who cares deeply for her students. She has a gift for bringing out the best in each of her students. Furthermore, Michaela works collaboratively with other teachers, administrators and parents, thereby facilitating a true learning community. Margaret Whitehead Teacher Mentor, Department of Education, City of New York
Michaela is a transformational educator committed to not only pedagogy, but to the processes that make up school communities. As such, she would make a fine administrator as well. I recommend Michaela and recognize her as an exemplary Teacher Leader.” John Chew, Adjunct Professor, Mercy College
In 2006, I moved to Hiroshima after teaching in New York City. In 2008, I moved to Tokyo and started meeting different types of families. Hiroshima doesn't have much of an international community. After talking to parents from different cultures and backgrounds, I met many parents who wanted to send their child to summer camp but didn't know where to look.
Some parents were faced with a problem. They send their children to Japanese schools during the year, but would like an affordable alternative to the summer camps geared towards English speaking families. So, I started going to international school fairs and researching about summer camps online.
That's when it hit me, and I said, "I have to create this program myself!"
I wanted to develop an affordable program that would balance the role of a traditional summer camp with the key ingredients from a specialty camp.
A specialty camp focuses on a specific interest and brings like-minded children together under a common goal.
I started organizing mini-day camps for young children in Kiba Park on Sundays. I hosted events for English Playgroups on Saturdays. All the while, my ultimate goal was to take a group of young campers on a week-long trip outside of the city.
Michaela came and did a session with our playgroup. The kids were shy at first but she got them writing simple poems and dancing. Edwina Gibbs
Michaela has a great way with the kids and a whole lot of imaginative ideas. All in all we had a great time. Isabel Reynolds
Theinternational summer camp combines my love of the arts, my experience as a teacher, and my love of nature.
I really enjoyed the program. Michaela is very good with the kids. I loved the dance routine. Thomas Boatman
So I urge you to download your copy of The Ultimate Free Guide to Summer Camps for Parents Living Overseas.
You Risk Absolutely Nothing
Just a reminder: Go to the top of this webpage. Then click the photo of The Ultimate Free Guide to Summer Camps For Parents Living Overseas.
Don't miss out on learning about summer camps and how they can help your child!
To Living Creatively,
Click this photo so you can get your Free copy of the Ultimate Summer Guide!
Rave Reviews from Parents, Students and Colleagues
We can't forget your smiley face, your dance, your powerful energy!!
Thanks for teaching me and loving me. You are really smart teacher and good teacher. You tell me, "You are smart at math, so I feel happy. Thank you, I like you.
Thanks, Michaela! Was good to have a more structured, language-based session for the kids. Andrew Brindle
Pure energy and enthusiasm - Michaela has a permeating `positivity` that becomes woven into each of her projects. This along with her relentless search for new knowledge, new networks, new ideas and new business concepts makes her an unstoppable force in the classroom, lecture hall, boardroom and community. Its not often you meet such a balanced person with all of these qualities. 5 years working together and continually inspired! Mark Britten
Dear Ms. Chatman,
I like you. I'm sad because you are not with me. Maybe I can see you in recess. Thank you for teaching me.
from Dong Hee
Dear ms. chatman,
I enjoyed fishing at ichigaya. That was wonderful. I want to go fishing with you one more time. Thak you for teaching me.
Thank you for your kind teaching of my son in this term, in spite of his lack of study.
Seung Min's Mom
Dear M.s chatman,
Thank you for teaching everything. In the morring we play some games and the funest game was the ninja game. I like the feld trips we went. I liked the way you teach. Thank you for teaching