As part of its activities, the Tsukuba Information Center sponsors a bilingual discussion group the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 pm, with invited guests giving a presentation from their area of expertise or experience. This month, we are pleased to have Mikako & George Takahashi making a presentation entitled "We are a large family." George is originally from Greece and Mikako a native of Japan. The Takahashi's have been married for 15 years and have 6 children ranging in age from 5 months to 14 years.
The Takahashi family is quite large by today's standards, but they believe that "Children are gifts from God." They also say, "As members of a large family, children can learn independence and responsibility through their everyday life." Anyone who meets this family will see how much they are enjoying their lifestyle.
One other big difference between the Takahashi family and other more "ordinary" ones is that the Takahashi children do not attend a regular school. Instead, these lucky children are able to enjoy "home schooling." Most Japanese people are still unfamiliar not only with the word "home schooling" but also with the whole concept. The home schooling system involves the parents teaching their children themselves, at home, instead of sending them to public or private schools. Although the Takahashi children have never studied in a formal school setting, they are learning in English by depending on and sharing with their parents and siblings. So come and hear how the Takahashi family makes their lives enjoyable and fun!
The Coffee Hour is meant to be an informal exchange of information and opinions. English and Japanese are both used with efforts made to make sure those who can't understand one or the other are able to at least get the gist of the conversation. Likewise, you don't need to commit yourself to the entire two hours and can come and go freely. So drop by, whether for a short time or for the entire two hours, and enjoy some free refreshments along with a stimulating discussion.
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