Top of the Mountain

Japanese

5-star classes taken by more than 750 students

Absolute Beginner

parent, K. S.

My 12 year old really enjoyed this class! He was able to use the words and phrases in his daily life and he found it very interesting to learn the backgrounds of the language as well. Meredith is a really encouraging and engaging teacher. He is looking forward to doing the next level!

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Intermediate

parent, Anne

The style of teaching is excellent. And practicing with other students with the teacher is very helpful. Questions are always answered!

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Absolute Beginner

parent, Tanya

When I asked my daughter what she would rate this class, from 1 to 5 stars, she exclaimed, “SIX STARS!” Needless to say, she loved this class and Meredith’s gentle and effective style, and she is looking forward to continuing on to the next level!

Intermediate

parent, anonymous

Meredith Kaunitz is one of my 13 year old son's favorite teachers. He's learned so much so far, and says that it's mostly due to her teaching style and the study resources she provides. We highly recommend any classes she teaches.

Fall Classes Now Enrolling
Session starts September 12th

8-12 year olds

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8-12 years old

Absolute Beginner Japanese (Online)
Hawaii Time

Minimum Required Skills 
None 


Students will learn to speak, understand, read and write Japanese. Material may include introducing oneself, asking about personal information, numbers up to 9,999 and asking about prices. Students will learn to read and write in Romaji and Hiragana.

Taught by Tanya Harris

12 weeks for $150

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8-12 years old

Not-so-absolute Beginner Japanese (Online)
Eastern Time

Minimum Required Skills:

Took Absolute Beginner fall session at Art Play Learn 

OR  

  • Has studied all of the Hiragana characters including the use of diacritics and subscript contractions

  • Can introduce themselves

  • Can count to 99 in Japanese

  • Can ask and answer yes/no questions

Students will learn to speak, understand, read and write Japanese. Material may include using adverbs of frequency, going to a restaurant, culture of eating, and more. Students will continue to learn Hiragana and may start learning Katakana.

Taught by Meredith Kaunitz

12 weeks for $150

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8-18 years old

Hiragana Helper 
(Online)

Minimum Required Skills 
None 


This writing supplement is the perfect thing for students who need more instructional guidance to learn to recognize and write the Hiragana alphabet fluently. We will spend time looking at each character, how it is written and how it sounds. Then we will put it in context, writing and reading word that include it.

Taught by Meredith Kaunitz

6 weeks for $72

Orange Leaves
8- 12 years old

Intermediate Part 2  (Online)

Minimum Required Skills

* Read and write using Hiragana

* Have some experience with Katakana

* Be able to make, read and write in kanji numbers up to 9,999

* Understand how to use the counters for age, money, months, days of the month, and time

* Know how to ask basic information seeking questions and yes/no questions for like/dislike, wellness, dates, days of the week, times, and adverbs 

* Change verbs between the infinitive (~u form) and the neutral (~masu form) in the unfinished tense 

* Change verbs into the ~tai forms and ~mashyou form 

* Use describing words in the affirmative and negative 

* Use entry level kanji for natural objects (tree, moon, sun, mountain, etc)  

 

recommended age range: 8-12
 

 

Students will learn additional basic kanji, how to talk about human relationships, how to use describing words to describe people, new vocabulary for things and verbs.

Taught by Meredith Kaunitz

12 weeks for $150

Asian Town
8-12 years old

Intermediate Part 3 (Online) 

Minimum Required Skills 
- Took Intermediate Part 2 at Art Play Learn 
OR 
- Read and write using Hiragana

- Have some experience with Katakana

- Be able to make, read and write in kanji numbers up to 9,999

- Understand how to use the counters for age, money, months, days of the month, and time

- Know how to ask basic information seeking questions and yes/no questions for like/dislike, wellness, dates, days of the week, times, and adverbs

- Change verbs between the infinitive (~u form) and the neutral (~masu form) in the unfinished tense

- Change verbs into the ~tai forms and ~mashyou form

- Use describing words in the affirmative and negative

- Use entry level kanji for natural objects (tree, moon, sun, mountain, etc), and family relationships

- Talk about family relationships


Students will learn additional basic kanji, how to make polite requests and more.

Taught by Meredith Kaunitz

8 weeks for $100

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8-12 years old

Absolute Beginner Japanese (Online)
Eastern Time

Minimum Required Skills 
None 


Students will learn to speak, understand, read and write Japanese. Material may include introducing oneself, asking about personal information, numbers up to 9,999 and asking about prices. Students will learn to read and write in Romaji and Hiragana.

Taught by Meredith Kaunitz

12 weeks for $150

Orange Leaves
8-12 years old

Advanced Beginner Japanese (Online)

Minimum Required Skills  
- Took Not-so-absolute Beginner Japanese at Art Play Learn 
OR 
- Can introduce themselves 
- Can read and write in Hiragana 
- Can read and write in Katakana 
- Can count to 1,000 in Japanese 
- Can ask and answer yes/no questions 
- Can ask for prices 
- Can use counters for age, money and people 
- Can use adverbs of frequency 
- Can tell time

recommended age range: teens


Students will learn to speak, understand, read and write Japanese. Material may include using basic kanji, expressing dates and times and more.

12 weeks for $150

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8-18 years old

Katakana Keeper 
(Online)

Minimum Required Skills 
Ability to read and write Romaji and Hiragana


This writing supplement is the perfect thing for students who need more instructional guidance to learn to recognize and write the Katakana alphabet fluently. We will spend time comparing the characters to the hiragana. Then we will put it in context, writing and reading words that include it with some real world application practice.

Taught by Meredith Kaunitz

6 weeks for $72

Asian Town
8- 12 years old

Intermediate Part 2 (Online) Hawaii Time

Minimum Required Skills 
- Took Intermediate part 1 at Art Play Learn 
OR 
- Read and write using Hiragana

- Have some experience with Katakana

- Be able to make, read and write in kanji numbers up to 9,999

- Understand how to use the counters for age, money, months, days of the month, and time

- Know how to ask basic information seeking questions and yes/no questions for like/dislike, wellness, dates, days of the week, times, and adverbs

- Change verbs between the infinitive (~u form) and the neutral (~masu form) in the unfinished tense

- Change verbs into the ~tai forms and ~mashyou form

- Use describing words in the affirmative and negative

- Use entry level kanji for natural objects (tree, moon, sun, mountain, etc)


Students will learn additional basic kanji, how to talk about human relationships, how to use describing words to describe people, new vocabulary for things and verbs.

Taught by Tanya Harris

Schedule TBD. Request a section below and let us know what your availability is.

12 weeks for $150

Teens Enrichment and For Credit

For students who are taking this class to only fulfill their own desire to learn Japanese, the enrichment option offers that experience.

 

For students who are also trying to fulfill a homeschool World Language requirement, the "for credit" option will fulfill this requirement in most states. Please contact me if your state has very specific requirements and I will let you know if I can fulfill them. For credit students will receive a syllabus, graded assignments and assessments and a certificate of completion with covered Standards of Learning and grades notated on the "back". If digital versions of these are not acceptable, please communicate that to me and I can snail mail them to you.

 

For more information, please contact info@artplaylearn.com

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Teens

Absolute Beginner Japanese Hawaii Time (Online)

Minimum Required Skills 
None



Students will learn to speak, understand, read and write Japanese. Material may include introducing oneself, asking about personal information, numbers up to 9,999 and asking about prices. Students will learn to read and write in Romaji and Hiragana.

Taught by Tanya Harris

Enrichment

12 weeks for $250

For Credit

12 weeks for $280

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Teens

Not-so-absolute Beginner Japanese (Online)

Minimum Required Skills 
- Took Absolute Beginner Japanese at Art Play Learn 
OR 
-Can introduce themselves 
- Can read and write in Hiragana 
- Can count to 1,000 in Japanese 
- Can ask and answer yes/no questions 
- Can ask for prices 
- Can use counters for age and money

Taught by Meredith Kaunitz

Enrichment

12 weeks for $250

For Credit

12 weeks for $280

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11-18 years old

Intermediate Part 6 (Online)

This class is for anyone who took Intermediate Japanese Part 5 or who meets the minimum skills below.

Minimum Skills:

*can read and write in Hiragana and Katakana 
*knows ~masu, ~u, ~te and ~tai forms in the unfinished tense 
*numbers up to 9,999 
*telling time 
*talking about dates and days of the week

*talking about family relationships

*using words that describe

*using prepositions and prepositional phrases

 

The exact content will be determined by what the enrolled students have studied but will likely include speaking about past events, and the beginnings of storytelling. The focus of this class is to make the transition to expressing one's own thoughts. We will add vocabulary and kanji as we venture into talking about more student driven topics.

Enrichment

12 weeks for $250

For Credit

12 weeks for $280

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Teens

Advanced (Online)

This class is the next level up from Advanced Intermediate Part 4.

Minimum required skills: 
* ability to read and write in hiragana 
* familiarity with katakana 
* basic kanji 
* knowledge of 'u' form and 'masu' form in unfinished and finished tense, conditionals, potentials and transitive-intransitive verbs
* numbers to 100,000,000 
* basic understanding of the use of counters 
* knowledge of how to make and answer basic information seeking and yes/no questions 
* understanding of how describing words work 
* vocabulary including colors, foods, family members, every day usage verbs 
* vocabulary for 'too much', 'all the way', 'try' 
* ability to express every.../no..../some.../any... 
* ability to express decision making, acting on someone or something else, and being acted upon
* ability to use shiru and wakaru appropriately 
* knowledge of the ~nagara form and potential form 
*knowledge of body parts and expressing injury or sickness 


This level will focus more on generating self-motivated speech in Japanese and reading and writing. We will use storytelling techniques, and will start discussing our opinions and feelings. Some advanced grammar will be embedded as will some new vocabulary and new kanji.

Taught by Meredith Kaunitz

Enrichment

12 weeks for $250

For Credit

12 weeks for $280

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Teens

Absolute Beginner Japanese Eastern Time (Online)

Minimum Required Skills 
None



Students will learn to speak, understand, read and write Japanese. Material may include introducing oneself, asking about personal information, numbers up to 9,999 and asking about prices. Students will learn to read and write in Romaji and Hiragana.

Taught by Meredith Kaunitz

Enrichment

12 weeks for $250

For Credit

12 weeks for $280

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11-18 years old

Intermediate Part 4 (Online)

This class is for anyone who took Intermediate Part 3 or anyone who meets the minimum skills listed below. 
Minimum Skills: 
*can read and write in Hiragana and Katakana 
*knows ~masu, ~u, ~te and ~tai forms in the unfinished tense 
*numbers up to 9,999 
*telling time 
*talking about dates and days of the week

All conversations and materials will be written in Japanese syllabary. I do not set a specific curriculum in order to be able to address the needs of each group of students in each section. Material will likely include talking about destinations and modes of transportation, using large numbers and incorporation of many questions already studied such as family relationships.

Taught by Meredith Kaunitz

Enrichment

12 weeks for $250

For Credit

12 weeks for $280

Mojiko Station
11-18

Advanced Intermediate Part 2&3 (Online)

Advanced Intermediate Japanese Part 2 

 This class is the next level up from Advanced Intermediate. 

Minimum required skills: 

  • ability to read and write in hiragana 

  • familiarity with katakana * basic kanji 

  •  knowledge of 'u' form and 'masu' form in unfinished and finish tense 

  • numbers to 100,000,000 

  • basic understaning of the use of counters 

  • knowledge of how to make and answer basic information seeking and yes/no questions 

  • understanding of how describing words work  

  • vocabulary including colors, foods, family members, every day usage verbs 

  • vocabulary for 'too much', 'all the way', 'try' *how to express every.../no..../some.../any... 

 

 

This level will focus on generating self-motivated speech in Japanese. We will use storytelling techniques, will exchange emails and perhaps even snail mail letters, and will start discussing our past, habitual and breaking news life events. Some advanced  grammar will be embedded as will some new vocabulary and new kanji.

Enrichment

12 weeks for $250

For Credit

12 weeks for $280

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Teens

Advanced Fluency (Online)

This class is the next level up from a year of Advanced Japanese.

Minimum required skills: 
* ability to read and write in hiragana 
* familiarity with katakana 
* basic kanji 
* knowledge of 'u' form and 'masu' form in unfinished and finished tense, conditionals, potentials and transitive-intransitive verbs
* numbers to 100,000,000 
* basic understanding of the use of counters 
* knowledge of how to make and answer basic information seeking and yes/no questions 
* understanding of how describing words work 
* vocabulary including colors, foods, family members, every day usage verbs 
* vocabulary for 'too much', 'all the way', 'try' 
* ability to express every.../no..../some.../any... 
* ability to express decision making, acting on someone or something else, and being acted upon
* ability to use shiru and wakaru appropriately 
* knowledge of the ~nagara form and potential form 
*knowledge of body parts and expressing injury or sickness 


This level will focus on generating self-motivated speech in Japanese and reading and writing. We will use storytelling techniques, discussions, and reading Japanese stories to increase fluency. Some advanced grammar will be embedded as will some new vocabulary and new kanji.

Taught by Meredith Kaunitz

Enrichment

12 weeks for $250

For Credit

12 weeks for $280