Also, the kids are learning and speaking in Spanish and Japanese. They have judo lessons (I think she is #1 in the country), music classes, cooking lessons, art projects and spend a ton of time outside in her fenced-in, shady, green back yard. My son really loves the school and the 3 helpers as well. They are helping potty train him now which is nice (she uses all cloth diapers, so cool). Every day I enjoy viewing the photos that are sent, documenting the kid’s daily adventures. The care is top-notch, the very best we have found and we did a lot of searching.
Recent menu items have included grilled artichoke and crimini mushroom pesto with organic chicken and goat cheese, organic cabbage and watercress salad, portobello mushroom tempura, organic apricot and bell pepper salad with creme fraiche. Aside from the three meals she provides the children (all cooked from scratch, including natto, miso, bread, pasta and almost always organic), Chishiro provides a structured daily schedule that I believe prepares them for a more disciplined academic future. Before attending Sakura, my daughter only knew a few Japanese words and no Spanish. Now, with Chishiro and her assistants nurturing guidance, she speaks Japanese and Spanish with ease and can also read hiragana and katakana. Chishiro has also recently added math to the curriculum and my daughter is working on single digit addition and subtraction. Chishiro provides individualized attention to each child and his/her needs and creates a fun environment to learn new things– they are currently learning flags of the world and recite the country names of flags at an astonishing pace. In between these more academic aspects, loads of free time to play, art, music, and story time are also included in the daily schedule, making it well rounded and pure fun. We will be sad to graduate from Sakura this summer, but plan on enrolling our younger daughter when she is ready.
They have a different activity that they do everyday. Those include cooking, music,dancing and Judo. Being into mixed martial arts myself, I was so stocked that she taught the basics to these lil guys. My son loves coming here and he made many friends. We just had another son and we hope to get him into Sakura as well.
We were nervous when our daughter first started because our family does not speak Japanese. Now our daughter teaches us words and phrases in Japanese, sings Japanese songs and corrects our Japanese pronunciation.
The program at Sakura Daycare includes lots of free play, with outdoor time in the morning and afternoon. The children also have age-appropriate lesson time every day where they practice counting and letters, sing songs and read stories. My daughter can count to 20 in English, Japanese and Spanish. The older children have a Japanese language lesson in the afternoon. Every day at Sakura follows the same basic structure so the kids know what to expect and feel comfortable.
Chishiro does an enrichment program every day; music, art, cooking or judo class. Chishiro also serves the children delicious, organic, healthy homemade meals. Today my daughter ate miso soup with brown rice and tofu, homemade carrot bread with cheese, snap peas with cottage cheese, homemade apple strawberry sauce (no sugar added), green peas, fried shrimp with homemade tarter sauce, grilled celery with Japanese dashi sauce and fruit smoothie that the kids made in cooking class.
Chishiro has mastered the art of being both firm and fun at the same time. The children listen to her and respect her. She has three assistants, Maria-san, Ana-san and Chika-san who are kind and loving with the children. I often see them reading and playing with the children.
In the afternoon, parents receive pictures of our children. It is a highlight of my day to see my kid having fun at daycare!
Sakura provides all cloth diapers for the babies and three organic, home-cooked, gourmet meals and snacks (she attended cooking school for three years and makes her own miso, natto, bread, jam, and makes stunning organic lunches and dinners), plus a different educational activity each day. The older babies go on field trips. I love how we receive photos and the daily menu posting each day by email, and are alerted of other resources, local events, health tips, and other helpful information.
Really, Sakura goes way above and beyond what I expected a daycare to provide, and she is constantly encouraging me to incorporate more learning activities or opportunities for my son. Since we began, we have been invited to mama brunches, an occasional weekend playdate, and her annual, amazing animal show for the children and parents. All gratis, on top of what she provides five days a week. I cannot recommend Chishiro Newman and her daycare highly enough– she is dedicated and beloved by so many children and families. This place is magical.
Chishiro is as close to a perfect daycare provider that I could imagine. Energetic, involved, creative, loving, firm, and caring. I was impressed at her ability to love and tenderly care for the children in her care while simultaneously being firm and stead with them. She loves them, and doesn’t spoil them – that’s why the kids that come out of Sakura are happy, respectful, well-rounded children. I only wish I were as good a parent as Chishiro is!
In addition, Chishiro has a knack for creating a real sense of community at her daycare. She has events and gatherings for parents and families – some of our good friends are people we met through Sakura, and we love that many parents still like to check in with Chishiro and with the other parents and kids.
We miss going there every day – if there is a spot available at Sakura, I highly recommend you get your kid enrolled before someone else gets the spot!
The caliber of Chishiro’s knowledge on child development has surpass the many interviews we had at other daycares before deciding on Sakura. The schedule is very organized and structured with plenty of fun. From cooking class, art, music, to judo. Plenty of time outside in the beautiful backyard or visiting the zoo, park, or habitot museum.
My son now knows his colors in Spanish, English, Japanese, and some sign language. He is all smiles when I drop him off and if he has a bad day Chishiro is always updating me, sending me texts or pics.
I highly recommend Sakura daycare with Chishiro the owner and lovely Maria, Ana, and Kaoru they have enriched my son’s weekdays.
Chishiro took the kids out to the zoo and to the park, etc on a regular basis and let them out in the backyard daily (unless it was raining really hard or something). My kids learned something everyday, whether it may be a Japanese phrase, or a song. I loved the birthday parties she threw for the kids.
I would highly recommend Chishiro and her great staff to any parent.
Food: It’s great quality food. It’s great for working parents to have 3 meals plus snacks provided. Chishiro (owner) makes sure that all kids have a good balanced diet. She is flexible enough to accommodate kids who need to eat more, less or some other diet restrictions. She provides Japanese and some more American food. Parents will have an opportunity, at least, once a year for taste what she provides to kids.
Communication: She prepares a sheet for every kid informing parents number of bowel movement, pee, amount of nap, and amount of food they ate. Even if you don’t get to talk to a care provider that day, you will get an idea of basic things. In addition, you receive photos every day. The daycare closes at 5:30pm. I, personally, think that parents should arrive early, at least by 5:20pm, if they have any questions about their kids. I personally feel that I should ask questions, wrap up my son’s play and leave the day care by 5:30 pm, not arrive by 5:30pm. If I e-mail or text Chishiro for a question, she was also available.
Activities – She has a basic schedule. Again you will see what kids do each day because you can see photos. Sometime kids come back home with art project or some backed items. She also take kids to occasional field trips if parents provide consent. Sometimes kids walk to a nearby parks. As the weather has been nice, they have been spending a lot of time outside. My son loves playing outside. She has a good amount of outdoor and indoor toys as well as books in Japanese and English. Chishiro balances out activities with some academic instructions (numbers, Japanese and English alphabets), art, songs, reading, cooking, and exploring senses outside.
Cloth diaper/Potty training: She provides cloth diapers with no extra charges. It’s a bonus for me. Also, she and her staff are patiently assisting potty training for my son. My son is making a progress, but it has been taking a while as he does not care about being wet…
Flexibility: Above all, she is flexible enough to accommodate some individual needs. Every child is different, and she tries her best to accommodate those needs as long as those are reasonable or does not take too much time away from caring other kids.
Language: I sent him to this daycare because it’s Japanese immersion. He is turning 3 and is multilingual (Japanese, Spanish and English). His strongest language is Japanese. One of the daycare staff is teaching him Spanish. We (parents) don’t teach him English, but he is learning English somehow with his daycare buddies and by listening to others. Raising a multilingual kid is not easy. My son understands what he hears in Japanese, English and Spanish, but his ability to construct a sentence is below average. I know it will come in time, and he will catch up. Parents should know that multilingual children demonstrate a different patterns of language development compared to monolingual children, but learning language at early age provide grate benefits.
These days late fees are expensive at many places. Chishiro spells out late fees in annual contract, so it should not be a surprise to parents. For the current year, it is $2 per minute. It’s more than when we started 2 years ago. If you arrange an extended care 24 hour in advance, you will pay an hourly fee not late charge by minute.
Chishiro Newman has been caring for my child for a number of years now, and she and her team have done a fabulous job. The kids have lots of engaging activities during the day, like art, music, dance, judo, and Japanese language lessons. She serves organic meals and snacks that my child loves. We have really enjoyed getting to know the other kids and parents, and I’ve been impressed at how well-behaved all of the children are. Chishiro is very dedicated and has provided us with helpful childcare advice. I highly recommend Sakura Daycare. –B.L.
The Sakura community is tight and most of us know when a new child joins, ‘graduates’ or moves on for some other reason. If you’re interested in sending your child to Sakura, consider talking to one of the parents who sends their children there. –E H.