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Abacus vs. Kumon

It seems that there are as many unique teaching and tutoring approaches out there as there are children! And while many of them are similar, it’s important to make distinctions between the various styles

By | August 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

JAMS Mentor Program

We are excited to launch, beginning with Spring Term, a Mentor Program for new JAMS parents and parents of students who are having difficulty advancing or other issues. The goal of this program is to

By | March 8th, 2017|Announcements|

It’s Not Just About Winning

My little one started Abacus when she was in Kindergarten (2015). By mid-1st grade, her enthusiasm began to waver. However, she won a prize at the 2016 JAMS abacus competition, and that made her want

By | March 6th, 2017|Testimonial|

Abacus Masters ’17

The annual competition - Abacus Masters - will be held in February 2017. This is a mandatory event for all JAMS students, and students from other states will also be participating. We'll be at the

By | February 10th, 2017|Announcements|

New Classroom Space

We’re very excited to be growing and that our landlord has provided us with the extra space to accommodate additional students. Recently we opened the wall in our classroom to add more than 300 square

By | October 20th, 2016|Announcements|

No Bugs Allowed!

As we head into cold and flu season, please be mindful of your child(ren)’s health, and that of their classmates. If your child is sick, please keep them home until their illness passes. It’s very

By | October 20th, 2016|Announcements|

Booster Weeks

During weeks 3 and 4 this term we offered Booster Weeks for Intermediate level students. During these weeks, intermediate students had the opportunity to participate in the Advanced class. We tested this concept and it

By | October 20th, 2016|Announcements, JAMS Events|

New Fall Term at JAMS

New Term and New People - We hope everyone enjoyed their summer break!  With the new school year started, we're beginning a new Fall Term at JAMS.  We're looking forward to an exciting new term

By | September 13th, 2016|Announcements|

Meet Sensei Tim

Sensei Tim Migaki was born and raised in Oregon and is a fourth-generation Japanese-American. After becoming interested in Japan, Sensei Tim began studying Japanese in 2003 and has been doing so ever since. He attended

By | August 24th, 2016|Announcements|

Sayonara Sensei Kyoko

Dear JAMS community, Thank you for the wonderful time with you all. I really enjoyed teaching talented kids and interacting with wise parents. It always makes my heart warm when I think about JAMS kids’

By | August 24th, 2016|Announcements|

Tanabata

Tanabata - Also known as the Weaver’s Festival or the Star Festival, Tanabata is held annually on July 7th, or the seventh night of the seventh moon, according to the Japanese lunisolar calendar.  Thought to

By | August 3rd, 2016|Did You Know, Japanese Culture|

Meet Sensei Mika

Just prior to Summer term, Sensei Mika Comeaux joined the JAMS team. Sensei Mika brings her Japanese roots and several years in America, along with experience as a mom and assistant teacher, to offer a unique

By | June 13th, 2016|Announcements|

At JAMS we GANBARE

[facebook id="471322139735658"] "Ganbare! Ganbare! Ganbare!" You hear it shouted over and over again in the video. In Japan will hear it from friends, neighbors, classmates, and parents. You will see it on signs, buttons, and

By | March 10th, 2016|Did You Know|

Brains Grow at JAMS

Are you right-brained or left-brained? Do you prefer art over math, or understand music better than language? Why not both? Normally when we do mathematical calculations we use the left hemisphere of our brain. However,

By | March 3rd, 2016|Did You Know|

Why JAMS Matters

  "We are fortunate to have discovered JAMS, and grateful to Miwako Sensei, who instills discipline and motivation in her pupils.” -Karen C., Parent You may think JAMS is just about learning the abacus, but

By | February 24th, 2016|Did You Know, Uncategorized|

Syuzando

In the Japanese and other Asian cultures, the concept of DO (pronounced ‘doh’) represents the ability to persevere and is taught through many activities. Life is filled with many challenges, and children who

By | December 11th, 2015|Did You Know|

JAMS Adds New Teacher to Team

October 30, 2015 - Portland, Oregon - JAMS is pleased to announce that Stephanie Cavanaugh has joined the school as a teacher. Ms. Cavanaugh was selected based on her teaching experience and familiarity with Japanese

By | October 30th, 2015|JAMS in the News|