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JAMS MILESTONE: 20 YEARS AND COUNTING! I clearly remember my first Abacus class 20 years ago. It was in the living room of my old house. I had just two students, one Japanese

By |February 5th, 2020|Education, Parenting|

Competition Can Be Healthy

Often times, parents avoid "competition" because images of pushing, shoving, trash talking come to mind. It is not exactly what they consider to be a healthy and productive environment. Parents may want to shield

By |March 22nd, 2018|Community|

Are you a Tiger Mom?

No sleepovers. Straight A’s. Play a musical instrument. Study a foreign language. Respect your elders always. These are just some of the guidelines Tiger Mom’s impose on their children. This stereotypical parenting method is

By |March 22nd, 2018|Community|

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|

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 - 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|


[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|


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|
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