Honestly, from that point: Pick a particular subject and learn it.
I use to follow unit studies to the ‘T’; but now we find that we wind off getting into one area and want to veer onto another route from that particular one. For example; we were going to cover instruments generally. But; “Wow!” As we dug deeper and deeper we began to learn about the Koto & other amazing instruments, thus off we went.
Just make sure you cover the history, religion, vocabulary, economics, currency, foods, places to visit, dress, etiquette, science and on. Your children will love all the crafts, hopefully enjoy writing research papers on the various topics as well as the literature in some of the folk lore.
Get a folder out have the kids decorate it. As you do this unit just have them assemble their info and work. Later they can put it in a nice format. You can use lap booking here if you wish. We chose not to this time.
We also made a section of our dining room to display their crafts, maps and some of their work (like their Japanese words).
We made a small pretend Tea Room as well. It was educational and fun to use the knowledge we attained and the creativity God gives.
THE LARGER UNIT STUDY SITE I PUT TOGETHER IS HERE:
AT SNOWDEN WITH THE FAM (click) --- IT HAS HAD THOUSANDS OF HITS. CLICK ON BLUE HIGHLIGHTED LINK.
Unit Study Site Elementary-High School
Below are the links and activities plus books we used.
We like Okinawa= from Karate Kid! J
4 BOOK MARKS:
- - http://www.learningthroughhistory.com/newsletter/archives/82005.php?vm=r
Japan Printables-we did quite a few.http://homeschooling.about.com/od/unitssubjgeog/ss/japanprint.htm
Japanese: Crafts and Coloring Pages
Excellent Selection of Coloring Pages
MAKE THESE: Origami
Folk Legends- http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/folk/index.html?vm=r
You read the story (as authentic music plays & colorful animation is playing.
Instruments & Entertainment:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_Japanese_musical_instruments?vm=r
http://www.japan-zone.com/culture/kabuki.shtml Kabuki theatre
http://www.japan-zone.com/culture/noh.shtml Noh theatre
http://www.japan-zone.com/culture/bunraku.shtml Bunraku, or Japanese puppet theater
How to make; wrap; history of...etc. Accord Academy
Japan web site for kids
I love the diagram of the kimono and the history.
They made minni drums: minni Taiko
MAKE A TRAVEL BROCHURE:
Tourist teaching. This was really good, they got real creative here.
LEARN THE PROPER WAY TO EAT AT A JAPANESE REST./HOME/GREETINGS…:
LIST THE HOLIDAYS AND PLACE THEM ON A THEIR CALENDAR:
Japan Rice Paddy
Research about rice.
How to Cultivate Rice
Types of Farming in Japan
JAPAN FOLK TALES
Koi: Koi fish is a decorative carp (Cyprinus carpio) developed in Japan during the 19th century.
Excellent site, laid out perfectly
A Day in the Life of a Japanese Child
--Webquest by-Nancy Leeka
Japanese Lantern Craft Meaning of the Japanese Lanterns
JAPAN TODAY: (Current Events)
A good assignment to do.
Virtual Japanese Rest.-shows the etiquette, the foods and where they come from
Greetings: Hello. Konnichiwa. ￼
Good Morning. Ohayou. ￼
Good afternoon. Konnichiwa. ￼
Good evening. Konbanwa. ￼
Good night. Oyasumi. ￼Oyasuminasai. ￼
Good bye. Sayounara. ￼
See you later. Dewa mata.￼
See you tomorrow. Mata ashita.￼
How do you do. Hajimemashite. ￼
I'm glad to see you. Oai-deki-te ureshii-desu. ￼
How are you? Ogenki desu-ka. ￼
I'm fine. Genki-desu.￼
And you? Anata wa?￼
I'm fine, too. Watashi-mo genki-desu.￼
Thank you. Arigatou. ￼/￼
Ven Diagram : Import & Exports
Shiniki Suzuki (info). (My daughter Felecia plays the violin both girls the piano using the Suzuki method).
Brands of tea in Japan
Chamberlain Pub.by Charles E.Tuttle Co.
1971 (reprint 1994)
Title K is for kabuki: a Japan alphabet
"Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Festivals and Flying Carp by Tazuko Inui
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuaqMf2VoO8Counting to 10+
Free Earthquake Lap Book Unit Study
Up-to-date info in all categories
*March 11, 2011 A terrible tsunami hit Japan (the last day of our study 3/11/11) the worse hurricane in record of Japan.
2012 and still have a passion for Japan. Here are the girls at the Japanese Stroll Garden in Springfield, MO. Included an authentic tea house. What a treat!