We had a lot of fun learning about Japan with Winter Promise’s Children Around the World curriculum, but I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t capture a single picture of our week! My mom had just left to return to the US after being with us for several months, and I must have been trying to find our groove again or something because I have no pictures! I can’t believe it!
It was actually a pretty laid-back week as we were all working on finding our way without Grandma being here anymore. We learned about haiku poetry, and Bignificent, who loves to write poetry, wrote a few poems. We also ate “rice and seaweed roll-ups” for several meals because it’s a favorite meal of all of our kids.
We enjoyed learning from our Winter Promise reading about samurais, kimonos, and Japanese tea ceremonies as well as why Japan has so many huge earthquakes. The song Sakura is one of the kids’ favorites to play from our keyboard’s pre-set list of songs, so we learned about it and why the Japanese love cherry blossoms so much.
Books and Resources for Learning about Japan
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- I was so excited to share one of my favorite books from one of my favorite authors with the kids this week. I pretty much never get through Tea with Milk by Allen Say without a few tears, and this week was no exception!
- We loved the chapters about Japan in the book I Heard Good News Today which I mentioned in my recent post about the resources we’re using throughout this year’s study of children around the world.
- Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr was enjoyed by the two older girls, ages 9 and 11, although they both said it was terribly sad.
- Both girls also read The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth. They found it to be an interesting perspective on the Buddhist mindset.
The rest of the books were read only by Bignificent, the 11-year old. She said they were all pretty good.
- The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson
- The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
- Born in the Year of Courage by Emily Crofford
- Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg
What resources would you suggest we add next time? I love to hear from you! My blogging friend, Crystal, has recently shared some excellent posts about learning about Japan which I highly recommend!
Thanks so much for journeying with us through Japan this week. Next up: Southeast Asia, our home!
To see the other stops we’ve made this year, check out our Children Around the World landing page!