Kon'nichiwa! Lovebug and I had a great time learning about Japan. Japan is week four in our 12 week exploring our world bundle that is available here.
Before I begin talking about how much fun we had learning about Japan, I wanted to share with you all how I organize our homeschooling materials. I like to print, cut out, and review everything the night before we start our unit.
I then put all of the materials into their labeled bins.
Here we have my homeschooling Narnia :) Last week this cabinet lead us to Brazil. This week, it took us to Japan. Where will it lead us to next week? Click here and find out!
Here is our theme board for the week. After circle time, we hang up three new vocabulary and learn interesting facts about Japan. Lovebug (and I!) got a real kick out of learning that the Japanese writing system has over 3,000 characters!
Our wake up warm up math activities this week centered around classifying Japanese fans and shoes by size and color.
G and H were the letters of the week. Our language activities for the week were very fun! We had a scavenger hunt to find all of the "gumballs" that started with the letter G. Lovebug had so much fun that we did it again with items we had in the house! Then we played Hungry Hippo. Mr.Hippo only wanted to eat H words one day, and the next day he only wanted to eat G words. Again, this game got us up and moving around the house finding other G and H words for Mr.Hippo to eat.
Here comes the letter sounds train! This week we added Gitchi and Hikaru
If this is your first trip on the letter sounds train, here is how you can make the pocket for your passenger's luggage.
Our books this week were beyond adorable! Lovebug really enjoyed the lift-a-flap book pictured above, "Kokeshi: Yumi" We also read "The Falling Flowers" and "Under the Cherry Blossom Tree: An Old Japanese Tale."
Our art project was an origami dog. How cute!
Our cooking project was more art than cooking. We made a bento lunch! Lovebug gobbled it up and I had a fun with cookie cutters and portion cups. Full disclosure, I spent a good chunk of naptime in awe of all the bento boxes I found on Instagram :)
Don't forget to add pictures of your little one's personal travel!
I hope everyone had as much fun discovering Japan as Lovebug and I did. To get this unit, click here