|The DVD's we found at the library. |
Two were for kids from Schlessinger Media.
Yesterday, we paid a visit to our library to obtain resource materials. I found a travel DVD in the adult section on Tokyo and two DVD’s in the children’s section. I also found a travel guide for Japan in the adult section and a couple of research books in the children’s section. To top off our study, I found a picture book called The Beckoning Cat, which is an old folktale from Japan.
We spent some time looking over the books we got from the library and then watched the two videos from the children’s section. We looked over some of the recipes and crafts that were in one of the books and chose some that we thought we could do. Then, we worked on some of the lapbook minibooks that we will paste to our presentation board. Mostly, basic facts and mapwork.
Today, we read through part of the other reference book we had gotten. We learned more about the geography of Japan and how because Japan is very mountainous, most people live in the cities. We also learned that the climate of Japan is varied since the islands stretch from off the coast of Siberia, all the way down to near the equator. Winters in the north can be harsh and skiing and winter sports are popular. The further south you go, sandy beaches are the norm, but they also deal with monsoons! Earthquakes are also very frequent in Japan, which also has 60 active volcanoes!The girls also decided to paint kokeshi dolls using the wooden peg doll forms. (We use these for our painted saints. The kids also worked on researching their saints from Japan. Each child gets to choose one (or two) and write up a paragraph about that saint. Alex chose St. Paul Miki.
We also watched the travel film on Tokyo that I found in the adult section of the library. It was very informative and quite interesting. For
|Here are the girls' finished Kokeshi Dolls along with a |
Beckoning Cat that I needle felted.