This week we’re starting a Christmas Around The World series for our homeschool and we begin with Japan.
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We’re using a few must-have items to pull of this unit study:
I love this Sonlight map because you get both a world map and US map in one, it’s huge, and it’s laminated for easy wipe-off.
The first thing we did is pull out the world map, determine where Japan is in relation to where we live (California), and then dig deeper into where Japan is geographically.
This incredible book by Aleksandra and Daniel Misielinski has such whimsical pictures that makes learning about countries and places a ton of fun for Zoe (age 11).
It makes studying Japan come to life.
This book was also a major staple in our unit study. We are reading Galloping the Globe to get ideas. Page 102 gives a brief summary of Christmas in Japan.
After reading about Japan, we headed over to YouTube for even more ideas:
YouTube Videos about Christmas in Japan
- Christmas in Japan – 5 Fun Facts
- 5 Differences between Christmas in the US and in Japan
- How do Japanese People Celebrate Christmas?
Christmas Around The World (in Japan)- Activities
This map is found in the Galloping the Globe book. We printed out a copy and had Zoe color the simple flag: a white flag with a red dot in the middle.
We also created a simple folded fan.
Here are a few more places to get Christmas in Japan activity ideas:
- Japanese crafts and activities for kids
- Japanese teaching ideas
- Christmas around the world recipes and crafts
- Japanese crafts for kids at the Crafty Classroom
- Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes
- A Treasury of Japanese Folktales
- Kintaro’s Adventures and Other Japanese Favorites
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
- Check out your local library’s digital books and reading apps like Epic for more Japanese-themed books for kids. We read an ebook called Issun Boshi and are finishing up a longer book: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
We will keep along our Christmas Around the World theme this week. Join Zoe and I here to see what we’re up to 🙂