This past week was our second week learning about Japan! We tried our hand at origami and had a lot of fun making boxes, baskets, and animals! We did many tutorials from this website here. Some had videos that we could watch and fold along while others had pictures of the steps. Coming from someone that normally does not have the patience for origami, the steps from the website were easier to follow than some of the books we had!
Being that we have 2 cats that sort of rule our home here, we decided to read more about the Japanese Welcoming Cat! We read some history at this site and then created our own clay versions!
Goosey also made a Shoji, paper screen, by cutting pieces of cardboard strips and gluing them together to create a window type panel. Then she painted everything black and when that was dry, she glued white tissue paper to the back. She created 3 panels that way. To attach them together she hole punched a hole on the top and bottom and tied yarn to hold it together.
We finished our first week back after Christmas break and it went quite well! We finished up week 19 of TOG. This week was concentrated on Asian history (China/Japan), we focused a little more towards the Japan side and traveled along with Map Travelers! Goosey made a Mount Fuji (well a little version of it) out of clay and then painted it. Once everything was dry she added the baking soda, food coloring, and vinegar. Then came the explosion!
I found these snacks over at World Market so we taste tested these and they were quite tasty!
We've had these kits for a couple of years. I found them clearanced out at Barnes and Noble so they painted these Japanese gold panels.
Last but not least I found these Zen gardens at the Dollar Tree last year as well. Originally we were going to make our own but then I thought for $1.00, I can't go wrong!
We plan on carrying over our journey to Japan next week as well!
Welcome to our little space on the web!! I'm a mom homeschooling my kids and blogging about our school days. My kids are 19, 17, and 14 years old and we share a household with 2 crazy cats, an African grey parrot, 2 hermit crabs, and a turtle.
Curriculum we are Using...
Rosey-17 year old
-Sonlight British Literature
-Math U See Pre-Calc
Goosey-14 year old
-Tapestry of Grace Year 1
-Math U See Geometry
-Bible Road Trip Year 2