We read Grandfather’s Journey often this week. It was one of our Five in a Row books.
(I’m not going in order because we get the books from the library). Bear requested it often.
We mapped Japan and the United States and I showed Bear how Grandfather crossed the Pacific Ocean.
We learned about shoji (screens between rooms in Japanese houses). You can see photographs of some here.
I also did Google searches for photographs of kimono and Japanese clogs and we looked at them. All the while I wished I had bought more things when I went to Japan on a culture exchange in ninth grade. Who knew then at 14 that some day I’d be wanting to show my 3 year old all about Japan.
We read Hokusai The Man Who Painted a Mountain and learned more about a Japanese artist all the while learning about Japanese culture.
Tomorrow we will be doing our own block prints using styrofoam trays and cookie cutters, just like last year. I don’t think we will limit ourselves to pumpkins though.