Monday, August 29, 2011

Konos: Japanese Scrolls and Clogs

Konos Unit: Honor
Theme: Japan

This morning I was looking over my lesson plans for the day when Nicholas woke up and came downstairs. I told him that we were going to make Japanese scrolls this morning and told him a little about what we would do. Rachel woke up shortly after this and I went to her room to get her dressed for the day. When I came back down, Nicholas had already gotten his scroll making supplies and was almost done with the project.

He said he was too excited to wait for me!


Isn't that how learning should be?



We're also going to make a lapbook about Japan. A lapbook is a hands-on way to reinforce learning by making mini-books and activity cards about the subject being studied. Then the mini-books are put together in a larger folder. It is fun for children to just sit with the folder over their lap (hence the name "lapbook") and read through it as a review of all that they have learned.

We are including mini-books about Japan as well as a few books that we have read. Here Nicholas is making a picture for the lapbook about the story we read this morning called, "A Pair of Red Clogs".



This book was one of the many wonderful Konos book recommendations this study on Honor and Japan. Mako, a little Japanese girl, was so excited to get a new pair of clogs painted with red lacquer that shone beautifully. This is the story of what happened after she cracked the new clogs playing the weather-telling game and so longed for a bright, shiny new pair to replace them that she almost did a dishonest thing.



We are really enjoying reading such wonderful stories that so perfectly reinforce what we are learning about Japan and Honor. Konos is such a fun way to learn!

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