Japan Unit Study

Before we started Story of the World: Volume One, Jenna and I were learning about different countries every week. We’d get books from the library, watch YouTube videos, and (attempt to?) cook some ethnic foods from that country. At the end of the wee, we’d do a lapbook or she’d write an essay. I tried to keep things interesting for her, but after a while, she was pretty tired of it. Which is why I found it so funny that she decided she wanted to pick back up with a new country, when we finished SOTW last week.

This time, we’d be including Simon in our studies. They agreed on studying Japan first. Below are some of the resources we used, some of our projects, and a lapbook, some parts of which were gleaned from a favorite website, HomeschoolShare.com.

Books We Used
Exploring Countries: Japan, by Colleen Sexton
Social Studies Explorer: Japan, by Barbara Somervill
Japan Country File, by Michael March
Discover Japan, by Susan Crean
Country Topics: Japan, by Richard and Sheila Tames

Videos We Watched
Geography Kids – Japan
Mouk Discovers Japan


I found this technique to be really, really cool, and it held my kids’ attention. Their pictures are easily discernible from mine, as they were more creative and used more colors. You’ll need cardboard (for the fan template), a pencil, some good paper, crayons, watercolors, water, and brushes. You can read more about this awesome technique here.

I chose for them to do mini lapbooks this time, because full lapbooks can  take FOREVER unless you’re steadily working on them all week long, and we tend to save them for Fridays.


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Nice socks. 😉