We have been doing a Japan topic in our home school so I thought it would be nice to share some of the ideas we had and how we got on. Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. To learn more about what this means, please click here.
Faith is currently 13 and has been a big fan of Japan for a few years now, so this seemed like the perfect topic for us to work on. The ideas listed can be adapted to suit any age or ability. You just may need to help a bit more for younger or lower abilities.
- Suminagashi, which is Japanese marbling.
- Origami (paper folding)
- Japanese cooking/baking
- Use watercolours to paint a cherry blossom tree
- Watch anime
- Design some Manga (Japanese comic strip)
- Write name in Japanese.
- Paint koi fish
- Draw a torii gate
- Have a go at some martial arts like Kendo
- Learn to eat with chopsticks
- Learn some simple Japanese phrases
- Write a Haiku (Japanese poem)
- Make a fact file
I made a fact file page and some boxes that your child can fill out with facts about Japan which you are more than welcome to download from my freebie library to print off at home. I also made a manga sheet for designing a character and then a comic strip sheet for the Manga.
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Netflix has a huge selection of anime. They have also made live-action versions of many of the animes too. Some of them have been dubbed and others have English subtitles. Just be careful with anime as most of it is aimed at older teens rather than small children.
Youtube can be useful and we particularly enjoyed this video from Risa which tells you useful Japanese phrases. Youtube is also great for art tutorials as well.
National Geographical Kids has some good facts and interesting information on Japan and as it is written for children, it is easy to understand.
3D Geography has some great free worksheets about Japan.
How we got on!
We had so much fun on this topic that we extended it for an extra two weeks! Faith loves everything Japanese so wanted to do all of our ideas!
We watched a new (to us) live-action anime on Netflix called Erased which was actually really good! We did some cooking and baking but it was quite hard (I am normally a good cook!). Faith still enjoyed it. We made Japanese milk bread which was lovely, it had a beautiful texture to it. We made Japanese Hamburg for dinner one night and we also had a go at peanut butter Mochi and cream pan.
Faith said that her most favourite activity was marbling. She was literally memorised by it which really surprised me. I had been worried she might think it was a bit young for her but she was so happy making all her papers.
We did origami, painted cherry blossom trees and Koi fish, sketched a Torii gate and followed a tutorial to draw popular anime characters. Map work was applied and we learned lots of facts about Japan. We learned about Haikus and wrote our own. Faith loved learning some basic Japanese too.
It was a very successful topic and I was very pleased with the effort that Faith put into everything.M
I hope that you have found this post on Japan home school ideas useful. You may be interested in our other home education posts which can easily be found by clicking the home education link at the very top of the blog.