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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Our Japan Month Long Study: An Overview

My nearly six year old daughter received Little Passports as a Christmas gift and so we have been expanding on the country each month as part of our homeschool. This month we have been learning about Japan. I like to include lots of books (of course!), movies, artist study, geography, science (wildlife info for my animal obsessed kid), cooking, and music. My overall goal is always to show the variety of ways people live in the world and to find ways to be inspired by our differences and our similarities. Books I try to find a wide variety of books…

Our Morning Basket

About two months ago, I watched this scope by Julie Bogart of Bravewriter (yes, I am a bit of a Julie fangirl) and it made me swap around how we work our mornings for the better. Previously I had been starting the day with our math, phonics, and handwriting pages and then we’d take a break and I would try to do science reading at my scheduled science time or my social studies at my scheduled social studies time and I’d try to read from a chapter book and picture books at some point and more…

Learning About Japan Through the Films of Studio Ghibli

Our family is a big fan of having what we call Movie Dinners. I normally employ them when Dad is working late and Mom is tired. Last week we managed to tie it into school by immersing ourselves in Japanese animation from Studio Ghibli. We did Movie Dinner 5 nights in a row, watching a different animated Ghibli film each night. Instead of me hiding out in the dining room with my laptop and a glass of wine, I stayed and watched the movies with the kids. We had seen most of these before (maybe numerous times) but we paid…

Poetry Teatime

  Poetry Teatime is one of the big joys in our homeschool. When I first learned about it from Julie Bogart at Bravewriter I fell in love with the idea but was not consistent about actually pulling them off. I had grand ideas of baking homemade treats weekly with my kids and other high standards to help it tie in with the picture of my fantasy homeschool. Then life happened and I was lucky to do them monthly. Meanwhile, Greta was begging me on the regular about doing it. It was actually starting to stress me out. After talking with her…

Japan Unit Study: Our Books

  Tea Ceremony: We are big on Poetry Teatime over here and will be doing our version of a Japanese Tea Ceremony thanks to the step by step instructions in this book. Origami: I am not sure that my soon to be six year old has the patience or fine motor skills to do origami just yet, so we may end up looking at the pictures more than completing any projects 🙂 Haiku: To go along with our Japanese Poetry Teatime, we will be reading haiku and will also try our hand at writing a few of our own. All About Japan…