Monday, May 04, 2009

Our Japanese Lapbook

We had so much more we wanted to do with THIS lapbook....but Mike reminds me that we'll have 3 years to research and explore Japan. It's time to close out school for the year and prepare for packers on the 11th of May. Here is what we've accomplished.

I used some minibooks from the Country Lapbook and Geography Lapbook from Thanks Lisa B for pointing me to the right spot for appropriate core booklets. The rest of the books are ones we created.

I created the cover from various photos we found on Photobucket and the Internet. It was created with Shutterfly Studio.


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All of the above books except the climate booklet are from Homeschool We folded over a chart that showed the average Misawa temps in 2008 and stuck the climate graphic on the front for the other book.

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The left page talks about education and government. The book log is something we found with our Knight Lapbook. The right page has booklets on industry, time zones, the Shinkansen and religion. We created the Shincansen and time zone book.

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The Shinkansen book is an accordion folds - the kids dictated facts to go inside. The time zone chart is one that was in the base's briefing book....we highlighted OR and TX time.

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This page won't flip. ::snort:: The top little booklet we created and it compares daily calories in various countries. The booklet with colorful fruit on it (probably not from Japan ::snort::) compares the amounts of various foods eaten in various countries. The recipe pocket has some food facts and only one recipe. I need to find more.

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The booklet with the chopsticks on it is one we created. We filled it with Chopstick trivia and etiquette that we found. The center booklet is a sheet from the Internet on how to correctly use chopsticks. We folded it into a tri-fold and glued clip art on it.

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This page features counting to 10 in Japanese...and Arielle created one for the Days of the Week as well. The Fun Facts and WOW mini-books are filled with random facts that interested us and are from

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The alphabet book contains a chart from a book that Stephanie loaned us...shows the basic alphabet and kana. The blue language book has folded lists of helpful phrases from the base briefing. The red pocket has laminated photos of things we found in the Misawa area that we are looking forward to seeing.

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This last two pages are bulky. The left is a puzzle that Lois and kids gave us from highlight - when you put it together it shows a map of Japan and has facts too. The right side has a pocket for "animals" and "places to go"...both are filled with photos we printed and laminated.

We weren't able to study everything that interested us, but this is enough to whet our appetites.

You can see more of our lapbooks at Our Lapbooks Page.

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.


Anonymous said...

Most excellent!
We have that puzzle set, too.
I sent my phone numbers through your facebook; I'm home most of this week except Thursday which is our local PWOC day. What's on your mind?

Anonymous said...

Sis; Tell the kids they did a nice job on everything. Think we too will have to get us a time chart thingy for Japan and also China. :):)

Stacia: G'Pa & I like you monkey book. It looks like you worked hard on it. Ask your Mom to tell you about the pet monkeys we had in the Philippines.

Thinkin of you as you all work so hard to get ready to move.


Mom T and your 2 G's

Anonymous said...

Very cool! Good job!

jen in wa

Windy said...

Wow, that's impressive! you ever sell your lapbook ideas? Although we've done lapbooks before, I've never created my own; and to be quite honest, as a 'single' mom (Dad's in Korea) of five...well, I don't think I could!
Misawa, here we come!

Cynthia said...

Looks great. I agree with Mike.. time to move on. Just think about all the fun you'll have adding to the lapbook for the next 3 years.... you'll have your own photos to add to it in no time!

Debbie said...

Wow very nice lapbook. How on earth did you find time to do all that - the research, creativity and teaching the children - and do all the packing to move???? I am impressed. I think you win the Super Mom award!!

Just me~Bobbie Jo said...

Love the lapbooks.

BTW I have an award for you come check out my blog. :)

Romany said...

You all did a good job!

The kids are all set to live there now!{g}

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Windy - most of the mini-books are free at the links I gave. I could send you the cover. LOL The others are simple books we folded and wrote on - didn't save the graphics. LOL

Wild Homeschool Family said...

very nice! This was an awesome way to learn about your new home!

Unknown said...

Love the Japanese lapbook! We spent 3 years in Okinawa and loved it. Are all your children with you? Last move, we requested Japan and were told we had too many kiddoes (only 4). Enjoy your time there. So many things to learn and see, and what an opportunity to be a light for Christ!

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Amy - five of our children are with us. Four of them are in college stateside. Request Misawa...lots of big families here...I know 6 that I've met in TLF with 5 or 6 children. LOL