I just looked at the last post and realized it has been some time since I posted what we are doing in class. Where has the time gone? We finished China in March and have been studying Japan since the week before Spring Break. A big event happened in my family over break, my youngest daughter had a baby, and that is probably why I have lost track. I was able to spend two weeks with her and my grandchildren during such a precious time. Thanks to my substitute, class was able to continue in a timely fashion.
This week students will begin a simulation of Japan's history during the year 1599. This is the time of shoguns and war lords. Students are very engaged by competing in teams to earn armies, and conquer enemy castles as they strive to become the shogun of Japan. Competition can get intense, but for me there is joy watching students work hard to read and learn history. Many times children will take home work to earn extra moves for their clan. So, be prepared to strap on your sword, don your body armor, and learn right along with your child of samurai times of ancient Japan.
Below are pictures of students working on a Chinese writing/proverb project.