Travel the World - Asia

Our Kindergartner is still traveling about the world in his studies. He just finished several weeks learning about Asia. And, after our mini unit on Europe, I think we might have overdone the Asia unit. Alas, it is the ebb and flow of life.

Spine Books ~

National Geographic Beginner's World Atlas pp. 44-49
The Usborne Book of Peoples of the World, by Gillian Doherty and Anna Claybourne, pp. 65-79
The Usborne World of Animals*, by Susanna Davidson and Mike Unwin, pp. 74-85 
Galloping the Globe, by Loree Pettit and Dari Mullins: Russia - flag, p. 56; India - flag, p. 40

Read Alouds ~

The Never-Ending Greenness: We Made Israel Bloom, by Neil Waldman
Tokyo Friends, by Betty Reynolds
The Conference of the Birds, retold by Alexis York Lumbard
In the Far North, by Lola Kamalova
Russia in Colors, by Catherine Ipcizade
Russia ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Russia, by Ann Berge
Sasha's Matrioshka Dolls, by Jana Dillon
The Littlest Matryoshka, by Corinne Demas Bliss
Once a Mouse...A Fable Cut in Wood from Ancient India, by Marcia Brown
India in Colors, by Nathan Olson
Japan ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Japan, by Sarah Heiman
The Story about Ping, by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
China in Colors, by Marla Gamze-Pendergrast
China ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of China, by Holly Schroeder
No Year of the Cat, by Mary Dodson Wade
The Chinese New Year, by Cheng Hou-tien
A Grain of Rice, by Helena Clare Pittman

Activities ~

World Wide Crafts: Animal Crafts, by Iain MacLeod-Brudenell

"Origami Cygnets" pp. 20-21 {paper folding - Japan}
His older brother helped him fold the cygnet.

"Paper Peacocks" pp. 22-23 {paper cutting - China}
His older sister got into the fun as well for this project.


"Dragon Fire" {a movable dragon puppet}, pp. 10-11
This one, I made for him - he helped assemble it, but the rest was my handiwork.
He enjoyed playing with it.

Geography Through Art, by Sharon Jeffus & Jamie Aramini

"Matryoshka Doll" for Russia p. 72 {used provided template}

"Boy's Day Fish Banners" for Japan - p. 68 {used provided template}

Tangram for China
We used the tangrams we had from our math kit, but used the diagrams from Papercrafts Around the World, by Phyllis Fiarotta and Noel Fiarotta, p.10 to make animal shapes.

Field Trip ~
We spent a day at the art museum learning about Chinese New Year.{Read more here.}

During our visit to the art museum, we saw displays of art work made by local schools. Each display reflected an aspect of Chinese culture.

We tried out several of their ideas. You can read and see more of the art project ideas here.

Next Stop: Africa

*The copy we have is out of print. However, a more recent version can be found here.

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