This is a secular, stand-alone World Cultures: Japan course offered on Noodle Homeschool…the section of Homeschool Realm that provides online courses for homeschoolers. When purchased alone, this course is $10 and can be enjoyed as a separate course for any child that is old enough to read independently and with confidence. This course is also available as part of The Amazing Race Season 26 course series (sold as part of the package…currently unavailable, as I am revamping The Amazing Race program. Will return soon!)…but this $10 option is for the STAND ALONE World Cultures: Japan course. You do not have to follow the Amazing Race to enjoy THIS Japan course.
*Non-reading children could potentially enjoy this course as well, but will need to have someone read and explain much of the course to them, so you will have to determine the appropriateness for your individual children. A free sample course is available at Noodle Homeschool to help you determine appropriateness.*
To sign a child up for this course, please click the “add to cart” button below. Then “checkout” and pay via Paypal.
What’s included in this course:
- An interactive introduction lesson about Japan–This includes guiding children through online research to learn how to find information on such things as a country’s location, capital, currency, official language, and even things like what the time and weather is currently and what animals are native! (And more!) Upon finding the answers to questions, children are guided to input some info in an online quiz format to confirm their answers, and save many answers in a visually appealing fill-in printable “Country Report” to have to show others what they’ve learned!They are also encouraged to draw or print pictures of examples of some of their answers to enhance their report. By the end of their introductory lesson, they will know a good amount about the basics of Japan!
- A “Watch Something” section–This section of the course includes many (usually short) embedded YouTube videos on a variety of topics to learn about the country and customs of Japan. There are 51 short videos in this section (most under 5min in length), and 3 longer documentary type. To receive credit for some of the sections, children must fill in a form telling a few things they’ve learned from watching the videos.
- A “Read Something” section–This section includes a book list of recommended reading on a variety of books about Japan for children. It also includes many links to websites with interesting information about the country and customs of Japan. All sites have been screened for appropriateness.
Please note: I have done my best to screen all online content for child appropriateness. But as this is the internet, and things change regularly, and children are capable of clicking on things and leaving a site to explore where they shouldn’t…I ALWAYS recommend children be supervised when working on the internet. I simply cannot guarantee all online content because of how the internet works. If you or your child ever find any questionable content, please do alert me and I will handle it quickly and appropriately.
- A “Listen to Something” section–This section includes audio stories from Japan as well as music from Japan, both traditional and modern.
- A “Write Something” section–This section includes writing activities such as learning how to write a Japanese traditional poem called a haiku, as well as learning to write in Japanese letters.
- A “Play Something” section–This section shares links to sites to learn traditional Japanese children’s
games as well as links to sites to play online games involving language and geography and such.
- A “Create Something” section–This section shares links to hands-on activities to create things such as crafts and cooking projects. Most activities also include information and videos about the background of the topic that they will be creating. For example, before painting pink cherry trees, children will learn all about the Japanese tradition of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Before making cotton ball sushi, children will learn about the history and tradition of making sushi.