Friday, December 2, 2011

Japan Lapbook

Duncan and I have been studying Japan for probably six weeks now, as part of Sonlight Core 5 (F). Rather than doing the Eastern Hemisphere and World Book Encyclopedia combo that comes along with the Core, we are doing our own geography and cultural studies. For Japan, we created this awesome lapbook. I've included links to the various printables and websites we used.

First opening. (See end of post for list of resources for mini-books, etc.)

Bottom flap opened.

All the way open.

Detail of haiku mini-book on inside flap.

Left flap: animals and inventions.

Inside top flap. Pop-up bunraku theatre found at Ellen McHenry's Basement Workshop. Mini-books are The Arts and time zones.

Inner extra flap. A Year in Japan in Manga available at Kids Web Japan.

Lower inner flap. Includes quick facts, recipes, and mini-books.

Top inner flap: natural disasters, currency, sports, and religion.

Bottom inner flap. Flipbook that includes samples of the three types of Japanese language. There are loads of different sites that have charts, like this Learn Japanese one.

Back of lapbook. One pouch contains various origami objects that we made following youtube videos listed on Activity Village.

Resources and Inspiration:
Lots of mini-books on Homeschool Share. Click on the Japan lapbook link for a PDF file with printable books.

Kids Web Japan is an absolute goldmine of information on all things Japanese.

Lots more mini-books and ideas on Lapbook Lessons, Japan.

YouTube is a great source for videos of all things Japan, including this simple Japanese tea ceremony, this footage of the tsunami, this video of a puppet theater, and this short clip on sumo wrestlers.

Introduction to Shadow Puppetry.

Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire on Netflix instant play.

The lapbooks sites above include probably a dozen or more mini-books that we didn't do, but we are ready to move into another country. Next up: South Korea, Mongolia, and China!


  1. What an impressive lapbook. Please consider linking this post to my history/geography meme...

  2. This is really great. Thanks for sharing. I'll keep it in mind for our geography studies next year.

  3. THis is all so wonderful! We are also doing Sonlight but using the online encyclopedia. My daughter would love this so much more! She is fascinated with Pokemon and Manga. Cannot wait to show her! Thank you so much! Lori

  4. Wow... Thanks.. I'm at the first time on your blog! And I like it! Thanks for sharing info. Keep up the good work

  5. I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to understand. I also found your posts very interesting.

  6. After my 2 week stay in Japan during the summer of 2010 I have been searching for a way to share that time with my 5 children and spark their interest in learning about this country and its wonderful people. Many ideas have been percolating but I lacked a cohesive way to bring them all together. Thank you for sharing your lapbook and the many useful links. We are off, to JAPAN!!!


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