# Grandfather's Journey (FIAR 1)

This is available at our local library. I chose activities for an 8 year old girl who likes people, fashion, and math. Another child would benefit from different teachable moments. Mr. Suzuki, whose music method our family follows, was Japanese. Discuss the sober mood of the story and illustrations (which we think are watercolor). Mom tried to make the story more upbeat with lilt of voice.
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How to draw a kimono (supplies: T-shaped tracer, oil pastels, cardstock greeting card, pencil, eraser, Sharpie, extra paper for “pallet” to sample colors, spray fixative since the art is on a card that will be handled). This project is especially for the child who likes clothes and people. Be careful to not smear the pastels with hand while coloring. Student might need “dots” to connect lines. Look at images online for ideas.

Japanase Fan: cardstock, glue, tongue depressor, colored pencils, watercolors. This was a huge success with my new-8 year old; she said she liked the delicate art of the cherry blossoms and warbler. She completed the art in one session; it dried overnight, then mom cut out and glued, leaving it to dry overnight. This turned out like the photo! We did this at the beginning of our study to assure enough time to complete.

language: simile* (the bombs scattered our lives like leaves; the mountains were clear as the sky). Idea from FIAR manual.

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math/counting: Goldfish cracker skip counting (pretend they are koi!) print/edit copy and change numbers to skip count by 3s (also did a “younger” version of rolling dice and finding the matching bowl to fill with the accurate number of crackers; just rolling the dice and counting the dots builds the math brain while attempting to roll the number needed! Go over all six sides of the die first.)

math/days in a week: using a calendar, discuss name of days of week, number of days in a week and how many days Grandfather’s 3 week journey equaled (leads to multiplication readiness 3x7=21) Idea from FIAR manual.

origami ship (the ship is a video and very well done; my new-8 year old followed it well. It uses a rectangle not a square paper; we used copy paper.)

Look What Came from Japan by Miles Harvey (go along book, available at our local library) We read on the fifth day instead of the main book.

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How to draw a kimono (supplies: T-shaped tracer, oil pastels, cardstock greeting card, pencil, eraser, Sharpie, extra paper for “pallet” to sample colors, spray fixative since the art is on a card that will be handled). This project is especially for the child who likes clothes and people. Be careful to not smear the pastels with hand while coloring. Student might need “dots” to connect lines. Look at images online for ideas.

Cherry blossom art made from soda bottle.

Buy the Five in a Row, volume 1 manual here. Our local library has it available in the children's reference section.

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