SOTW2: Ch 8 & 9

Chapter 8: Great Dynasties of China. I have to say that one of the things I really like about SOTW is that it touches on parts of the world not normally covered in world history texts.  Bean enjoyed making the connection that the Chinese were printing books long before Europeans were; and that they invented gunpowder.

Books

rooster's antlers two of everythingchinese doeden

Videos
Time Warp Trio: Wushu Was Here (DES+)

Activities
We actually did an activity!! I bought some jade-greenish modeling clay so Bean and I could make beads, and let me tell you…it was HARD! to roll into shapes. The palms of my hands hurt afterwards because of it.  Next time, I’ll make salt dough.

jade beads

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Chapter 9: East of China. This chapter focused on Japan and touched a bit on Korea. I’m not going to quibble too much because how many world history books actually look at civilizations other than ones in Europe? (Because I don’t remember learning about them in school.) It would have been nice had the section on Korea focused more on Korea.

Bean made another connection in this chapter between The Rabbit and the Dragon King and a similar story we read last year while learning about Ancient India. It’s all about creating pegs…

Books
*We didn’t use Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories for this chapter, but we’ve read stories from it in the past.
*I wouldn’t use Easy Origami again. The simple pieces were kind of blah, and some of the instructions were hard to follow (the water bomb, in particular)

crane wifegreen frogs korean cinderella rabbit dragon kingeasy origami

Videos
Kid’s Animated History with Pipo: Japan (part 1)

Activities
We did origami! Bug got in on the action as well, though I ended up doing most of the folding for her.

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