Category: History: China Unit

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China Geography and Landmarks Packet

Free China Geography and Landmark Packet As many of you know, last semester we read the Story of the World, vol. 1 (affiliate link).  Initially, I was just reading it with my youngest, but my older two wound up listening in too.  When we came to the first chapters on Ancient China, I wanted to go over some basic facts about China including the geography, government and some of the...

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Chinese New Year Activities for Ages 3-6: Plus Free Dragon-Themed Number and Letter Printables

This year, Chinese New Year is on Monday, February 8th, 2016.  I wanted to share the free printable I made last year and also share the China lapbook and some of the activities the kids did when they were ages 2-6 or so. I also highlighted some of the books that the kids loved at that age. First, here is the free printable. There are clothes-pin number and letter cards....

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Marco Polo – Free Notebook Pages (Books and Resources)

While we were studying the Yuan Dynasty, we spent quite a bit of time learning about Marco Polo, his travels and his experience in Kublai Khan’s court.  To wrap up the unit, the kids tilled out these notebook pages to add to their history notebook.  The kids really enjoyed learning about Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan and the adventures of Marco Polo.  We didn’t do any projects with this unit, but...

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Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan — Free Notebook Pages, Books and Resources

Most every kid has heard of Genghis Khan, right? Boy, do we have some good books and videos for you! Plus you can download our free notebook pages about Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan! If you are looking for an engaging unit to do with your kids this summer — this could be it! My kids LOVED this portion of our China unit.  We skipped forward almost 1,000 years (from 200AD...

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Free Confucius Notebook Pages

Have you heard of these sayings? A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Do not do to others what you do not want others to do to you. Respect yourself and others will respect you. Judge others by what you know of yourself. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. It does not matter how slowly you go...

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Chinese Brush Painting Lesson

Today was the type of day when everything pulled together beautifully!  I set up paper and paints on the kitchen table and had all our books assembled to talk about Chinese brush painting, read from our novel and read from our Chinese history book. The kids ate it all up! We started with a lovely picture book called Brush of the Gods.It was a legend from about 762AD about a...

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Ancient China Packet (Free Notebook Pages)

We have been studying Ancient China this semester.  We are using The Story of Ancient China (see more about that below) as our spine, but also have read selections from the Story of the World and the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. This is the packet that I made to go along with some of our readings.  These are free to download if you can use them: Ancient China Packet -Chinese Dynasties Shang...

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China Unit: Books, Books! A Huge List of Children’s Books

When we delve into a new unit, I search high and low for a wide variety of books. Not only do I want non-fiction books, but I also want books that bring the topic alive… and stories and novels are a wonderful way to do that.  This is a long (and probably incomplete!) list of the books we’ve used and are using in our China unit. We’ve read a number...

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China Fact Sheet (Free)

We started a big unit on China a number weeks ago. At the time, I didn’t feel up for sharing these posts. I’m excited to say that I am on the mend!  So, here’s the first in a whole number of posts about our unit on China.  One of the first things we did was to cover some of basic facts about China: where it is located, its population, capital,...

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Country Box Exchange — China

We did a “country box” exchange with another familywho lives and homeschools in China. The kids werevery excited to open their box of goodies. We weretruly overwhelmed by their generosity and it madeour study of China fantastic! The Chinese paper cuttings you see below are sointricate; its hard to believe they are done with scissors. In the first picture below you can see the kids are wearingscarves.  Chinese school kids...

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A Study of China

LD worked very hard to put together a book on China. We have a new binding gadget and have moved awayfrom lapbooking and instead are putting pages togetherwith a comb binder. He did some sand writing (China andthe GreatWall using glue/colored sand). He did somelapbook elements (the capital of China, the flagand thingslike that). He did some Chinese writing(with the answersfolded up on the left). We read some interesting storiesfrom...