Preschool lesson plans on Japan can be used to teach children about different cultures. Japan has a very rich culture that will be fun for children to explore. There are many resources available to teach children about other countries and the people who live in them. It is important to teach children the many different ways that other people live and then things that they might do differently then us. As they get older, they will become more exposed to other people and other heritages, it is essential that you teach them about these things early so they will learn to accept people who are different from themselves. This article will give teachers ideas for resources that they can use while teaching their preschool class about the Japanese culture.
Japan has is one of the oldest cultures in our society and they are most famous for origami, their food and their respect for one another. Children will thoroughly enjoy learning about this culture and its rich beauty.
Many books available teach children how to do very simple origami. Many of these books come with origami paper. However, it is easy to find in craft stores as well. If you cannot locate a book to help you with this activity, try looking for instructions online. You can then practice origami with your students. They will really enjoy the simplicity of creating something very beautiful out of paper. You should practice the design ahead of time so that you can help your student if they become frustrated.
There is a great recipe that you can use with your preschool class for snack time while learning about Japan. In order for them to understand the metaphor in this snack you will first have to teach them what sushi is. Once that are familiar with what it is you can make your own pretend sushi. You will need rice crispy treats (that have been slightly warmed up), fruit roll ups and tooth picks.
It might be easier for you to prepare these and bring them into your classroom instead of making them while at school. First, open the fruit roll up and lay it out flat. Take the slightly warmed up rice crispy and squish it onto the fruit roll up so that it covers the whole roll up. Take another fruit roll up and put it on top of the rice crispy treat. At this point, you should have a rice crispy treat sandwiched between two fruit roll ups. Starting from one side, begin rolling into a cylinder. Hold it closed with toothpicks and then cut into circles. The result should be a dessert snack that is similar to sushi.
Teach the children how they greet each other in Japan. You should research this completely first so that you do not misinform the children. Compare that with how Americans greet each other. You can discuss the many ways that our culture greets one another. Have the children act out the different ways that the two cultures say hello.