So far our South Korea adventure is going well. I thought I would share the a few books and things we’re using. Some are mentioned in our Expedition Earth curriculum, some I found through my library.
Children Just Like Me – This DK book is great, taking you alongside a child from the country and sharing a bit about their life. The Korea page highlights twin brothers.
A School Like Mine – Also by DK. It is interesting to my kids to read how differently school works around the world. Some children attend school all day, others walk miles just to get to school, and each wears different clothing or uniforms. Some even wear slippers!
Welcome to South Korea by Patrick Ryan – This book was a fun introduction to the country Monday with simple pages about people, food, land, history, and more.
Bee Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park – Bee Bim Bop means mix-mix rice, and this story tells of a little girl shopping and cooking dinner with her mother. We’ll be making our own mix-mix rice this week.
The Green Frogs: a Korean folktale retold by Yumi Heo – Two frogs always do the opposite of what their mother tells them. She realizes this and before she dies tells them the opposite of where she wants buried. However, this one time they listen to their mother. The legacy the frog children leave behind: "in Korea, children who don't listen to their mother are called chung-gaeguri or green frogs." This book may not be for everyone.
A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno – A little girl gets new shoes. This is the story of what happened after she cracked the new clogs playing the weather-telling game and so longed for a bright, shiny new pair to replace them that she almost did a dishonest thing. Very sweet.
Beyond these books we have discovered free paper dolls for many different countries we will be studying here. There are 4 pages of links, and the country is in small print on the bottom corner of each paper doll page. We used one last week for China and have another this week for South Korea.
Makayla is also doing her own independent research for the animals in the Expedition Earth supplement. The animals for South Korea are:
- Tube-nosed Bat
- Long-Tailed Goral
- Fin Whale
- Harbor Porpoise
She does a mix of checking books on our shelves and searching the internet (with me sitting beside her).
Next week I think we’re heading to India, does anyone have favorite books to go along? Leave me a comment, or feel free to ask a question!