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Friday, April 20, 2012

A Study of Korea

I have a homeschool program called Culture and Crafts.  This month we studied Korea.  
Here is what we did
First here is a list of books I used.
1.    All About Korea: Stories, Songs, Crafts, and More by Ann Martin Bowler, illustrated by Soosoonam Barg; North Clarendon, Vt. : Tuttle Pub., c2011.

2.  Korean Children’s Favorite Stories by Kim So-un, illustrations by Jeong Kyoung-Sim; Boston : Tuttle Pub., 2004.  The story bag --The pheasant, the dove, and the magpie --The bridegroom's shopping -The bad tiger --The great flood --The pumpkin seeds --The tiger and the rabbit --The green leaf --The three little girls --The snake and the toad --The grateful tiger --The three princesses --The disowned student.

3.  The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo, illustrated by Ruth Heller; New York, NY : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1993.  In this version of Cinderella set in ancient Korea, Pear Blossom, a stepchild, eventually comes to be chosen by the magistrate to be his wife. 

4. Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now by John Stickler, illustrated by Soma Han; Fremont, CA : Shen's Books, c2003.  Dan-gun myth, the founding of Korea -- Taeguk, the Korean flag -- Tiger -- Persimmon tree -- Hangul, the Korean alphabet -- Dojang, the  Korean chop -- Holidays -- Korean food -- Hanbok, Korean dress -- Dance -- Music -- Taekwondo -- Ceramics -- Dademi, ironing -- Religion -- Ship Jang Seng: ten longevity symbols -- Mudang, Korean sorceress -- Changsung: totem couple.

5.   Look What We’ve Brought You From Korea: Crafts, Games, Recipes, Stories and Other Cultural Activities from Korean Americans by Phyllis Shalant, illustrated by Soyoo Hyunjoo Park; Morristown, NJ : Julian Messner, c1995.

6.  Sori’s Harvest Moon Day by  Uk-Bae Lee;  Norwalk, Conn. : Soundprints, c1999.  As she travels from the city to her grandmother's village, a young girl looks forward to her family's celebration of Chu-Suk, the harvest moon festival.

Then I have several activities.
Choice of Activities:
Korean Fan – Index paper using the Yin-Yang symbol in the middle.  Decorate with markers, tape a jumbo craft stick on the back. An image of a Korean fan.  Showing several pictures of #3, with the colors and fan picture was good.  I would have liked to read this aloud, but it seemed a bit too long for age and mix of kids I had. I wanted something shorter.

Hacky-Sack in book #1 – pg. 22, fairly easy and fun.

Korean Kite – book #1 – pg. 20 or website: Kite instructions, there’s a video and printable instructions: 
Yut-nori – game from this website:  or pg. 17 form book #4 or book # 5, pg. 30.

My procedure was starting with the fan, reading # 6, while they colored. I showed # 3 book because it has a fan with the same design on the front end papers. Then making the hacky-sack, then making the Yut-nori and while they made their hacky-sack and game read religious info, found Korea on the globe, talked about traditional costumes, folklore, and more info on South and North Korea.  We ended with playing a game of Yut-nori, taking turns with each other.  It was a fun game to make and play.

I chose not to make the kite, also because of the age and mix of children in this group.  It would have been great if the kids had been 3rd grade or older.  The details and length of the kite project would have been too frustrating for them.

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