Ok, let’s try this again!
Last summer, we were supposed to have our quadrennial summer school focusing on the Olympics. Of course, thanks to COVID-19, the Olympics were postponed, and despite my good intentions of having a cooking-themed summer school instead, we really didn’t do a whole lot of anything, which fit in nicely with the year in general. That brings us to the summer of 2021, and the rescheduled Olympics (about which I still have doubts in every way), and come heck or high water, we’re going to learn about Japan, Tokyo, and the Summer Games!
Here’s a look at our reading list. There are old Olympic favorites and a new addition or two:
- A Kid’s Guide tot he 2020 Summer Games
- The Story of the Olympic Games
- DK Eyewitness Books: Olympics
- What are the Summer Olympics?
- Courage to Soar
- Fast Girls
- The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon
- G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet
- How to Train with a T. rex and Win 8 Gold Medals
- Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still
And a whole section of books about Japan in general and Tokyo in specific (plus a brief look at Japanese Americans). Some are familiar titles from past units on Asia, and some are also new:
- Cool Japan Guide
- Cool Tokyo Guide
- All About Japan
- Let’s Learn About Japan: Activity and Coloring Book
- Squeamish About Sushi
- Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog
- Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
- Suki’s Kimono
- A Treasury of Japanese Folktales
- You Wouldn’t Want to be a Ninja Warrior!
- You Wouldn’t Want to be a Samurai!
- Baseball Saved Us
- The Cherry Blossom Festival
And a section of other items, just for fun. This includes a Lego set (of course!), a game, some hands-on activities, and some TV shows and movies:
- Japanese Soul Cooking
- Lego Tokyo
- Origami for Beginners
- Kokeshi Doll Stickers
- Samurai Warriors Coloring Book
- Ticket to Ride Japan
- Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
- 100 Years of Olympic Films DVD collection
- American Girl World Traveler in Japan and Japanese Souvenir Set
- American Girl Team USA uniforms (beach volleyball, swimming, and gymnastics) and medal ceremony set
- Sailor Moon (TV series and manga)
- Spirited Away
Whatever happens with the 2020(1) Olympics, and regardless of my feelings about them, I’m looking forward to a more normal summer school!