I used some minibooks from the Country Lapbook and Geography Lapbook from HomeschoolShare.com. Thanks Lisa B for pointing me to the right spot for appropriate core booklets. The rest of the books are ones we created.
I created the cover from various photos we found on Photobucket and the Internet. It was created with Shutterfly Studio.
All of the above books except the climate booklet are from Homeschool Share.com We folded over a chart that showed the average Misawa temps in 2008 and stuck the climate graphic on the front for the other book.
The booklet with the chopsticks on it is one we created. We filled it with Chopstick trivia and etiquette that we found. The center booklet is a sheet from the Internet on how to correctly use chopsticks. We folded it into a tri-fold and glued clip art on it.
This page features counting to 10 in Japanese...and Arielle created one for the Days of the Week as well. The Fun Facts and WOW mini-books are filled with random facts that interested us and are from homeschoolshare.com
The alphabet book contains a chart from a book that Stephanie loaned us...shows the basic alphabet and kana. The blue language book has folded lists of helpful phrases from the base briefing. The red pocket has laminated photos of things we found in the Misawa area that we are looking forward to seeing.
This last two pages are bulky. The left is a puzzle that Lois and kids gave us from highlight - when you put it together it shows a map of Japan and has facts too. The right side has a pocket for "animals" and "places to go"...both are filled with photos we printed and laminated.
We weren't able to study everything that interested us, but this is enough to whet our appetites.
You can see more of our lapbooks at Our Lapbooks Page.