This Month - July 2020

July 2020 Ideas

July: Balloon Bump

• inflated balloon (plus spares in case of breakage)
• masking tape

1. Divide your play space in half with a line of masking tape.
2. Share Ryan Day's comment about learning Japanese: Japanese is reportedly the language that is most different from English. This is due largely to the grammar. Japanese grammar is completely opposite of English. Instead of saying "We are going to the store," you would say, "We to the store are going."
3. To illustrate the challenge of learning and remembering even the simplest words in a new language, teach these terms:

• head: atama [ah-TAH-MAH]
• shoulder: shorudā [SHOH-roo-DAH]
• knee: hiza [hee-ZAH]
• toe: tsumasaki [soo-MAH-sah-KEE]

4. Provide clear space for an active game. Guide children to stand 3–4 feet apart. Toss the balloon over the head of any player. He may volley the balloon with his head, shoulder, knee, or toe, but must name the body part in Japanese.
5. Count the number of successful volleys. Each time the ball drops, encourage the group to beat its previous record.

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July: More-igami!

Use this video to show children how to fold their own origami jumping frog toys:

Written instructions for a jumping frog can be found here.

July: Japanese 101

This site presents days of the week and some simple phrases using Japanese characters, English-alphabet equivalents, and audio clips.

July: Write Stuff

Older children might be interested in attempting to write a name or phrase in Japanese characters. This video presents a crash course.

July: Children in Action Leader Downloads

Click here to find all downloads referenced in the July portion of the Jun • Jul • Aug • 2020 issue of Children in Action Leader.

July: Children in Action Extras

Download and use this Extras page to enhance Children in Action meetings in July!

July: Family Missions Focus

Download and use this resource to reinforce what your groups are learning every month in Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, and Children in Action. This Month's Focus includes a feature for you to type notes to parents on the left-hand side of the page! Print the page for parents or email them as a monthly way to encourage their support.

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