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What Your Child is Learning in Unit 4 "Asian Civilizations"

During the next few weeks, your child will learn about three Asian empires - the Mongol, Ottoman, and Mughal - and how they grew strong, then eventually lost power. Then he or she will study the early Chinese and Japanese civilizations. Chinese contributions, such as the development of money, and a civil service based on merit, will be examined, as will the Chinese inventions of gunpowder, guns, and the compass. Your child will also investigate the ways in which Japan's geography affected its development, and its religions, Shintoism and two Buddhist sects, Amida and Zen.

Activities You Can Do at Home to Support Your Child's Learning

Chapter 7 Three Empires

Chapter 9 Japan

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