My 10yo is my sensitive and emotional child. She is passionate and stubborn, and a lot like I was at her age. She loves to dabble in anything new and exciting. When she sees something she likes, her first response is "I want to DO that!" Her interests are as varying as the weather. Yet over time, there have been a couple of passions that have never waned. She has loved ancient Egypt since she was four, and her love of the violin has only grown over time.
We googled kendo and watched a few videos. (This video is of two of her teachers). I wasn't sold on these crazy masked figures running around whacking each other on the head. My daughter wanted to try though.
So, Sunday morning we loaded up and went to a local high school's gym and watched. My daughter took to it immediately. She began going weekly and advanced quickly. The sensais would comment on her great posture and form. It wasn't long before she was the same rank as her friend. I've gotten better at watching too. What once looked like a bunch of angry screaming people in masks now makes sense. I can tell a good strike from a bad one and an advanced member from a new one.
katakana. Her daughter had been teaching my daughter how to write her name and some other words in Japanese. She will soon attempt to write notes to her Japanese friends using these characters.
So now when we go to the library, my daughter peruses the nonfiction isles for books on Japanese folklore, crafts, and history. She has a display of Ukiyo-e postcards and origami in her room. She's been making really good animals, flowers and boxes from this website. She dreams of traveling there to study someday when she is older, and, who knows, it may just happen.