An eye-opening, never-to-be-forgotten method of learning the Kanji for
‘心 Kokoro (Heart)’ !
A perfect project for Valentine’s Day.
This will be a good memento as students use their own handprint.
1) Learn how to read and write the Kanji for ‘‘心 Kokoro (Heart)’ in the most memorable way.
2) Gain friendship by helping each other.
This resource comes with:
1) Instructions and a photo of the final project
2) Activity sheet
All you need for this project is: Activity sheet & colored crayon/pencil
Why is this project named ‘Tanagokoro’ Project?
In Japanese, ‘Tanagokoro” means “palm”.
In contrast to the common word for hand, “Te”, “Tanagokoro” means ‘Te no kokoro” (the palm’s heart), which implies deeper meanings, such as “something precious” or “pure mind”. “Tanagokoro” is a rather poetic alternative to “Te (hand)”, but it is still fondly used in the Japanese language.
Furthermore, for your interest:
明珠在掌 (Myoujyu tanagokoroni ari)：“Your treasure is already in your hand”
(みょうじゅ たなごころに あり）
This Zen phrase means that you do not need to go anywhere to seek happiness. Every important thing you need in your life is already within you.
In addition to learning how to read and write “Heart” in Kanji, I hope this Tanagokoro project teaches students that they always have something valuable in the palm of their hands.