School Grade: 2nd (7 years old)
So this is the first ~complicated~ kanji we’ve seen so far. I really don’t have much in terms of tricks to remember this one, but according to some books I’ve looked at, the character is a combination of sun (日), wings (ヨヨ), and fat bird (隹). The wings look like the katakana for yo (ヨ) which can possibly help in remembering the way this character is pronounced (but remember that it’s an extended sound (ヨ vs. ヨウ)). I really don’t have anything to help with the bird though… But be sure to remember this part and it’s stroke order because it’s actually a radical that will come up in the future!
Also! a couple of things to keep in mind:
First, don’t be too scared of kanji with a larger number of strokes, because for the most part they’re really only made up of a bunch of smaller parts that you already know/will see often. If you start being able to think about kanji in terms of the radicals and parts that make it up, they become a lot easier to learn/deal with (in my opinion).
And in the future when there is a large number of strokes, I will “simplify” the stroke order portion. Meaning that I will not break down some symbols you’ve already seen. Like in this one I wrote 日 and the second ヨ in one “stroke” to save space.