Journey to Japan Homeschooling Lesson Plan


This weeks lesson plan for the Smorgasbord free homeschool curriculum takes us on a journey to Japan.

There are lots of way you could study this one, from geography, history, culture - and even fragrance!


Review the resources and decide exactly what aspects of Japan you would like to study for the week.

Journey to Japan Lesson Plan

I can't break this one into daily lessons because there are too many ways you could decide to study Japan.

We used a currclick e-guide called A Fragrant Journey to Japan byEnrichment4You, as I had already bought this ages ago! Using the e-guide we made a Japanese scent game called Kodo - and ended up studying quite a bit about aromatherapy.

The guide did require you to have several types of essential oils and if you don't have them already then it could work out expensive. So as an alternative I have provided you with some resources to study other areas of Japanese history instead.

Homeschooling Help and Resources

  • Very comprehensive lapbook about Japan from MyHomeschoolEducation.

  • About Kodo and Japanese aromotherapy.

  • Fragrance in Japanese life.

  • Lots of Japanese resources and ideas.

  • Make a Japanese meal, or a healthy homeschool bento box for lunch.

  • LessonPathways have 3 lesson plans available :

  • Japanese Crafts
    There are some great crafts you can include in your studies. Here are our favourites.

  • Shibori - there are several different types of shibori dyeing, but an easy version to do would be tie-die. Kool-aid makes a safe dye. You can find instructions for dyeing yarn using kool-aid and apply the same techniques to tie-dyeing a t-shirt.

  • Kumihimo - this is a method of braiding on a disc. You can make the disc yourself using this pattern and follow these instructions to make the braid.

  • Temari - these decorated thread balls make beautiful gifts. You can see how to make temari balls, and see some tips.

  • Fruit and vegetable carving - one of my edible crafts for kids.

  • We had a great trip to Japan!. I hope you enjoy your trip there too.

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