India. We studied India several months ago and I am just now getting around to recording it. We integrated India into our morning time, drinking masala chai on a few occasions and reading all the Kipling we could get our hands on. We also did a nice study on the life of Ghandi. We found an excellent Ghandi book recommendation on Simply Charlotte Mason, see the booklist at the end of the post for details. We also enjoyed looking through some of the books on this list of popular Indian books for children.
This was definitely a book heavy week! So many adventures to be had in far away India.
The boys wanted to hike in our local preserve and “just pretend its India for a bit.” I said very little to them during the hike. The ran out of the car and lost themselves in play for an hour or so. It was beautiful to see them still thriving in imaginary play between their studies.
On the third day of our studies I set out numerous spices for them to smell and taste. I prepared a few recipes ahead of time for them to prepare and try. The boys loved getting to try their hand at these recipes! Our favorite by far was this beef and mint samosa dish (we did not make the accompanying sauce). We kicked off a mini kitchen frenzy with many of these recipes and experienced a long stretch of days with the boys wanting to cook (and juice!) everything.
Then we were slapped with back to back rain, with mom under the weather for the end of the week. So I picked up some of my favorite film adaptations of Frances Hodgson Burnett books, “A Little Princess” and “The Secret Garden” for us to watch while we caught up on some of our handwork projects. These films gave us further opportunity to discuss colonization, which we initially discussed during our study of Africa.
The final day of our study dawned bright and beautiful. We made a simple curry dish for lunch and finished off the last of the books on our list.
Then we read Steve Jenkins wonderful book about Mt Everest and took a 360 degree tour of Mt Everest thanks to Project360! (You can also take a 360 degree look at the Taj Mahal)
My boys were not up for this particular experience, but if your children are interested pick up some Kokila Mehandi Cone for Henna tattoos.
The boys were definitely up for a messy color fight with Rangoli Festival (Holi powder) in the backyard.
We capped off our studies by taking our daily tracings of India and making one last tracing in various colors and smearing our favorite spices on the map to scent them. (This site is drowning in ads, but if you look at the left hand side you will find many helpful maps of India for your studies).
Ghandi: The Young Protestor Who Founded a Nation by Phillip Wilkinson
The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman
The Rajah’s Rie by David Barry
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
Tusk and Stone by Malcom Bosse
Amy Charmicheal by Kathleen White