|While we studied, we enjoyed tea and candies that Mrs. Tanaka brought us from a recent trip to India.|
We read several books as part of our India Unit Study. Here is our reading list,:
Daughter of the Mountains - Louise Rankin
Gandhi: Peaceful Warrior - Ray Bains
India: The Culture - Bobbie Kalman
India: The People - Bobbie Kalman
Teresa of Calcutta: Serving the Poorest of the Poor - D. Jeanene Watson
William Carey: Obliged to Go - Janet & Geoff Benge
I think that our reading provided a good foundation for this study. Clearly, this is a complex nation with a rich history. Our reading allowed us a glimpse into several key areas that comprise a very important part of our world today.
We watched the movie Gandhi, a critically acclaimed masterpiece which is a story of activism, politics, religious tolerance and freedom. We learned about a man who lived and breathed his commitment to these ideals in a completely non-violent and peaceful manner. I wholeheartedly recommend this film for both it's message as well as the magnificent cinematography. I purchased the movie on DVD here and I am glad that I did as it is worthy of more than one viewing.
While studying the art forms of India, we learned about miniatures. The kids painted their own miniatures on tiny canvasses. My daughter painted a peacock and my son painted an elephant, one of India's treasured animals. Look at their paintings:
|These miniatures are painted on canvasses barely larger than two-inches square.|
This study was just another reminder of how beautiful and engaging our home school experience has been. With each new study, the doors to another part of the world were opened to us and thus our hearts expanded with love and appreciation for all the peoples of God's magnificent world.