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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

World Geography: India

Next up is India, the second most populated country in the world! In India they speak over 200 hundred languages and three faiths originated there: Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. India is the world’s biggest producer of crops and movies!
image by Arne Hückelheim, Wikimedia Commons

Diwali, Festival of lights

Diwali is celebrated in September–November. This year Diwali will start on Tuesday, the 13th of November and will continue for 5 days until Saturday, the 17th of November. Also called the Festival of Lights, Diwali means "row of lamps" is one of the largest and most important festivals of the year for Hindus. The festival involves lighting small lamps, called divas, filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. It is also celebrated with fireworks, cleaning the home, wearing new clothes and decorating with lots of lights. In business it is often used to start a new accounting year, and it also celebrates a successful harvest. Families and friends exchange sweets and dried fruits.


Rangoli are traditional patterns used to decorate Hindu homes in India on special occasions.
First I helped them trace a plate and using a ruler, draw a geometric design in the circle

They then glued beans, lentils, pasta and spices on their patterns.



Other topics to explore:
Raksha Bandhan, an Indian holiday where children celebrate their love for their brothers and sisters
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple
Siddhartha, the spiritual leader who founded Buddhism. 
Indian Dal
Dal is the Indian word for lentils. it is cooked almost daily in every Indian home. As a result, there was many different ways to prepare dal. Often they used red lentils and served it over rice.

Indian Food recipes
Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook: Indian Sari Fun
Indian Sari

Taj Mahal
Kathakali Theater
Indian music

Hindu wedding ceremony

Himalayan Mountains
mehndi (henna )
East India Company map
History of India

 "Treat me as a King ought" said King Porus when he was captured.
"That is understood," said Alexander, "but is there anything I can do for you personally."

"Everything is included in that one request," replied Porus.

James' (age 11) notebook page
1850-1858 Dost Mohammad signs treaty with Great Britain, Sepoys rebel against the East India Company
And so, we picked up where we had left off in our history studies of India.
Quentin's (age 8) notebook page
From Colonies to Countries 
1919 The Amritsar Massacre 
1920's-1948 The peaceful protests of Gandhi 
Alex's (age 18, special education) notebook page

1947 India is divided into Pakistan and India (Partition), India gains Independence from Great Britain
1966 Indira Gandhi becomes Prime Minister of India
1971 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) gains Independence from West Pakistan
1984 Bodyguards assassinate Indira Gandhi, Poisonous gasses leak from Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India
Arguments between India and Pakistan over Kashmir
At Sahib
To celebrate our studies, we went to an Indian restaurant buffet and then afterwards looked at a selection of clothes from India that were for sale. (The photos of the paintings all come from the restaurant.)

related posts:
  • Daughter of the Mountains, Louise S. Rankin, (grade 3/age 8 and up), includes bits about Tibetan Buddhist monks.
  • Gandhi : Peaceful Warrior, Rae Bains (grade 4/age 9 and up)
  • India: The Culture; India: Lands and India: Peoples, (3 book set), Bobbie Kalman, (grade 4, age 9), non-fiction
  • Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
  • Homeless Bird, Gloria Whelan (age 10 and up)


  1. I love Indian culture, it's so bright and cheerful. It's food....... Well as you saw from my attempt to cook some, that doesn't agree with me quite so well :)
    You can tell the varying levels of interest from your kiddos in the project. The ones who thought it more interesting did more of the project and filled it in more. I'm trying to think how my kids would do with that project.

    1. More of it had to do with their age (or rather ability) than their interest.

  2. Good attempt with the saree.

    1. Thank you! It was very hard to do. I have a lot more respect for the women who can do it so easily and quickly!


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