Home School Life Journal From Preschool to High School

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

The Travels of Marco Polo,(1271-1295) Part V: Traveling Through Tibet

He tells us, too, of Tibet, that wide country "vanquished and wasted by the Khan for the space of twenty days' journey"—a great wilderness wanting people, but overrun by wild beasts. Here were great Tibetan dogs as large as asses. -A Book of Discovery

Marco Polo described the Buddhist monks in the mountians of Tibet.
photo from Craft Knife

If you would like to learn more about modern Buddhist monks, Craft Knife has a wonderful post all about theTibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center and a group of Gomang monks who visited the center from their own monastery in South India. She and other homeschoolers were invited to spend the day with them. They made little prayer flags, worked on sand art and (clay) butter art. The monks also performed a Snow Lion dance. This was such an enjoyable introduction to Buddhist monks.

We also enjoyed making mandalas.
Child in Harmony made lovely autumn mandalas, and although we were a little late to catch the fall colors, we made mandalas with the same idea in mind.

We collected leaves and flowers from our backyard...

and pressed them between the layers of a laminating pocket.

We also looked at Tibetan palace doors, which are so beautiful. The tassels on the door represented the different levels of Lamas who could enter the palace.

Painted Paper gave me the idea of making an art project out of these doors.

(top left) James, (tr) Quentin, (bl) Sam, (br) Alex

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  1. I love the Autumn Mandalas. Those turned out so pretty. Thank you for linking up this week.

  2. They are lovely! Glad you stopped by! :)

  3. Okay, we are DEFINITELY going to make those beautiful mandalas just as soon as we have something growing again! I'm contemplating torn construction paper as a mosaic-like winter substitute.

    Also on our to-do list to continue with our Tibet studies are map/flag work, visiting the little Tibet shop downtown, and making our own peace flags, inspired by the Tibetan prayer flags.

  4. Wow..... The hand-made crafts are very beautiful. It's really creative. I like it....


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