Well July was certainly a month of company. Not only did Karyn come for a visit (HERE), but so did Jeff and Shawna! We had so much fun. This was our first time meeting Shauna in person (well, everyone except Ken) which was so exciting.
First off… Shawna’s a wizard at doing hair… and Trinity loved it, Echo also got her hair done.
We had a few planned outings. First off… the long delayed trip to Fort Snelling. So much to see on a beautiful day. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
The other big trip was all the way to Wisconsin and Ren in the Glen. It was the kids’ first renaissance festival. Much more affordable than the bigger on Ken and I go to yearly, but just as much fun. Shawna did Trinity’s hair for her and I lent her one of my sari skirts.
Echo pulled out all the stops with her fairy wings.
We had a blast.
Grandpa Mike sent each of the kids some money to spend. Trust me those purchases were VERY carefully considered! I do believe we will try and go again!
The rest of our visit was spent just enjoying everyone’s company. We ate out, ate in, drank a little, went all out with a late night booze fest. It was amazing. I cannot wait until they visit again. Shawna even came to a R.I.P.P.E.D class with me!!! Talk about adventurous! Who knows, maybe before too long we can return the favour and visit them back home? Fingers crossed!
Ok another WAAAAAAY delayed post, no images just resources. (I fib, one image of a sari skirt I splurged on for this year’s wardrobe. The colours of India are AMAZING!) I am determined to get my bum in gear and get these posts up in a more timely manner. But for today, humble pie. I should have had this up half a year ago!!! Check back tomorrow as I continue to prove to my kids that even MOM finishes EVERYTHING (within reason…) she starts!
So we had these grand plans to do a family project on India in a timely manner, oops. But we did spend a summer and then some learning about a very distinct and colourful country and I will try and share the links, books, etc that we used. And then I took a lifetime and a half to post this post
First off. Google is your friend. We spent a lot of time searching for pictures for topics to colour. Mandalas, saris, the Taj Mahal. There are all sorts of colouring pages out there.
Since my resource list is a bit weak this time around, here is the list of topics the kids chose from. I gave them the option to pick and chose and varied the expectations of report content and length according to each child. So Trinity would do a list of facts vs. Zander having paragraphs or Echo colouring a picture.
Government – levels, type, capital, voting rights
Country – independence, languages, time zones, founding, state/provinces
Landscape – mountains, water bodies, landmarks, position on map
Climate – seasons, one week of comparative weather, snow, natural disasters
Animals – unique to country – we chose one to do a report on
Plants – unique to country
Agriculture – most prevalent and where
Food – famous for
Symbols/emblems – flag, official symbols
Religions – main religions
Currency – what is used, exchange rate to USD, when it came into use
Main groups of people – who are they, caste system, poverty vs. rich numbers
School – minimum grade required, types
Imports/exports/economy – what are the main ones
Sports – most popular
Holidays – major holidays
Music and crafts – most common, popular, make some
Choose a topic
Books were an important resource. Here is my short list. Libraries really are life saving
India by Manina Chatterjee
Focus on India by Bojang Brownlie
Taj Mahal by Linda Tagliaferro
India ABC’s by Marcie Aboff
Welcome to India by Patric Ryan
India by Don Nardo
India by Joanne Mattern
The Mauryan Empire and India by Ellis Roxburgh
India by Julie Murray
India by A. Kamala Dalal
Living in India by Chloe Perkins
For a fun activity we tried out making Henna decorations on paper hands as explained by Activity Village HERE. Education.com is always a help HERE. Beyond the Henna activity Activity Village has a whole selection of resources HERE.