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India: A Homeschool Unit Study

Updated on October 18, 2013

India :: A Land of Intrigue

When teaching our children ancient history, we are sure to include Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. Unfortunately we sometimes omit another great ancient civilization on the other side of the globe-- Ancient India.

Maybe we ourselves don't know much about Ancient India, or we have no resources that cover Ancient India. If you've come to this page, you are probably wanting to teach your child about Ancient India. Congratulations! The study of Ancient India is fascinating.

This page was created to help you design your own unit study about Ancient India.

Explore India

Story of India
Story of India
This is a wonderful production - stunning photography. The six hour series by Michael Wood is filled with verbal information, as well as gorgeous shots of the Indian landscape and towns. It traces the history of the sub-continent from 30,000 years ago to the present, discussing the exploration and settling of the country by the earliest immigrants, and the spread of languages and language groups over the region.

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Great Children's Books

My Dadima Wears a Sari
My Dadima Wears a Sari
My Dadima Wears a Sari is a sure-bet for young girls who will be anxious to try out sari-wearing themselves. The author includes step-by-step photos on "How to Wrap a Sari" at the end of the story. This book warmly captures the sweetness of a close relationship with a grandmother who takes palpable joy in sharing the traditions of her native culture with her American granddaughters.
Monsoon Afternoon
Monsoon Afternoon
Another delightful book by author Kashmira Sheth, Monsoon Afternoon tells the tale of a young boy and his Dadaji during monsoon season in India. Outside, dark clouds roll in and the rain starts to fall. As animals scatter to find cover, a young boy and his dadaji (grandfather) head out into the rainy weather.To commemorate this book, the kiddos and I enjoyed making colorful origami boats and floating them in a puddle just as the characters in the book had done.
Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India
Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India
I loved this book because it was anti-thetical to western notions of women as the one's that need to be saved(Think Disney). The woman engages in a journey to find love rather than experience an instantaneous 'aha-I see you and I love you" scenario. My 4-year-old daughter loves the pictures and the heroic story too!
Stories from India
Stories from India
This is a wonderful little book - the illustrations are so colorful and lively, and the stories are well-told and really convey a little bit of India! They are enjoyable stories even reading them as an adult. There's even gold inlays on the cover (which you can't see in the picture well).
Sacred Places
Sacred Places
Giles Laroche's numerous books are magical, and this is one of his best. It is also educational, with a clear and well written text by Philomon Sturges. There is a short explanation of the great religions of the world: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and 26 descriptions of the places depicted. A useful world map is on the final page, so one can see exactly where these Sacred Places are.

Art and Handcraft Activities

As part of your India theme, you'll certainly want to incorporate art.

Lost Treasures of the Ancient World :: India

More Great Indian Tales for Children

Ramayana: Divine Loophole (Hindu Mythology Books, Books on Hindu Gods and Goddesses, Indian Books for Kids)
Ramayana: Divine Loophole (Hindu Mythology Books, Books on Hindu Gods and Goddesses, Indian Books for Kids)
Click to watch this video Click to watch this video Length:: 0:26 Mins Sanjay Patel's take on the classic Sanskrit epic is refreshing and engaging. Adapted and written in a lighter prose, the book is inviting to any readers who want learn more about the tale. The story is fascinating and gets increasingly so towards the end, with lots of nice surprises. For someone like me who knows nothing about any Hindu stories, I felt like I know a lot more after reading this book.
Indian Tales
Indian Tales
Vibrant. Alluring. Brilliant. Indian Tales by Shenaaz Nanji and illustrated by Christopher Corr is a phenomenal collection of daily life stories from different regions of India. Each section takes on the personality of the region and brings forward the colors and imagery from that region's lifestyle and legends.
Finders Keepers? (India Unveiled Childrens Series, 1)
Finders Keepers? (India Unveiled Childrens Series, 1)
I found this book especially appealing because it brings out the beauty of India and its primary philosophy of "Dharma", which is about doing the right thing. If my children learn nothing else, I want them to learn their virtues. So, if you're looking for a simple yet powerful way to express to your young children the high value of loving and respecting one another and doing the right thing, then this is the book for you!

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