Let’s look at this map of Asia. We have talked about this country of China and this one, Japan. Today we want to talk about this country. It is called India. When we look at India we can see it has three sides surrounded by water. It is a peninsula. The world’s highest mountain range is in India. They are the Himalaya Mountains. India has some desert land, forest, and jungle area as well.
The cow is a very sacred animal in India. They can be found wandering through city streets. India is also home to many other animals like elephants, lions, pythons, river dolphins, and the snow leopard. The Bengal Tiger is the national animal of India. This beautiful cat lives in the forests and grasslands. They also swim and can be found in ponds, lakes, and rivers.
Indian clothing is very colorful…
The fabric is made of silk or cotton and can be a solid color or patterned. The sari is most common and oldest forms of dress for women. It is made with a large piece of fabric that is wrapped around the waist to form a skirt and then draped around the shoulder. Underneath a sari, women wear a petticoat and a blouse called a choli. Indian men will often wear a loose shirt called a kurta with either a lungi or dhoti. A lungi is a wide length of cloth wrapped around the waist and rolled up or left hanging to the ground. A dhoti is a long piece of cloth with a separate fabric piece pulled up between the legs. Men also may wear a long tailored cotton shirt with pants.
Food in India is often eaten with the hands, and it is the right that is used. Most Indian meals include a flat bread, that is traditionally used to scoop or roll vegetables or rice. A spoon is provided for soup.
Now, the other children not able to use the work on the shelf for today’s Circle Time can find many other activities. This is where the absorbent mind gets its exercise. Whether it be Math, hand/eye coordination for pincer control, Botany, or any other area of the classroom, it is very important to me toa work hard and create the trays that will reinforce good learning habits.
Below are pictures of some of those activities being used. Notice the children are very engaged and focused. I just love the Montessori Method!