When learning about other countries, we can learn so much about how people live, how and why cultures came to be. In our home, we truly enjoy learning about cultures that are entirely different from our own. I want my children to appreciate the people God created all over the world. These resources for learning about India are an excellent place to start.
I am always amazed at the things we discover about other countries. Studying other countries encourages our children to gain the knowledge they will never forget. It opens up the world, which can seem so small at times.
Here are a few interesting facts my kids and I found about India that we think your family will enjoy:
- India just gained its independence in 1947.
- The country only has three national days; Independence Day, Republic Day, and Gandhi’s Birthday.
- The beautiful, majestic peacock is India’s national bird.
- North of the country is home to the famous Himalayan mountains.
- The most famous and longest river in India is the Ganges River.
- India is the 2nd most populated country in the world. To give you an idea, the Earth’s whole population is well over 7 billion people, and over 1.27 billion people live in India. The United States has 316 million, which gives you an idea of the country’s population.
- Bay of Bengal in India is the world’s largest mangrove forest.
- India is the only country in the whole world with BOTH lions AND tigers.
- When greeting elders, some people touch their feet as a sign of respect.
- Cows are known to be sacred to Hindus because they symbolize strength and provide “life-giving” milk. Cows can be seen roaming the streets everywhere, and people can be seen bowing down to them.
Can there be funkier facts? Yes, there can!
- It is illegal to take Rupees (Indian currency) out of India.
- It is said that there is an Indian man that hasn’t eaten or drank anything for 70 years.
- (You will NOT believe this.) The world’s largest family lives in India. The man has 39 wives and … 94 children!
- There is so much more, but I will leave it there.
Explore India with your kids with these excellent resources.
India: Endangered Animals Games | All Done Monkey
India Books for Kids | Happy Brown House
Free Homeschool Unit Study about Culture in India and Gloria Whelen’s “Homeless Bird” | The Frugal Homeschooling Mom
Power Vocabulary: Ancient India | Kids Discover
All Around India: Vaddar, Viswakarma, and Vakkaliga | Write Bonnie Rose
Learn Hindi in 30 Minutes – ALL the Basics You Need | HindiPod101.com
India Resources (Free with Membership)| Activity Village
Facts about India | Making Friends
Ancient India History Worksheet | Worksheets to Print
Printable FREE Ancient India Test | Help Teaching
Ancient India Notes and Stations Sample (FREE) | Education with DocRunning
INDIA – Printable handout with map and flag | Interactive Printables
India Booklet Country Study | Creative Classroom Core
India – Research Mini Book | The Colorado Classroom
More resources to use when studying India:
India- Alberta Grade 3 Social Studies Communities in the World | Encore Teaching Resources – The Encore Teacher
*Ancient India Unit with Learning Stations and Interactive Project | Brain Waves Instruction
Ancient India STEM Challenges | StudentSavvy
Booklet (India Country Study!) | Emily Bynum
India Booklet Country Study Project Unit | Beyond Imagination
*India Symbols | Easy Peasy Teaching
Seasons in India | Gupshups
Crafts on India
India Crafts for Kids | The Crafty Classroom
Fun and Interesting Diwali Activities and Crafts for Kids – Free printables | Sharing Our Experiences
Exploring Folk Art Craft from India with Kids | Artsy Craftsy Mom
Discovering India with Kids | Discovering the World through My Son’s Eyes
More and more families are starting to homeschool in India. There aren’t many statistics about it, but I did find that homeschooling in India is growing an estimated 2% to 8% per year (India Today).
India (A True Book: Geography: Countries)India For Kids: Amazing Facts About IndiaLiving in . . . IndiaJanmashtami Special- Stories, Festivals and Mythologies of IndiaA Kid’s Guide to IndiaLet’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series, Book 1) (Volume 1)India Kids Travel Journal: Fun Adventures, Diary for Kids to Write In with Prompts ~ Pages for Writing, Doodling & Sketching, Small Lined DiaryHands-On History! Ancient India: Discover the Rich Heritage of the Indus Valley and the Mughal Empire, with 15 Step-by-Step Projects and 340 PicturesThe History of India for Children – (Vol. 2): From The Mughals To The Present [Paperback] Archana Garodia Gupta,Shruti GarodiaTravel Journal India: Travel Keepsake Journal | Vacation Diary for Kids | India Map CoverAll about India: Introduction to India for Kids
Homeschooling isn’t legal in India just yet, but they won’t necessarily stop families from educating at home. There aren’t many opportunities for homeschoolers once they complete their schooling. Unfortunately, colleges ask for school certificates when kids seek admissions.
I am hoping these opportunities open up more for the homeschoolers there. Let’s pray for the homeschooling families in India and learn all about them at home.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!