Our April Theme:
Let’s discover the wonders of India this month! From the famous Taj Mahal, with its beautiful architecture, to the haunting music of the sitar, with its 18, 19, 20 or 21 strings, we have a lot to experience. This country and culture is varied, with something for each of our curriculum areas:
Although English is widely spoken, Hindi is the official language. But there are 22 major languages in India, written in 13 different scripts! From these, India passes to future generations its ancient folktales, epic legends, and didactic stories designed to instruct children.
The fabulous landscape supports the Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, Asiatic lion, and the great Indian Rhino; and this is where the Indian banyan tree, the Lotus, and sweet-smelling Jasmine flowers grow. The people there eat delicious Roti for dinner, with sweet Jalebi for dessert… and their recipes use spice combinations perfected over thousands of years!
Indian art consists of a wide variety of forms, all with a strong sense of design. Over the millennia, it has been influenced by many cultures and shared by many religions all within India. We are sure to be inspired to experiment with some of these forms.
Children and adults there play football, hockey, cricket, and kabaddi; and their classical dances are entrancing to watch. Their musical system is quite different from ours: it divides the octave into 22 segments called shrutis, not all equal but each roughly equal to a quarter of a whole tone of Western music!
Our April calendar is below. Click on the image for a printable PDF!