Ancient India Block

Wow, we had a really busy second semester, and I just didn’t have the time to blog about it!  Before we get back into it in September, I wanted to record a bit of what we did.  Our two main blocks for the semester were Ancient India and Ancient Greece.  First up, our Ancient India Block.  Lots of stories, myths, and art in this one!  The Peeps really enjoyed submerging themselves in the culture of India.  The Mahabharata for Children and Bhagavad-Gita.  They memorized the Gayatri Mantra, and learned to write their names in Sanskrit.  We learned about Hinduism and Hindu gods and goddesses, as well as the religion of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha.  We also studied discoveries in math and science from this time and place in history.  It was a rich and satisfying study!

Some chalkboard drawings for copywork…

Chalkboard Mandala

Karma Spiral (apologies for the poor quality!)

And some excerpts from their Main Lesson Books:

Here are a few of links we found useful (note, as of 2017 some of these links are no longer active. I’ve linked alternatives and noted where applicable.)

Science, Medicine & Technology in Ancient India

India & Astronomy

India’s Great Civilization- Gr. 6 (This website at is no longer available or you may need membership to access.)

More Astronomy in Ancient India

Sanskrit Alphabet

The Bhagavad Gita for Kids (Updated 2017)

The Gayatri Mantra (Updated 2017)

Ancient India Plan of Study Gr. 6 (This link is no longer active as of 2017-no alternative found, sorry!)

Next up, Ancient Greece!  I hope to get to that this weekend. Stay tuned. 🙂


14 thoughts on “Ancient India Block

  1. This is absolutely amazing!! I am Indian…and I admit, your kids and you have done an awesome job thinking up ideas and researching the culture! Memorizing the gayati mantra, now that is INCREDIBLE!
    Ps found your blog on the well trained mind.

  2. I really like the writing opposite the blue Shiva page! We will be briefly covering Ancient India this year — thanks for sharing the links!
    I didn’t blog our second semester either…but am trying to get back in the habit now that we’ve started our new year!

  3. Thanks for the kind words, Lee and Monica. 🙂 Lee– me too! Good luck with your new semester… we don’t start until September, though I felt very motivated and got all our book ordering done this week.

  4. We are about to embark on studying Ancient India and love all of your resources you have shared. Many of the links to additional resources are not working :(. Do you have a way of fixing them? So appreciate everything you have shared! Thanks

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