The month of March has arrived so soon! We are all happy here because that means it is time to study ancient India. This month we will be celebrating the Hindu celebration of Spring, The Holi Festival or the festival of colors, with tie-dying colorful shirts and decorating our hands and feet with Mehndi. We will be studying parts of the Maharbharata, namely the Bhagavad Gita. The children will also be reading the poetry of Kalindasa. We will be drawing our own mandalas and Wheels of Life. The Met and The Rubin Museum will be a great place to see Indian artifacts and ancient works of Indian art. Our history component will examine the ancient Indus Valley Civilizations and Aryan, Mauryan and Gupta periods. We will be viewing The Story of India, an epic documentary from the well-known historian Michael Wood. The children will experience authentic Indian cuisine. We will be reading The Ramayana and writing a script to perform a traditional Indian Shadow Puppet Show. We will begin each day with yoga and meditation and conclude each day with ancient Indian tales such as ‘The Tiger, The Brahman and The Jackal’, ‘The Blind Man and The Elephant’ and other Jataka tales.