Story of the World, Vol. 1, Chapter 30

The Aryans of India or Chapter 30 helped us understand the roots of Buddhism and Hinduism. The kids colored The Buddha and the map while I read the stories.

For our craft, we made rakhi bracelets. First, we made one for sister to put on brother. She liked it so much, she wanted a bracelet for herself, too, so we made her one as well. I have not handled a hot glue gun in a while and I got burned, several times. Ouch! So be careful if you are doing this, too.

One new thing I am doing, by the way, is I walk on my stepper while I read to them. This has nothing to do with history. But I thought I should mention it because it doubles up my time and my blog means to provide tips for a thriving homeschool. I did not think I could do both at the same time, but I tried it and it was fine. I get 10-15 minutes of exercise while reading to them, depending on how long the lesson is. We live such sedentary lifestyles, as 21st century Americans. Every little bit of movement helps. 

This will not replace the almost daily walk I take through my hilly neighborhood, which takes me about 40 minutes. Walking on my stepper is something I have discovered I can do while I wait for my children to complete any seat work, by the way. I can’t leave them unsupervised, because they are still small and need a lot of guidance. But I can redeem the time I would otherwise spend staring out the window.


There’s nothing wrong with staring out the window and whispering a prayer, of course. I have done and still do plenty of that. I also use these few moments here and there to update my record book, where I give an account of what we have done for each of the 180 days of school. But once I have stared and written, I still find I have more time on my hands. So I walk. On my stepper. Next to their desk. It’s fun.

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