Monday: Today we begin our journey. We are suspending regular school (except for math) for the week to do this indepth study. Today, I want to begin work on a salt dough relief map. My husband also works with many people from India, so we are going to come up with a question sheet so that we can learn more about where they are from and what they liked to do as kids. We will map where they come from. Each child will research a saint and do a report on them according to their abilities and age. We will also be reading from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book throughout the week.
We worked on the "lapbook" for India available at HomeschoolShare.com and the kids researched their saints. We made Chapati Bread, which was included in the lapbook and I found a spice packet for Chicken Tikka Masala at our grocery store, which I served over rice. It was a bit spicy, not hot, but spicy, but still yummy.
|Andrea making the Chapati|
|Chicken Tikki Masala|
|St. Thomas, St. Francis Xavier, St. Alphonsa, and Blessed Mother Teresa|
Salt Dough Relief Map of India
We are making salt dough for a relief map of India. To make the salt dough, you need equal parts flour and salt to which you would gradually add water to make a dough. Be careful not to make it too sticky. You can probably cut this recipe in third, depending on the size map you want. We had a lot left over! It's basically a one to one ratio.
3 - 4 cups salt
3 - 4 cups flour
water as needed
*recipe and directions are from e-how.
(adapted from a couple of recipes found on Ria's Collection)
Puff Pastry Sheets (You can buy these in the frozen foods of your grocery store.)
2 - 3 TBS olive oil
1/2 TBS ginger paste
1 Medium onion minced
1/2 - 1 TBS chili powder (to taste)
1/2 TBS coriander
1 large can of chicken breast - drained and shredded
1 egg, beaten
Remove puff pastry from package and allow to thaw on counter for about 20 minutes. Prepare filling by heating oil in skillet. Add garlic and ginger pastes and cook until it gives off aroma. Add onions and cook until transluscent. Add chili powder, coriander, and salt and cook for about 2 minutes. Add chicken and mix well. Allow to cool slightly.
Cut pastry sheets into squares (I got about 9 from each sheet). Place filling in center of square, brush edges with water, fold over and press to seal edges. Brush with beaten egg and bake in a 425 degree oven until browned (about 15 - 20 minutes).
|Jeremy taking the chicken puffs from |
|Display board, salt map and |
wooden saint dolls.
|Dave and Daniel trying|
the Maori game.