History- Buddha in 3 perspectives

For history, we are using
Tapestry of Grace curriculum. I dearly love
Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer, and so we are using it as a 'spine' book most weeks.

This week we covered ancient India, and on Friday we listened to the chapter of Story of the World on audio- which is read just superbly by Jim Weiss...I can't recommend it enough.. So- we were listening to the story of Prince Siddhartha who became Buddha, while the kids colored a coloring sheet of a statue of Buddha from the Story of the World activity book.

I kind of got the vibe that the 3 littles were not paying attention- I guess they are not up to multi-tasking yet... So, on Monday I re-read the chapter and then had them make a drawing from the story and write something about it.

Here is Amie's, which I was just tickled with- she drew Prince Siddhartha asking his father to let him go outside the palace to visit the city, his father said, "No!".
I was so impressed that she colored the walls of the city the color of sand- because, she explained to me...that was the color of the walls and buildings in the "Young Indiana Jones" movie we watched recently- an episode which took place in India. Gosh, I love the connections!!! She connected that on her own.

Our bonus-student, Teddy's offering is a little sparse- but I was very pleased with his effort; he has an auditory processing disorder and I am just so pleased that he listened to the story and then remembered it, and drew something from it.

Here he drew Prince Siddhartha going to sleep in one of his 3 palaces...going to sleep while musicians played music to lull him to sleep.

Can you see the flute one guy is holding, and the stringed-instrument? I was pleased as punch with this.

And then here is my boy-wonder's offering: Demi-Sky drew Prince Siddhartha out touring the city with his chariot driver.

Notice the chariot looks very much like a car on the far right.

On the far left, we have a blue crippled man, leaning on crutches...and then in the middle is a poor unfortunate soul who is apparently being electrocuted and then died. It was an important happening, because it gave the chariot driver his opening to say to the prince; "We will all die. Even you, Siddhartha!" - Which words Demi wrote down on his page.

I was really pleased he remembered this important part of the story.

The car and the electricity have me a little concerned...as does the senseless violence,

and yet it all falls into place somehow...