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Start Your Own Study Group - Nine Tips

You want to teach your children about India.

You wonder how to get started with a study group for your children.

This is what one group did:  In 2004 four families came together and started a study group about India with their children.  They called this group Indianroots.  Many of the things described here draw on the experiences of the parents and children of Indianroots.  The parents got involved with their children's schools and developed teaching kits for global education programs there.  Many of the parents from Indianroots are part of the Teach India Project. 

These parents were able to organize themselves and so can you.  It was difficult to find materials to teach and learn but now through this web site and newsletter of the Teach India Project you can find lessons, activities, guidance and information to help you.

Here are nine tips to get you started-

  1. Use the Lessons on this website to get started
  2. Talk to as many people as you can about starting a study group.  You will probably be surprised at how many people share your concerns.
  3. Be specific about what you want to study and learn it helps to have a plan.
  4. Make a lesson plan for each meeting of the study group.  These are links to two lesson plans from this website  Mahatma Gandhi Lesson Plan and Lesson Plans\collecting family stories lesson plan.htm
  5. Have a map of India.  You can print one from the links on this page:  Lessons\India At A Glance.htm   Larger maps can be ordered online from many web sites.  Or you can make a big map by enlarging a smaller one.  Instructions on how to do this are at http://www.ehow.com/how_12732_enlarge-drawing-using.html
  6. Try and make use of as many kinds of resources as you can online web sites, books and games, articles and pamphlets, clothing, decorations, artifacts, old photographs, music and movies. Our lesson plans tell you how.
  7. Pool resources with others in your study group, community members, and teachers.  Remember - we all have simple things around the house that tell the most interesting stories.
  8. Subscribe to the Newsletter of the Teach India Project. 
  9. Email us with your questions

 

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