When we finished up China and the Olympic games, I figured why not just stay in Asia. It was a bonus that right after the Olympics were over Disney Channel premiered their Cheetah Girls movie that took place in India. I know that is not really a traditional educational method, but anything I can use to get my kids interested in a topic is a blessing in my book. We also rented the movie Jungle Book from the library. Not the Disney cartoon. It is what the boys call a "real people movie". The story actually reminds me a lot of Tarzan, only it takes place in India. They get a glimpse of the history when India belonged to Great Britain. We also found a cartoon version of the story Riki Tiki Tavi. But I think my favorite story was the Raja's Rice. It involved the math of doubling. My kids were shocked to think of the entire country covered knee deep in rice. Maybe it's just because I'm such a math geek that I liked it so much.
We had a little trouble with the menu for India. I wish the new restaurant they are putting in the mall had opened up. That would have made my life so much easier. But Chris managed to make a curry chicken that was quite delicious over rice. Actually it was a mix that we got at Publix (before I found it cheaper at walmart). Just followed the directions on the box. We also made the mango drink from the book Another Trip Around The World. That was probably the only thing the boys enjoyed about the meal.
We are going to take a couple of weeks off from our travels due to moving. I don't want to have all kinds of library books checked out and accidentally get packed. But when we resume we will be starting with Japan and a trip to the Wasabi Japanese buffet. If Chris gets enough overtime, we may also hit the Japanese steakhouse. Anyone know of any Russian restaurants around here?