CC Cycle 1 – Week 7: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Adorable Animal Babies



My last blog post detailed our family’s struggle to transition from skip counting to reciting multiplication facts in their entirety. After some serious tears (and not just from my kids), I came up with a method that has been working well with my nine year old daughter. Best of all…it’s easy and free. Rather than explaining it again, I will just insert the link here if you want to read the post:
“From Skip Counting to Multiplication Tables – Making It Easy”


What’s that you say? You would like a hard cover book on animal reproduction, with great illustrations, for under $3? I’ve got you covered. This book is out of print but at $2.61 used how can you go wrong?

CLICK HERE to Add “Animal Reproduction” to Your Amazon Wish List

And let’s not forget the littles. This adorable picture book explains how more than just chickens lay eggs.

CLICK HERE to Add “Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones” to Your Amazon Wish List

I am an admitted documentary junkie. I just love them. All of them. But according to my children, some documentaries can be (gasp!) boring. Not this one. This documentary earned five stars from all of us…even my teenage son. It features the most adorable animal babies you have ever seen and is free with your Amazon Prime subscription.

CLICK HERE to Add “Wild About Animals: Animal Babies” to Your Amazon Prime Watch List

OK so every once in a while, I have to give another plug for Amazon Prime. I have probably never made a better subscription purchase in my entire life. In case you don’t know, with Amazon Prime you get free 2-day shipping to almost everywhere in the U.S. on ALL your Prime purchases. (There is a new Amazon Distribution Center being built 10 miles down the highway from us so we are going to be on 1 day Prime soon…hooray!) You also get free access to Amazon’s massive library of videos, movies, and music. If you want to tray a free one-month trial membership of Prime (worth it, even if you cancel later) you can do so by clicking on the link below:

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Initially I wasn’t quite sure how to approach supplemental materials for this week’s history sentences. I know almost nothing about either Hinduism or Buddhism, but I wanted to find a way to introduce something of the religion and/or the culture to my kids in an age-appropriate and faith-appropriate way. I spent probably triple the time researching materials for this week as I usually do for the history portion, but I am happy with the results that I am able to recommend.

This first book doesn’t address the beliefs of Hinduism directly, instead it provides an adorable retelling of a classic Hindu fable. The book has delightful illustrations and conveys and universal moral that is non-faith-specific. I highly recommend it.

CLICK HERE to Add “Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth” to Your Amazon Wish List

If you are looking for something that addresses Hinduism directly, this book fits the bill. It is incredibly thorough and provides some really interesting facts. I felt like a much smarter person after having read it. Thoroughly explains Hinduism without attempting conversion…lol.

CLICK HERE to Add “Hinduism for Kids: Beliefs and Practices”

We found a series of videos on Amazon Prime with the less than appealing title of “Oh My God.” The series features a host who visits different cultures and learns about their religious customs and beliefs. Aside from the annoying fact that each segment of the series begins with a sound bite of “Oh My God”, the series is quite entertaining and informative. My daughter loved it and even asked if we could watch the episode on Buddhism right away. The entire series is free with your Amazon Prime subscription.

CLICK HERE to Add “What is Hinduism?” to Your Amazon Watch List

CLICK HERE to Add “What is Buddhism?” to Your Amazon Watch List

Another adorable picture book…this one introduces Buddhism by telling the fictional story of the young Siddhartha. The summary on the back reads, “A spoiled young prince, Siddhartha got everything he ever asked for, until he asked for what couldn’t be given – happiness. Join Little Sid as he sets off on a journey of discovery and encounters mysterious wise-folk, terrifying tigers, and one very annoying mouse.”

CLICK HERE to Add “Little Sid – The Tiny Prince Who Became Buddha” to Your Amazon Prime Wish List

There is a full length cartoon movie on YouTube that tells the story of the life of Buddha from his childhood through “enlightenment.” It was produced in India, originally in Hindi, and has English dubbing.


Remember School House Rock? I found the old Preposition episode on YouTube and just had to share. It’s an oldie but a goodie.

That’s all for this week. I hope you have as much fun with these little “extras” as we did. Until next time, Happy Learning!

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