Saturday, May 1, 2010

Ayush's Grandmother Teaches About India!

During our April is Family Blogging Month project, many grandmothers came in to share about their background.
Grandma Marty from Australia came in, Halmoni from Korea, and recently we had Ayush's grandmother from India!


Have you ever eaten samosa?

Do you know any facts about India?
Please share! 


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Great post! Gal told me that the samosa was very good and healthy. The video was fun to whatch. It is always fun to try new foods from new foods from other places.

    (Gal's aunt in Isreal)

  2. Hi Mrs. Yollis. What a great video-- nice to tie the generations together.
    Here is my response to a comment you left on our class blog:
    I have done this (Earth Day) activity for several years but at other schools--I have to say this area is particularly spectacular. We call it a 'solo' as kids sit by themselves to write. For many this is a new experience. Maybe that's why the writing is so rich.
    Congratulations on the great success of your class blog, and thanks for stopping by.

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I've never tried Samosa, but we have similar food close to it which is called Sambooseh with a little bit different ingredients.

    Some Indian foods are similar to Persian foods. Indian foods have more chilli and different kinds of spices.

    (Kayla's mom)

  4. Dear Mrs Yollis' class,

    What a fantastic experience for you! You really do have an multicultural classroom.

    I was going to ask if the lady was Ayush's sister but then I saw that it was Ayush's maa!

    I have tried samosas once or twice at Indian restaurants.They are tasty!

    I had a quick look on Wikipedia and found out that India has the second largest population in the world with 1.18 billion people! I wonder if anyone knows what country in the world has the largest population?

    Did you know the capital city of India is New Delhi and the official languages of India are Hindi and English?

    Thank you for telling us some Hindi!

    We can't wait to see who you have in your classroom next!

    Your friend,
    Miss McGeady

  5. Dear Mrs Yollis and your wonderful students,
    how lucky you all are to have another wonderful experience with another part of the world. I really enjoyed the post and loved the fact you learned how to say some words in Indian. I have never tried samosa they really looked very yummy. What are they made off?
    I do know some very interesting facts about India which I learn`t back in high school.
    Aryabhatta was the scientist who invented the digit zero. Also the game snakes and ladders was first created in India as well as the board game chess. Also India has the most post offices in the world. Up until 1896 India was the only source of diamonds to the world.India also is the largest employer in the railway system employing over one million people. Thankyou for another wonderful post looking forward to your nexted one from your friend down under AA>

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    You truly have an international classroom. How lucky you all are to be learning about these beautiful different cultures! (And eating tasty samosas. Mmm, mmm!)

    We learned a little bit about India when we studied kites around the world. India has beautiful, acrobatic kites called "patang."

    I also just watched a good PBS video called "The story of India" and I learned many things about the amazing country.

    Mr. Salsich

  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Thank you for Family Blogging Month. I had fun.

    Typed by Andrew (Ethan's Brother)

  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Thank you for the fun and educational post on the Indian culture. I really enjoy eating different ethnic cuisines and I really like Indian food. I like the Indian curry, naan (Indian bread), samosa, etc.. I enjoy Indian curry so much that in the past, I have attempted to make Indian curry in a slow cooker at home. Mine wasn't authentic but close enough to enjoy at home. :-)


    Young (Ethan's mom)

  9. It sounds fun that your class had a family blogging week. I have never heard of that before. Did your class make it up? No I have never tried Sambooseh before.

  10. HI Mrs.Yollis! That sounds like so much fun! Our class learned some maori wich is a native language in New Zealand.

  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    What a nice treat to have Ayush's grandmother visit the class!

    I think it was wonderful of her to teach the children some words and share some authentic Indian cuisine.

    Have any of you ever heard of the Taj Mahal? It is located in India and was built by an emperor in 1632as a tribute to his wife. The Taj Mahal is supposed to be magnificant to see.

    (Kendall's mom)

  12. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Great post! It was really fun to learn some things about India. I would have loved to try the Samosa. another thing that was fun that I did do was learn some Indian.

    (Gal's cousin)

  13. Hello, Class,

    I like Samosas, and I also like Chicken Tikka and Kheer, which is kind of like rice pudding.

    Does anyone in the class want to be a chef or a cook?

    Garnett, Kendall's Great Aunt

  14. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    Thank you for another informative and educational blog post. I actually run an office in Bangalore India but have never been there. I have sent a note to a co-worker at that office and hope that he will visit your blog and add some information about his country.

    Thank you to Ayush's maa and daa di maa,

    (Jaxon's mom)

  15. Hello Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    Loved the video and the accompanying posts. I currently live in Bangalore (also known as the Garden City of India) which is a fun and exciting place with lots of historical sites. The two most common languages spoken in Bangalore are Hindi and Kanada. Bangalore is known for its greenery and pleasant weather throughout the year except during the monsoon season when it rains heavily. Samosas are a delicacy here along with other (chat-pata or savoury) delicacies such as 'bhagiya', 'dosa' and 'idli'. All this chatter about samosas has got me hungry and I am running off to get a few for myself.
    Take care,
    Raashid (Jaxon's friend)

  16. To Raashid,

    From my calculations, it was the middle of the night when you posted your comment. Maybe some of those delicacies would be best left for morning. :)

    Thank you for adding a new country to Mrs. Yollis' blog's reach.

    (Jaxon's mom - and Raashid's boss)

  17. Hello to Mrs. Yollis and Class,
    I really enjoyed watching this video starring Ayush's mother and grandmother. I have never eaten samosas, but they certainly looked tasty! I have enjoyed other kinds of Indian food in restaurants in both the United States and England. Next time I'll be sure to look for samosas on the menu! Thank you to Ayush's family for this idea.

    Marsha Cooke (Kendall's grandmother)

  18. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,
    I really enjoyed learning a bit of the Hindi language. I have always wanted to go to India. Right now I have a friend living in a meditation center in India for a year. She works in the kitchen there and is learning all about cooking vegitarian and planting a garden. She visits orphanages and says that the children are amazing and so appreciative of the things in their lives. There is so much to learn from the Indian culture. I have been trekking in Nepal and hope to get to India sometime in my lifetime. My goal is to visit all the continents. I have 2 more to go!

    Nancy Armstrong (Anais' mom)

  19. @ Miss McGeady,

    Yes, I knew the capital city of India is New Delhi and the official languages of India are Hindi and English. Isn't it amazing that India has the second largest population in the world with 1.18 billion people? Did you know what the rickshaw is?


    P.S.Hint: a rickshaw is part of transportation.

  20. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I have never realized that even in your little class that you have students from so many different cultures. It is like a little coner of the country. It is a good idea to invite parents of different origins to come to the class to teach kids of their cultures.

    Jade (Paul's mom)

  21. @ AA,

    Samosas are made out of dough, peas, and potatoes. One sauce that is commonly eaten with samosas is called chatni.

    Thanks for asking.



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