Studying India

December 5th, 2016

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Kabir and Arjun have been studying India.  They talked about India and represented India during the Celebration of Cultures event at Oren Dunn Museum in the month of September.  In November, they did a presentation for a few homeschoolers.

Kabir has read the book “Illustrated History of India” by Wilco second time.  Based on his research along with his friends he blogged on various topics from this book.  I am reading this book with Arjun and we are almost done.  Boys represented India during the Celebrations of Cultures event at Oren Dunn Museum in the month of September

In November, both boys presented India to a small group of homeschoolers.  Arjun created a PowerPoint presentation on India for homeschoolers.  Here is a video of Arjun presenting India (6:54 minutes).  Kabir created a movie based on our trip to India.  The movie India 2016 is 16:31 minutes long.  Overall, they have a learnt a lot about India and are proud to have Indian heritage!

Non-competitive Reading Fair 2016-2017

December 4th, 2016

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We hosted a Reading Fair in October at the library.  At the end of the fair, we left the trifolder story boards in the library for display during the month of November.  Heather Tate and Lisa Floyd were the judges.  They gave written comments to each participant.

Arjun chose “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White and Garth Williams.  For his project based on the book, he created a model of County Fair but I forgot to take the photo.  He made a Ferris Wheel (with help of his grandfather), a pig pen and a grand stage.  I wish I had taken a photo 🙁

 

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Kabir chose “The Apothecary” by Maile Meloy.  He dressed up as one of the characters, Benjamin.  For his project based on the book, he has been converting the book into a comic.  He plans to mail the comic to the author when done to show his appreciation of the book.

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Career Quests 2016 – 2017

September 21st, 2016

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We have begun career quests again this school year.  Boys love it and they look forward to many more this year.

Career Quest #1

We visited E911 office, Elmo’s Military Surplus (boys loved this store), Saltillo City Hall, and House of Bounce.  At the city hall, we met the Mayor, City Clerk, public works director, main street director, zoning enforcer, fire chief and police chief.  Each one of them gave a talk and enlightened us about their job and department.  We visited police department and fire department.  Here is the visual tour of our first career quest of this school year.

You may wish to read about Career Quests for the previous school year.

Making Movie and Publishing Book

September 19th, 2016

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Boys have had an interesting experience this year: making movie and publishing a book!

Kabir and Arjun along with their friends, Cox brothers (John Gannon and Jackson) made a 45-minute long movie titled: America: The Land of Hope, Opportunity, and Freedom.  They interviewed 17 immigrants living in Tupelo, Oxford or Saltillo.  We held the movie premiere in the library.

 

Kabir had co-authored and co-illustrated a picture book with his friends Architesh Prasad and Gargi Koul.  We published this book on Amazon: Tantrum Fantrum.  We are selling the book at cost price of $6:10 and if you do buy the book, please consider leaving an honest review on Amazon for the book.  Today, Kabir read the book to the class of Mrs. Anna Beth Williams at Lawhon elementary school.  It was a wonderful experience for him.  Just it would have been better if he could do the reading with Architesh and Gargi.  Archi and Kabir read the book together in our local Barnes & Noble.  There was a nice article about Tantrum Fantrum on Daily Journal, local newspaper.  In October, Kabir read to preschoolers at a All Saints Storytime.

 

Challenge Activities – 2016-2017

September 16th, 2016

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This school year we have focused on the following monthly challenges so far.  I will update this post as we have more challenging events during this school year.

Collaborative Art Challenge: This art project was inspired by creation of John Salvest.  He has a collage in Atlanta airport made out of business cards.  For this challenge, kids collected business cards from local businesses.  When they got together, they glued the business cards to the canvas spelling LOVE and created a heart shape.  This artwork is being displayed in the Lee County Library.

Poetry Challenge: Each kid chose 2 of their favorite poems.  Also, each kid wrote a poem.  So, now each kid had 3 poems to share with all their friends when we met.  Each one read 3 poems during our meeting (2 of their favorites and 1 original).  My boys added all of the collected poems in a folder and now they have a personal folder of great poems: favorite poems and the poems written by their friends.  They plan to keep adding more poems to this folder over time.

Arjun’s favorite poems were: “Queen of Hearts” and “The Twelve days of Christmas”.  Arjun wrote following poem.

The Thanksgiving Feast by Arjun Gupta

We started by making a feast:

It had stuff like turkey, corn, and stew at the very least.

Then lots of friends and familes gathered

For the big celebration waiting ahead.

Next we thank God as in the world people celebrate;

Our delicious meal was great.

After the feast we hung paper leaves in a Thanksgiving Tree.

In the paper we wrote our wish, minimum three.

Now we kids like John, Jackson, Aidan, and Jaffet play

Until no longer we have time to stay.

 

Kabir’s favorite poems were: “IF” by Rudyard Kipling and “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.  Kabir wrote the following poem.

Amnesia By Kabir Gupta

In this poem, I have amnesia, a disease that makes it hard for you to remember things. I am asking you, in a riddle format, to help me remember the “event we just had.” Hope you enjoy it!

 

At the event we just had

(And now I’m definitely really glad),

We had a round, chocolatey, spongey thing.

It was big, with frosting on top,

Most everyone’d eat it rather than pork chops.

I wonder very much, what was this thing…

CAN YOU GUESS?

 

At the event we just had

(And now I’m really, really glad),

Atop the cake there was something else.

It had wax, and also a wick,

And to blow it out, was I quick!

I wonder, now, what could this be, this something else…

COULD YOU GUESS?

 

At the event we just had

(And now I’m really, really, really glad)

Beside the cake with candles, there was more!

Many of the more stuff, there were

And put in bags with/or wrapping paper

Again, I wonder quite a lot, what were these things…

CAN YOU GUESS?

 

At the event we just had

(And now I’m really, really, really, really glad)

For the cake, its candles and presents, someone must be there!

And they were—Zowie, Aiden, John, Jack,

Aunties, Uncles, Grandma, Gramps!

So what category of people were at the event there…
COULD YOU GUESS?

 

At the event we just had

(And now I’m really, really, really, really, really glad)

Why am I so happy?

It’s cause I got a value added to my age!

Time to start a new 365-day life’s page!

Then what was this event, it’s made me so happy…

CAN YOU GUESS?

 

 

 

(Answer: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!)

 

 

Sculpting Challenge: Kids were given clay and told to make whatever they want and just enjoy the process of working with clay.