Reading Fair 2016

January 29th, 2016

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This is the first time that both my kids participated in a Reading Fair.  It was so worth it that I am going to host it again next year.  There is so much learning involved in creating story board and getting deep into your favorite book.  We had just 8 kids (with youngest being only 3).  We had 2 teachers who listened to every kid and gave them a detailed feedback.  My kids have been very proud of their feedback and I couldn’t have imagined how precious it is to them.

Kabir chose The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba.  I gave this book to Kabir in LA Airport before we were going to take a flight back to Memphis after Christmas.  As soon as he started reading it, he was hooked to it and couldn’t stop reading.  I expected him to pause when we had taken off as we had a personal TV in the plane.  He looks forward to a personal TV in the plane.  Even a movie in the plane couldn’t distract him.  All 3 of us (Amit, Arjun and me) were watching a movie in the plane while Kabir was hooked to this book.  He knew this is his favorite book at the time and his eyes were sparkling.  That’s when we decided that he should work on this book for his reading fair.  We didn’t realize that nonfiction story board is so much more hard than a fiction but it was worth it as we learned a lot.  Amit helped him to make a small windmill that can generate electricity.  I think this was his favorite part of the project.  I think the most difficult part of the project for him was to draw the windmill on the story board.

Kabir - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Arjun chose Night of the Ninjas – Magic Tree House #5 by Mary Pope Osborne.  He loves to make things from the cardboard and wood.  So, he made a tree house and he added some handmade books in them and also inscribed it with “M”.  He made a Peanut with clay and put him inside a sock and he found a white stone which he believes wholeheartedly that it is a moonstone.  Arjun did all the cutting and gluing on this board.  He drew a ninja and samurai.  At this stage we realized that we don’t really know much about ninjas and samurais and so we ordered the fact tracker and learnt from it.  So, he had to go back and fix the description of ninjas and samurais.  He did most of the writing on the computer and I had to just fix spelling and other errors.

Arjun - Night of The Ninjas (Magic Tree House #5)

Monthly Challenges

December 10th, 2015

My kids look forward to monthly challenge.  Here are the photos for each challenge.

Tallest Tower Challenge: Kids worked in teams to create tallest tower possible with spaghetti and gum drops. We used styrofoam for the base.


Handmade Board Game Challenge: Each kid created a board game on their own. They brought the board game and played with each other.  This meeting lasted about 4 hours or so.  Kids were laughing and having so much fun that I will not forget this meeting ever!

Candy Challenge: Kids invented a new candy and designed the packaging or wrapper for their new candy. They had to pay attention to all the information that must go on the packaging.


5-Minute Movie Challenge: Kids created a movie that could be as short as a minute or as long as 5 minutes on any topic that they want. Here are the links to the movies made by Kabir and Arjun.

Kabir’s movie: Life’s Lessons

Arjun’s movie: My Drawings

Other kids created movies: Hunting Deer, How to make cat toys, and What Kids Can Do When They are Bored.  I loved all the movies and we had some popcorn too!

Career Quest

December 9th, 2015

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My friend, Paula Cox and I have been arranging monthly career quest days for few homeschoolers.  It has been just wonderful for everyone participating.  Before you continue, please read Paula’s career quest post as she explains it really well.  It was basically her idea.

Career Quest #1

We visited 7 businesses: Simply Sweet, Sherwin Williams, Main Street Family Dentistry, Alpha Insurance, The Main Attraction and Coffee Emporium, Looking Good/ FootGear, and Cardiology Associates.

Career Quest #2

We visited 5 businesses: CSA (Central Service Association), Tupelo Small Animal Hospital, The Little Popper, Walker & Ungo Immigration Law Firm, and Building Blocks/Learning Skills Center.

Career Quest #3

We visited 4 businesses in Nettleton, MS: Bancorp South, Homestretch (a factory that makes recliners), Mr. Brandon Presley (Northern District Public Service Commissioner), and NAPA Auto Parts.  My friend, Paula Cox, has written a detailed post for this career quest.  Here are the photos:

Bancorp South


Homestretch – Factory that makes recliners.

Mr. Brandon Presley: Northern District Public Service Commissioner



NAPA Auto Parts


American Study

November 17th, 2015

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We have been studying about America and this morning we met with a few homeschoolers to listen to our kids’ presentations and to eat traditional American food.  It was just wonderful.  Although each of the kids did a great job but my favorites were a movie about the history of Colorado using Legos by John Gannon, a brochure of Texas by Aidan, an A-Z list of symbols of Louisiana by Lou, and history of civil rights in Alabama by Emory.

Kabir and Arjun filled all the fact sheets about America on their own.  Then they started a new folder where there are going to complete fact sheets for each of the 50 states.  So far, they have completed fact sheets for California and Missouri.  This is because Arjun chose to focus on California and Kabir on Missouri.  They created a clay model of the USA.

They updated the population and religion graphs.

Arjun chose to focus on San Francisco earthquake 1906.  We adapted the script from a book, “Lizzie Newton and the San Francisco Earthquake” by Stephen Krensky.  We did Readers Theatre where his grandmother, Kabir, Arjun and I participated.  We will remember this forever in life!  Here is the link to the script, San Francisco Earthquake and here is the link to the video of San Francisco Earthquake Readers Theatre.  He created a Lego model of San Francisco and then broke to represent San Francisco after the earthquake.  As far as food is concerned we bought California Roll and California Sourdough bread from Kroger for the party.

Kabir created a Missouri newspaper dedicated to homeschoolers.  He did this mostly on his own and worked real hard.  Here is a video link of his presentation of the Missouri Newspaper dedicated to homeschoolers.  For food, we made Ozark pudding and Squash casserole for the party.  We spent last week in St. Louis, Missouri.  We had a great time as it’s a great city for kids.

A Grandfather’s Tale

November 4th, 2015

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Kabir started a project in 2013 and completed it in 2015.  He spent about half an hour with his grandfather (whenever he was living with us in America) listening to his stories.   He typed these stories and created a biography of his grandfather.  Mrs. Heather Tate helped him for the last one year editing his work and guiding his project.  Then we added the old photos and created a book at  Finally, we published it in a book.  This Saturday we had a little book release party for him with Tate family to celebrate.  It has been a really worthwhile project!  The advantages of this project has been felt and will be felt lifelong so much so that it’s very hard to put it in words.