Kids Market

October 1st, 2015

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Last Saturday, the boys participated in Town Creek Festival at Nettleton.  They created the following items to sell.

Arjun created each of these greeting cards completely on his own.

Kabir painted these tiles.

Arjun painted the top 3 wooden coasters and Kabir painted the bottom 3 wooden coasters.


Last Christmas, Kabir got a kit to make beads with recycled paper. He used this kit to make these necklaces. It was supposed to be a team effort of Kabir and Arjun but Arjun abandoned Kabir as soon as he could.


They used spin arts that they create in each art class to print their favorite poems or sayings.  Amit laminated it for them.

Here is photo of the boys ready to sell.


Crafts for Few Festivals 2014-2015

October 1st, 2015


Photos of crafts made by boys to celebrate few festivals in our house.

Christmas – the nativity scene – to celebrate birth of Lord Christ.


Easter – colored hard boiled eggs, sponge cake with fruits and cream – to celebrate resurrection.


Janmashtami – jhanki (tableau) to celebrate birth of Shri Krishna.

Ganesh Chaturthi – in honor of Shri Ganesha.







Eastern Europe Study

August 25th, 2015

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Kids have been studying about Romania in Eastern Europe.  They chose Romania because they have a Romanian uncle.  Amit’s cousin is married to a Romanian.  Kabir completed the fact sheets about Romania and helped Arjun too!  So, I had loads of free time for myself but I did not learn as much as I usually do when I am involved.  Kids insisted that they don’t want me involved and so, I had to respect their decision.  After completing the fact sheets, they updated the population and religion graph.

As I was missing out a lot, I spearheaded the project of creating clay model of Eastern Europe.  I was back in their circle now and I was feeling good as I finally learned location of all the Eastern European countries.  Arjun labeled countries and seas in his model.  Kabir labeled countries, seas, mountains, rivers and capitals.

As for trying out Romanian food, we made MinciuneleRomanian Sour Soup (Ciorba), and Romanian Mititei.  We enjoyed it all!  Also, we tried Mamaliga but we didn’t care for it.  For the Eastern Europe Party with homeschoolers at the library, we made Minciunele and Romanian Mititei.

Kabir was inspired by his friend, John Gannon Cox.  He wanted to do an interactive presentation just like John Gannon.  Dr. Moore had emailed me a template for Jeopardy about 2 years ago.  So, I knew exactly what to do.  We watched Jeopardy on YouTube, learnt the game and Kabir created the Jeopardy game for Eastern Europe.  He was ready and excited.  He made a t-shirt for the winner of the game (I forgot to take the photo of the t-shirt).  His contestants were John Gannon, Zowie and Paula.  John Gannon and Zowie were on a tie and so, Kabir asked an extra question.  John Gannon won!

Jeopardy Scores

Jeopardy Scores

Arjun was interested in animals and so we created a presentation about the animals of Eastern Europe.  He presented in front of few people and that was great achievement for him.

Animals of Eastern Europe by Arjun

Animals of Eastern Europe by Arjun

Both kids won the flag of Romania in their pretend passport and it has been attested by their grandparents.

Lego Fair 2015

July 20th, 2015

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This year, Lego Fair was hosted by Lee County library.  My kids waited for this event with much excitement.  Kabir made a working battery-operated fan.  He was inspired by the electric lamp made by Gargi Koul for Lego Fair 2014.  He had to use cardboard for fan blades as we couldn’t figure out how to use Legos for fan blades.  He used approximately 350 Lego pieces.


Arjun combined everything that he loves in his Lego.  He made a swimming pool because he loves swimming.  He made picnic tables with people eating chicken because he loves chicken (he loves chicken without curry and so, he calls it dry chicken).  He made bike rack as he loves biking.  He made flower bed because he loves putting seed in the soil (even though he hasn’t managed to grow any).  He used approximately 300 Lego pieces.


Both of them received a small trophy and a certificate!  Here is a local TV, WTVA Lego Fair article and local newspaper, Daily Journal Lego Fair article for the event.

Summary of Arjun’s Pre-K

June 19th, 2015

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Arjun has had a long Pre-K year.  It started in January 2014 and we finished in May 2015.  We took it real slow for him and it was a good strategy as it did pay dividends.  Arjun can read fluently, he can add and subtract.  Surely, he is ready for Kindergarten.  

We started Pre-K with reading one book a week and doing related activities.  You can read in detail about this in the section Preschool Read Alouds.  As time seemed appropriate, we started to follow the curriculum – Sonlight Curriculum Grade P4/5.

Reading and Language Arts: In order to learn to read, we closely followed “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.”  Yes, at the end of 100 lessons he was reading fluently.   At the end of 100 lessons, he was ready for Language Arts Grade 1 with Grade 1 Readers.  We completed it in May.  He completed the workbooks Explode the Code 1, 2, 3.  For handwriting, I created worksheets for him where he traces Shri Mataji’s quotes.  He dictated a travel journal about our visit to London and we made a book out of it.

Math: He completed the workbooks for Horizon Math for Kindergarten and Singapore Math Workbook and Textbook 1A.  We will work on Workbook and Textbook 1B during Kindergarten.  On his own initiative, he joined Kabir for Abacus every Sunday.  He loves going to Abacus class with Kabir but doesn’t enjoy homework.  Amit has started to read ‘Life of Fred – Apples’ with Arjun.

Read Aloud/History/Science: I read almost all the books in the curriculum to him.  I think he enjoys hearing to Kabir’s book much more than his own.  He loved it when Kabir taught Science section to him.  He is looking forward to Kindergarten Science as he is excited about the experiments.  He did take part in few of Kabir’s Science Experiments.  He took part in PEAK Science Fair but didn’t present.  He participated in presentation on Poland, Costa Rica (he sang the song “Arroz con Leche” with Kabir), and England.

Extracurricular Activities: Arjun loves piano and he participated in his first recital this May.  He loves swimming and so, he takes lessons from Ms. Barbara Aguirre at the Tupelo Aquatic Center.  He participated in Lego Fair last year and monthly Lego Club too.  He has accompanied us in all the field trips and vacations.  He loves Ms. Vick Farmers’ Arts classes.  He participated in Kids’ Spring Market too.  He participates in bhajan classes with Archana Mayfield via Skype.

His favorite thing to do is dig or use various tools (whatever he can lay his hand on) in our backyard.  I avoid visiting our backyard frequently as I would see something that would get him into lot of trouble with me.  Also, he loves Arts and so, the construction paper and art supplies vanishes like thin air in our house.  He knows very well how to push my buttons but he still finds it hard to go to bed without my hand.  He is not an enthusiastic reader but he loves to copy from books that is beyond his age.  His favorite playmate is Kabir but they fight like typical siblings.  He is the best entertainment in our house.  Without him, every member of this family will be in their own nook doing their own stuff.  Our days fly by getting angry and secretly laughing at all his naughtiness.  We love him!

We celebrated end of the school by inviting Heather Tate and her family.  We ate homemade pizza, pasta salad, homemade sponge cake loaded with fruits and cream, and homemade strawberry ice-cream.