We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

August 28th, 2014

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We thoroughly enjoyed reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.  After reading the story we ate berries and honey.  Also, I made an edible bear for Arjun using crackers, olives, raisins and fruit loops.  Kabir made his own edible bear including grass (olives), river (blue fruit loops), mud (brown mushed bread), forest (olives), snowstorm (almonds) and cave (meatballs).

I printed out printables from Homeschool Creations.  We enjoyed playing the game based on this book.

Arjun did a good job sequencing the events.


The most memorable moment was to act out the entire book using props.

Then, we went back to:

We’re not going on a bear hunt!

Measuring Time – History of Clocks

August 23rd, 2014

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We read about the history of measuring time.  Kabir chose to make two types of clocks out of all the different types of clocks we read in history – candle clock and water clock.

Candle Clock

First, Kabir made a mark on a candle for every centimeter.  The candle was 8cm long.

We lighted the candle at 2:00 P.M.  The first two centimeters of the candle burnt in 10 minutes each.  The subsequent centimeters burnt in 20 minutes each.  We realized that this was because of the shape of the candle was much narrower for the first two centimeters than for the subsequent ones.  It took longer than 20 minutes for the last few centimeters of the candle to burn.  We forgot to register exact time for the last few centimeters of the candle.  It took 3 hours and 40 minutes to burn the whole candle.

Conclusion: Assuming all candles have exact same height, we can use candle to measure time.  We will know that it should take little more than about 3 and a half hours for each candle to burn completely.

Water Clock

We marked inside of a tin container in inches.  The container was 6 inches high.


We made a very small hole at the bottom of the container.


We poured in the water up to the rim at about 11:00 A.M.  1 inch of water got out through the hole in three minutes.  The whole container, though, took 21 minutes to get empty.  It should have taken 18 minutes.  This was because the hole was a bit too high, and we didn’t realize that until the water in the very bottom was the only water left and was not coming out.

Conclusion: If we have a standard marked container with a tiny hole at the very bottom, it is possible to tell how much time has passed using this water clock.


Lego Club – August 2014

August 23rd, 2014

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Today we met at the library for Lego Club.  There were 19 kids who participated.  Today’s quest was to create functional household Lego items.  Here are the photos of kids’ creations:

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

August 23rd, 2014

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If you have never read Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina, I suggest you do.  It’s a very cute book for children.

At first, Arjun was reluctant to act as the peddler in the book.  So, I had to recruit Kabir.  His enthusiasm inspired Arjun and they together enjoyed acting out peddler and monkey from this book.

Both of them enjoyed playing the game “Monkey see, Monkey do”.  Also, we did a little math and art and craft projects to go along with this book.

The Story about Ping

August 14th, 2014

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Arjun and I enjoyed reading “The Story about Ping”.  I think, Arjun’s favorite part of the story was the word “Spank” as he enjoyed spanking me on my back as a joke each time the word was read.

As far as activities are concerned, I downloaded and we worked with preschool printable pack for “The Story about Ping”.

We ate rice cakes.  Basically, I mixed sugar with brown rice and made rice ball.  It worked as rice cake for us.


We made duck shaped Jello and kids loved it.


We went to Ballard park and fed bread to the ducks.


We did the “float or sink” experiment.