End of Arjun’s 6th Grade and Homeschool

It’s the end of a very precious, memorable and sweet journey and beginning of a new chapter in our lives in many ways. Arjun has completed 6th grade and this brings us to the end of our homeschool journey. We spent 6th grade in a small apartment and it was fun to be in a small space, in each other’s way. It was much needed for us. Soon, he will begin 7th grade in a new school: Stanford Online High School, and in a new home. We are very thankful to Shri Mataji for all the beautiful memories we have made and are enthusiastic to make new ones.  Also, this is the last post that I will write. So, this is also the end of blogging for me. Thank you!

Arjun has grown in this past year on many fronts. I am proud of all the progress he has made especially in his behavior and personality (although he needs to make more changes but that’s a constant process for each of us and it never ends in our lifetime). Interestingly, this academic year he has been most enthusiastic about art and cooking. Here’s the summary of Arjun’s 6th grade:

Reading


Writing

  • Completed BookShark Curriculum Level G Language Arts
  • Completed following workbooks: Easy Grammar: Plus; Wordly Wise 3000 Book 7; Daily Grams Grade 7
  • Continued weekly classes with Ms. Madeleine Porter via Zoom. They worked on editing Language Arts assignments, prompts and poems completed by Arjun.

Spelling

  • Completed Grade 8 list from Natural Speller.

Mathematics

  • Completed SaxonMath 8/7 with Pre-algebra
  • Life of Fred: Decimals And Percents
  • Honors Algebra I via CTY Online – Grade: 97%
  • Algebra 1 Curriculum from The Abacus Institute: currently in Book III
  • Khan Academy Online: Completed Grade 6. Continuing with Algebra I.

History / Geography

  • Completed BookShark Curriculum Level G History.
  • Completed World History Detective: Ancient & Medieval Civilizations.
  • Completed Bookshark World History I Lapbook.
  • Completing Bookshark World History II Lapbook in the summer.
  • Completed Story of The World Volume 1, 2 and 3; finishing Volume 4


Science

  • Completed BookShark Curriculum Level G Science and Level H Science.

Spanish

  • Continuing classes at Homeschool Spanish Academy Online. Completed level 2B in the fall semester and currently on level 3A.

Music

  • Continued piano with Ms. Lynda Chryst. Participated in Dorothy Sutton in October (received Superior), and Achievement Awards Audition (received Superior) in December. Participated in NFMC on April 2nd (received Superior for Piano Solo, American Patriotic Song, Theory Level 6), and Piano Guild in late May (received Top Tier Score in District Level).
  • Continued learning bhajans from Mrs. Archana Mayfield via Skype.
  • Continued flamenco/classical guitar from Mr. Miguel Czachowski at Nirmal Arts Academy.
  • Participated in Sahaj Orchestra offering for Shri Mataji’s birthday puja (Amazing Grace and Mataji, Mataji).


Sports

  • Participated in Blue Eagles Swim Team in the Teal level.

Art

  • How To Draw Dogs Vol 1 – Pug, Collie, Labrador & Terrier.
  • Drawing Nature – Flowers and Rocks Edition
  • Colin Bradley School of Art courses in pastel medium

Field Trips

  • Stanford OHS Meetup at Jacobsburg State Park.
  • Mutter Museum in Philadelphia
  • Washington DC during Thanksgiving
  • California for Spring Break: Attended Birthday Puja seminar and Stanford OHS meetup at Capitola Beach. Also, drove the 17 mile drive.

Meditation and Pujas

  • Weekly morning meditation every Saturday from 8-10 AM.
  • Weekly children’s meditation: meditation and workshop led by children
  • Online Puja either hosted by us or LA Collective
  • Attended in-person seminar for Shri Mataji’s Birthday Puja in California
  • Attended in-person collective Easter Puja in New Jersey
  • Attended in-person Sahasrara Puja seminar in Dharamshala

We will celebrate our end of homeschool journey with a trip to India and when we come back, we will be ready to move and begin a new life. Please wish us luck!

 

Piano & Guitar 2021-22

Piano

Arjun is taking piano lessons from Lynda Chryst. He participated in the Dorothy Sutton Festival, receiving Superior+ score in both pieces and as a result, played for the recital showcase. He also participated in the Achievement Awards Audition, but received Superior+ in only one piece, therefore not qualifying for the recital showcase. He received Superior score in NFMC and a Top Tier Score in Piano Guild.

He has played the following pieces:

  • Danse Caprice by Timothy Brown
  • Sonatina in C, Andante by Theodore Latour
  • Sonata in C, Allegro by Wolfang A. Mozart
  • To a Wild Rose, by Edward MacDowell
  • Spring’s Return, by Jeanne Costello
  • Prelude in C, by Johannes Bach
  • Swirling Leaves, by Wyne-Anne Rossi

We have created a SoundCloud channel for Kabir and Arjun’s instrumental pieces.

Guitar

Arjun has been taking guitar lessons from Miguel Czachowski at Nirmal Arts Academy in Italy for fall semester.

He has learnt the following pieces:

  • Soleares
  • Silent Night
  • Spring by Vivaldi

He has learnt/is learning the following pieces for an orchestral offering for Shri Mataji’s Birthday Puja:

  • Amazing Grace
  • Mataji, Mataji!
  • Shivoham (Atmaashtakam)

6th Grade Math and Spanish

Math

Arjun has completed SaxonMath 8/7 with Pre-algebra and Life of Fred: Decimals And Percents in January 2022. Now, he is doing following:

Honors Algebra I via CTY Online

Algebra I via Ms. Emily Zhang (Book III)

Khan Academy- Algebra I

Spanish

Arjun has completed Spanish Elementary Level 1B, 2A, and 2B.  Now, he is doing Middle School Level 2A (took placement test). He has earned 1.5 in credit.

Field Trips 2021-22

This post will be updated as and when needed sharing our field trips for this academic year.

Stanford OHS Meetup at Jacobsburg State Park: Arjun was the official photographer for the meetup.

Mutter Museum in Philadelphia

Washington DC during Thanksgiving: We visited National Museum of American History, Georgetown University and walked around in the cold a lot.

6th Grade Science

We completed BookShark Curriculum Level G Science in November 2021 and we have started BookShark Science Curriculum Level H in January 2022. This post will be updated regularly as and when Arjun conducts Science experiments for this academic year. He will be participating in Regional Science Bee in April (fingers crossed!). He received 100% in the Online Regional Qualifying Exam for Science Bee.