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Science Fair 2017

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Boys participated in Peak Science Fair and then they presented their projects at Region VII Lower Science Fair at Ole Miss.  For Peak, they needed to create a hands-on stem activity.  So, they studied and created geodesic domes.  We took gumdrops and toothpicks so that each kid can create their own geodesic dome.

For Regional Science Fair, boys chose following projects.  When Arjun read about how Thomas Alva Edison experimented with different filaments to create a light bulb, Arjun wanted to do the same.  So, that’s exactly what he did.  He tested different filaments such as hair, copper wire, iron wire, wood, pencil lead, and nichrome wire, to see if they will glow or not.  He won 2nd place in the category of Physics and Astronomy in class I (1st – 3rd grades).

 

My kids do a short meditation everyday so Kabir wanted to do an experiment to see that if the same guided mental silence technique will make a difference to the stress level of elementary and middle school aged kids.  He wanted to see if our method can be proven scientifically to be helpful in reducing the stress for his peers.  We encouraged him to experiment with an open mind.  He worked with 12 subjects (one of which was Arjun) for five consecutive days.  This was first experience of meditation for eleven of the twelve subjects.  He recorded the subject’s perceived stress score on the first day and then on the fifth day.  The result showed reduction of stress by 40% on average by fifth day.  Each day, he recorded their temperature, pulse and blood pressure.  After that he lead his subject through a guided relaxation technique that involved relaxing instrumental music, slow breathing and saying positive affirmations.  After the relaxation, he recorded the subject’s temperature, pulse and blood pressure again.  He requested a written comment from the subject about the experience on the first day and then on the fifth day.  Overall, it made a positive impact and showed that the relaxation technique did help in reduction of stress.

This experiment was so beneficial to him personally that hopefully, it will make an impact on him for life.  He won 1st place in the category of Behavioral and Social Science and also, won the best project award for 4th – 6th grade category.

They also participated in “All About Space” organized by Peak Homeschoolers.  Arjun did the research about space stations very enthusiastically.  He did most of the work on his own.  The topic was very dear to his heart.  He created the Lego model of ISS.  Kabir used the model of the solar system that he had made with clay couple of years ago and wrote a poem about the solar system.

Meals by Arjun

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Arjun has been preparing meals for the family when the mood strikes.  He is using the recipes from “What Shall We Cook Today?”  The conditions are that he has to follow the recipes in the book and he cannot use the same recipe again.  He has been rating the recipes in the book.  Also, he is using only his grandmother’s help to prepare these meals.  All the meals have been delicious and it has been a real joy.  Here are the photos of meals prepared by him with the help of his grandmother.

Science Dissection

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Dissection of organs (heart, kidney and lung) of a dead deer in the name of science!

Field Trips 2016-2017

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Here is a visual tour of our field trips this academic year.

California Science Center: We spent a day at this museum and our favorite was the science behind Pixar exhibition.

Swan Lake Ballet: We saw the performance of Swan Lake at Tupelo High School.

Huntsville Space and Rocket Center: We spent two days visiting this museum and it was so worth it.

3 Origami Classes with Mrs. Kyoko Okamoto.  She taught origami to homeschoolers and each class was at least an hour long.  She taught them to make crane, balloon, rose with leaves, ninja star, heart and samurai hat. The result of these origami classes is that Kabir is obsessed with origami especially his heart is set at making 1000 paper cranes.  He has already made more than 200 paper cranes.

 

New Orleans: We spent a day at the National World War II museum in New Orleans.  It is huge and it is really worth spending an entire day over there.  Next day, we visited the museum of New Orleans learning the history of New Orleans and, we also visited Audobon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium where the boys enjoyed eating bugs.

Introduction of Japanese Culture with Mrs. Kyoko Okamoto.  She showed us photos of her family in Japan, Japanese currency and books in Japanese language.  We made miso soup and rice ball with her.  We learnt to use chopsticks.  It was just so wonderful that the boys are really hoping to visit Japan one day.

Deer Dissection with Mr. Nate.  Amit took both boys and all three of them enjoyed thoroughly learning deer anatomy.  I was glad that I wasn’t with them.  To me, it’s brutal!

Thanksgiving Meal with Homeschoolers.

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The Shakespeare Mix-up performance by Pied Piper Players.  This play was hard for Arjun but surprisingly, Kabir really enjoyed it.  We enjoyed it too.

Backyard Astronomy with Mr. Bob Swanson.  Bob is the most enthusiastic teacher I have met.  We learn so much from him each time.  The mobile planetarium is just perfect for kids.

Food Webs and Owl Pellet Dissection with Ms. Brandy Watson.

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Piano Master Class with Mark Valenti at Blue Mountain College.  Mark Valenti is a concert pianist from Chicago.

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Three Rivers Landfill in Pontotoc.  This place is just so awesome and educational!  It made me proud of our government that takes care of environment but it made me sad to realize how much trash we create!

Decorate a Pumpkin contest at Lee County Library.

Frog Dissection with Ms. Brandy Watson.  Arjun refused to participate in this event but he observed while Kabir dissected.

Arizona and Utah: We visited Saguaro National Park, Sedona, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon.

Hernando de Soto Encampment at Natchez Trace Parkway

5 Homeschool Days in Memphis Zoo: Each class is 2-hour long.  Topics covered: Tundra, Animal defenses (unique ways animals attack and defend), Properties of Matter (how do temperature, density, volume and buoyancy affect animals) and 2 Dissection Days. Kabir did shark and drum fish dissection, and Arjun did earthworm dissection and owl pellet.

Scavanger Hunt at Natchez Trace Parkway.

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Oren Dunn Museum: We got a guided tour of the museum and also, we enjoyed Colors of our South Exhibition.

Berlin in Germany: We spent a week in Berlin.  We did everything related to World War I and II and Cold War.  Arjun created a travel journal about our trip to Berlin.  After Berlin, we spent a weekend in Cabella Ligure in Italy.

 

Studying India

Monday, December 5th, 2016

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!