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Challenges 2017-2018

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

The challenge classes this academic year includes the following:

Rock Painting for Thunder Rock Campground: Boys painted rocks. One of the  homeschool families is going to spend their summer at Thunder Rock Campground in Tennessee and they are going to hide these rocks on trails so that the visitors can find them and take them as souvenirs.

Make Brush Bots: The instructions we followed are here. Kids had such a great time playing with the bots.  It was a big hit with everyone!  You may watch the video here: IMG_6404 (3)

Make Truss Bridge Using Craft Sticks:  The instructions we followed are here.  Kids worked in groups of 3.  There were 5 bridges that we tested for the strength by attaching a scale.

Bridge #1: 48 lb

Bridge #2: 39 lb

Bridge #3: 22 lb

Bridge #4: 19 lb

Bridge #5: 16 lb

Maker Challenge II: Kids were asked to create artwork on a flat surface.  Kabir chose an old photo frame and Arjun decided to do his artwork on a canvas.  They were allowed to use the junk items that were collected over time.

Maker Challenge I: Kids were allowed to make whatever they want using all the junk that were collected over time.



Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Monday, June 19th, 2017

We read “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr.  Kabir was so inspired by the story.  We tried to make a crane using the instructions in the back of the book but it was too difficult for us.  Mrs. Kyoko Okamoto taught us how to make cranes in the origami classes for homeschoolers.  Kabir was so inspired that he has made 1000 paper cranes and they are all hanging in 10 garlands of 100 paper cranes each in our house in different rooms.  They are beautiful!

He has been making them wherever we go and giving paper cranes to most people we meet, hoping that his paper cranes will bring good luck to them.  He has been making cranes out of all sorts of papers but my favorites are the miniature ones with candy wrappers.  He just can’t stop and he is making more paper cranes whenever he is inspired.

Kids Market

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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.


Quilting by my Mother-in-law

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

My mother-in-law quilts only when she is in Tupelo, i.e., about four months.  I do not have photos for all her projects but here are few photos.

If interested, you may want to view her previous quilting projects.

Handprint Calendar

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Handprint CalendarThis school term, both the boys, Kabir and Arjun made handprint calendar as part of our art and craft. I got the idea from pinterest. I bought a blank calendar from Hobby Lobby and we just enjoyed doing the handprint designs.

For each month, I used to look at Google Images for ideas. Both the boys would pick what they wanted to make. Then, Kabir wrote a poem for each month. Our calendar had stickers and so, the boys enjoyed adding stickers too. It’s nerve racking initially as it’s scary with their hands full of paint but slowly I got the hang of it. Usually, I would first help Arjun while Kabir watched. Then Kabir painted his own hand and did it all by himself. Slowly he got good at it. It would have been better if I was more relaxed and patient with the boys but I’m trying. Now, we are working with fingerprint designs. I have a book that we are using to get step-by-step instructions. We are making lots of cards using fingerprint designs. These cards will be useful for next year or so as we can use them for birthday or thank-you cards.