Summary of Arjun’s 4th Grade

Arjun has been accepted to Duke Tip program.

Mathematics:
SaxonMath Homeschool 6/5
Life of Fred series – Completed Elementary Series (till Jelly Beans)
Mathological Liar Grade 5 & 6
Khan Academy Grade 5
The Abacus Institute of Mrs. Emily Zhang – Currently working on Pre Mathcount Book 1; Mental Math Grade 8 Book 2; National Standardized Test Grade 5
Cryptography: Math and Codes via CTYOnline – Earned A+ (100%). For final project, he created a movie – The History of Cryptography (17:11 minutes long).

Logic:
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Figural – completed
Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Verbal – completed until page 168; will complete this book in grade 5

Science:
Bookshark Science Level E
TOPS: Electricity 32
TOPS: Magnetism 33
Janice VanCleave’s Oceans for Every Kid
Snap Circuit – completed 230 projects out of 692 projects.
Healthworks Homeschool Health & PE – 1 semester of bi-monthly classes.
Science Bee – Arjun took the online exam for Science Bee. He got 79 and this score qualified him for Regional Science Bee Competition. We were registered to attend it in Memphis but due to COVID-19, the even got canceled.
Memphis Zoo Homeschool Programs – 3 homeschool classes in Memphis Zoo which includes dissection of frog.

Frog Dissection

Household Chemistry Class via CTYOnline – This course was not graded but he received excellent evaluation. He created a video as part of his Household Chemistry final project.

2 meetings of Stem Challenges with homeschoolers

Science Fair Project – Arjun studied particulate matter in air in various environments: simulated forest fire, neighborhood front yard, ambulance bay, wood carving workshop, Ballard Park (city park), neighborhood backyard, and Tupelo crosstown. His question: which environment generates the maximum particulate emission. For this experiment, he created his own monitor to calculate the particulate matter in air. He didn’t get to present it at Regional Fair due to COVID-19 lockdown.

Language Arts:
Bookshark Language Arts Level E
Daily Grams Grade 5
Easy Grammar Grade 5
Editor in Chief Level 2
Wordly Wise 3000 Book 5
Vocabulary Cartoons: Word Power Made Easy
Natural Speller – completed grade 5 list
Dictation from Lives of The Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought) – just 4 biographies left that we will complete in grade 5
Mrs Heather Tate continued to edit and guide all the compositions written by Arjun this academic year. He learnt typing using the built-in typist program in Mac. This helps him as he can now type faster. Arjun can write cursive.
Arjun added to Children Books Reviews blog and a Children Books Reviews podcast of all the book reviews he wrote this academic year.

History/Geography:
Bookshark Curriculum Level E
American History II Lap book Kit


Biography – we couldn’t participate in biography fair due to COVID-19. Arjun chose to study one of the great warriors of Indian history whose life taught the real meaning of patriotism – Maharan Pratap. For this, we watched the entire TV serial of “Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap.” He created a PowerPoint Presentation on Maharan Pratap.
Geography Fair – We participated in 1 geography fair this academic year where Arjun studied and presented Galapagos Island.

Literature:
Bookshark Curriculum Read Aloud and Readers Level E – we had bought a few audiobooks when Kabir did this curriculum. So, Arjun had the advantage of listening to audiobooks for many books this academic year. If we could find a movie based on the books we read, then we did watch them.
A Child’s Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa
Poems of Kabir translated by Rabindranath Tagore – will complete this book in grade 5
Arjun added to Children Books Reviews blog and a Children Books Reviews podcast of all the book reviews he wrote this academic year.

Spanish:
Arjun did weekly classes with Homeschool Spanish Academy. The syllabus he covered can be seen in the photo below.

Theatre:
Arjun participated in 1 play this academic year: Candy Coated Christmas Carols. He was one of the shepherds.

Cooking:
Arjun participated in 2 local cooking classes. He cooked and baked a lot this academic year. All this dishes he made on his own and were absolutely delicious.

Volunteering:
Arjun volunteered to help at Avonlea Assisted Living only 3 times this academic year. We couldn’t go more frequently this year due to sickness, travel and Covid-19 circumstances.

Art:
Arjun took 12 art classes each semester at Party in the Art Room. During COVID-19 situation, the classes were held online.

Piano:
Arjun took weekly classes with Mrs. Sandy Coutoumanos and completed level 4. During COVID-19 situation, the classes were held online.
National Federation of Music Clubs – Earned superior for Piano American Patriotic Folk Song, Earned superior (5th Consecutive Year) in Piano Solo Primary III; Earned superior (4th Consecutive Year) in Musicianship Theory IV.

Swimming:
Arjun managed to attend very few swimming classes – only for 1 semester.

Dog Training:
We got a dog and named her Tara. She is a silken windbound. Arjun had to study a lot about how to take care of dogs and train her in basic obedience. He is the main person who takes care of Tara totally. Also, he did online scent work classes for Tara: Online Beginning Scent Work and Online Beginning Odor Class.

Travel:
In Summer 2019, we took Alaskan cruise to Alaska and Arjun had such a good time. On ship, he went on his own to eat his breakfast and lunch and attended talks on Alaskan sea animals, geography and history – all alone. He learnt so much during this trip. We went to San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Peru, and took an American road trip to Yellow Stone National Park, Big Horn, Rocky Mountain National Park, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Wounded Knee, and Austin. In October, Arjun and I traveled to India. That’s all the traveling we did this academic year. This academic year was a little tough as there was sickness in our family every few months but it all ended at a good note in the end. So, we didn’t get to travel as much or go to field trips as much.

Cooking 2020

Arjun started 2020 with a zest for cooking. He cooked everything on his own and we really enjoyed the food and the calories!!! Here’s the photo journal of all the yummy food he cooked (we forgot to take photos for some as we were too impatient to eat.)