Archive for the ‘Country Study’ Category

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!

China Study

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Boys completed the fact sheets for China and then, updated the graphs.  Kabir has no space left in the religion graph and so, he did not update the religion graph.  He helped Arjun update his religion graph.  However, Kabir did update the population graph.

They made a 3D model of China with clay.  This time boys worked together (at least tried to!).  This was so worth it as we learnt a lot by doing this project.  The boys did this project by themselves.  I helped them only when they got stuck and also, I made sure that they got it right.

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Arjun did a presentation on Ancient Chinese Inventions.  We read Magic Tree House #14, “The Day of The Dragon-King” and the fact tracker #31, “China: Land of the Emperor’s Great Wall”.  The fact tracker really helped us a lot.

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Kabir did a PowerPoint presentation on the Abacus.  Both boys learn to use Abacus and they love it.  If you wish to download the PowerPoint presentation, then here it is: Abacus.  Kabir wore the Mandarin hat with braid while presenting.

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This morning we met for the presentations.  We had only 4 kids that did present.  I made spring rolls.  Other homeschoolers made egg rolls, fried rice, and rice with tofu and vegetables.  Everything was so delicious.  It was very interesting that we had the presentation in the library where they have a statue of Guanyin – the Chinese Goddess of Mercy.

After the presentations, we took the kids to the park.  I did update the kids’ pretend passports with China sticker.  Now, Kabir has 12 country stickers in his passport while Arjun has 6 country stickers.

 

American Study

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

We have been studying about America and this morning we met with a few homeschoolers to listen to our kids’ presentations and to eat traditional American food.  It was just wonderful.  Although each of the kids did a great job but my favorites were a movie about the history of Colorado using Legos by John Gannon, a brochure of Texas by Aidan, an A-Z list of symbols of Louisiana by Lou, and history of civil rights in Alabama by Emory.

Kabir and Arjun filled all the fact sheets about America on their own.  Then they started a new folder where there are going to complete fact sheets for each of the 50 states.  So far, they have completed fact sheets for California and Missouri.  This is because Arjun chose to focus on California and Kabir on Missouri.  They created a clay model of the USA.

They updated the population and religion graphs.

Arjun chose to focus on San Francisco earthquake 1906.  We adapted the script from a book, “Lizzie Newton and the San Francisco Earthquake” by Stephen Krensky.  We did Readers Theatre where his grandmother, Kabir, Arjun and I participated.  We will remember this forever in life!  Here is the link to the script, San Francisco Earthquake and here is the link to the video of San Francisco Earthquake Readers Theatre.  He created a Lego model of San Francisco and then broke to represent San Francisco after the earthquake.  As far as food is concerned we bought California Roll and California Sourdough bread from Kroger for the party.

Kabir created a Missouri newspaper dedicated to homeschoolers.  He did this mostly on his own and worked real hard.  Here is a video link of his presentation of the Missouri Newspaper dedicated to homeschoolers.  For food, we made Ozark pudding and Squash casserole for the party.  We spent last week in St. Louis, Missouri.  We had a great time as it’s a great city for kids.

Eastern Europe Study

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Kids have been studying about Romania in Eastern Europe.  They chose Romania because they have a Romanian uncle.  Amit’s cousin is married to a Romanian.  Kabir completed the fact sheets about Romania and helped Arjun too!  So, I had loads of free time for myself but I did not learn as much as I usually do when I am involved.  Kids insisted that they don’t want me involved and so, I had to respect their decision.  After completing the fact sheets, they updated the population and religion graph.

As I was missing out a lot, I spearheaded the project of creating clay model of Eastern Europe.  I was back in their circle now and I was feeling good as I finally learned location of all the Eastern European countries.  Arjun labeled countries and seas in his model.  Kabir labeled countries, seas, mountains, rivers and capitals.

As for trying out Romanian food, we made MinciuneleRomanian Sour Soup (Ciorba), and Romanian Mititei.  We enjoyed it all!  Also, we tried Mamaliga but we didn’t care for it.  For the Eastern Europe Party with homeschoolers at the library, we made Minciunele and Romanian Mititei.

Kabir was inspired by his friend, John Gannon Cox.  He wanted to do an interactive presentation just like John Gannon.  Dr. Moore had emailed me a template for Jeopardy about 2 years ago.  So, I knew exactly what to do.  We watched Jeopardy on YouTube, learnt the game and Kabir created the Jeopardy game for Eastern Europe.  He was ready and excited.  He made a t-shirt for the winner of the game (I forgot to take the photo of the t-shirt).  His contestants were John Gannon, Zowie and Paula.  John Gannon and Zowie were on a tie and so, Kabir asked an extra question.  John Gannon won!

Jeopardy Scores

Jeopardy Scores

Arjun was interested in animals and so we created a presentation about the animals of Eastern Europe.  He presented in front of few people and that was great achievement for him.

Animals of Eastern Europe by Arjun

Animals of Eastern Europe by Arjun

Both kids won the flag of Romania in their pretend passport and it has been attested by their grandparents.

England – Study and Travel

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Last week, our homeschool group met for a British Isles party.  My kids chose to study England because we will be traveling to England soon.  This time, Kabir researched and completed all the fact sheets about England, completely on his own.  He helped Arjun too!  So, I just sat back and helped only if needed.

Kabir updated his religion and population graph.  Amit helped Arjun create his first religion and population graph.

Arjun made a list of ten places he wants to visit in London.  He talked about them to his audience and then he played “God Save the Queen” on a piano.  He did excellent job of presenting.

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Kabir created a documentary on William Blake (about 11 minutes long, requires flash).

For the British Isles party, everyone made such delicious food.  We made pineapple Trifle (layers of pound cake, vanilla pudding, pineapples and strawberry jello)  and Shepherd’s pie (vegetarian).  I forgot to take photos and Kabir is upset with me about it.  Both of them dressed formally for this event.  Kabir wore a suspender with his shirt and Arjun wore a bow-tie with his shirt.  I could tell that they thoroughly enjoyed being dressed so formally.  Both of them got U.K. sticker added to their pretend passport.