Challenges and Country Study 2019-20

Challenges

November: Paper Circuit Cards (source of the idea: Paper Circuit Cards). Arjun created a power point presentation sharing what is a circuit, closed circuit and open circuit, etc.

September: marble run using craft stick and cardboard

Country Study

September: Arjun presented Galapagos Island. Other kids presented Greece and France. Kabir played Eye Know Trivia Card Game with the boys.

Geography Fair 2018-2019

We are going to try host 2 geography fairs for homeschoolers per semester. We had one today. I will update this post with photos of each of the geography fairs we host this academic year.

In September, Arjun presented Ethiopia. Rest of the homeschoolers presented Italy, Egypt, Mexico and Yemen!

In November, Arjun presented Nepal. He created a brochure for Nepal. Other kids presented Japan, Brazil, USA, Netherlands, Australia and Ghana. Kabir hosted a jeopardy game for all 6 kids. Also, we had momos from Nepal, Gouda Cheese from the Netherlands and a rice dish from Ghana. It was such fun!

In January, Arjun presented Ireland. He created a suitcase filled with lapbooks on Ireland. He made boxty and barmbrack to shared it with his friends. Rest of the homeschoolers presented New Zealand, France, England, Japan, Turks and Caicos and Mexico. At the end, Kabir hosted the Jeopardy game for the presenters.

National History Bee

Sometimes we happen to be walking on a path that leads us to certain destination without realizing.  That’s exactly what happened to us.  

Roan Johnson introduced us to homeschool and Sonlight curriculum which has lot of emphasis on history.  Ritu Gupta introduced us to Magic Tree House series when Kabir turned 4.  Hence, Kabir started getting a strong foundation in both US and World history.  Then, we found out about National History Bee during Fall 2016.  It’s usually difficult to register for a competition if you homeschool in rural US and are not a member of a big homeschool association and local public schools are not willing to help you.  However, it was super-easy to register for History Bee competition (free for homeschoolers).  Kabir took the qualification exam just to have fun without any preparation.  He qualified for Regionals!  He prepared for it by listening to Story of the World Vol. 1-4, doing some past History Bee Q&A and learning US and World history at Khan Academy.  While preparing he had fun making paper cranes.  He really enjoyed!

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

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!

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Studying India

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!