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!

China Study

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.