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Meals by Arjun

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Arjun has been preparing meals for the family when the mood strikes.  He is using the recipes from “What Shall We Cook Today?”  The conditions are that he has to follow the recipes in the book and he cannot use the same recipe again.  He has been rating the recipes in the book.  Also, he is using only his grandmother’s help to prepare these meals.  All the meals have been delicious and it has been a real joy.  Here are the photos of meals prepared by him with the help of his grandmother.

Science Dissection

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Dissection of organs (heart, kidney and lung) of a dead deer in the name of science!

Field Trips 2016-2017

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Here is a visual tour of our field trips this academic year.

California Science Center: We spent a day at this museum and our favorite was the science behind Pixar exhibition.

Huntsville Space and Rocket Center: We spent two days visiting this museum and it was so worth it.

3 Origami Classes with Mrs. Kyoko Okamoto.  She taught origami to homeschoolers and each class was at least an hour long.  She taught them to make crane, balloon, rose with leaves, ninja star, heart and samurai hat. The result of these origami classes is that Kabir is obsessed with origami especially his heart is set at making 1000 paper cranes.  He has already made more than 200 paper cranes.

 

New Orleans: We spent a day at the National World War II museum in New Orleans.  It is huge and it is really worth spending an entire day over there.  Next day, we visited the museum of New Orleans learning the history of New Orleans and, we also visited Audobon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium where the boys enjoyed eating bugs.

Introduction of Japanese Culture with Mrs. Kyoko Okamoto.  She showed us photos of her family in Japan, Japanese currency and books in Japanese language.  We made miso soup and rice ball with her.  We learnt to use chopsticks.  It was just so wonderful that the boys are really hoping to visit Japan one day.

Deer Dissection with Mr. Nate.  Amit took both boys and all three of them enjoyed thoroughly learning deer anatomy.  I was glad that I wasn’t with them.  To me, it’s brutal!

Thanksgiving Meal with Homeschoolers.

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The Shakespeare Mix-up performance by Pied Piper Players.  This play was hard for Arjun but surprisingly, Kabir really enjoyed it.  We enjoyed it too.

Backyard Astronomy with Mr. Bob Swanson.  Bob is the most enthusiastic teacher I have met.  We learn so much from him each time.  The mobile planetarium is just perfect for kids.

Food Webs and Owl Pellet Dissection with Ms. Brandy Watson.

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Piano Master Class with Mark Valenti at Blue Mountain College.  Mark Valenti is a concert pianist from Chicago.

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Three Rivers Landfill in Pontotoc.  This place is just so awesome and educational!  It made me proud of our government that takes care of environment but it made me sad to realize how much trash we create!

Decorate a Pumpkin contest at Lee County Library.

Frog Dissection with Ms. Brandy Watson.  Arjun refused to participate in this event but he observed while Kabir dissected.

Arizona and Utah: We visited Saguaro National Park, Sedona, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon.

Hernando de Soto Encampment at Natchez Trace Parkway

4 Homeschool Days in Memphis Zoo: Each class is 2-hour long.  Topics covered: Tundra, Animal defenses (unique ways animals attack and defend), Properties of Matter (how do temperature, density, volume and buoyancy affect animals) and Dissection Days. Kabir did shark dissection and Arjun did earthworm dissection.

Scavanger Hunt at Natchez Trace Parkway.

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Oren Dunn Museum: We got a guided tour of the museum and also, we enjoyed Colors of our South Exhibition.

Berlin in Germany: We spent a week in Berlin.  We did everything related to World War I and II and Cold War.  Arjun created a travel journal about our trip to Berlin.  After Berlin, we spent a weekend in Cabella Ligure in Italy.

 

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!

Non-competitive Reading Fair 2016-2017

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

We hosted a Reading Fair in October at the library.  At the end of the fair, we left the trifolder story boards in the library for display during the month of November.  Heather Tate and Lisa Floyd were the judges.  They gave written comments to each participant.

Arjun chose “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White and Garth Williams.  For his project based on the book, he created a model of County Fair but I forgot to take the photo.  He made a Ferris Wheel (with help of his grandfather), a pig pen and a grand stage.  I wish I had taken a photo 🙁

 

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Kabir chose “The Apothecary” by Maile Meloy.  He dressed up as one of the characters, Benjamin.  For his project based on the book, he has been converting the book into a comic.  He plans to mail the comic to the author when done to show his appreciation of the book.

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