Archive for the ‘Homeschool’ Category

Breathing Experiment

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Arjun and I read about lungs and so he did the breathing experiment (same breathing experiment that Kabir had done) with his father.  Here are the photos:

Avonlea Assisted Living

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

We have been visiting residents at Avonlea Assisted Living.  It’s an honor to visit them and spend some precious time with them.

Talent Show for the Residents: Arjun and Kabir played piano again.  One of the kids did the ventriloquism routine.  After that, homeschoolers and their mom sang few songs.

Music with the Residents: Arjun and Kabir both played piano for the residents.  After that, homeschoolers and their moms sang 2-3 hymns.

Challenges 2017-2018

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

The challenge classes this academic year includes the following:

Make Truss Bridge Using Craft Sticks:  The instructions we followed are here.  Kids worked in groups of 3.  There were 5 bridges that we tested for the strength by attaching a scale.

Bridge #1: 48 lb

Bridge #2: 39 lb

Bridge #3: 22 lb

Bridge #4: 19 lb

Bridge #5: 16 lb

Maker Challenge II: Kids were asked to create artwork on a flat surface.  Kabir chose an old photo frame and Arjun decided to do his artwork on a canvas.  They were allowed to use the junk items that were collected over time.

Maker Challenge I: Kids were allowed to make whatever they want using all the junk that were collected over time.



Blood and Circulatory System

Friday, October 6th, 2017

After reading about circulatory system, Arjun and Kabir made fake blood.  Arjun found it repulsive and wouldn’t taste it but Kabir drank it with glee.

Then, Arjun completed the puzzle and discussed the circulatory system with his father.


Digestive System

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Arjun and I read about the digestive system and we repeated the experiments Kabir had done when he was in 2nd grade.

We took graham crackers for the food, coke as digestive juice and water as saliva.

Then we crushed the graham crackers with fork being our teeth.

We had to add water (saliva) to make the bolus.

Then we added the bolus in the ziploc bag (stomach) and coke as the digestive juice.

Then we used muscle power to break down our food in the stomach.

It’s time for our food to go in the stocking representing small intestine.

We had to make some of the nutrients escape the small intestine.

Then we used paper towel to soak water out of large intestine.

Finally, it was time for the restroom.

Hope, this hands-on activity will stay with my boys forever.

Next, we used the blue yarn to get visual image of the length of some of the organs of our digestive system.

mouth (3 inches)
esophagus (10 inches)
stomach (6 inches)
small intestine (15 feet)
large intestine (4 feet)

Also, Arjun completed the puzzle below and discussed the digestive system with his father.