10 Adventurous Daadi Tales

March 8th, 2018

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Few years ago, Kabir had written a biography of his grandfather and we added loads of photos to this biography and got this book printed.  We cherish this book and Kabir cherishes the experience of doing this project.  So, we wanted Arjun to get this experience too.  Arjun chose his grandmother as the subject but he didn’t want to write a biography.  He wanted to write 10 short adventurous stories.  That’s exactly what he did.  Again, a project like this takes about 1-2 years but it’s worth it.  We are so happy with both the process and the end result of this project.

StudentCam 2018

March 7th, 2018

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Kabir and his friend Architesh Prasad created a documentary for StudentCam 2018.  Theme of the StudentCam 2018 was “THE CONSTITUTION & YOU”.  They had to choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to them.

They chose 15th amendment and created a 7:41 minute long documentary. The title of the documentary is: “An American Right Not Used Enough

There were 2985 entries from 46 states, as well as Washington DC, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.  5,700 students participated in this StudentCam competition.

Their documentary is the first movie amongst the Honorable mentions and they will receive $250 cash prize.  Their entry is the only one from Mississippi that made it to Honorable mentions.  We are so proud of them!

The article in the local newspaper identifies Kabir as a Tupelo Middle school student, however he is a 6th grader and homeschooled.

Regional History Bee 2018

March 6th, 2018

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In the qualifying exam for regional History Bee, Kabir scored 94%.  At the regionals, his score in the written exam was 100%.  In buzzer round 1, he scored 22 points and in the buzzer round 2, he scored 21 points out of maximum possible 25 points.  In the championship round, he was second.  Here’s the result.  Now, we can prepare for the National History Bee.  His performance and his knowledge of world and US history has made us proud!!!  By the way, he is eligible for Geography Olympiad too as he scored 92% in the qualifying exam.

Here’s a local newspaper article about the Kabir’s performance in History Bee: Daily Journal: Tupelo student finds joy in the past

Children of the Sun

February 22nd, 2018

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Kabir wrote a poem on the Solar system and then both Kabir and Arjun created illustrations with the help of Mrs. Vicki Farmer.  Here’s a little back-cover summary of the book.

Designed to introduce children to the solar system, this book attempts to teach facts about the planets around our sun, from Saturn’s Rings to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. However, in this case the story goes a step further. What if… every planet wasn’t just a sphere of rock or gas? If they each had personalities, what would they be like? Here is one artist’s attempt to represent their unique personalities, each with his or her own distinctive qualities and behaviors, through The Children of the Sun. Follow this poem through our solar system, and read for yourself these special virtues of each of the children of the Sun. At the same time, readers can learn scientific facts about the solar system. We hope that you may enjoy this poem, written and illustrated by children.

Please buy this book at Lulu.com (you should be able to find coupons).  It’s a 50-page full color book.  Here’s the Facebook page for Children of The Sun.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Here is an interesting article about the creation of this poem in this book: How a Literature-rich Homeschool Curriculum Inspired a Writer.

Below is the photo journal of our book readings:

 

 

Reading Fair 2018

February 20th, 2018

This year at the Reading Fair, Kabir chose the book “Wonder” and Arjun presented “The Tales of Robin Hood”.  Their boards will be on display at the local library for about 2 weeks.