Field Trips 2016-2017

December 9th, 2016

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

International Travels: Athens, Corinth, Nafplio, Delphi, Mycenae, Olympia, and Meteora in Greece; Chandigarh, Amritsar, and Dharamshala in India; Vienna and Salzburg in Austria, Cabella Ligure in Italy, Zermatt in Switzerland.

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

Swan Lake Ballet: We saw the performance of Swan Lake at Tupelo High School.

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

5 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 2 Dissection Days. Kabir did shark and drum fish dissection, and Arjun did earthworm dissection and owl pellet.

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.

Road Trip to Texas: We visited many sites on the way and back from Texas.

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

December 5th, 2016

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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

December 4th, 2016

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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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Career Quests 2016 – 2017

September 21st, 2016

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We have begun career quests again this school year.  Boys love it and they look forward to many more this year.

Career Quest #1

We visited E911 office, Elmo’s Military Surplus (boys loved this store), Saltillo City Hall, and House of Bounce.  At the city hall, we met the Mayor, City Clerk, public works director, main street director, zoning enforcer, fire chief and police chief.  Each one of them gave a talk and enlightened us about their job and department.  We visited police department and fire department.  Here is the visual tour of our first career quest of this school year.

You may wish to read about Career Quests for the previous school year.

Making Movie and Publishing Book

September 19th, 2016

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Boys have had an interesting experience this year: making movie and publishing a book!

Kabir and Arjun along with their friends, Cox brothers (John Gannon and Jackson) made a 45-minute long movie titled: America: The Land of Hope, Opportunity, and Freedom.  They interviewed 17 immigrants living in Tupelo, Oxford or Saltillo.  We held the movie premiere in the library.

 

Kabir had co-authored and co-illustrated a picture book with his friends Architesh Prasad and Gargi Koul.  We published this book on Amazon: Tantrum Fantrum.  We are selling the book at cost price of $6:10 and if you do buy the book, please consider leaving an honest review on Amazon for the book.  Today, Kabir read the book to the class of Mrs. Anna Beth Williams at Lawhon elementary school.  It was a wonderful experience for him.  Just it would have been better if he could do the reading with Architesh and Gargi.  Archi and Kabir read the book together in our local Barnes & Noble.  There was a nice article about Tantrum Fantrum on Daily Journal, local newspaper.  In October, Kabir read to preschoolers at a All Saints Storytime.  Kabir got an opportunity to do reading at the hospital too.