Bees and Honey

We visited Valley Road Honey Farm where Julia and Sean McDowell taught us about bees and honey. Their honey is definitely the best tasting honey I have ever had. It was so much fun overall although it was a bit nerve-racking as there were bees swarming all around us. We had to trust the McDowells to just let the bees be and then they will not sting us. They were absolutely right and nobody got stung. 

Homeschool Days and Academy at Memphis Zoo

Boys love the homeschool days and academy at Memphis zoo.  In September, they attended 5-day homeschool academy at Memphis zoo.  Each day was a 4-hour class.  They learned a lot about animals and made friends.  Each class included animal visits, tours of exhibits, chats with keepers, crafts and more.  

Arjun and I have been studying animals at home.  For each of the animals we studied, he made a facts card.

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Water for Elephants

Water for ElephantsWater for ElephantsWater for Elephants by Sara Gruen is unlike other novels I’ve read so far. I never thought of life in circus. Hence, it was mesmerizing and thought provoking. I’m tempted to read more about life in circus.

Sara Gruen has brought out various human and animal characteristics so beautifully. In India, Elephant is very precious especially because of Shri Ganesha. Hence, I felt so much admiration for Rosie. She reminded me of the Hindi movie, Haathi Mere Saathi. Overall, the story has depth and Jacob Jankowski inspired me to value old age.

Life of Pi

Life of PiLife of Pi” by Yann Martel is an unforgettable story of survival. I was impressed by the faith Pi had in God. He never had a doubt which is just too difficult during his adventure in the Pacific Ocean. He is a seeker indeed.

My favorite incident in the novel is when the priest, pundit and mullah – all of them are mad at Pi because he follows Christianity, Hinduism and Islam devotedly. I laughed aloud when I read this anecdote. The only criticism I have is that there was too much details about animal behavior that I had to skip reading. Other than that, the story was gripping and thrilling. It is indeed a story that will make you believe in God as vouched in the novel.