Posts Tagged ‘Animals’

Homeschool Days and Academy at Memphis Zoo

Friday, September 29th, 2017

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.

In Memphis zoo, Arjun learned about 5 animal classifications and investigate how the different body coverings help each classification of animals to thrive.  At home, Arjun has been learning about animals in the science curriculum and so this fits perfectly with our 2nd grade science curriculum.


Kabir investigated how and why species become endangered and discovered what scientists, zoos and everyday people are doing to help conserve and protect them.  Kabir took his camera to the class and he took many photos.

They attended a homeschool day in October: They discovered how wildlife interacts with the majestic, and often dangerous Zambezi river.

They attended a homeschool day in November: Arjun dissected a starfish and Kabir dissected a water snake.


They attended a homeschool day in February: The theme was Expedition Rainforest Homeschool Day. Each of the classes started with reminders about biomes and adaptations before moving on to tropical rainforests. They discussed the layers of the rainforest and which animals can be found in each layer. They also talked about the importance of rainforests (including foods, medicines, biodiversity and oxygen!), why we are losing rainforests and what we can do to save them. Each class also got out and about to tour Primate Canyon. I hear that some groups were lucky enough to see the orangutan baby, Rowan, while others got quite a show from Rowan’s dad, Tombek, who was vocalizing for all to hear. Back in the classrooms, each group had animal visitors stop by. Kabir’s class met a dart frog and an armadillo. Arjun’s class met a rat and a tarantula.

Water for Elephants

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

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

Friday, December 8th, 2006

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.