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.
This is the first time that both my kids participated in a Reading Fair. It was so worth it that I am going to host it again next year. There is so much learning involved in creating story board and getting deep into your favorite book. We had just 8 kids (with youngest being only 3). We had 2 teachers who listened to every kid and gave them a detailed feedback. My kids have been very proud of their feedback and I couldn’t have imagined how precious it is to them.
Kabir chose The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba. I gave this book to Kabir in LA Airport before we were going to take a flight back to Memphis after Christmas. As soon as he started reading it, he was hooked to it and couldn’t stop reading. I expected him to pause when we had taken off as we had a personal TV in the plane. He looks forward to a personal TV in the plane. Even a movie in the plane couldn’t distract him. All 3 of us (Amit, Arjun and me) were watching a movie in the plane while Kabir was hooked to this book. He knew this is his favorite book at the time and his eyes were sparkling. That’s when we decided that he should work on this book for his reading fair. We didn’t realize that nonfiction story board is so much more hard than a fiction but it was worth it as we learned a lot. Amit helped him to make a small windmill that can generate electricity. I think this was his favorite part of the project. I think the most difficult part of the project for him was to draw the windmill on the story board.
Arjun chose Night of the Ninjas – Magic Tree House #5 by Mary Pope Osborne. He loves to make things from the cardboard and wood. So, he made a tree house and he added some handmade books in them and also inscribed it with “M”. He made a Peanut with clay and put him inside a sock and he found a white stone which he believes wholeheartedly that it is a moonstone. Arjun did all the cutting and gluing on this board. He drew a ninja and samurai. At this stage we realized that we don’t really know much about ninjas and samurais and so we ordered the fact tracker and learnt from it. So, he had to go back and fix the description of ninjas and samurais. He did most of the writing on the computer and I had to just fix spelling and other errors.
We enjoyed reading one of my favorite books, The Quiltmaker’s Gift and each day we read the book, Arjun added a paper patch to his paper quilt. We did try to convince him that each time he is good and kind, his grandmother will add a “good behavior patch” to his quilt and make him a real quilt. It worked for maybe 2 patches and then he decided that he doesn’t need a quilt at all. I was so disappointed as I really thought it to be a great idea but it didn’t work with him. We did eat berries and honey like the bear in the book.
After this book, we enjoyed reading A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle. Kids made crabs and then we went to PetSmart to look at the real hermit crab. I got the idea for paper plate crab from the Internet.
We used this story to learn the names of the months and also, we tried to memorize the sequence of the story.
We thoroughly enjoyed reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. After reading the story we ate berries and honey. Also, I made an edible bear for Arjun using crackers, olives, raisins and fruit loops. Kabir made his own edible bear including grass (olives), river (blue fruit loops), mud (brown mushed bread), forest (olives), snowstorm (almonds) and cave (meatballs).