Studying Africa

Unit 6 of our homeschool involves studying Africa. We studied history and geography of the region from the book: Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere by April Lotempio.

We watched following talks of Shri Mataji:

  • 1996-1029 Talk to yogis, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1996-1028 Public Program, Cairo, Egypt

We read following books:

  • A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park (Listen to Arjun’s retelling of the story of Salva Dut)
  • Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove
  • Beat the Story Drum, Pum Pum by Ashley Bryan (Arjun created a picture word story from one of the stories in the book: hen and frog)
  • Nelson Mandela “No Easy Walk to Freedom” by Barry Denenberg
  • Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story by Beverley Naidoo

Arjun created a travel brochure for Africa: Great African Tours.

Arjun also wrote an African parody of the poem, Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly Away Home: Impala, Impala, Bound Away Home

We watched following African movies to get a sense of African culture:

  • Cook Off on Netflix
  • Meet the In-Laws on Netflix
  • Just in Time on Netflix
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on Amazon Prime (we forwarded the inappropriate parts)
  • Sarafina on Amazon Prime
  • Invictus on Netflix

We made following food (Arjun cooks mostly all on his own):

Studying Japan

We are studying Japan after completing North and South Korea as part of Unit 2 of our academic year. We studied Japanese history and geography from the book: Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere by April Lotempio. To understand the culture in more depth we did the following:

We listened to following talks of Shri Mataji:

  • 1995-0301 Arrival and Talk, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1994-0418 Public Program, Tokyo, Japan

We read following books: 

Arjun created following haiku titled “Global Warming”:
Carbon increases,
Hurricanes, fires, whirlwinds rage;
Still slaves of money.

We saw following movies:

  • Tuna Girl on Netflix
  • Tokyo Trial on Netflix (Arjun watched it intermittently but I enjoyed it.)

Arjun did following Japan inspired artwork:

We ate following food that we bought from Kroger:

We made the following Japanese food:

Studying China

We have spent our first unit of grade 5 studying China. We read Chinese History and Geography from the book: Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere by April Lotempio. To understand the culture in more depth we did the following:

We listened to following talks of Shri Mataji:

We read following books:

      • Where The Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin
      • Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey
        (Listen to Arjun’s essay on Courage with examples from above two books listed.)
      • Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz (Listen to Arjun’s character sketch of Jean Fritz)
      • The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong
      • Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
      • Li Lun Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger
      • The Analects of Confucius at World Book Website (we will continue reading this for the rest of the academic year)
      • Myths and Legends of China at World Book Website
      • Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (we will continue reading this for the rest of the academic year)

      Creative Writing: Arjun wrote a story called “Facing Your Fears” set in China.

      We watched following movies:

      • Painted Faces on Netflix
      • Monkey King on Amazon Prime
      • Monkey King 2 on YouTube Movies
      • Shaolin on YouTube Movies
      • Genius of The Ancient World: Confucius, Episode 3 on Netflix
      • Princess Weiyoung on Netflix
      • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin on Netflix
      • Return to The 36th Chamber on Netflix
      • Disciples of The 36th Chamber on Netflix
      • Guardian Brothers on Netflix
      • Confucius movie on YouTube
      • The Story of Laozi on YouTube

      Arjun created following Chinese themed artwork:

      Arjun has really become good at using chopsticks. Following food was either made by Arjun on his own such as Chinese Almond Cookies, Egg Drop Soup, Chinese Steamed Cake and so on, or we made them together:

      Our friend who is born and brought up in Hongkong made this Hongkong Style Noodles for us. It was absolutely delicious.

      Hongkong Style Noodles

Cooking 2020

Arjun started 2020 with a zest for cooking. He cooked everything on his own and we really enjoyed the food and the calories!!! Here’s the photo journal of all the yummy food he cooked (we forgot to take photos for some as we were too impatient to eat.)

What Shall We Cook Today – $20 Grocery

We bought a cook book for Kabir, “What Shall We Cook Today” and our aim is to cook all the recipes from this book at least once. The first recipe we tried was in January, when the three boys (Kabir, Arjun and Amit) made sticky toffee pudding for my birthday. They did such a wonderful job. It was absolutely delicious!!! They made me sit in the couch and read a book. They did everything by themselves. I was so tempted to help but they scolded me each time I tried to enter the kitchen or enquired if they need help. They did such an amazing job that I am so proud of all three of them!

After a long gap of two months, we returned to our $20 grocery project where Kabir has to buy grocery under $20 and make dinner for us. This time, he made dinner for 3 adults and 3 kids. We have a lovely lady with a very cute and adorable baby staying with us for this week. Even the toddler loved Kabir’s cooking! This month we chose two recipes from this book for his $20 project: tomato pesto rolls and creamy pea soup. In addition he served us cucumber and tomato salad. He wanted to buy grapes too but he couldn’t afford it and so we had to put it back. We spent $17.20. He bought all the ingredients except oil, spices, 1 egg and flour. The receipt we received from Kroger had printed only half vertically and so, he couldn’t tell the cost of each item he bought. He was disappointed but that’s all right. Adding his previous savings, he has $41.97. I think I’ll ask him to to take us to a restaurant once in the month of April and he will have to order food and pay tip using his savings $41.97. It will be fun.