Posts Tagged ‘History’

National History Bee 2018

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

At the National level, Kabir has been placed 2nd. Here’s the pdf with the National History Bee score and ranking. Mrs. Morgan Ricks worked once a week for about 2 months with him. Both of them sat for 2-3 hours and just chatted about history. He enjoyed these chats so much. He worked hard and he has been rewarded. We are so happy for him.

Regional History Bee

In the qualifying exam for regional History Bee, Kabir scored 94%.  At the regionals, his score in the written exam was 100%.  In buzzer round 1, he scored 22 points and in the buzzer round 2, he scored 21 points out of maximum possible 25 points.  In the championship round, he was second.  Here’s the result.  Now, we can prepare for the National History Bee.  His performance and his knowledge of world and US history has made us proud!!!  By the way, he is eligible for Geography Olympiad too as he scored 92% in the qualifying exam.

Here’s a local newspaper article about the Kabir’s performance in History Bee: Daily Journal: Tupelo student finds joy in the past

Amory Regional Museum

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

In October, we visited Amory Regional Museum. Amory was a railway town and the Sanitorium has been converted to museum.

Downtown Tupelo History Walking Tour

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Mr. Boyd from Oren Dunn City Museum was our history guide in downtown Tupelo on September 6.  We walked with him while he took us back in time.  It was enchanting to know how a part of the downtown has changed and yet, some of it hasn’t.  Each kid was encouraged to take photos.

Here are photos taken by Arjun:

Here are photos taken by Kabir:

After the walking tour, we went to Natchez Trace with lunch.  All the boys enjoyed the outdoors thoroughly!

National History Bee

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Sometimes we happen to be walking on a path that leads us to certain destination without realizing.  That’s exactly what happened to us.  

Roan Johnson introduced us to homeschool and Sonlight curriculum which has lot of emphasis on history.  Ritu Gupta introduced us to Magic Tree House series when Kabir turned 4.  Hence, Kabir started getting a strong foundation in both US and World history.  Then, we found out about National History Bee during Fall 2016.  It’s usually difficult to register for a competition if you homeschool in rural US and are not a member of a big homeschool association and local public schools are not willing to help you.  However, it was super-easy to register for History Bee competition (free for homeschoolers).  Kabir took the qualification exam just to have fun without any preparation.  He qualified for Regionals!  He prepared for it by listening to Story of the World Vol. 1-4, doing some past History Bee Q&A and learning US and World history at Khan Academy.  While preparing he had fun making paper cranes.  He really enjoyed!

We went to Birmingham, AL for Regionals in February 2017.  Kabir absolutely loved the thrill of answering questions during buzzer rounds.  He was second in the Regionals and hence, he qualified for Nationals.  We were overjoyed.  We made it a point to complete the entire 5th grade curriculum (except Math and Easy Grammar) and to enjoy all our planned vacation before the Nationals during June 1-4.

Medal at Regionals

Kabir worked hard and he completed the entire 5th grade curriculum by April 1 (except Math and Easy Grammar).  He also participated in Science Fair, TCT off-broadway production of “On The Radio”, and MMTA piano competitions.  We enjoyed our travels to LA, Greece, and India before the Nationals.  So, we did not make preparation for History Bee the only thing we need to do between February and June because in life you always have to take care of multiple areas.  In order to prepare for the Nationals, this is what Kabir did.

  • Completed the US and World history section from Khan Academy.
  • Listened to the Story of the World Vol. 1-4 and made notes so that he can review the notes during the last week before the Nationals.  I am so happy that he has learnt to listen and take notes.  This is a skill that will serve him well in future.
  • We read past History Bee Q&A.
  • We made notes from the entire 5th grade history curriculum that he reviewed during the last week before the Nationals.
  • We made notes from one of US history textbooks that we had studied during the 4th grade.  Again, he reviewed these notes during the last week before the Nationals.
  • He re-read many of the history books that we had read during grade 1- grade 4.
  • He read “History Essentials – US & World Timeline” – recommended study guide.

While preparing he made lots and lots of paper cranes.  He enjoyed and that was the key.  Also, his knowledge of US and World history has become stronger because of this and I am absolutely thrilled about it.  When we reached Atlanta for the Nationals, we were just hoping for him to do as well as he can.  He did very well during all the preliminary rounds and made it to the finals.  Being a homeschooler, I cannot tell you how reassuring it was.  I tend to go through lot of self-doubt especially because I am not a trained teacher and I have never been to US school.  So, I keep doubting if Kabir is at par with his peers.  Sometimes, I wonder if he would have done much better if he had the opportunity to go to one of the best schools in the country.  Participating in this competition reassured me that he is getting exactly the education he is meant for and is in no way any less than most of the state-of-the-art schools.  I realized that I need to be grateful for it and have faith in the Divine plan!

He couldn’t do as well during the Finals but that’s ok because he knew most of the answers but he was slow in pressing the buzzer.  I am proud of the knowledge he has gained by participating in this competition.  He is #12 in the country and we are very grateful for that!

Studying India

Monday, December 5th, 2016

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!