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.
Arjun and I have been studying life sciences. After studying about fungi, Arjun collected mushrooms, grew mold on a piece of bread and did a presentation about fungi.
Having studied bacteria and other organisms, he created Jeopardy questions. Amit and Kabir participated. Kabir won! The 4 categories for Jeopardy were: Diseases, Organisms, Bacteria and Definitions.
Here’s lifecycle of a butterfly:
We are going to try host 2 geography fairs for homeschoolers per semester. We had one today. I will update this post with photos of each of the geography fairs we host this academic year.
In September, Arjun presented Ethiopia. Rest of the homeschoolers presented Italy, Egypt, Mexico and Yemen!
In November, Arjun presented Nepal. He created a brochure for Nepal. Other kids presented Japan, Brazil, USA, Netherlands, Australia and Ghana. Kabir hosted a jeopardy game for all 6 kids. Also, we had momos from Nepal, Gouda Cheese from the Netherlands and a rice dish from Ghana. It was such fun!
In January, Arjun presented Ireland. He created a suitcase filled with lapbooks on Ireland. He made boxty and barmbrack to shared it with his friends. Rest of the homeschoolers presented New Zealand, France, England, Japan, Turks and Caicos and Mexico. At the end, Kabir hosted the Jeopardy game for the presenters.
Is competitive competition good for kids or is it bad? This is the question I have struggled with as a mother. Personally, competition has always made me hurt in my stomach and taken away the ability to think and stay calm. Personally, I gave it the power to pass judgement on my capability. So, it has always been bad for me. But, what about my kids? Should I shield them from the monster named “competition” or should I teach them to embrace it and make it a learning tool? I don’t know the answer.
In July, we celebrated end of school with a Puja thanking the Divine and a small party at home. Our guest for this party was Mrs. Morgan Kramer and Mr. Brian Kramer. Boys showed off their achievements and Amit bragged upon all we did during the school year. Also, boys presented the story of Rani Lakshmibai – Jhansi ki Rani with some acting. The menu for the party was biryani, raita, seekh kabab, cheese stuffed chillies, and kulfi. We really enjoyed the party and it’s a very important part of each of our homeschool year. Mrs. Morgan Kramer presented the certificates to Kabir and Arjun for completing 6th grade and 2nd grade respectively. We had so much fun at the party that we completely forgot about photos 🙁
In August, we followed our tradition of starting a new school year with a small Saraswati Puja. On the first day of school, boys get their favorite breakfast: crepes. This year, Kabir had to start class at 8 am. So, we had to get done with breakfast by 7:30 am. We managed and we had a wonderful start of the school! Looking forward to lot of learning, fun and adventures!!!