Children Books Reviews

Arjun and I read lots of books as part of our homeschool curriculum and writing book reports is one of the assignments that needs to be done on a regular basis. To add some life to these assignments we created a blog with Arjun’s audio reviews/reports of few of the many books we read. He is enjoying this activity and is getting a chance to practice speaking clearly, practice different accents, and so on. I encourage you to check it out: Children Books Reviews by Arjun Gupta.

Also, you can subscribe to the podcast of Children Books Reviews from iTunes Store for free.

Bees and Honey

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. 

Fungi and Other Life Sciences

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:

Geography Fair 2018-2019

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.

Competitive Competition

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.

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