This year we have taken a few field trips to:
We do not have photos but we visited McWane Science Center and Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham.
This fall my boys participated in following productions of Pied Piper Players.
Peter Pan: Kabir was Pots and Arjun Pans. Daily Journal article for Peter Pan
Elf Jr.: Arjun was Elf, flyer boy and a New Yorker. Daily Journal article for Elf Jr.
Madagascar: Kabir was Zookeeper Zeke and Arjun played two roles – newspaper man and server. Daily Journal article for Madagascar.
Best of the Bard – Shakespeare Revisited, Remixed, Retold: Kabir was a part of the ensemble and he played the role of Richard II.
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.
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: