Unit 3 of our academic year consists of reading history and geography of Vietnam from the book: Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere by April Lotempio. To understand the culture in more depth we did the following:
Unit 3 of our academic year consists of reading history and geography of Russia 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 the following talks of Shri Mataji:
1992-0805 Arrival & Interview, Togliatti, Russia
1995-0919 Conference in Saint Petersburg, Russia
1995-1001 Navaratri Puja Talk, Cabella
1993-0802 Shri Mataji, TV Interview, Saint Petersburg, Russia
1994-0917 Arrival & visit to Sahaja school, Togliatti, Russia
Shri Mataji in Russia-Ukraine 1993-1994
We read the following book:
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin (Listen to Arjun’s essay on Communism inspired by this book)
Burying The Sun by Gloria Whelan
We watched the following movie:
Animal Farm on Amazon Prime (this was very interesting especially after realizing the symbolism representing communism)
This week, Arjun assembled the Estes Rocket Science Starter Kit. This Sunday, we went to a nearby field and he launched the rocket. The kit came with three engines, (A8-3: 275 ft; B6-4: 575 ft; C6-5: 1150 ft) and he launched the first one. He forgot to put in the parachute for the first launch, but the rocket suffered no damage. In the second launch, the parachute worked, but the wind carried it to somebody’s backyard. We recovered it, but for the third launch, we went to Veteran’s Park, which is a much bigger area. In the third launch, the rocket went so high, we could not find it.
Later, Arjun made his own rocket from scratch, and launched on Nov 7, 2020, when the 2020 election results came out. It was made of a paper nose cone, a cardboard body, a straw lug, cardboard fins, and a double A-83 Estes engine.
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:
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.
Arjun did 1-week classes from Nirmal Arts Academy: Watercolor and Aboriginal Painting. He learnt a lot and really enjoyed the classes. Here are photos of his creations.
Arjun did another 1-week classes from Nirmal Arts Academy: Drama Therapy (performed a scene from Commedia Dell’arte – Character: Harlequin. He designed his own costume), Watercolor, Zentangle and Harmonium (he learnt raga Des, Bhoopali, Durga and he learnt bhajans: Namami Shri Ganaraja Dayaal).