StudentCam 2018

Kabir and his friend Architesh Prasad created a documentary for StudentCam 2018.  Theme of the StudentCam 2018 was “THE CONSTITUTION & YOU”.  They had to choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to them.

They chose 15th amendment and created a 7:41 minute long documentary. The title of the documentary is: “An American Right Not Used Enough

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American Study

We have been studying about America and this morning we met with a few homeschoolers to listen to our kids’ presentations and to eat traditional American food.  It was just wonderful.  Although each of the kids did a great job but my favorites were a movie about the history of Colorado using Legos by John Gannon, a brochure of Texas by Aidan, an A-Z list of symbols of Louisiana by Lou, and history of civil rights in Alabama by Emory.

Kabir and Arjun filled all the fact sheets about America on their own.  Then they started a new folder where there are going to complete fact sheets for each of the 50 states.  So far, they have completed fact sheets for California and Missouri.  This is because Arjun chose to focus on California and Kabir on Missouri.  They created a clay model of the USA.

They updated the population and religion graphs.

Arjun chose to focus on San Francisco earthquake 1906.  We adapted the script from a book, “Lizzie Newton and the San Francisco Earthquake” by Stephen Krensky.  We did Readers Theatre where his grandmother, Kabir, Arjun and I participated.  We will remember this forever in life!  Here is the link to the script, San Francisco Earthquake and here is the link to the video of San Francisco Earthquake Readers Theatre.  He created a Lego model of San Francisco and then broke to represent San Francisco after the earthquake.  As far as food is concerned we bought California Roll and California Sourdough bread from Kroger for the party.

Kabir created a Missouri newspaper dedicated to homeschoolers.  He did this mostly on his own and worked real hard.  Here is a video link of his presentation of the Missouri Newspaper dedicated to homeschoolers.  For food, we made Ozark pudding and Squash casserole for the party.  We spent last week in St. Louis, Missouri.  We had a great time as it’s a great city for kids.

4th of July 2013

After a long and beautiful vacation in New York, we celebrated 4th of July at home. It was wonderful especially because the boys lighted the fireworks in our backyard and all of us went to watch the city fireworks later in the night. That’s our first time as a family. We also ate the typical 4th of July food: homemade burger, strawberry pie and watermelons. We also made crepes! Kabir played patriotic songs on his piano for us! Amit and I managed to do a bit of spring-cleaning too! It was a fun and productive day!

The Woman Who Wasn’t There

“The Woman Who Wasn’t There” by Robin Gaby Fisher and Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr. is a true, chilling story that comes to my mind each time I think of that terrible day of 9/11. I just cannot believe that a human being is capable of playing with fragile emotions of survivors of 9/11. It’s pathetic! I just couldn’t put this book down because Tania’s audacity to do what she was doing was mind-boggling. There are so many questions that I wish Tania would answer. Why did she do this? What was she thinking? Does she feel sorry now? Did she apologize especially to Linda? After I read the book, I had to look at Tania’s photo online. I really want to watch the documentary now.

Decision Points

Decision PointsDecision Points by George W. Bush is easy to read and to the point. I love the way the book is structured around key decisions during his presidency. I enjoyed it thoroughly and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in finding out how and why George W. Bush made the key decisions during his presidency.

He came across as a patriotic President to me. Also, I learnt the complexity of making decisions that affects the world as the President of America. It’s not black and white as we, the commoners, perceive because there are so many details and facts that only the top administration is aware of. I think it will take at least a decade or more to figure out if his decisions were right or wrong. One thing is for sure and that is: he became President at one of the most unfortunate time in history. If I understand it right, even Abraham Lincoln was a very unpopular President during his term and was often ridiculed. It is only now that we know that he was one of the greatest Presidents. So, let the time judge the presidency of George W. Bush.