Studying India

Unit 4 comprised of studying India. This unit we relaxed a lot as we are of Indian origin. We studied history and geography from the book: Journey to the Eastern Hemisphere by April Lotempio.

We studied following books and watched a few movies:

  • Swami and Friends by R. K. Narayan (we saw the TV series on YouTube. Also, Arjun made a comic strip based on the book.)
  • Rikshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins (Arjun wrote a cause and effect essay based on this book.)
  • Gandhi: Young Nation Builder (we saw the movie Gandhi on Amazon Prime)
  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (listen to Arjun’s review on Just So Stories)
  • Daughter of the Mountains by Louise S Rankin
  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (we saw the movie on Amazon Prime)

Studying Vietnam

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:

We read the following book:

The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam by Quang Nhuong Huynh (Listen to Arjun’s animal story based on this book)

Food:

We tried packaged pho and then we tried making pho from scratch. Pho from scratch was absolutely delicious.

Studying Russia

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)
  • Anastasia on DisneyPlus
  • Fiddler on the Roof on Netflix

We made following Russian food:

Estes Rockets

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.

Launch 1

Launch 2:

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.