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 China

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:

We listened to following talks of Shri Mataji:

We read following books:

      • Where The Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin
      • Wild Orchid by Cameron Dokey
        (Listen to Arjun’s essay on Courage with examples from above two books listed.)
      • Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz (Listen to Arjun’s character sketch of Jean Fritz)
      • The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong
      • Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
      • Li Lun Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger
      • The Analects of Confucius at World Book Website (we will continue reading this for the rest of the academic year)
      • Myths and Legends of China at World Book Website
      • Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (we will continue reading this for the rest of the academic year)

      Creative Writing: Arjun wrote a story called “Facing Your Fears” set in China.

      We watched following movies:

      • Painted Faces on Netflix
      • Monkey King on Amazon Prime
      • Monkey King 2 on YouTube Movies
      • Shaolin on YouTube Movies
      • Genius of The Ancient World: Confucius, Episode 3 on Netflix
      • Princess Weiyoung on Netflix
      • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin on Netflix
      • Return to The 36th Chamber on Netflix
      • Disciples of The 36th Chamber on Netflix
      • Guardian Brothers on Netflix
      • Confucius movie on YouTube
      • The Story of Laozi on YouTube

      Arjun created following Chinese themed artwork:

      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.

      Hongkong Style Noodles

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.

Have you ever used shaving cream for an art project?

When my brother wrote the poem “Children of The Sun,” we loved it so much that we wanted to get it illustrated. I really wanted to do the illustrations. So, my mother spoke to our art teacher, Ms. Vicki Farmer. She agreed and guided my brother and me in illustrating this poem. I was very excited when we started doing them. Here I’ll describe the steps of one of the illustrations done by me. Continue reading Have you ever used shaving cream for an art project?

Children of the Sun

Kabir wrote a poem on the Solar system and then both Kabir and Arjun created illustrations with the help of Mrs. Vicki Farmer.  Here’s a little back-cover summary of the book.

Designed to introduce children to the solar system, this book attempts to teach facts about the planets around our sun, from Saturn’s Rings to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. However, in this case the story goes a step further. What if… every planet wasn’t just a sphere of rock or gas? If they each had personalities, what would they be like? Here is one artist’s attempt to represent their unique personalities, each with his or her own distinctive qualities and behaviors, through The Children of the Sun. Follow this poem through our solar system, and read for yourself these special virtues of each of the children of the Sun. At the same time, readers can learn scientific facts about the solar system. We hope that you may enjoy this poem, written and illustrated by children.

Please buy this book at Lulu.com (you should be able to find coupons).  It’s a 50-page full color book.  You may prefer Kindle version of “Children of The Sun.” You may want to purchase the audiobook of “Children of The Sun.”

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