Can you challenge yourself in a desert?

Bear Grylls Adventures- The Desert Challenge

Adventures- Some of us love it and many of us aren’t prepared for it. Sophie is also one such young girl who wasn’t prepared for the desert and not yet read to encounter her life time threat- menacing scorpions,daddy long legs, spiders and what not every buzzing insects and creepy crawlies!!

Sophie enrolled in the Wildlife welfare summer camp. While she was racing herself on a zipwire she saw a cobweb over the sides of the zipwire and she tilted a little to avoid bumping on to the cobweb but she fell and bumped onto the sandpit below and found herself in a desert with a compass.

She found a man sitting under the palm tree in the Oasis and introduced himself as Bear Grylls and offered to guide Sophie to her place back.

Desert – A cruel place if you aren’t prepared but fortunately Sophie was guided by Bear so she learnt many things in desert.

Sand in the desert makes you feel like you have walked many kilometres while you weren’t even crossed a few centimetres. The scorching sun is none other than a preheated oven ready to bake your brain. Thirst and sweat are the greatest enemy , unfortunately they work as partners and will make you dehydrated and lead to death

So to overcome, have a gulp of water in your mouth but don’t swallow it but keep it inside your mouth as long as you can and the water will seep through later and your throat is saved from dryness- Thanks to Tarahumarah Mexican tribes’ Water utilisation technique.

Cover your head to toe with loose fitted blue clothing which will reflect the sun’s rays and doesn’t gets absorbed- taught by Tuareg Tribes of Mali, west Africa

Be careful when you are sitting under a shade, you would be possibly welcomed by any scorpions or Puff adder vipers

There are many tricks and techniques in this books for a young reader and can apply some even in summer at your place.

I used this book for adventure main unit study for our homeschool. I have a detailed video of this book in YouTube Desert Challenge

Why do the ancient maths seems easy?

Ancient math multiplication method

When i was teaching my 6 year old multiplication facts and I created my own multiplication song and skip counting

I was looking for easy method of multiplication when he arrives second grade.

I found this ancient way of multiplying numbers was too easy and involved some mental math too. It made my kid active while doing multiplication because he has to do adding and multiplication simultaneously. It keeps him concentrated.

At first it looks cumbersome but over 2 days of practice he finds it easy.

Using this method , he solved more or less hundred practice problems, of two digit multiplication.

After all maths is practice!!!🤷

You can find a video explanation on my YouTube channel HumanNest Homeschool

The Empress from the Future

Everyone has some dream about timetravel and what will happen if we  timetravel to the past era to meet the personalities of those era. I too had a dream about the real king of 900 AD who was found dead in a castle and his assassin wasn’t found even after many centuries. I made a story around his mysterious death and wrote in Wattpad under the penname , Thulasi2020, my story name is , “The Empress from the Future”

Before two months while I was researching history journals and books for my story,  i stumbled on a book that discloses the assassin of the king. The murderers plotted against the king for many years and was appointed into government position and was even promoted.

If you like to know more about the story, i have left a link to click straightaway into the story.

Book cover of – The Empress from the Future

I think you’d like this story: “The Empress from the Future” by Thulasi2020 on Wattpad

I’m the friend of your cattles

The cattle Egret- Bibulcus ibis

How does the cattle egret looks like!

Cattle egret is a very gregarious snow white lanky bird. It is widespread in Asian countries. It is all white except for its yellow coloured bill and black colored legs.

What do they eat?

It can be seen on the meadows, intensely cultivated areas. It’s favourite food is grasshopper. It relishes on other pests and insects. Ofcourse it helps the farmers in pest and fly control by snacking on them.

Mutual benefits

It somehow has a mutual benefit with the cattles. It picks and snap at the flies and insects on the skin of the cattles where the cattles’ tongue and tail cannot reach to shoo them off. The cattles while grazing stomp on the ground and makes the little insects around the ground to fly away. Now the birds gets the chance to hunt them down easily with little or no effort.

Home of the bird

It build it’s nest even in a noisy street. It doesn’t need to be situated near any water bodies. It breeds during November – December. It’s nest are just like crow’s nest. It doesn’t have any specific pattern. Usually the clutch has 3-5 pale blue coloured eggs.

Do you know maths is everywhere?

What could you say about this picture?

I could say this onion contains maths. Yes!!! It has maths. It has the shape of semi circle. It has followed the Fibonacci numbers. Above all it has FRACTIONS . Easy, simple and understandable method to teach fractions to 7year old. It’s an inexpensive math manipulative.

The kitchen contains maths. It’s the place where one can use their own hands to do math practical experiments.

When i was teaching fraction to my 7yr old, he struggled a lot to understand even when i used the handmade worksheets. I gave him few number of lego blocks to count and arrange them into 3 equal columns. Somehow it helped him to understand a little better. I felt myself deficient in teaching him the concept in a better way, why we need fractions.

Later that afternoon ,while chopping the vegetables an idea popped. I called my son and gave him the onion to peel the skin. When he peels , I asked him ,” why do onions have skin? ” He said it’s protecting the inner parts like how we have skin to protect our heart. I was happy that he is interrelating biology.

What’s the shape of the onion, I asked. It’s like the broad round sphere tapering at the end. Wow! Shapes somehow recognised.

I told him to make a cut in the centre keeping the tapering end towards him. It split opened. He counted two blocks of onion. I asked him , pointingone piece of onion, how much fraction it is?

He said it’s half. I explained it is 1/2. Taking the half part of the onion , i asked him to make 3 longitudinal cut and one horizontal cut. How many pieces of onions are in total? How many fraction combo can we make?

This way the maths experiment at our kitchen went well and he was happy about learning fraction, that easy.

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The reason behind the name ‘China’ and the Great Wall

Where is the Great Wall? Book by Patricia Brennan Demuth

When we hear or see the name China, a landmark pops in our mind. Guess what, it’s Great Wall of China. It stretches from eastern china to the western part of China ending into the harsh Gobi desert. Why did Chinese built such a huge wall? Why did they need such a huge wall at the cost of more than one million lives of Chinese?

Ancient China developed a lot. They created a calligraphy technique , used a special ink pigment to write on the bamboo scrolls. Bamboo was sliced. Since the bamboo is vertical , Chinese developed their alphabets to write vertically. They have the habit of recording everything from agriculture to medicine, warfare to administration. Many scholars wrote books on daily lives of Chinese and also on their kings.

They developed iron tools, Abacus, paper, gun powder and many other stuff. Their main trade depend on silk. That made china wealthier. They refused to trade with their northern folks at Mongolia as they considered them barbarian due to their food habits. The nomads drank horse milk and ate cheese which was frowned upon by the southern Chinese and many other cultural differences made southern Chinese to refuse trading with their northern counterparts. So the steppe nomads involved in looting in the southern villages. It costs heavy loss to the Chinese. So Chinese had the habit of building walls around their houses, temples, various places. Even cities were built with huge walls and moat. This way they tried to safeguard them from the nomads.

There were 7 kingdom in ancient China each prospered in different wealth. Some in iron; some in jade ; some in agriculture. Soon the neighbouring states become warring states. Around 250 BC Zheng of Qin Dynasty ascended to throne at his teenage. From then on he conquered the other dynasties:Chu, Qi, Han, Wei, Yan, & Zhao with his military might. He unified the 7 kingdoms into one. He titled himself as Qin Shi Huang di which means the emperor who unified the 7 Dynasties.

From then on the land become China. ( Qin, pronounced as chin or shin). He gained lots of enemies so he crushed everyone who opposes him. He even feared nobles and scholars could be a great threat to his throne. He buried those scholars who didn’t comply him. Ordered scholars to burn their scrolls. He just spared only scrolls on agriculture and medicine. He controlled everyone in his land, he feared none except the steppe nomads. He was the one who has the idea to built a huge wall to protect him from the steppe nomads. So he ordered every men ( who has hand and legs) in his country to built the great wall. Even the scholars aren’t spared. They all were tortured to carry loads and loads of stone and mud which they never ever carried until then.

People weren’t given any salary or shelter. They were toiled in the harsh weather. They were just given rice and cabbage as food. Those who are exhausted were tortured more. Nearly one Million were dead while building the first wall. The wall was built over the dead bodies and laid as foundation. It’s one of the longest cemetery in the world.

People were tortured but the emperor enjoyed the luxury but he was secretly searching for a magic potion for immortality. He couldn’t find one. So he ordered to build largest tomb for his afterlife.

Now the 3 acre huge tomb of this emperor was excavated in china’s Xi’an along with his terracotta army.

Life is simple and smooth but not for the people at Qin Shi Huang Di’s

China’s sea and silk route in yellow dash lines. The Great Wall in yellow lines with red blocks

The colour theory for the beginners

When we open our eyes we are accustomed to every color in the surrounding but we never give a in-depth thought of how a color was made.

While writing this blog post my letters are in black and the frame are in blue. I just noticed we are surrounded by colours. Yet we don’t notice it. We do not need an artistic eye all the time but we must know how the colours has the ability to transform your mind and mood.

Being a mom of a 7 year old, I pushed myself happily into the world of colours so as to make my child to explore his creativity.

We all know there is black and white but they aren’t the primary colors. Yellow, Red, Blue are the primary colors from which you can create millions of colours.

I appreciate my child for creating his own colour wheel.

Mix yellow with red –> Orange

Red with blue –> purple

Blue with yellow –> green

Orange, purple, green are the secondary colors.

Now mix the orange with yellow which gives pale orange looks like sandalwood color. Let’s call it yellow orange. When oranges was blended with red it pops out as red orange. In the same way the secondary colors when mixed with the primary colors, they form a new row of tertiary colors.

After reading this post, find a tertiary colour and reveal its color mix.

Happy colouring.!!!❤️❤️🙏🙏

How to play with the moon🌒- gameschooling

I love to look at night sky glimmering with stars but the full moon steals the show and usually I was accompanied by my son on full moon at the terrace to have fun watching the sky and I assume that it happened to every mother and father. He throws many interesting questions for some of which I don’t have the answer.

The child led study of moon unit starts the very next day and it continued for 3 weeks. He draws the  🌒 moon and he wants me to help him how to name the phases of the moon. It was little hard for him to remember the phases and it’s orders so I came up with the card game

I made him draw all the phases of the moon on one watercolor paper with equal distance for every phases of the moon and made flashcard out of it. On the other side of the card we wrote 3easy and 3 hard questions about each phase. Yes of course it has the answer at the bottom of the card.

Shuffle the card, share it equally. Throw the dice. According to the number on the dice; the player was questioned by the opponent who holds one card at a time.

One question at a time for a player for his turn. The player has to answer all the questions on that particular card and then moves to the other card. At the end, the winner is who completely seize all the cards from the opponent player by answering the questions correctly.

Note- this game was designed for 5-7 year old kiddos . So the rule of the game is , ” ITS FLEXIBLE”

You can easily make such interesting card game of your own or you can instantly play with your kid instantly by clicking below mentioned link to download the game.

The Books I use to teach English- grade 2

Since I’m doing homeschooling for couple of months, I would like to share my thoughts and book recommendations for homeschooling families.

I have an array of books to share so I opt to do loop scheduling so as to prioritize the books my child loves to read and listen. Yeah I wanna introduce you to loop schedule.

You can choose few books which you wanna read/write/ listen. Prioritize and make a sequence of order. Then you can start reading that book as per the session devised.

I have alloted 6sessions ( 30 minutes each) for English throughout the week. We homeschool 5days a week.

Just so stories by Ruskin bond is a sort of living book which fuses the facts with fantastic crazy imagination which we read on Monday order.

Black beauty is a classic literature type story, written by Anna Sewell. This book was narrated from the view of a horse called Black Beauty. It has a rich vocabulary and makes readers to understand the context.

Hutchinson’s treasury of stories is a read aloud type of book where I usually read the story to my child. The words used in this book are easy for the child to learn and the vocabulary used is quite easy for child to learn.

I used the book named Brain Quest by Liane Onish. It has an one year curriculum pattern which comprises most of the subjects for grade 1 Eventhough it was mentioned about the ages to be 7 I can use this for my child who is of 6 years

Along with the other books I use The Weaver Bird’s Nest authored by Dipanwita Roy. This book is for reading and writing practice.

So these are the book I use in rotation which we call it as loop schedule.

Loop schedule never allows any lesson goes behind. Every book was read in order. Loop schedule never makes a child to get bored easily instead of other method where reading a same book for whole month makes them getting bored.

How I do the homeschooling mornings

Homeschool was an alien concept for me once. Earlier I didn’t know what homeschooling was. When I was surfing through the internet I accidentally clicked into Ms Hana’s pepper and pine YouTube channel. It was very inspiring and her videos lead me into Waldorf homeschooling concept. It was Rudolph Steiner who devised this natural way of learning where storytelling, fairies, rhythm, bread baking, circle time are the important yet mind soothing concept ; not only for children but also for adults.

Further I started gathering more information about Waldorf homeschooling method. There are many millions of Waldorf homeschooling families out there who involved their kids to study the nature.

There is a flow / rhythm in Waldorf method. A day starts with circle time in Waldorf homeschooling. Kids will gather around in the morning. Mom / dad reads a story and some even read the story with some music. This music calms and soothes the mind of the kids.

I visibly saw the difference in my 6 year old son when I started this circle time. He was very adamant, to not to study in the early mornings. But I came up with Estelle Buyer’s handbook for Eurythmists, ” Movement for the young”. It was a wonderful book , has stories with songs along with Eurythmic notations. Everything in this book was categorized according to seasons which was very very helpful for a homeschool beginners.

So , to conclude , what I insist is , every child must enjoy their every morning with these musical prose.

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