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From the Past # 2

August 30,2010

Today the question of the day in our Kindergarten class is - “Do you know what an author does?” We talked about it. Later, the teacher changed my back pack tag. They changed the number of my school bus. I wonder why the teacher did that.

photo-6I forgot to eat  the breakfast at cafeteria. But I did not miss the lunch.  Mom told me  to finish all my food while eating. But I could not. I will try to finish all my food tomorrow. They worry about my health. They always want me to be healthy and Happy! I cannot be late tomorrow for school that is why I got to go to bed. Don’t be late!

September 8, 2010

On my way to school, my nose was bleeding in the school bus. When I got to school the nurse took me to the office and cleaned my nose with medicine. She even cleaned my clothes and the jacket. She kept the jacket for cleaning because there was pretty bad stain on it.

September 11, 2010

Yesterday, I ate Pizza  in school at lunch. It was yummy. Mom wore Sari today because today is Teej, a Hindu festival. Teej is a festival for girls but not for boys. In the morning I went to the exercise room with Mom and Dad.

September 14, 2010

I got Grandma’s letter from Nepal. She is from Nepal. There were red clips for me too. We went to the public library and checked out some books.

At school, the question of the day was: “Do you like me?” We had to ask each of our classmates. Then checked or crossed mark in paper. Sixteen of my friends told “Yes.” But six others said “No.”  Then teacher taught to write 16 > 6 ( Sixteen greater than six).

September 18, 2010

I did not see any stars tonight. Only the moon with clouds around.

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From the Past

First Day of Kindergarten:

August 17, 2010 

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a page from my journal

This is my first day of school.I waited with my mom for the school bus. I was riding the bus without mom and dad for the first time. I was excited to go to the school. I made a puzzle. I read a book. The teacher read a book too. I played at the kitchen. I made three friends, The first day of school was very great! Tomorrow  I have to wake up at 7 AM. So I need to go to bed now. Goodnight!

August 18, 2010

Miss Ashton wrote the question of the day. The question was- “Are you excited for your first day of Kindergarten?” The next question was – “Did you ride the bus to school?”I did some drawing in paper and sticked in the board. I was happy to see the teacher and the friends. I had lunch. I played outside. It was hot and I was sweaty.

August 19, 2010

This is my third day of school and it is already three days that I have not seen my dad! I am missing him very much! I guess I am going to se him on Saturday. Today at school, the question of the day was, “Are you a boy or girl?” I danced with my teacher and my friends in the classroom. I was shaking my body with music. It was fun!

August 20, 2010

Question of the day: “Do you remember the rules of the class?”

I went to the art studio. I made a snake from clay. I played in the holes. I played monster.

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School Projects

Organic Smoothie: 

smoothie cycleGo,go-go…! Faster faster faster…!! My classmates are cheering for me  to pedal faster.I am on a bicycle and the more I pedal the more the smoothie blends. Good thing the bicycle is stuck to the ground or I would be cycling all over the place….You might be wondering what I am talking about.

Well… we are trying to make smoothie without electricity or electric blender. Instead of electrical we are using human power. For this we pedal the bicycle turn by turn. It rotates the wheels of the bicycle. This further turns the bottom of the jar which hold the fruits to grind.  This speeds the blade of the grinder and the fruits are liquefied to Smoothie. Different fruits changes color and blends with each other. Blueberries, apple cider, yogurt, melon, cucumbers all are in there. The beauty of this project is that all the fruits were grown in our school garden and they are organic. Organic means they are produced without pesticides, and harmful chemicals. This is important because if we use chemicals in plants, while we eat we might eat the chemicals and the pesticides too. This also hurts insects and other animals in the nature. It might get stored in the dirt  or soil and in the long run it affect the fertility of the soil. Moreover, while we pedal it helps our muscles. If we do routinely it will be good exercise.  I can imagine somebody waking up in the morning, putting organic fruits in the jar sitting on top of the cycle, getting on the bicycle  and pedaling it.  After some good peddle getting off, pouring it and drinking with the breakfast . Not a bad idea. Hmm… I suppose I should improve this bicycle design and go to Shark Tank!  What do you guys think?

From an Australian Website, What is Organic?

Digestion in Owls:

“Owls don’t have teeth. That means they can not chew. and that make us think how do owls digest hard parts of their foods such as fur and bones”- Mother Nature (teacher who teaches about nature) said in our class. Owls’ gizzard, a part of the stomach compacts and stores skull, hair, and claws of their prey. When the gizzard gets full, the owl cannot take any more food. So it should be emptied. Then the owls’ regurgitates ( big word for spit) as a pellet. Studying these pellets we can find out what is the common prey of any owls. She brought owl pellets. We separated bones from the pellets and found out the most common prey for that particular owl was the vole even though I thought it was mole. Next, we put the bones in a plastic box filled with cotton and took home.

Microscope:

We looked at  salt through microscope. Then we drew what we saw on a piece of paper and described what we saw. The salt looked like big cubes. It looked very big compared to what we see through our naked eye.

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A visit to a Light House

On a typical Saturday morning, taking a sip of his coffee , Dad  read aloud from  his newspaper, “New York Times  itemizes Fifty two places worldwide to visit in 2014.” The number three is Point Arena, California – and in turn, the number one place to visit in the USA. 1Mom got so excited and started to search right away in the internet as usual. Lucky us, it was only fifty-two miles away from our place. We started making plans, and before you know it, we were on the twisty road to Point Arena. Highway 101, Small town Booneville, Mountain View  and finally Point Arena. The road had so many bends that it makes me cross-eyed.  But on the way we saw deer in the jungle, cows grazing, and beautiful mustard fields. Mom got car sick. We stopped for a while in the windy road . There were  3/4 baby deer. Saanvi wanted to go close and touch it. But she scared when we talk about tiger. And  the deer  disappear in the woods.

After some country roads, twisted turns, and some dizziness;  we saw  white light house from distant. The bumpy ride was worth it because it looked so beautiful. 2White color, blue sky, and the green field – It was one of  the most beautiful place I had ever seen. Rolling waves and mild wind casted a lovely scene.  We climbed on to the rocks and took pictures. The golden rock  was very clean, beautiful cracks on them. Saanvi wanted to go on the edge, but we didn’t let her because she might fall.

Then, we chose a spot near the lighthouse and had a picnic while taking pictures. The food was so delicious! I also found a little mouse who kept on popping in and out of its hole to look at us. Saanvi liked it very much, but she was sad when it went down the hole and never came back. Next, we bought Saanvi a shiny, red, helium balloon . But when we were playing with it, it slipped out of Saanvi’s hand. First, she ordered it to come back. Then, she watched it float up until it was a tiny speck in the sky, and burst into tears. When she finally stopped crying, we went home. Getting back home by highway 1, scenic coastal drive, Fort Bragg  we were not done yet with this  beautiful place and planned to come back again in summer. What a wonderful weekend!

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Saanvi’s Birthday

DSC_8051It has been three years since my little sister Saanvi was born. I feel like yesterday we went to hospital with mama’s big tummy. Dear Saanvi, everyday I wake you up by making different noise. You get so excited when you see me. Sometime mama and papa admonish for waking you up. I love the way your plump little hands go around me when you hug. At school, I always think about you . I wonder what you might be doing. When I get home and knock at the door, you run to hug me . I wish you could come to school with me like you did in my first grade class. I want to teach you new things. Also, if anyone bullies you, they will see what consequences they face. Just kidding…

After all,It is your birthday. I decorated the dinning room for you all by myself. Aren’t you proud of your hard-working big sister? Well, your birthday was spectacular, awesome, cool, fun, great, nice, fantastic, fabulous, good, magical, wonderful, funny …. I loved it!

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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis


Childrens_Museum_Indianapolis“Look at these dinosaurs!” when I turned my head to the right it seemed … a big…..very big dinosaur with two babies were running towards our car. Its tail brushed the building  and the whole concrete wall was cracked into pieces  and looked  as if its going to fall any time.  One even bigger dinosaur tore   small part of the roof and poked its head inside the building . So did a child. Now my whole imagination was: inside the build there must be whole bunch of dinosaurs fighting each other for their food. Are they eating people or  they are vegetarian? My heart was pounding when our car stopped at the terrace of the parking garage.

” No,” I said ” I don’t want to go there.” DSC_0279

“why?”

“Dinosaurs,” I said. I did not get out of car. Later we drove to 50 acre park and played basketball, walked around the lake and the museum house. After couple of month When I grew a little older my parents took me to the children’s museum again. This time I braved to go inside
even though some reluctance was there.Those plastic dinosaurs looked so real last time. We parked the car in garage and walked the ramp to get to the skywalk which connects parking garage and the museum building .sky walk over the busy road makes it easy to cross without going through the road traffic.  The skywalks opens into the entry hall of the museum building.

The Entrance Hall

Childrens-Museum-Of-Indianapolis-27567There was small model of the  dinosaur and the building. and some pictures how the dinosaur- sculpture were made, transported and put in place in the building. It was very informative. there was small library in the corner. Big transformer bumble bee rotating in the middle of hall and extraordinary  decoration of  on far right end .I was amazed it was so beautiful. …I miss a lot of stuff about Indianapolis. Friends, School, teachers like Smelser), Teddy bear which I did not bring here and of course this museum, the biggest of the world.

We bought memberships and started our journey like the  Alice in the Wonderland.The place was shining with decorations, exhibits and people. At the center of the museum,there were colorful tubes of glass going in all directions. It was as tall as the building and called “Fireworks of Glass.” We went to the museum basement,and it was so amazing ! You got to make your own sculpture by putting the acrylic piece in the right place, I made some beautiful sculptures. Also,there was a computer where you make your own tube. I made a purple-curvy tube, papa made a green-straight tube while mama and Saanvi both made red- silky tubes.Plus, there was a find-that-tube game.images

Dinosphere

Childrens-Museum-Of-Indianapolis-27572Then, we went to the Dinosphere. It had dinosaur costumes,dinosaur eggs, and dinosaur bones! It also had sound effects and color changes, so it looks like we’re in Jurassic park! I pretended I was a  dinosaur with my little dinosaur sister.Took pictures with Mr. dinosaur,played in the dinosaur cave, and watched how a dinosaur was born. Suddenly, thunder cracked, lightning flashed. Even though it was only the sound effects, I felt like I was in the Amazon with these animals. One moment, it’s sunny. The next, you are in a storm! The sounds and environment made the exhibits real fun.

Carousel

154-155_carousel_printSaanvi and I gave the ticket to the attendants and rushed to choose the horses. I chose a black horse that moved up and down while Saanvi rode a white horse. The music was going on and on, while we went around and around. Hundreds of small laser lights made the ceiling as if it is a night sky. Saanvi did not want to get off the horse so we went one more time. Papa and mama were busy taking pictures.

After the ride , we went to the Barbie exhibit.

Barbie Exhibit

Yay!  I entered the room…….wow.There was pink everywhere! Also, lucky me, they were doing a fashion show! I quickly got dressed and stepped in line. Finally, it was my turn. The DJ winked at me, and put my favorite song on- “get your sparkle on.”I took all the courage I could, and walked down the ramp. Cameras were flashing. I smiled, striked a pose,and strutted backstage. Everyone clapped! That was so much fun!

Winter Wonderland

Then, a very bright room caught my eye. We went inside and…there were snow castles, snowball fights, and skating rings. A very big sign read: Winter Wonderland. I immediately took my sister’s hand and played princesses in the castle. Then, I had a snowball fight with dad, and mom taught me how to skate. What fun that was!

Mr. Potato Head

???????????????????????????????Saanvi’s favorite was the Mr. Potato exhibit. She liked it so much that she didn’t want to leave.She liked it because you could put eyes and ears on the potato to make your own. The next thing she liked was the potato slide.You put the potato through the bottom, and the air pushes and throws it up.Oh no! I forgot about our show at the planetarium! Our show is in 5 minutes!

Planetarium

We rushed to the show and quickly took our seats.The show was about start. The ceiling opened and we saw the beautiful black sky. I really felt like I was in space and the show told us all about what constellations are. Saanvi cried so much that papa took her out. We stayed for second show to see about planes and flight.

Flight

The second show was about flight. People wanted to fly. So they closely watched how birds flap their wings to get higher in the air and how the kites response to the wind. A lot of people tried to invent a flying machine. Finally, Wright brothers from Ohio, were able to fly their homemade plane.After a long time, now we have planes that can travel faster than sound and as far as Mars. I suppose this is the most important invention because people can travel place to place in short time.

Science works

I rolled up my sleeves,grabbed my coat,and got ready to get wet. Explored the fluid motion with the rubber toys and experimented with different water levels. Also, there was a 20 foot tall rock climbing challenge. For builders, the construction zone was perfect. There were bulldozers,cranes,and diggers.Alongside, there were lots of materials like shovels,hammers,chainsaws, and axes. It’s amazing what good things science can teach you!

Fly to Egypt

At another exhibet, we climbed into a plane and chose seats. Out the window, I saw a lot of different birds. The flight attendant told us to get ready for landing, and we got out of the plane. Guess where we landed? Egypt! it showed how Egyptians live, eat, and celebrate holidays. So cool!

Theatre

pirate_w640We watched a play about a boy named Jeremy Jacob, who discovers Pirates. Can you believe it? Anyway, the pirates and Jeremy become friends, and they taught Jeremy how to become a real pirate. Together, they survived a storm, found treasure and become best friends. Wow, what a nice play that was ! My favorite part was when they were in a storm. After the show, we exited the auditorium and took pictures with the characters.

 

Outside the museum, there were miniature models of the seven wonders of the world! I walked on the great wall of china, sat on Taj Mahal, and climbed a pyramid. It’s funny how big surprises come in little ways!

When it was over, we went back to home.