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Our Curriculum this week

Our curriculum this week included - Guitar, Crochet, Wood carving, Astronomy, Cooking, Festival Puja, Craft- Gift factory, Knowing about airport and aviation, Repairing speakers, Aqua phonics, Theatre, Sketching, Making poster, Carpentry, Tippytap, Reading about atoms and plants, football, maths, Repair cycle, Fitness, Drumming, Sewing, Painting, Fishing, Musical instruments, Electronics, History and Geography.

And we continue with integrated learning (learning beyond what one can see)

Fetstivity in October

Had a wonderful festival celebration this week.

Festivals are one of the most enjoyable celebration at Aarohi - brings different ideas, beliefs and ideas together. 
One announcement "dance practice on a song" led to few people coming together and practice began. A dance drama was prepared within few hours of practice. 
Together food was cooked, served and we all ate together. And a mytholgy story made our celebration alive. 

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Story of Structure

What makes one to feel that only structured education can teach you how to learn in structured way?

Our son Dhrupad, now 13yrs old has never been to any structured education. Often that also lead to surprise for others “then how is he learning maths and science?”

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Story of my Growing

When he came we asked “what are your interests”

He asked “what does it mean?”

We asked “what you like doing?”

He said, “Matlab (meaning)?”

We asked “what you do at home?”

He smiled “watch TV and play video games on my tab”

We got hopeful and asked and …

He said “that’s all”.

We asked to know more “and in school?”

With a smile again he said “bunk classes and play cricket with my notebook in the bathroom”

They do!

They both love Video Games

They both understand technology

They both have not gone through any classroom teaching of computer programming

But they both are our “System Admin” - repair laptops, setup internet for our campus and … solving all our technology problems.

All they do is DO!

 
 

Learning in Doing

During my trip to Andaman, I overheard one of the Scuba Diving instructor telling a participant “You are not doing too good with diving, but you don't do good just by talking about it, you do good by DOING, so just go and DO”.

Just one idea “Gift a Dosa to others in lunch today” was enough to experience “Care for others, doing, trying, experimenting, thinking, feeling grateful”.

Gratitude - “I have gratitude for all mothers and akkas and facilitators who make food for us, just after making one dosa, the heat of the gas was troubling me”.

The Magic of Making Rasam

Love of Rasam

But how to make it was a question

I have never made

Never thought of making it

Well, the journey began with finding out recipe

Then collecting the ingredients

And then making

And guess what - it took three hours to make this Rasam, which Amma and Akkas makes in 15 minutes.

But it's not about the time I took

But the process I went through

The struggle I went through

The effost I made

My story of Jaggery Cutting

The story of Jaggery cutting

The big lump of Jaggery to cut in small pieces to be able to fill in small jar

First idea was to break it - what to use for breaking was the question?

Somehow got some ladddle to break and broke with a thud!

But it did not broke into pieces as imagined, and became guie guie (wet weather)

This plan failed

Plan B into action

Use a blunt knife to cut it

It worked but was too hard and too slow

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My story of Jaggery Cutting

The story of Jaggery cutting

The big lump of Jaggery to cut in small pieces to be able to fill in small jar

First idea was to break it - what to use for breaking was the question?

Somehow got some ladddle to break and broke with a thud!

But it did not broke into pieces as imagined, and became guie guie (wet weather)

This plan failed

Plan B into action

Use a blunt knife to cut it

It worked but was too hard and too slow

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What or HOW ?

When the learning process is not defined by the tangible outcome, the focus goes on process and not on product. And that is why we have no curriculum or rather we are not worried what does a child chooses to learn - all learning is WORTH. 

 

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