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Submitted by aditi on 14 April, 2018 - 16:05
Some parents asked us to help in replicating the same schedule at home as Aarohi. It's not possible to just replicate schedule of one space to other space, as each space have different flavors. And that difference flavour brings an opportunity to understand the concept of schedule and planning rather duplicating.
Few parents are already doing at home and they have been able to bring harmony in their home learning environment. So this note is for all who are still seeking some guidance.
First, as a family, you can make your own schedule which includes essential ingredients of what you value and would like to be part of your daily/ weekly life. Some kids expressed that they have not much to do at home...this is a serious situation.
It will be difficult for a child to implement any schedule when the child already has already made up his/ her mind that there is nothing to do. So as a family you decide what kind of learning environment you want to create and what all resources you need. Again, there is no need to duplicate the resources, rather look around the strength of each member of the family and create your own resources.
When kids are lacking enough stimulating environment, resources, and choices ...they end up.watching TV, playing video games or just talking. While there is nothing wrong in spending time with TV or video games, but if the child is using it for escape or time killing then you can think of that is not what you want or ok as a family.
Kids need availability of resources as well a mentor. If you are busy (other siblings, family or office), you can plan the time of availability. Resources can be planned together and maintained together. The maintenance, procuring, deciding itself can be a starting of a learning journey.
As a family you need to rethink your images about the children - they are neither small, not big - they are they and that's all...capable and equal partners. Once you change your images, you may change your actions (doing and thinking for them).
Aarohi in your homes
Every day bring one planned exposure for your child - something you do together. It can vary from cooking to maths.
Preferably have fixed time and place for that - both of you commit to being disciplined (this helps, else it gets diluted in few days when other pressing issues of maids and conference calls pops up),
Rest of the day can be self-driven - both of you are free of each other and do what and how you want to do.
If possible share your planning at the beginning of the day - so you both are aware of each other’s needs. Clarify commitment to know “will be able to drive to swimming pool or not”. It may help in a peaceful day.
At the end of the day - share and reflect. You can reflect in many different ways.
As you go along add music, dance, peers, different activities, clubs, courses etc in your agenda.
ENVIRONMENT - Make environment rich with resources - you do not need expensive resources, but you need resources. A bag full of different ropes and threads can be a rich resource to explore many concepts, you will be surprised your child spending 3days with it (one of the children at Aarohi did that),
Create resource together, arrange them, organize together - this helps in working independently, else throughout the day child will keep coming back to you “where is that? and you would not want to leave your conference call in between”.
Creating together also helps in managing together - you are not the only one trying to fix a broken speaker.
SOME MORE EXPOSURE
Create peer to peer opportunities (any age)
You work on any project
Invite people to work on different projects
While you do all that keep on looking for solutions for the various problems you face (you think).
what you decide to do, do you really do?
watching TV whole day
not focus on one work
need inputs in maths/language
not showing interest in science
only work with crafts
talk to much
stealing and lying
depending on you (not learning independently and this worries you because it goes against the theory each child is independent and curious learner)
not into hard work
does not value time
does not keep commitments
work only in one way
respect for each other
not reading classics
not having passion
eating too much or less
For each issue, try many different solutions - In the process of exploring
You may start looking at the issue differently
or Your child may find some fun in doing it differently
or Your thinking may change
or Your child’s needs/interest may change
Stay connected, Happy learning together.