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Inculcate

One question often asked “Why a child who is doing campus care at the campus is not doing at home or the child who plans and does self learning at the campus, do not do much during break week at home”.

Some are seeking “how to inculcate certain thoughts / habits / practices / values in children - specially things that children get exposed in Aarohi - but do not continue at home or at any other place like campus care, self care, fitness, even self directed learning or taking initiative and responsibility of oneself”.

 

Community Jaatre - Reflection

Community Jaatre... imagine a group of families coming together to explore various aspects of open learning on a sunny and cloudy Sunday morning. Reflection is an integral part of our open learning journey, so we decided to understand it more. All ages participated to understand REFLECTION.

 

WHY Reflection

We began with a game - find as many (english) words within these words - Dictionary, Intelligent, Aluminium, Denominator, Furnishing, Moderate, Reduction, Satisfactory, Unbalanced.

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First Aid - Safety

We all get hurt, but very few know what to do for first aid.
Many of  us have fear of snakes/ scorpion/ bee but do we know what first aid  to give in case of snake bite?
One child told me "I don't cook, because it will burn ..."do we know what to do in case of any burn?
Strangers, abuse, fear...we all have but do we train our minds to face them?

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Forest Walk

A little forest, just few metres away from the campus, forest walk with Muniraj Anna to explore unknown ... he has spent his entire childhood playing hide and seek in this forest.

Through the thorns

Through the rocks

Some trees

Some plants

Some we knew

Some we discovered

And through this known and unknown

We made our path to a small pond

Amidst rocks

A vine became a rope to play games

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Bhajan

She likes Bhajans

There is spark in her eyes when she talks about Bhajan

She gets engrossed when she listen to Bhajans

She sings along
She likes religion
She likes to read about Religion, about Gurus and Gods

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Kanthari to Inspire

8 young adults from various countries, part of Kanthari, an international institute for social leadership, Trivandrum wanting to  make a difference, visiting Aarohi to explore open learning.

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Learning mela to grow

The idea is simple - Different ages - Different skills and the joy is learning from each other - from different ages.

Many more learning spaces created by each other

Many more teachers
Many more ways of learning

Mixed Media

Mixed media with Kanchan started with a need to make something using junk. She asked us to collect few random things and compose...old pencils, metal emblem, dried seed, pista shells, glass pieces...we used old newspaper to give texture in the background. Added colors and we saw the magic when our frames came alive!

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Celebrating Independence

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhanced the freedom of others - Nelson Mandela"

A reason to celebrate freedom with independence day.. but are we really free? Are we not slaves of - Fear of unknown, Resistance to try new things, I can't, I don't, I am not capable

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Reach out for HELP

We were travelling, during the trip

One stranger squeezed one child’s hand while passing by
Few people on bike came and asked questions to a group of kids
Kids traveling in an auto and the action of the driver felt unsafe

Some of these incidences left kids feeling “unsafe, scared and worried”.

Most of them ‘did not reach out to the help nearby’, either they ignored (this did not help) or just stayed with their fear (developed more fear), or passed the fear to others (narrating the incidents again).

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