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Experiencing Open Learning - summer week 3 - 2018

Open learning is not only about children but it's about all of us. It's about life and not only about learning. We don't want in our life someone else to dictate. We like to do what we like to do, it's "me" driven, "me" leader of my life. If we are an essential creature who likes their lives to be in our hands, why not first 25yrs of life in our hands?

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Story of learning process

She was introduced to Mandala designs.
She loved it
She spent hours in scribbling.
She practiced patterns
She tried on different surfaces - a book, book cover, mud...
She drew different designs
She painted Mandala on a wall
She started a wall mural with mud
She started taking sessions in learning events at Aarohi
She designed while traveling, free time
She is growing each day with Mandala.

Learning Utsav - A new Beginning

The story of Learning Utsav at Aarohi started with one thought "What if at one place, on the same day, there are lots and lots of people … children, young adults, parents, senior citizens … all with different gifts, coming together to create the magic of co-learning. Learning Utsav, where anyone can teach, anyone can learn … a day to experience the joy of learning, sharing, exploring, mingling... Celebrating learning without any boundaries of age, caste, gender or status".
 
Inspiration and confidence come from LSUC (Learning Society Unconference).

Schedule

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.

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Many Teachers

 multiple children of different ages presented 10 minutes session on an area of their interest.

One talked about bacteria in plants and microscope. He took few hours for this 10 minutes session - reading, researching and compiling the information.

One taught a magic trick. He knew the tricks. He spent time in preparing material for each participant and thinking what everybody will gain from his session.

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Story of clarity

 This is the story of two equally clear and determined minds. He is 7 yrs old and I am 47yrs old. We both are clear about our needs.He often comes to me other clear needs and leaves giving me a clear message. We normally don't get into any clash. Last week during campus care we happened to bump into each other. We were in the same team. He was cleaning the toys while I was arranging the library books.

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Food

Food is very talked about topic - how much to eat, what to eat, eat for growing bodies, eat this food and avoid this food.

Contribution

Celebrating "contribution". The week began with a simple act of contributing to the Rangoli on the floor to welcome - Just a few dots on the floor. Each one contributed in their own way. The creation was different from one person making with one point of view. A contribution is not only about contributing to work or wealth...but the contribution in many different ways.

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Business persepctive

Often earning is limited to gaining degrees. But we fail to recognize our own strengths and interests. How about learning to hone our skills and sell them to earn rather earning by doing what we don't want to do.

The journey of Astronomy

We got a new telescope last year.
He got interested in assembling the telescope.
In the process of assembling he got introduced to using the telescope.
He got interested in setting up the telescope.
He would set up the telescope for anyone interested to watch the moon with its creators 
He would get up 5 in the morning to trace that rising star.
He got excited about more discoveries like another galaxy.
He took a session on Skywatch to share his learnings. 

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