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Dynamic Curriculum

Part of this week's curriculum - Month of May spread sheet in accounts, Making router access point and repeater to make Internet working, UPS passage, Different drawings, Making thin blade to be able to make a sellable product, researching about the wood which can be carved and  carve a tree, concentrating on shapes of cookies in baking, writing stories, designing business card and focusing on different colours, focusing on maths, science and Hindi, glass painting and focusing on bringing neatness, integer in maths, give a new look to library, towel hanger using curves apart from other

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Sense of Space

The measurement are not only about centimeters and inches or finding the conversion. It is much more joyous than just converting inches to feet and centimeters and meters. 
The joy of measurement is in developing the sense of space. What does this mean?

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The story of Movement

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I, the Body and Kinesthetic intelligence, was much sought after. Warriors depended on me; craftsmen used me to create both articles of utility and beauty; dancers and dramatists added depth to culture; sport was the primary pastime, and many professions used hands dexterously to achieve and to perform. A lot of education was about developing my presence in each child. I was valued because people believed in the magic of hands and body. I was popular because people could create and perform with me.

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

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