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My SPACE

Empowerment means “I am able”. We believe we all require self-reflection to truly understand our potential. Introduced S.P.A.C.E. framework as a way to explore self. We did this with small activities for each element of SPACE. Realise that “I am the only one who will stay with myself the whole life”, realise how important it is to know what kind of SPACE I am creating for myself inside me.

 

S for Self - What do believe about SELF? I can or can't? IN every endeavor let me observe my thoughts about myself and my capabilities.

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Emotions

I am sad, I am angry, I am bored...do the feeling have limited vocabulary? Or we feel only within these limited reach of feelings? What about the feeling of rejection, respect, joy, peaceful, remorse, hostile, inferior, superior, dejection,  success, overwhelming...To explore the vocabulary of feelings, the game of making a tower with playing cards was enough. A detailed emotion chart brought an opportunity to explore wider vocabulary of emotions.

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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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