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Open Learning

"I know nothing more inspiring than that of making discovering for oneself"
George Washington

The myth of learning is simple to state and prove. The myth says that only when we learn, do we learn. What it means is that unless there is a conscious and methodical method to learning, learning cannot happen. It is only when we are taught (in a systematic, structured way) that we will learn.

A day with a writer

Vineeta, a homeschooling mom, shared her experience of co-writing a book - book with stories of parents, children and teachers.

We began other pondering "What is creative writing"? - Thinking, imagination, adding jazz, metaphors, using huge words, etc. 

Next was "What writing is called when you don't use creativity? – text books, copy whatever on the board,

A writer writes differently - where does their writing come from? Where does the motivation come from? - Creating future ( in our stories), personal experiences.

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Learning in Multi forms

Multi session taken by kids of various ages - It was not about us knowing and learning from them - but it was all about various exposures and various opportunities to look at learning.

Process or Learning

Since we have no curriculum at Aarohi, the need of learning arises from living, interests and exposures - Painting, Baking, Fractions, Film making, Football, Craft, Crochet, Stone Collection, Stitching, Market visit, Cooking, Film making, Carpentry, repairs, playing drums, singing, dancing, Mud work … The list is simple from simple needs of life.

Music Around us

Learning Tools

Its not about study harder but to study smarter.
Sometimes some simple tools can enhance the way one can understand a topic and grow. But any different way looks difficult. There is a inner battle to not leave what looks comfortable and adapt what is new or different or unknown.

Why do we need a different way than what we are used to?
What's the problem in the way we take notes or study or learn or explore?
What is the need of different way of learning?

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Brakes and Accelerators

Open learning brings an opportunity to be AWARE of self.

As we travel the journey of learning we realize that there are some things which accelerates the process, while some puts brakes in our journey. Weekly theme on brakes and accelerator brought the awareness on what can brakes and accelerator play a role in my learning journey.

Thinking Distortion

Often as an adult we explore various aspects of child development, we learn various theories and some of us even learn various psychological aspects of children's world. But our learning and awareness is not complete without our kids understanding and participating to understand their own growth.

A session on "Cognitive Distortion" to understand how we feed our mind. It began with understanding what is "Distortion" and then came understanding about "cognitive distortion'.

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Democracy - Decisions

Good news - Campus phone got lost. Concern of not loosing but the usage and question of care came up very significantly. Few kids have personal phone, some more planning to get - concern of phone becoming part of basic survival hence each one thinking or required to own one.

Team voice brought the opportunity for the community to come together and share option and reach to a conclusion.

Eaxh voice/ opinion was important. Few proposals/ ideas 

Sexuality and Sex Education

Session on Sexuality and sex education started the journey of looking at the topic from a different perspective.
 
What are porn video? How to understand your responsibility? How do we look at relationship? How do we understand basic needs of growing body? What all myths do we carry?

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