Learning by Doing and Experimenting

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.

Active We - Play Gym

Coming together to make a play gym

A sloppy surface
Few strong logs
Few ideas
Few ropes
Few Tyres
 
All of us together on a cloudy morning to make
A place to do Dangal
A place to swing
A place to do gymnastics
Just the right recipe for our imagination to turn into action

Questioning for Learning

Questioning  - not to question but to ponder. The week we asked questions, we asked why, how, how else, what, more and so on - Questioning?

 Questions can be about anything – experience, learning, self, and others and so on. Questioning is not necessary to get answer. We often ask question to others as well as a lot of questions to ourselves.

Music in Life

Music bring people together (countries don't matter), changes your mood, transport to memories ... Often music is locked in "nice or bad". We limit music within playing instruments nicely or singing melodiously. 
Is it possible to explore music to enjoy life? 
Is it possible to find music in the heart which beats, air we breathe, vegetable we chop, book we flip, door we knock, steps we take and everywhere around us ?

Bamboo - For Joy Purposes

Bamboo is a grass. That a grass could be so versatile, so life giving and so artistic is something we related to the work we did with it.When eight of us from Aarohi (seven children and one ol' man) reached, the tranquility, the earthiness and the forestry of Auroville welcomed us with a subtle touch of dedication. It felt like a firm welcome, an eagerness to work dawned upon us.

Celebrating Resourcefulness

Open learning does not start or stop only at “CHOOSING what I want to do”. As we travel the journey of OPEN LEARNING, we understand the IMPORTANCE of resources and being resourceful in journey. Being RESOURCEFUL is a habit of mind - cooking or playing piano...being resourceful adds value in learning journey.

Experiencing Supply Chain in AKD

AKD – Aarohi Ka Dukaan on July 5th .

We Bring in various exposure to experience through our AKD.

Purpose of AKD : understanding Supply chain – manufacturers, dealers, whole saler, retailers. Our Lunch was to earn by being part of supply chain.

We explored a small video on Supply chain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzLoo8cFJBI

Our Supply Chain consisted of :

Team of Manufacturing unit: Fruit/Bakery/PaniPuri Section: 2 children + 2 Adult

Team of Dealer : 2 Children worked as partners

Team of Wholesalers : 3 teams – mix of children + Adult in team.

Team of Retailers: 3 Teams with 3 children per team

We had a list of products and their manufacturing cost as a start to all participants. Sign up chart to sign on whcich team they belong to

AKD in action: Quickly they formed their teams. Clarified what is the purpose of each team and that’s it the Dukaan was open with action.

Manufacturing team, got their cost for their products and were waiting for dealers. Getting bored, initially and then finding joy in observing how dealers are marketing their products.

 

Manufacturing unit in action

Dealers finding how to earn profit, as there were no competitive dealers, they fixed their own cost and enjoyed making profit. In the couse they made different price deals with different wholesalers.They also made sure wholesaler did not contact manufacturers for deals. Wholesalers came to know about this, and they started asking for better deals. As there were no competitors, they took hold of all wholesalers. Until there were final orders, they did not invest.

Dealer Discussing with Retailer

Wholesalers were waiting for retailers orders and fixing deal with dealers. They added some profit initially and since there were competition they had to relook into prices. Wholesalers campaigned with retailers for orders and got their order, another wholesalers trying to directly contact manufacturer for getting better price compared to dealer price.

Wholesaler taking order from Retailer

Retailers were food stalls. They were fully engrossed in fixing their material cost, making cost, profit and also in competitive price compared to other stalls. They were busy in fixing cost, making deals with wholesalers, asking discount price, taking loans, making different varieties for sale. They had to constantly supply demand from customers, buy stock, make and sell. Inviting customers with creative food items, competitive prices , constant conversation satisfying customers for price, items and so….

Banker : on job giving loans of fixed amout Rs12/- per person. He then found panipuri stalls and ran away to eat. keeping our bank open to all, named as Loyal bank, everyone to access loyally for their money needs and for loan.

Customers: All had to buy food from retailers. High demand for food, competitive prices, creative idea of retailers for selling their food,speed, queue for food , being thoughful to get better deals of food.

Totally the whole food supply chain was fully masala of chaos “deals and deals”
Some with joy of making profit, few with joy of campaigning, few with making their stall creative, few were tired of setting up and making. One wholesaler could not make profit, one retailer were in loss and were short of Rs 5/- for repaying loan, one retailer balanced money, dealers finally distributed their profit with joy.

The entire experience was joyful to watch everyone involved in their roles, different ideas, strategies, creative thoughts, confusions, arguments.

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”.

 

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

Resources

Often asked “how does one know what one is interested in?” Exposure to resources is one of the key aspect of open learning - resources can be physical, tools, people or even places. Many times just the exposure and usage in various works helps a learner to connect with self.

Many discoveries happens through resources

A room full of junk (sorted and labelled)

A wall full of tools

A cupboard filled with art and craft supply

A nook equipped to cater to various interests

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