Learning by Experiencing

First Aid - Safety

We all get hurt, but very few know what to do for first aid.
Many of  us have fear of snakes/ scorpion/ bee but do we know what first aid  to give in case of snake bite?
One child told me "I don't cook, because it will burn ..."do we know what to do in case of any burn?
Strangers, abuse, fear...we all have but do we train our minds to face them?

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Forest Walk

A little forest, just few metres away from the campus, forest walk with Muniraj Anna to explore unknown ... he has spent his entire childhood playing hide and seek in this forest.

Through the thorns

Through the rocks

Some trees

Some plants

Some we knew

Some we discovered

And through this known and unknown

We made our path to a small pond

Amidst rocks

A vine became a rope to play games

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Mixed Media

Mixed media with Kanchan started with a need to make something using junk. She asked us to collect few random things and compose...old pencils, metal emblem, dried seed, pista shells, glass pieces...we used old newspaper to give texture in the background. Added colors and we saw the magic when our frames came alive!

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Celebrating Independence

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhanced the freedom of others - Nelson Mandela"

A reason to celebrate freedom with independence day.. but are we really free? Are we not slaves of - Fear of unknown, Resistance to try new things, I can't, I don't, I am not capable

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Reach out for HELP

We were travelling, during the trip

One stranger squeezed one child’s hand while passing by
Few people on bike came and asked questions to a group of kids
Kids traveling in an auto and the action of the driver felt unsafe

Some of these incidences left kids feeling “unsafe, scared and worried”.

Most of them ‘did not reach out to the help nearby’, either they ignored (this did not help) or just stayed with their fear (developed more fear), or passed the fear to others (narrating the incidents again).

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Connecting with Real World!

We got Trampoline in gift

Some of us were involved in buying and installing

Some of us also read the usual manual and explained the usage

And still the Trampoline got torned in some places (the stitches came out)- it was too soon for this deterioration.

It was the time to INSPECT and UNDERSTAND what went wrong or what can be changed in future!

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A trip to Badami

Travelling teaches so many lessons, difficult to even think while sitting in the comfort of our homes. The trip to Badami was no different for us.

A group of 25 (7 to 50 yrs old) people, needed to board train in two minutes...we did it. It's not about that two minutes but the opportunity of a huge preparation behind that two minutes boarding.

Train stops at Badami for two minutes..we all got down safely. It's not about that one minute, but the responsibility each one took for self to ensure safe travel.

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I used to be very paranoid about anyone falling sick in the family - a simple fever or cold was a like a medical emergency for me (I don't know about the sick person). May be because sickness for me meant slowing down my work and those headaches (specially cold and fever).

But Ratnesh around me was pretty cool - he would talk about the symptoms in detail (maybe influence of his mother who was homeopathic doctor), And the more importantly my sick kids would be more energetic than me!

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Outstation Preprations

There are two aspects of any outdoor trip for us at Aarohi.

One is the learning and other is living.

One is understanding about the places we are visiting, other is understanding what all we need to pack.

One is about the travel, other is about knowing the train number and timings

One is about excitement to travel, other is about arranging for the whole trip.

The learning journey in any outstation trip begins with the thought of going out!

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Rock Climbing and Tools

Rock climbing sounds exciting. Knowing and understanding our tools before we go for rock climbing is essential to begin our journey!

Yes, this is what we did today with Kowshik (our guide and me tired for this rock climbing trip).

What is Harness? Why do we need? How to use? How many loops? What is backup buckle?

Why we need helmet? What will helmet do us?

How would the rope go? What are the different ropes?  

How to use different knots? What is figure of 8? What is safety knot?

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