Archive | Learning, education & growing without school

Open up. Live a little

25 Oct

Life is learning. As we look back at each day in the months and years we’ve come through, they seem very similar to one another. But take one yesterday out of the journey and it’s a missing piece in the puzzle. What makes each day so different from the next? Think about it… it was […]

Collaborative Learning

11 Oct

My current favourite definition of education is: Engaging with everything living and non-living. It is possible that in India our curriculum makers would, hearing this, jump to list everything living and non-living and then only consider our education complete once a student has engaged with everything. Finding this impossible, we could subscribe to the Indian […]

Learning is like breathing: Connecting one inhale to another exhale!

29 Aug

When Ishaan was as young as two, he loved horses and trains. And Gourika always loved Hindi films like me.  So we would sit together and watch the famous Indian film Sholay, the Indian action film of all times. Well I liked the film always for its story and Amitabh Bachchan and the great romance […]

Shining with Video Games

17 Aug

I was trapped by the good-mommy-status I had conferred on myself when Raghu was little… timed sessions of TV and Videos, timed sessions with electronic things in general, only whole-grain food, no candy, no refined sugar, etc.  I was coming from the perspective that these things sucked children of their imagination, education, nutrition, health, etc. […]

Socialization for children growing up without school

16 Aug

Often I and many other parents who do not send their children to school face this question repeatedly… “What about socialisation?” Depending on who is asking the question and what the real intentions of the person asking the question is, I frame my answer. If the person’s intention is to see how convinced I am […]

The philosophy of unschooling

8 Aug

Claude Alvares is one of the most distinguished personality in alternate education community. A renowned environmentalist from Goa, Claude is the editor of the Other India Press, an alternative publication based in India and the director of the Goa Foundation. Claude is a PhD from the Technische Hogeschool, Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. Presented below is […]

Connecting the drops!

27 Jul

“Amma—can we wear our laincoats and go down pleeeaaase?” Oh! that “l” for “r” makes me smile all the time. Veda who is two years and ten months old frantically tugs at my dress and drags me to the cupboard to get her plastic raincoat, so we can go down and jump in muddy puddles. […]

Trusting my children and myself

11 Jun

As children most of us who are now parents, were told to never trust our own wisdom as children. I can speak for myself and say that phrases such as “You don’t know what you are saying or doing.” “Don’t do as I say and you will be in trouble.” “The world is unsafe and […]

Real Faltu University

9 Jun

Most people curious about homeschooling often ask about post-school options. They seem to suggest that it can be considered ok to not send a child to school but then what after the schooling years? The funny part is that the same query holds true even for those who have gone to school. After school – […]