This is a story of how Advay (my 7 year old) pulled together random experiences from scrubbing coconut shells, to dismantling an old washing machine, to discovering a motor to making an electric coconut scrubber.Continue reading “Pulling ideas and experiences together to make something new”
Our family has a lot of music enthusiasts. My sister-in-law (my older brother’s wife) is a trained vocal artist. Their oldest son (Avyay) has taken training in Mrudanga and Advay has sat around him during his practice sessions several times. My cousin brother, Sujith, plays the Guitar. Another one of my cousins, Suhas, plays drums.Continue reading “Advay learns to flute”
Jagriti has been an interesting journey so far. Inspiring, eye-opening; but most of all confusing. On the ground, it is opening new kinds of interactions with my son.
Couple of weeks ago, we had a session on creativity. Post that session, I started to pull my-creative side in my conversations with Advay. Here I share one such incident. Continue reading “Elephant as bell for the cycle”
My wife (Nandini) and son (Advay) had a unique conversation today.
Advay: Amma, is wood made of cloth?
Advay: Is floor made of cloth?
Advay: Are plants made of cloth?
Nandini: No Continue reading “What is man made and what is naturally available?”
My friend, Kowshik Narayanaswamy is a rock climber. A passionate one at that. He came to Aarohi Life Education and conducted a session on Rock Climbing for all of us (including the kids). We learned something about it and also did some rock climbing ourselves.
The video below is a documentary on what we learned and the rock climbing we actually did on that day.
My wife (Nandini) keeps coming up with ideas for creating learning environments for Advay. She sources her material from direct observation of Advay, coupled with study of books and blogs about child education. She recently was playing this game with Advay and it was very interesting to watch. Continue reading “Number and alphabet games”
In the month of June this year, we embarked on a new journey of schooling for our son (Advay) & ourselves. We got him into Aarohi Life Education, an open-schooling campus near Hosur.
This April, a friend of ours (Srilakshmi) hosted a workshop at her home in Channapatna. We learned about what goes on behind the scenes when the famous wooden toys are made there. Mr. Ravindra, an artist and teacher who has been making toys in Channapatna for the last 30 years, offered to coach us on the art. This video is a short documentary of what we learned and accomplished on that day.