Category Archives: LEARNING

Puzzles

A couple of years ago I bought some puzzles for Svadhi. It sat there gathering dust. That’s because I never took it out to explore with her. One day, she found the puzzles and excitedly brought it to me. She … Continue reading

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Mastering different languages

At such a tender age it’s amazing how much children soak up information. As a result of me consciously communicating with her in Tamil, she understands the language. And now she is picking up Malay. All these from just daily … Continue reading

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Striking conversations

The other day I found her outside engaging in a serious conversation with a neighbour who was walking her dog. I stood there and listened. I was surprised to hear her speak so confidently to a lady she has never … Continue reading

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Unstructured play/learning

I marvel at the way she uses her imagination during unguided play. Often times I am busy with my own things, and she is forced to engage and entertain herself. No iPad, no TV and no electronic games. It’s just … Continue reading

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Choices

The other day as I sat in the garden, I imagined bringing Svadhi to a salon and have her hair trimmed. I could envision her protesting and saying “I don’t want to cut my hair!”. Then I realized how she … Continue reading

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Freestyle learning

My definition of freestyle learning: No syllabus; No classroom; No structure; No textbooks; Harness the power of imagination; Stoke the curiosity flame.

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Baby Questions

Questions that she asks religiously everyday: When is the baby coming out? Why Amma’s stomach very big? Why baby is taking so long to come out? What is baby’s name? Does baby eat inside the stomach? How to see baby … Continue reading

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Stoking the creative fire

Learning is not constructed.  I want to be able to stoke the power of imagination in Svadhi in many different directions. I want to make learning so much fun that it seems so natural to her. I want to ignite … Continue reading

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Imagination without boundaries

As I watched her play with the watercolor, I reminisced on the reason I wanted to home-school her. Right now she’s able to express herself creatively in her own way. I gave her a palette, 2 brushes, 2 watercolors and … Continue reading

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Kids ask the most interesting questions

Svadhi’s first encounter with turtles and its hatchlings was when we went to Cherating with fellow homeschooling moms. When she saw the basket full of 1-hour old turtle hatchlings, I knew that a question was in order. But didn’t expect … Continue reading

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