Blogs by Homeschoolers in India

Here is a taste of what homeschoolers in India are blogging about. Good for a birds eye view of what homeschooling can be like for the curious as well as a source of community insight and inspiration to homeschoolers.

  • Of Clouds, Storms and Peace

    Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:09:00 +0000
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  • Of Sauron, Crows and Twitter Spies!

    Thu, 24 Sep 2015 21:26:00 +0000
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  • It's all about acknowledgment - the wonder of my kids

    Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:22:00 +0000
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    So we have been having some scorching days here in the Bay Area, California. The temps are hovering constantly in the high 90s touching and crossing 100s even in the afternoons.
    Yesterday we stepped out for our weekly Parkdate and boy was it hot! There were hardly any families  in the park. It was scorching and felt very dry too. As I was standing there my mind started to race to last year when we had just moved in from India and had literally jumped into the Hsing scene within 4 weeks or so.
    As soon as I had got my drivers license , we are off exploring parkdates, co-ops and classes and what not. One of the things that has started right around this time was the sports co-op every Wednesday at 2.30 pm right after the weekly Parkdate.
    The sport co-op happens in the grounds of Ortega Park where it is SCORCHING hot at that time of the day. And we have done it every single Wednesday , jumping right into it. For the girls it was all Brenda new - the people, the children, the sports and to top it all, the scorching heat.
    I couldn't help but acknowledge the fact that the girls have been so adjusting and enthusiastic about everything. It's one thing to be out in the heat and another totally different thing to be playing in the scorching heat especially in a completely new setting.
    The transition was so smooth, so quick. Shruthkirti had also auditioned for the Roberta Jones Junior Theater right around this time and her practices had started ...so on ... read more
  • A Child is the Father of Man

    Thu, 10 Sep 2015 21:20:00 +0000
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  • 6 Fun Things To Do On Those Hot & Boring Days

    Mon, 07 Sep 2015 18:32:20 +0000
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    Those hibiscus flowers are from our yard :). This monsoon it really hasn’t rained much compared to last year, and so it’s been super hot and humid. We will be shifting soon, too.  It’s been chaotic, but in between all of this, I’ve still been enjoying. I’ve got interest in some new things, and so … Continue reading 6 Fun Things To Do On Those Hot & Boring Days read more
  • Whiteness, Food Colors, and Food Culture

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:00:44 +0000
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    While evolutionary biology may account for our predilection towards the quick calories that processed foods offer, taste and food habits evolve under a variety of political influences and cultural messages. read more
  • Welcome back, traditional wheat!

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 02:43:00 +0000
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    It all started in early 2012 when I looked up online to make a change in my diet to heal my eczema. I had liquid-oozing and itching patches all over my body! I found wheat to be right on the top of the list of foods to be given up. And I did so. Within a period of one month, 50% of my patches healed and disappeared. More importantly, a supposedly neurological condition I was suffering from for a whole lifetime called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) that wouldn't allow me to sleep at night, simply disappeared. For the first time in my life, I was sleeping through the night! I can't tell you enough what a great relief it was. I lost 13 kilos in a matter of 6 months. All that weight had been from my body being inflammated. I started feeling healthier and more energetic. Every time I have wheat, I get my RLS back. My healing from eczema is another long story I'll tell very soon.
    Just fifteen minutes after I forwarded medical journal articles about how avoiding wheat could help my FIL find some pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis, I heard back from him asking me for a list of foods that contained wheat. That very day, he went cold-turkey on wheat and dairy. In just three weeks time, he started losing weight from bloating and had to alter all his pant waistlines. He started reducing his pain medication and eventually stopped it altogether. Occasi... read more
  • Black Gram Matters

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:04:24 +0000
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    Since when are idlis white? read more
  • Who says money doesn’t grow on trees?

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:49:11 +0000
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    Who says money doesn’t grow on trees… 🙂 A guest post by Peter of Appalagraharam Andhra Pradesh After school and on Sundays, the village kids come to play with the AID “Toy Library” toys… Each day there is a different scenario enacted. One day the space may be a market place, with the children, as small […]read more
  • Midwives of the New World

    Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:35:00 +0000
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    In the recent times, some of us have been witnessing a leap in the number of individuals and communities seeking to pursue HEALING. 

    Some are seeking to understand and redefine their relationships with their bodies through organic and wholesome food, yogasana and pranayama, traditional systems of medicine, and other means.

    Some are seeking to reestablish their lost connection with the earth through gardening.

    Some are seeking to take their emotional healing into their own hands through inner work.

    Some are seeking to redefine their ownership of their talents and resources, by offering them as gifts to serve life. 

    Some are seeking to unlearn the dominant ways of our industrial culture, starting by taking their children out of school or leaving their corporate jobs.

    Some are seeking to participate and co-create a more sacred economy that is based on relationships, trust and abundance. 

    Organisations a... read more
  • Maternity Leave: Another reason to say Jai Bhim!

    Sat, 15 Aug 2015 08:00:44 +0000
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    Observing India’s 69th Independence Day, the Association for India’s Development published a website featuring a tribute to Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, who fought against caste oppression and is known as the architect of India’s constitution.   Article 42 of India’s Consitution provides for maternity leave, as follows: Article 42 of the Constitution of India 1949 Provision for just […]read more
  • The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible

    Wed, 05 Aug 2015 02:34:00 +0000
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    Shall we build a house in this forest and move in here?
    I want to just play outdoors all day, stay up on the trees, get wet in the rains. Why am I sitting locked up in my classroom all day, instead?
    When I grow up, I’ll build houses for everyone and make sure no one goes hungry or lives on the street!
    Why don't we ask their family to move in with us? We can empty one room in our house for them to keep all their things.

    These are things I’ve actually seen children say or ask. We’ve all asked such questions, within ourselves, if not with others, when we were little.

    That’s how we begin our life journeys; with innocence; wit... read more
  • Korra or Quinoa? Eat local and ensure food for all

    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:58:36 +0000
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    Compare Quinoa with India’s own millets such as Bajra (Pearl Millet), Korra (Foxtail Millet), Sama (Little Millet) and Variga (Proso Millet). Each of them compete nutrient to nutrient with Quinoa as the following table illustrates.read more
  • Amaranth Dosa and Waffle

    Sun, 02 Aug 2015 22:53:31 +0000
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    Simple recipe for dosas and waffles using amaranth, rice and urad dal (black gram). read more
  • Don't pack your worries, pack your trust

    Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:22:00 +0000
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  • Is Your Home Environment Nurturing Your Child’s Creativity? (Plus, a giveaway – the best swing ever!)

    Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:50:47 +0000
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    I’ve always had an interest in doing up our home in a way that’s inviting, open, airy, well-lit and most importantly – feels warm and cozy and creative and sparks the imagination of the young ones (and older ones too!). This interest, since childhood, has become a passion ever since I became a mother. Yes, […]read more
  • Introducing Alphabet to Deeksha

    Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:30:00 +0000
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    The more I think I should probably send Deeksha to school, the more I get energized to become creative, explore and home-school her. Yes, I am home-schooling her, she has also learnt tell people about home-schooling and what we do at home and outside.


    The satisfaction, learning and the feeling of joy I experience in engaging with her is rewarding. I can only say, the child and the adult in me are growing with her.


    Besides chopping vegetables, moping, watering plants and reading books together, she also takes some time to watch Rhymes. Off late she developed a lot interest in learning alphabets. She... read more
  • Liberté, Égalité, Non à l’intouchabilité!

    Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:00:56 +0000
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    How the cup helped transform my personal fight against menstrual untouchability to a public one.read more
  • Discovering My Love For Dogs, Overcoming My Fear Of Them – # 1

    Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:39:22 +0000
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    This post, is not a wild find but a discovery about myself. The person who used to shiver when a dog would walk past me. And now I want a dog as a companion. The same girl ‘me’ who used to be extremely scared of dogs. I’m starting to see dogs in a whole new … Continue reading Discovering My Love For Dogs, Overcoming My Fear Of Them – # 1 read more
  • Three ways of parenting

    Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:48:00 +0000
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    There are three ways of parenting.

    The first one is the conditioned parenting. The parent has very little ability to self-reflect. She is so disconnected from her emotional being, and has very little or no idea about how her parents' treatment of her has impacted it. She does everything to her child the way that her mother did it to her. Her mom had spanked her. And so, she spanks her daughter. When you ask her about it, she's likely to say "My mom did this to me, and look, I've turned out just fine!" 

    The second one is the reactive parenting. The parent self-reflects and understands to a fair degree the damage some unhealthy treatment by his parents has had on his emotional being. He says "I will never do to my child what my dad did to me!" and swings to the other end. His dad had constantly violated his space.  And so, he will let his life be organised around his son's life, and give up his space for his son. 

    I see parents who have a lot of difficulty in saying 'No' to their kids, in drawing healthy boundaries for them, fall in this category. They seek their permission for everything. They "sacrifice" their space for their sons and daughters. Oh yes, and decades later, say with resentment "I gave up everything for you, and look what you did to me!" Playing the victim and the whole works, you know?

    The third ... read more

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