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How Does One Go About Homeschooling?

"Education is not a physical thing that can be delivered through the post or through a teacher...There is a mutuality to the genuine construction of knowledge. In this transaction the teacher also learns if the child is not forced to remain passive...From personal experience I can say with assurance that a lot of my limited understanding is due to my interaction with children" - Professor Yashpal

Nobody learns by a bombardment of information at them. Learning is a process internal to the learner, where the knowledge (2 into 2 is equal to 4) simmering inside the heads of interested learners forms mysterious internal connections that we call ‘learning’ and the learner then gains the ability to re-express it (2 plus 2 is also 4).

With this in mind you just have to find the right method of homeschooling for you. Some popular methods of homeschooling: 1. Unlearning (Completely child directed learning) 2. Creating a small replica of the school at home 3. The Montessori method 4. The Waldorf method 5. Online studies and testing using the internet 6. Unit studies (Where parents research and create study material for their children) …etc.

A sample of self learning tools:

Study Plan -

This is a SAMPLE 4.5 month study plan for the NIOS 10th exam

The child can write/draw this plan after a discussion with the teacher/parent about the strategy to prepare for the exam. For example, in the sample plan here we are completing 2 chapters of English and Social Science every day but only one chapter of Math and science. The subjects are finished one by one. Following the tenets of Integral education, we will try not to mix subjects. The teacher monitors/reviews how the study matches the plan. The initial study plan will need to be changed/ fine-tuned as the days and weeks go by. This is where a teacher’s help will be invaluable.

The daily time-table -

The child can create a daily time table with the teacher’s help. - It would be good to include exercises for body/mind/energy. - Study time should ideally not be More than 4 cycles of 1.5 hours. - Study time breaks should ideally be 15 minutes to half hour. - This is a sample. The teacher has to help figure out the one for every child.

Sample mind map -

Check out the Resources section on this website for more insights on homeschooling!

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