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Homeschooler's Blog by Jasbir Chandhok - 2M ago


The Journey Begins

“All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.”

Thoughts behind my decision

Hey I’m Jasbir and I’ve started homeschooling from this year… Was school an unhappy place? Were the studies too much for me? What about my friends? Was I lonely then or now?

As a kid school was a happy place for me, I just loved school, I made a lot of friends and was proud of going and learning new things at school !
I had no clue when things changed for me, I just knew I didn’t want to go to school anymore and it wasn’t a happy place anymore. I now challenged everything at school, the way teachers taught, the long school hours, opportunities given to a chosen few and lack of enough sports time. Homework and studying after I got home was my biggest pain. I lost interest in studies, even today studies is not what I want to do… mom says my favourite dialogue is, “I want freedom” and mom’s is “from what?”

Now I think the answer is “from school!!” Cause the criticism I went thorough was awful, it’s made me into someone who is always scared of doing things, what if people laugh at me or call me fool ?!

So I definitely don’t feel sorry for not going to school, it’s true that at the starting of it one feels lonely but you get around it. I certainly did!

I still go to school to see my friends, I stand out of my school to meet my classmates I feel happy that they are happy seeing me. But I don’t miss being in class with them.

Today I have various friends groups i.e friends where I live, friends in my tuition classes, at my basketball class, my dance class and also the college students I meet when attending mom’s training are good friends today.

I am afraid to study, learn new things cause I fear me not getting it right. Why? Because when I was in school I used to be embarrassed every day for not being upto the mark of the class and was pulled up for wanting to stretch my legs or going out to meet my friends in the other classroom. I am not dumb, but I just can’t study stuck in a classroom.

For me learning or studying needs to be done at my pace, which I am able to now since I am home-schooling. I can now study at my own pace and don’t have to be under pressure of completing a chapter on time. I decide the time I need to complete a chapter. In school there is limited time given for a chapter to be completed and teachers move to the next chapters and if you don’t understand then you are dumb.

Now I have a timetable which even though I have made it with my mom, is a mix of everything – studying, games, diy-projects, gadget time (well there was a war for gadget time, but I am now happy with what I have), cooking and of course blogging !

I love the fact that I can plan my day according to me, and if I miss a day of my timetable, I can cover up for it without being left behind.
Learning now happens everyday for me, everywhere for me, in the kitchen I learn about spices and different cuisines, when I make my diy-projects I have learnt that I am also good at doing stuff, I am learning how to sort out my own problems like when my society friends fight about silly thinks, I learning how to be calm with grand parents and be responsible.

Au revior!

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Homeschooler's Blog by Jasbir Chandhok - 2M ago

Boundaries keep a person close and restricted. People often put boundaries around children from exploring and trying new things and that is the reason why after some time children get used to the boundaries set for them. Like if you take the example of a herder with his sheep, the herder takes the sheep only to a certain land and after some time the shepherd does not have to go with his sheep because the shepherd has put a mindset in his sheep that if the sheep went out of that boundary they would be harmed or be taken away and thus the sheep always stay within the boundaries.
I have seen this in alot of students who are restricted to make new friends and try out new things. When I ask parents why they restrict us they say they are conserved about our security. But my question to parents is that if we children don’t try new things then how will we learn?

School for me was learning with boundaries. I am not against rules, I understand rules need to be followed. But for me there cant be rules for learning as learning for each person can be different.
In school there were restrictions on going down and having lunch with your friends or choosing an activity of your choice even if your not the best at it.
For me learning should not be like someone breathing down your throat, instead learning should be at ones pace.
Learning should not be restricted to just the information in our text books,I should have a chance to research further on the topic.
And then if I still have doubts someone could answer them for me.
This I think would work for subjects like science and Math too.
For me math and science are subjects I like to learn without boundaries of a classroom and limited time.
Learning without boundaries would help me learn better as I can first research on that certain topic and then I can have my teacher explain it to me.
Here I am free to take my time to understand a concept.
And thus Math becomes a subject that I can discuss with my coach and not just formulas that I need to learn by heart.
I read the book ‘Sita’ where I read that even the children of the royal families had to go to school. But their schools were not rote learning but infact they had hands on experience on whatever they learnt.
So why has learning changed now? Why are we now learning sitting in classrooms and writing exams for hours?
Since I have started homeschooling learning has been happening everywhere.
I am now not only learning from text books but also from life.
When I am cooking I learn about different flavours and how to make tasty dishes.
Or when I made handmade paper I learnt about the ingredients and the chemicals used to make paper.
I learnt this while I was researching on what was the binding component used to make paper.
And the same way I learnt more about the solar cooker when I made it myself.
I learn more when I do things and not when I watch others do it.
I may be wrong but I have come to the conclusion that every body around me in the name of education is in a rat race where someone is trying really hard to put some one else down.
I want to ask these people with whom is their competition and whom are they racing and why?
My advise to these people is that challenge yourself and not any body else.
You are your biggest competition.

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I am learning to count my blessings

I need to say thank you to a lot of people in my life, who have stood by my decisions in life

Thank you Ruzbeh Uncle for pushing me towards homeschooling and I wish I had listened to you earlier, I am so much happier now. You are my guru and the one who guides me on every turn of life. Ruzbeh Uncle you are that one person who encouraged me to do more and achieve it. I am blessed to have you as my mentor.

I thank my MOM the most as she not only guides me in my life but also ueven became my editor. Well… every famous personality has an editor so why not me?? If you see I have the worlds most best editor- my mom!!

I thank you mom for supporting and always being a part of my madness. I thank you for helping me to get over my fears and show everybody that I am worth it. I would never forget what u have done for me.

To my grandparents (who I treat as friends) without whom my life would never be the same, to my nana a for being like a father and a sibling I can fight with, to my nani for cooking and teaching me how to cook the worlds tastiest food!!

Deepa Ma’am when i think of school I think of Billabong, then you as my principal, the happy times with you as a principal. You always used to set new opportunities for us and you took control of everything like a TRUE LEADER. Your affection towards me has changed me as a person.

I haven’t given up on education, just gave up schooling.

Ma’am because of your trust and your support I am where I am.

Ananya -You’re that friend who never losses hope in me, in whatever I have done. School was a happy place because I always had you by my side. I know for sure that whatever we do or wherever life leads us.. we will always be there for each other. I am proud to have friend like you.

I thank Ashish Mama the most because he is like an amazing father and yet I feel we share a brotherhood connection between us. So its one relation that cannot be defined. Ashish mama, I wish someday I would be as successful and witty as you.

Sandeep Mama is my idol, the one who I would like to be. I love the fact that he is so calm and never talks about his achievements. You teach me that life doesn’t always go as we plan it, and we must accept all that life throws at us with a smile!

Sonu Masi your like a mom to me, thank you for all the love and support you give to both mom and me. I know your the person to call when mom is being unreasonable :p

Thank you to my favourite cousins for being there for me and loving me unconditionally – Tanvi didi, Piyu Didi, Rohil Bhaiya, Priyanka, Prena you guys are my lifeline !

To my friend Shreshtha because you are the only friend who can kick my butt and show me the mirror without judging me. You re that friend who makes me try new things and teaches me not be afraid of life’s challenges.

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