June 6, 2017
Ideas came pouring in once Jalaja suggested we ask Radha if we can experiment growing "something" on her farm which is a km or two away from the school. "What to grow?" "Can we grow Ragi?" A unanimous yes and we all started pitching in. We grow and harvest and learn to do this together. Great!! And how do we design learning around this?
How do we learn about local cultures through Ragi? Stories/songs/folktales around Ragi ?
How do we inspire art/craft/ song/dance/theatre around the theme of Ragi?
Can growing Ragi teach us hands on science?
Can farming Ragi help us understand ecology and nature?
How does one weave in social and environmental justice issues through small scale farming
Can learning about traditional measures and devices help us understand measurements and modern maths?
What lessons do we draw from traditional farming practices and knowledge?
Can we learn the basics of economics by growing and selling ragi crop?
What lessons can Ragi teach us about millets in diet ?
What kind of different Ragi recipes can we exchange and teach children ?
These quickly became our guiding lesson plans for the coming year.
45 kids. One plot of land. One Wednesday per week.
Can we do it? Can we do it all? ;)))