Pushpa is an unschooling mom of two in India. I have been reading her wonderful unschooling insights for a number of years and I love the glimpses into their unschooling lives that she shares. She’s also an experienced speech pathologist, working part-time from home.
Quote of the Week
“I can eloquently talk about it but I do not necessarily know how to do it all the time. I am still learning how to be a facilitator rather than a director.” ~ Pushpa Ramachandran
Ten Questions for Pushpa
1. Can you share with us a bit about you and your family and how you discovered unschooling?
2. I’d love to hear a bit about what your children are up to. What are they interested in right now and how are they pursuing it?
3. Earlier this year, you wrote a wonderful article for Families Learning Together Magazine, titled: “Natural learning: 9 things l have learned about (naturally)!” where you dig into the idea of natural learning and what it looks like. I will share the link in the show notes so people can read about all nine, but I thought we’d dive into one of them today. It’s number four, that “One thing leads to another and everything is connected.” That realization was a big piece of the unschooling puzzle for me and helped me release the pull of curriculum. How did it come about for you?
4. Can you give us an idea of what unschooling is like in India? Is homeschooling in general culturally accepted? Do homeschooling regulations vary widely by state? How easy is it to connect with other unschooling families?
5. You wrote an article titled, “Being with my child” in response to a family member saying that you shouldn’t tailor-make your life around your child. Can you share some of your thoughts around the concept of “being” and what it means to you as a parent?
6. Can you share a bit about your experience around the challenges of unschooling within the Indian culture? Because, in the bigger picture, the culture in which we live definitely has an impact on our unschooling lives.
7. Can you share a bit about what your family’s journey to unschooling has looked like for your husband?
8. You also work part-time speech pathologist, and work online with clients around the world. Can you share some suggestions for an unschooling parent who might have some concerns about their child’s communication skills?
9. As unschooling parents we’re often exploring ways we might weave work and unschooling together. Can you share what that looks like for your family?
10. Looking back, what has been the most valuable outcome so far from choosing unschooling?
Links to Things Mentioned in the Show
Pushpa’s articles: Natural learning: 9 things l have learned about (naturally)! and Being with my child
A favourite animated movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman
There’s another Facebook group: India Group for Homeschoolers & Alternative Education
Interesting YouTube channel: CookieSwirlC
Sandra Dodd’s list of unschooling-friendly therapists
Pushpa’s website: Online Speech Therapy Help
Pushpa mentioned The Hanen Centre: Helping you help children communicate
If you’d like to get in touch with Pushpa, you can email her, pushpa2812 at gmail dot com.