This Hyderabad couple are ‘roadschooling’ their twin daughters

Gangadhar Krishnan and his spouse Ramya Laxminath imagine journey is the most effective instructor; they comply with a child-centric strategy to parenting

Gangadhar Krishnan and his spouse Ramya Laxminath lived a fast-paced life within the company world for over a decade — attaining “milestones” as described within the standard sense. But then, the Hyderabad-based couple realised how necessary journey was for them and needed their twin daughters to see past the grind of standardised checks and structured classroom learnings.

In 2018, Gangadhar give up his company profession of 18 years, began a journey startup and hit the street.

Now the household of 4 is “roadschooling” — homeschooling on the street — whereas sharing recommendations on their social media pages and networking with mother and father throughout cities who are on a homeschooling journey. Their nine-year-old daughters Ananya and Amulya — who have been pulled out of faculty final yr — be taught via these journeys. Last yr, they went on a 90-day household roadschooling journey in their automotive travelling throughout 13,000 kilometres, 15 states and three worldwide borders.

In Cherrapunji, the women learnt in regards to the water cycle. In Arunachal Pradesh, they ploughed a farm area and learnt about sustainable agriculture. In one other distant village within the Northeast, after they have been caught in the course of nowhere, the women learnt one other life lesson when unknown villagers supplied assist — that kindness might be unconditional.

This Hyderabad couple are ‘roadschooling’ their twin daughters

“We believe in unstructured education and travel is an integral part of it. When we are not travelling, we follow a child-centric schedule. The girls decide what they want to do every day. So, if one morning they wish to take lessons in Kannada (our mother-tongue), we just facilitate that,” says Gangadhar, who runs a journey firm named [email protected]

During their journey via the Northeast, they adopted a minimalistic strategy — pitching a tent and sleeping beneath it for a lot of nights. On others, they stayed with the native individuals at locations they handed by.

The pandemic briefly halted their journey, however quickly they have been again on monitor. Last month, the household set off on their first contactless journey from Hyderabad to Mysore and again via Shravana Belagola, Shimoga, Honnemaradu, Jog Falls and Murudeshwar. At Honnemaradu, they met Nari Shakti Puraskar-awardee Nomito Kamdar, who has been selling out of doors studying, environmental conservation and social growth. “It was a wonderful learning experience for us all, especially the kids,” says Gangadhar.

Throughout their journey they maintained a contactless journey strategy, carrying two sorts of tents — one every for altering and tenting. “Every morning, we would set up our changing tent in the rural countryside. At nights, we pitched tents at different places — once even inside a petrol bunk,” he provides. One of their necessary journey gear was a tenting pocket range which was immensely useful in cooking or making scorching tea and occasional.

The household follows a no-plastic, no-junk-food philosophy all through their travels. “We carry our own drinking water containers which we fill up on the way. In the Northeast, we drank water from public taps, rivers or simply filled water at any homein the areas we travelled. We eat what the locals eat because that again is a big life lesson for the girls in their understanding of cultures,” says Gangadhar.

In their parenting strategy, Gangadhar and Ramya strongly imagine in focussing on life abilities like cooking, cleanliness, self defence, dealing with fears, inculcating values, respect for animals, dealing with one’s personal feelings and communications. “We often wonder why we took so long to take them off regular school,” chuckles Ramya.

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