HOMESCHOOLING Vs VIRTUAL SCHOOLING

This blog intends to define Virtual Schooling, and outline the differences between Homeschooling and Virtual schooling. Homeschooling also known as ‘Home Education’ & Virtual Schooling also known as ‘e-learning’ or ‘learning from home’ are two different modes of education. But the two terms Homeschooling and Virtual Schooling are being used interchangeably. So, let’s explore the differences & similarities as we read along…

Read about ‘Homeschooling’ here.

Virtual schooling is different from Homeschooling. In virtual schooling (e-schooling), the school work, knowledge transfers or learning happens at home instead of a physical school building. To complete the courses and schoolwork, students and teachers connect virtually for an online programme. It includes online homework, worksheet, textbooks and other information—students log in to their personal secured account to upload or access their work.

The students complete their assigned work and submit it through an online programme. The teacher assesses the work submitted by the students and manages the students learning for each class. A portion of the course conducted via live webinar classes, the students can interact with the teacher in real-time via microphones or chat software. The virtual school allows teachers to teach a curriculum established by the school. Whereas in homeschooling, parents are the teachers who teach predetermined guidelines to complete the state-required standards. Also, in virtual schooling methods, the schools conduct state-regulated tests on different online platforms. Contrary to this, no such assessments are there for these students.

Both Virtual schooling and homeschooling, allow the students to study outside the school. It is essential to understand the thin-line difference between the design and pattern of two curriculums before deciding the child’s education. 

Setting all differences aside, one can find that both types of education promote enthusiasm and learning independence, teachers and parents can construct the daily school work around their learning preference and interests. 

In present times, parents are adopting a blended approach to support their child’s learning which is commendable. In India, parents are now no more limiting their ward’s education restrained to the traditional curriculums by the schools; they are also choosing to enrol their kids to online courses and workshops which the child is passionate for.

Though Virtual school and homeschool have similarities, they are used interchangeably. Looking at the present uncertain period, the schools physically starting their operations, and children going to school is unlikely until the end of the year 2021. Schooling from home for formal school goers is the need of the hour for an unprecedented period because of the COVID-19 situation to contain its spread. So, the conversation around the teaching method led to ‘homeschooling’ being used widely but conversely. Also, in this period, many parents would want to re-consider the method of teaching, whether homeschool or formal schools or best of both the worlds for their wards. A model of education where formal schooling is joined by homeschooling in a complementary role, can add to our children’s learning experience. The unlock period provides a good opportunity to explore homeschooling.

Mindful of the raindrops

» Pallavi (She Narrates)

It is refreshing
To tap in tune in
To the vibration
Of non-stop
Rain-drops

All in new
Shinning props
Spawning
Little bumpy bops

On and on
With a new song
Ping-pong zing-zong
Dancing on this new song

Kissing goodbye to the moon
Hugging the Earth to its tune
So thrilling as they sing
Heartthrobs with a zing

Drop by drop, drop by drop
Plop-plop, plop-plop
Isn’t this a new pop
To rap away hip-hop?

Self-acknowledgement

»Pallavi (She Narrates)

When the voice within you
Gets louder and louder
By the passing days;
Clearer and clearer
Moment by moment

When the heart & the mind
Constantly cheers
You have a voice in you!
You know it
Go, go, go
Take the leap of faith!
You will get the ease
The flow
& the inspired steps to take

You, finally let out
And declare out loud,
I’d narrate
All of what is worth a mention
Now and hereafter
On all dates

Begin the journey
O Writer!
Let the words orchestrate
Is now what holistic YOU
Relay…

In gratitude!

» Pallavi (She Narrates)

I am as young a parent as you, my child,
I am as full of light as you are bright,


Once again
I am as newborn as you, my child,
Yet you are the teacher, and I am the student.

The open-minded soul you are
The focused physical reality you are
The awareness you bring to me     
The life in it’s: heavenly totality

When fangs of ego cross my way
You always catch up, almost unawares

Not allowing me to flit away
Indulge in the smug glory

Thank you for keeping me aligned
Thank you for choosing me as your parent
Thank you for keeping me grounded
Thank you for choosing to smile, ever so pleasant!

How can I thank you enough?
Words? Not enough


I have learnt to open my wings of fly
With you by my side


Big, wide, beautiful life!

Your (un)resolved solution

»Pallavi (She Narrates)

As the messages inundate
What, when, whose and where
Between assumptions, apologies and sorrows
You are in despair
Because it is leading nowhere

You try, you still try
Into the confusing lanes
Cuffed in tags and chains
With added spices of
Giphys and emoticons
As response

You struggle
Back and forth
Trying a response
Finding a way
Almost giving up

Disappointment, confusion, blanks and beeps
No dearth of melancholy
But wait
Keep up with the spirit
You have been through
Many trials and triumphs

One simple step
Plan the return of mirth instead
Keep the phone away
And say
Why not take something even more scary
Most daunting
The assignment in the class today
Response can wait!

“When fear feels real … what to do? Fight or Flight” Part-1

Part 1 – I sang anyways!

I always had a wish – singing and performing on stage in front of a large audience. Yes! I have managed to tick that off my bucket list! And a big ‘Yes’ to how this helped me find myself a little more. Next time it’ll be easier to take the bounce.

When I was only singing to myself or for an audience comprising of my mum, dad, siblings, spouse and in-laws, it was going all-well. I would sing, record, share and then enjoy the rapturous love that filled my entire being as singing helps me find my balance, it is so me.

But the thought of a larger audience would grip me with fear, my voice would tremble and my desire to sing on the stage would take a back seat, for a while at least.

One day I saw a Singing talent show announced on one of the networking platforms that I follow. Maybe this was my chance. I braced myself and registered (unsure and undecided, whether I would participate or not?).

Then began the rehearsals, an everyday ritual. As the day closed in, singing became more like gasping and panting, the fear of competition did not allow me the ease, fun and joy that singing used to be before. I would easily break into a sweat just at the thought of going on a stage.

As the performance day neared, nervousness accompanied with cold and shiver got only stronger and more frequent. I was fast losing trust in myself, thought of a solo performance on stage for the first time in my life was nearly killing me.

But my training in positivity and optimism gave me hope always. I choose to listen to soothing music, go over my affirmations and look at my beautiful reflection in just about everything, the mirror, water, glass, window panes and the phone screen. I tried and practised. I wasn’t going to run away I just needed more confidence in myself and the journey to be less scary.

Came the day! The D-day! I was nervous as hell. The preparation mode still on – USB with the karaoke music, lyrics printed on paper, outfits ready… seemingly all set, I wish I could hide under the carpet when the moment arrived – performing for a large audience for the first time.

The audience were quiet and waiting. I started with a request, “I am singing solo on stage for the first time. Please sing along with me for motivation.”

Music on… I started singing with the beats. All was going well when suddenly, a gush of intense fear trolled me again, my lips started locking and numbness ceased my legs. Pain in the back started running up my shoulders. How am I to help myself while on stage, in front of this massive audience!

I managed to utter a line before starting again… I requested the lovely audience to clap and the audience clapped, not just clapped, it was interspersed with soft whistles and hums. What compassion! I couldn’t believe my luck. I got a sense of belonging and felt totally motivated. And Boy! I sang! followed by humongous applause.

The rush of Adrenaline and audience’s encouragement prepped me enough for the second performance of that day- Ramp walk with my three-year-old son. The appreciation that followed is incomparable to any other experience I have had.  The first one came from home, husband followed by son, “I want to go on stage again with you Mommy.”, jumping and clapping away. I laughed and heard my own shaky voice, “We would baby” 

So, here I am…narrating the experience, from a place where I view the whole experience with a different pair of eyes. This was the result of the inner-work that I did and continue to do till date but in a different way. I was missing upon something…

Read the upcoming blog Part 2: When fear feels real … what to do? Fight or Flightto know more.