National Park Monsoon Picnic 2013

This year the rains have been extra heavy at our annual Homeschoolers National Park picnic which took place in July 2013. Over thirty adults and children enjoyed a splashing time in the stream that rushes past a bridge inside the National Park.

Due to workload I could not reach the venue before 330 PM, and by then most of the people had come out of the stream since the heavy rain was threatening to flood the entire stream.

So I will post reports by those who actually attended:


This time’s national park visit was fun for us kids but it looked like the adults had even more fun than us! It was great to see all of the splashing around, having fun in the water. They lost all inhibitions as they splashed water on each other and their children. It was definitely great to see that for a change. We kids also had fun. We went upstream and saw quite a few things, including the remains of a dead bird! We saw its slimy inner parts and its feathers lying around… yeah, ugh. We had a delicious lunch of many assorted things that everyone brought. Soon it was time to go as it was raining heavily and stream water level was rising making it difficult for us to cross over to get to the road.

Here are some photographs taken by me, Rayna and Radha Joshi

Indian Homeschooling children’s Identity

As I write this, there has been an interesting discussion going on in our Indian Homeschool email group Swashikshan. As some of you may be aware, Homeschoolers from all over India have formed an association called Swashikshan a few years back. You can find more details on our website is

‘Swa’ means self and ‘Shikshan’ means learning, in many Indian languages.

The topic for the email discussion this time was on some form of identity document that we can give our kids who are being homeschooled [including homeschooling, unschooling and the various shades in between] to enable them to participate in activities or competitions which are usually open to school going children of their age.

To give an example, there is this Young Authors Hunt conducted by Igenius. in India.

My oldest daughter, who is 14, took part and submitted a story, and now she has been selected for the second round. To participate, the child needs a few documents.

This is what they wrote to me:

We take immense pleasure in announcing that you have been shortlisted for the Round 2 of Max Life Insurance igenius Young Authors’ Hunt 2013. You are now among the select few who will participate in the ‘On-the-spot’ creative writing, where in you will be given a topic on the spot and will be asked to write a story/essay on it.

Please note that you will need to carry the below mentioned documents to the On-the-spot creative writing venue. You will be required to carry the original as well as one photocopy of each document.

The original shall be returned immediately after verification.

Also, a parent or guardian must accompany the participant to the venue.

  • Printout of this email
  • Previous year mark-sheet/report card of the participant
  • Certificates of extra-curricular achievements (if any)
  • ID proof of igenius Young Authors’ Hunt participant with class details

We have had many parents in our group giving us suggestions on how to go about it. I thank HSLDA because it has been always a great support to our homeschooling movement ever since we have been in touch. Thank you so much Mike and Brittany J.

I would like to know from the international community how you would have gone about with this issue of identity documents for homeschooled or unschooled kids.