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Anoo Padte
Passion for nature, outdoor activities and being myself occupy me.
Interests: gardening, running, mountaineering, cooking, reading, photography, education, snowboarding, partying, these are a few of my favorite things --teaching, old hindi music, old rock, new hindi pop, understanding the world of non-profit work, philosophical discussions ....
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You know that good tiredness one feels after a hard workout -- when the sweat is cooling off your brow and you are still trying to catch your breath? The adrenaline is pumping through your veins and the endorphins have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
Tasmanian Devils are native to Tasmania. We got to see them at the Honoring Wildlife Sanctuary, a shelter for rescued devils. As Vehd puts it dramatically, "I got to see the wildlife worker lure the devil out of its den... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
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There are a few different markers, much like genetic markers that make any adventure a true V A V A adventure. First, I end up visiting some school or learning center, no matter where in the world we are. Next,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
There are few things that light me up like education and farming. Bring them together and I am little girl in a candy shop! While schools across Australia are closed, that does not mean you cannot visit them. Well, or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
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Beach, bushes, penguins, wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, botanical gardens, the Great Ocean Road, surfing high in trees, the Great Barrier Reef, we are determined to see Australia in as many ways as possible, through many different habitats and ecosystems. It was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
"Its all about the Great Barrier Reef! Its the best gift you can ever give me!", Vend chanted these words for the days leading up to our trip. We were all so excited and in high anticipation of our time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
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Enroute to Phillip Island we visited a quaint Chocolate Factory. Unlike the serious and highly sophisticated Theo Chocolate Factory, Pandy's was full of fun and games. You played arcade like "games to win wooden balls. I (Vehd) won two balls.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
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A trip to Australia has to include a cricket match! Vehd got to watch his first live cricket match at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground. "Melbourne Stars played Sydney Thunder. There was a green santa and a duck! In cricket... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
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Melbourne is an incredible city. Always recounted in second place after Sydney, it is every bit as vibrant and more accessible. Melbourne is situated on a bay that connects to the Pacific Ocean. It boasts beautiful beaches, a river through... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
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When we were planning our trip, Vehd asked for just one thing -- that we live close to a beach. So, we chose to live in St. Kilda for our Melbourne stay, about 7 minutes walking distance from a stunning... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
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After four days of traveling by train and tram all over Melbourne, it was time to rent a car and head out of the city. In my research, I had come across the Enchanted Maze Garden. Knowing Vehd's love of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
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Today's post is largely from Vehd .... "Australia is a land of marsupials. Even some of the cats are marsupials. We went to the Moonlit Sanctuary and did the Wallaby walk. I fed Wallaby's straight out of my hands. Later,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
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Our holiday is going exactly as planned. Every morning, we take a look at the plan, then use it as a sketch to follow the beat of the day! Just as planned. Tuesday was a day of fantastic playscapes, all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
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Are we there yet? We are still pinching ourselves awake from our jet lag and wondering whether we actually made a 30 hour journey across the equator to arrive in a new place! "It looks just like Mission district in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
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We leave for our first big family adventure in 6 hours! Needless to say, it will be in a place sunnier than Seattle. But, where oh where are we off to? Care to guess? This magical place we are headed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at V A V A Adventures
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"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow." -- John Dewey, educator and philosopher What if I told you that there is a school model that works? A school model that puts students in... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at Art of Education
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The term “gifted” conjures up images of a wild haired, bespectacled, scrawny child who asks many questions, stays socially isolated and produces a body of work that would put many 40 year-olds to shame. It is exactly this image that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Art of Education
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What is there to really think about if your child is headed to the neighborhood school? The choice is already made. Well, it is and it isn’t. Public school enrollment in the greater Seattle area and in many parts of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Art of Education
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Play or early learning towards academic growth? Which one is more important in preschool? As the parent of a 7 year-old and now a 1 year-old, I have tossed and turned between these two seeming extremes of what a child... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Art of Education
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The decision has been made -- its public school. So now, isn’t it just time to wait and see how it all rolls and shakes out? Well, yes and no. Parents have many choices within the Seattle Public School system.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Art of Education
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Peshawar, Ferguson, Paris, a potential gunman threat at my son's school. They have made me pause. They have made me hold my children even closer to my chest. Not just for them but for my own sake. I have wanted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Art of Education
It is the season, it is indeed. For families bound to independent schools these early weeks of the New Year are marked by a flurry of writing school applications. Independent school applications include four to five questions that require crisp,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Art of Education
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The Parent Coach: Toys by Age and Stage Gift ideas for each stage, including baby, toddler and preschooler Along with the holidays, comes the desire to give just the right gifts. I just tripped over a truck on my way... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Art of Education
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Who is a "gifted" child? Parent Workshop: Understanding Your Highly Capable Child POSTPONED TO JANUARY 2015 Wednesday November 19th, 7pm at Umbrella Tree, Queen Anne, Seattle The term “gifted” conjures up images of a wild haired, bespectacled, scrawny child who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Art of Education
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As part of gearing up for this year's school admission season, I interviewed families I had worked with. These families have children who are in K-3rd grade in public or independent schools. I asked them a slew of questions about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Art of Education