• Dasaratha Rama

The Learning4LIFE Immersion Model

The Learning4LIFE immersion model involves Learning Daily to discover Interests, enhance interactions with Family members, and foster Engagement in communities.


Our journey to Learning4LIFE started during our homeschool years. Initially, I saw myself as a parent/teacher/coach. Increasingly, learning and creating together has become the focus of our work together.

A Learning4LIFE mindset guides our actions. Thus, our application of the Managing Moments method is shaped by answers to the following LIFE questions:


Learning4LIFE Mindset


L: Learning Daily: What do you learn daily?

I: Interests: What do you like to do daily?

F: Family: What do you do with your family daily?

E: Engagement: How do you engage your daily?


Managing Moments Method


The Managing Moments method is based on the idea that we start, modify, continue, and extend projects based on information revealed by unpredictable and unexpected moments. Ten types of moments that influence our activities include:


I. Mapping Journeys Together

1. When you see a new possibility

2. When a project becomes doable

3. When you choose next steps/ projects

4. When you see how to get a project done

5. When you see results

II. Evolving Projects over Time

6. When you start a new project

7. When you change a project because of changing situation

8. When you decide to continue a project

9. When you decide to expand a successful project

III. Managing Moments Together


10. When you share moments



Example: Learning4LIFE: Blogging Together


Ananth and I started blogging together on May 31, 2020. From a Learning4LIFE perspective, we started blogging together because it was an opportunity to grow our skills together, interact with each other on a meaningful project, and engage our community.

Mapping Journeys Together

1. When you see a new possibility

In May 2020, I saw the possibility of writing the blog with Ananth. I was not sure whether a blog was right for us. I have experimented with blogs several times in the past but discontinued it. However, I thought it likely that this time would be different because we have clarity not only about the conceptual framework but Managing Moments implementation.

2. When a project becomes doable

We had been recording information in the Managing Moments journal in Thortspace regularly since April 2020. Taking information from the Managing Moments journal to write stories was doable for us. We had the information and we could focus on selecting, organizing, and transferring information to our Wix blog. Since Ananth had just started Creative Programming with HashHackCode, I also thought this would be a good time for us to work on our Wix website together.

3. When you choose next steps/ projects

We decided to write our blog daily for a month. A short, time-framed micro-project to confirm whether blogging is right for us! While we worked on the project together, SMART goals were different for each of us. My goal was to figure out how to develop the content on the website. The SMART goal for Ananth was to learn how to post content in our Wix blog.

4. When you see how to get a project done

It is easy to transfer text from a Thortspace sphere to Word, Excel, Wix etc. We figured out ways to transfer text easily. For example, we found out that it was better to transfer the text to Word first. We formatted the text in Word and then transferred to Wix because the formatting was lost when we transferred directly to Wix.

5. When you see results

We found it easy to create posts together. A major benefit was using the data collected in the Managing Moments journal for storytelling and sharing information with members in our networks. More importantly, we started developing a workflow for blogging that integrates our Managing Moments journal.

Doing Learning Projects Together

6. When you start a new project

Last week, we started transferring our journal to Googlesheet. While Thortspace works well for us, we want to show how a more familiar tool can be used in this process. We will also model the use of paper-based tools. We also started writing our Managing Moments workbook yesterday.

7. When you change a project because of changing situation


Over the last two days, I have started integrating Learning4LIFE and Managing Moments. Initial feedback indicates that Learning4LIFE resonates with members of my networks. The website/blog will evolve with this emerging focus.


Initially, Ananth and I were writing posts together. Now, Ananth has the skills to write posts in Wix. Hence, I have created a separate account for him as a blog writer on our account. He will write one post each week on his experience with the Creative Coding course. He will contribute other pieces as we see opportunities.

8. When you decide to continue a project

We have decided to continue blogging. We were blogging daily to develop skills. Blogging may be less frequent but we will continue to maintain our blog.

9. When you decide to expand a successful project

Since we saw that using the journal as the starting point for writing stories was working well, we extended the project to include Wakelet. We are organizing images in Pinterest and details of each macro-project (long-term project) in a Wakelet repository. These practices are further streamlining our journaling and storytelling activities.

Managing Moments Together

10. We share regularly in our Facebook groups. Now, I have also started sharing in some parent groups on Whatsapp. Blogging together has been helpful since our content is maintained on the website. It is not lost in posts in different social media where it is hard to locate!


Website Development: July 2020


Our blogging experiment in June 2020 created opportunities for me to visit and review our website daily. We have started updating content on all pages as we work on the blog. We intend to continue developing our website in July 2020.


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