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Mum Stress | Managing Overwhelm for the Stay-at-Home Mum

Mum Stress | Managing Overwhelm for the Stay-at-Home Mum

Many women struggle through motherhood, consumed with feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Mum stress stops us enjoying motherhood to its fullest, and may even lead us to mistreat our loved ones.

Mum Stress | Managing Overwhelm for the Stay-at-Home Mum
 
3 steps to manage your stress so that you can enjoy your family again!

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As new mums, we were filled with aspirations of creating a beautiful, peaceful and loved-filled atmosphere for our family; but instead, it is us, mums, who have become the biggest barrier to this dream. Stressed and overwhelmed, these emotions spill out onto our spouse and children too.

We know that we can be better mums, but it’s not working out that way in our lives.

In reality, there will always be cause to be stressed. Whether it’s a messy house, unruly children or family disputes, there is always something that could trigger negative emotions in you. Instead of wishing for a different life, a life free from diffulties and struggles, you could be happier if you learnt to cope better with stress.

In episode 17 of Raising Mums, I give you the 3-steps you need to know to Deal with Mum Stress! If you feel overwhelmed or frazzled, these steps will help you to turn the situation around in the heat of the moment.

To find out how to manage your stress as a stay-at-home mum,

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

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3 Steps to Manage Mum Stress

  1. You are not your thoughts! Distance yourself from your thoughts and recognise that your true essence is your soul, not the chatter that goes on in your mind. This will stop your negative emotions escalating.
  2. Practice gratitude. List at least 3 things you are grateful for. This will help you to turn the negative emotions into positive ones.
  3. Renew your intention. Remember your “why.” This will help you to move forward, free from stress and renewed.
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These three steps will help you to gain “mental space.” If this is not enough, try to create “physical space” too. This means leaving the situation that is causing you stress. Perhaps you need to leave the room, make some tea, or go into the garden.

Use these techniques to manage your stress. It will help you to enjoy your children again, and thrive as a mother!

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Resources Mentioned in this Episode


Thank you to our Sponsor!

Thank you to WordUnited for sponsoring today’s episode!

 Make sure you check out their website, where home-educating parents can browse and filter resources by subjects and learning areas! Explore their resources for children with special needs, including autism and dyslexia. Their website is super easy to navigate, allowing you to browse the specific area of learning for each subject, e.g. under numeracy, you can browse for resources in multiplication, fractions, telling the time, money etc. And check out their Free Resources Hub while you’re there!

Home educators can receive 10% off every time they shop using the DISCOUNT CODE wu4homeed. Isn’t that incredible?!

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Raising Mums is a weekly broadcast that streams LIVE on my Facebook and Instagram page every Sunday at 10am GMT!

In Next Week’s Episode, on Sunday 2nd February 2020, we’ll be talking about:

How to Add Poetry and Song into your Homeschool!

I’m so excited to talk about this topic! Adding poetry and song to your homeschool truly brings so much joy and heart to your children’s learning experience, and I can’t wait to talk to you more about it!

Thank you for stopping by today.

Wishing you a beautiful and blessed week ahead.

Peace and Love,

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How to Homeschool during Pregnancy!

how to homeschool during pregnancy

I’ve just had a baby, so I know how hard it can be to homeschool during pregnancy!

As if homeschooling wasn’t challenging enough; and then add in nausea, exhaustion and the mood swings (oh boy those mood swings!) and it can seem almost impossible.

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But my experience with four pregnancies has taught me some “hacks” that can sustain your homeschool during pregnancy, ensuring that your children’s education doesn’t suffer and neither do you!

In Episode 16 of the Raising Mums, I share some amazing ideas will maintain the momentum in your children’s learning experience, whilst being easy and gentle on mum (that’s you!); and isn’t that what every pregnant mum needs?!

Whether you’re pregnant now, or worried about how having more children will impact on your homeschool, I’m speaking to you in this episode…

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

Prioritise your Health in Pregnancy

Remember, there is no homeschool without a homeschool mum!

If you don’t take care of yourself during this time, there may be no homeschool to come back to after the pregnancy is over. It may be necessary to rest during pregnancy, or take some time off from homeschooling, to maintain your own health and wellness…and that’s ok!

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Get more Homeschool bang for your buck!

Incorporate different subjects into one lesson. What does that mean? Let me explain!

For example after reading a work of literature, have your child:

  • Write out a passage for hand-writing
  • Practice spelling some of the words
  • Learn new vocabulary from the passage
  • Narrate what they just heard for English composition
  • Writing down their narration will also teach spelling and grammar too
  • Have them read the next page for reading practice
  • Choose a book that is set in a historical time period to include History
  • Perhaps there is a way to involve Science or Maths into the lesson too!

Maybe you can find a way to bring maths into a science lesson, or maybe even English or History!

This doesn’t mean creating complicated unit-studies, but just using what you already have planned and see if your children can learn anything more from it!

Simplify homeschooling when pregnant!

Unless it brings you joy, cut back on complicated art projects, hands-on activities or field trips.

Instead, use resources that give you “more bang for your buck!” (see explanation above).

Use Open and Go Homeschool Curricula

Open-and-go curricula are generally not something I would use. They do not fit well with the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education, however for those really hard days (or weeks) during pregnancy, open-and-go curricula are a life-saver!

All that is required is to open the book or login into the online programme, and work through the next lesson.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Don’t forget AUDIOBOOKS!

Pregnancy is a great time to catch up on reading, and let you kids feast on the plethora of excellent quality audiobooks that are out there. We get our audiobooks from:

  • Audible – Choose from the world’s largest selection of audiobooks including best sellers, new releases, sci-fi, romances, mysteries, classics, and more. 30-Day FREE TRIAL! Get One free audiobook of your choice – yours to keep, even if you cancel! Prime customers receive two audiobooks in your trial.
  • Quantum Chronicles – a collection of Islamic audio series including the Life of the Prophet (saw) and Maryam, the mother of Eesa (AS). Use DISCOUNT CODE: OMHomeschool 15 for 15% OFF!

You might also like:

You might also like these episodes of Raising Mums all about Time Management!

Run your Home like a BOSS – Part 1

Run your Home like a BOSS! – Part 2 + FREE Planner

How Super-Mums do it ALL! + FREE Planner


Thank you to our Sponsor

A big thank you to WordUnited for sponsoring this episode. Check out their Free Resources Hub with 100s of free resources to download, print and share, and their Blog that includes many videos with lots of ideas and links to free printables to make learning fun. Explore free resources for maths, English, languages including Arabic and French, science, history, geography, arts and crafts, fine motor skills and resources for children with special needs.


I’ll be back again next week, Sunday 26th January, at 10 am GMT, LIVE on Facebook and Instagram for the next episode of Raising Mums!

Peace and Love,

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13 Ways to Encourage the Reluctant Reader

Encourage the Reluctant reader

It can be disappointing, maybe even heart-breaking, when your child won’t read. Many families have at least one reluctant reader who just doesn’t enjoy reading. But don’t worry, there are many ways you can encourage your child to read at home, and enjoy it!

How to encourage the reluctant reader to read! Booklists, podcast, video and FREE checklist to get them reading!

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Children who read do better at school , opens up world of opportunities There are many little ways to enlarge your world.  Love of books is the best of all.”

– Jacqueline Kennedy

In Episode fourteen of the Raising Mums podcast, I discuss a variety of different ways you can encourage your reluctant reader to start reading!

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

13 ways to Encourage the Reluctant Reader

The key, is to focus on the experience. Make reading a fun activity!Children should feel loved and safe, not judged or stressed.

Here are a feel ideas of ways you can cultivate a love of reading in your reluctant readers:

  • Read aloud – Keep on reading aloud even after children can read themselves.
  • Use AudiobooksAudible, Librivox,
  • Take it in turns to read a sentence/page/chapter
  • Chose funny books, mystery books, graphic novels, poems, joke books or magazines and comics, or non-fiction. (See book list below)
  • Take a closer look – Illustrated, font
  • Use eBooks Kindle, ManyBooks, Project Gutenberg, Oxford Owl
  • Find a purpose in reading – Topic they love, something they’re learning about, a place they’ve visited, or an audiobook they’ve listened to.
  • Add in a hands-on activity or a book-related trip.
  • Collect the Series – Get them hooked on a series of books. (See booklist below.)
  • Be the example – Let your children see you read
  • Tweet/Email an author!
  • Create a Book Club with friends
  • Ask them to read bedtime story to siblings

If you can’t remember all of that, don’t worry! I’ve created a FREE CHECKLIST for you.

Download it onto your phone, or print it out for your reference!

Encourage your Reluctant Readers with these ideas! Blog post also includes podcast, video and booklist.

To get your download your FREE CHECKLIST, just CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

Books for Reluctant Readers

Magic treehouse

Dinosaur Cove

Ultimate Football Heroes

I Survived

Doctor Dolittle

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”

Roald Dahl

You don’t need to try all of these ideas or buy all of these books! Just pick one of two that you think might work for your children and give it a go!

Next week’s episode of Raising Mums, on 12th January 2020, I’ll be sharing My Favourite Homeschool Finds of 2019.

As we’re going on a family holiday, that episode will be pre-recorded and published on my Youtube channel and as Podcast. There will be no LIVE broadcast that week.

But I’ll be back LIVE again the following week, Sunday 19th January 2020 at 10am GMT, with another episode of Raising Mums on my Facebook and Instagram accounts insha’Allah.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Peace and Love,

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Simplify your Homeschool with a Morning Basket

Using a morning basket can simplify your homeschool, whilst at the same time adding an abundance of riches to your children’s education.

Morning baskets, filled with living books, add depth and meaning to your homeschool days in a way that is easy for you to implement. There are no faddish curriculum or clever gimmicks here! Just a basket filled with beautiful books to nourish your children.

Simplify your homeschool with a morning basket! Find out how here!

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Morning Basket in your Homeschool

In episode number 13 of the Raising Mums podcast, I explain:

  • What is a Morning Basket?
  • Why is it such an effective teaching method?
  • How do we use the morning basket?
  • What shall I put in mine?
  • How can a morning basket simplify our homeschool?

To find out more, WATCH THIS VIDEO!

LINKS MENTIONS

Raising Mums Podcast – Listen to these LIVE broadcasts when you’re on the go!

Run Your Home Like a BOSS! – Time Management For Mums

Quran (English Translation) – Read just a few ayah each day.

Primary Language Lessons – Used for poetry memorisation and English curriculum.

All the Silver Pennies – Collection of Children’s Poetry

Robin Hood – Our favourite book this year! For children aged 7+. (Disclaimer. Some scenes mention drinking and mild romance)

Little House – Wonderful picture book for all the family.

Read Aloud Revival – Book lists galore!

Ambleside Online – Extensive lists of living books, free Charlotte Mason homeschool curriculum, teacher resources.

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I’ll be back again next Sunday, 5th January, at 10am GMT, LIVE on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM, talking about:

Encouraging the Reluctant Reader!

I hope I’ll see you all there!

Thanks for stopping by.

Peace and Love,

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50+ FREE Homeschool Resources you need to know about!

50+ Free Homeschool Resources that every Homeschoolers needs to know about!

Homeschooling can be expensive. Whether you’re looking for something to supplement your existing homeschool curriculum, or hoping to homeschool on a budget, you’ll want to look through this list of free homeschool resources.

50+ FREE Homeschool Resources that every homeschooler needs to know about!

Many families, whose children would benefit immensely from a home-education, are put off from homeschooling due to a belief that they cannot afford to do so.

In the U.K., as well as many other parts of the world, home-educators are offered no financial support from the government, bearing the cost of homeschooling themselves.

However, in the age we live in, we have been blessed with the internet! The internet allows homeschoolers to have access to thousands of high-quality resources, many of which are free.

Homeschooling has never been so accessible and more possible for families on a small budget.

After much research and thought, I have put together a list of Free Homeschool Resources that I believe every homeschoolers should know about!

FREE Homeschool Resources

The list below includes online educational resources that are great quality and genuinely free! They have been included because I would (and probably already do) use these resources with my own children.

ALL AGES

Ambleside Online : A free homeschool curriculum that uses Charlotte Mason’s classically-based principles. It aims to prepare children for a life of rich relationships with everything around them: God, humanity, and the natural world. It provides detailed schedules, time-tested methods, and extensive teacher resources.

Khan Academy : Provides courses and lessons for children aged preschool to high school. Also offers lessons in college application and exam preparation.

Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool : A complete curriculum for children aged from preschool to 8th grade (Year 9). Although designed for the Christian homeschooler, this free homeschool curriculum can be adapted and enjoyed by families of any faith.

Project Gutenberg : Take a look at this online library of over 60,000 free books!

Many Books : 50,000+ free eBooks in multiple genres

Archive : Even more free e-books!

Librivox : A huge collection of free audiobooks read by volunteers

Duolingo :Your children can learn a foreign language for free with this online programme that personalises their learning experience to their needs. Languages on offer include all popular European languages, as well as Arabic, Hindi, Latin and more!

Memrise : Learn a new language with this app by watching and listening to native speakers!

CK-12 Foundation : High quality classes in Maths and Science for children of all ages.

Discover K12 : Discovery K12 offers a traditional, non-Common Core, secular, homeschool curriculum. Reading classic literature, writing essays, creating presentations, and conducting research are important aspects to the program. 

CBBC Newsround : Your children can keep to date with the U.K.’s current affairs here!

Google Earth : Inspire your children’s geographical interests with Google earth. This incredible website allows users to see anywhere on the earth…and beyond!

Twinkl : A favourite amongst U.K. homeschoolers, this website offers a HUGE collection of worksheets and other downloadable resources. Some of the site requires paid membership. However there is a substantial mount of free content.

Teachers Pay Teachers : Designed by teachers, this site offers a variety of downloads to use in your homeschool lessons.

EventBrite : Find free local events at the museum, library, educational centre, amongst others.

NASA for students: Inspire your students with lessons in STEM, aeronautics, and space exploration.

Steve Spangler Science : Ideal for those days you’re looking for an experiment to go along with your science lesson.

How to Smile : Over 3,500 of the amazing science and math activities to choose from.

Homeschool.com :A monthly round-up of the best free online resources.

Free Homeschool Deals : Free printables, downloads, kindle books, lap books, unit studies and more!

K12 : Free online public school. Yes…seriously!

TES : This U.K. website is filled with teaching resources for children of all ages, as well as up to date information about the national curriculum and mainstream education in the U.K.

Kids Type : Simple no-frill lessons in touch-typing.

Code : Children of all ages can learn computer science for free on this website.

Scratch : Your children can learn coding for free with scratch from M.I.T.

BBC Bitesize : Hundreds of lessons and videos that follow the national curriculum (U.K.)

Science Museum Group : Hundreds of free resources and science lessons from multiple Science Museums in the U.K.

Natural History Museum : Stories about the Museum’s collections, scientists and research. Learn about the history of life on Earth, from the smallest insects to the largest mammals.

Quizlet : Flashcards, helpful diagrams and study guides for all subjects KS1-KS4.

KM Tuition : A library of worksheets and past papers for KS1-KS4

Soft Schools : Online games, quizzes and worksheets for every age in Maths and English.

MEP Maths: Download this complete Maths curriculum for your students. Covers all ages, including GCSE and A-Level. Lessons are not online, but must be printed off and completed at home.

School Science : Free online science resources for teachers and students. 

BBC Terrific Science : Fun science activities and lessons, linked to the national curriculum (U.K.)

U.K. Parliament : Teacher resources and lessons plans about the U.K.’s government

Art for Kids Hub : Free drawing lessons on YouTube for children of all ages! They have HUGE library of lessons that I’m sure your children will love working their way through.

Primary / Elementary School

Starfall : A free online programme designed to help children learn to read and develop reading fluency. For children aged from kindergarten to 3rd grade (Year 4).

National Geographic Kids : Interactive website for children, with a focus on geography and nature.

US Forest Service : Activities for children to learn more about the outdoors

Forestry England : Lesson plans, teacher packs, spotters guides and activity sheets all about the UK countryside.

Enchanted Learning : Worksheets about every topic you can imagine!

XtraMath : This site is all about Maths facts – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division!

Oxford Owl : Free e-Books for children aged 3-11.

Rising Stars : Free and Paid resources for all school subjects in KS1 and KS2 (UK)

Topmarks : Learning games for Primary aged children.

Primary resources : U.K. website of teaching resources, lessons plans, teaching ideas and worksheets for primary aged children.

Have Fun Teaching : 15,000+ Teaching Resources for preschool through to Grade 6. Both free and paid content.

Teach Your Monster to Read : Free phonics and reading game.

Corbett Maths Primary: Maths video lessons with accompanying worksheets

Prodigy Maths : Prodigy maths teaches maths through educational games. Includes free and paid content.

Maths Chase: Fun Times Tables game to teach your children multiplication.

Mystery Science : This is a favourite in our house! These are complete open and go science lessons. Typically they involve a well-produced video, alongside thoughtful worksheets and fun activities.

Worksheet Works : If you’re looking for worksheets, this website will probably have what you need. My favourite part of this site is the handwriting practice generator.

Secondary / High School

Coursera : Courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies.

TED-Ed : Inspirational lectures from experts on wide range of topics.

Actuarial Foundation : Fun and engaging Math programmes. Free maths lesson plans, worksheets and posters.

Math is FUN! : Maths games, worksheets and activities.

National Geographic : Beautiful videos, photography and articles for a deeper insight into geography, history, nature, current affairs and more.

edX : 2500+ courses from Harvard and other excellent universities:

Open Learn: Free courses from the Open University for secondary school aged children

Corbettmaths: Free GCSE maths video lessons with accompanying worksheets

National Gallery: Teacher’s notes, lessons plans, handouts and activities about famous works of art.

Isn’t that incredible?! There are so many fantastic resources available to homeschooling families, and best of all, they’re free!

But tell me, what did I miss? Do you know any great homeschool resources that are free?

Please share them with everyone in the comments below this blogpost.

Thank you for stopping by!

Peace and Love,

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Help your Children Memorise the Quran FAST!

Help children memorise the Quran

Many of us dream that our children will memorise the Quran.

We hope that etching those noble words into their hearts will help to shape them as they grow up; that the Quran they learnt as children is never forgotten but is a source of support and guidance for them throughout their adult lives. We hope that memorising the Quran will raise their rank, and ours, in the next world. Ameen

Help your children to memorise the Quran fast

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“The one who recites the Quran and learns it by heart, will be with the noble righteous scribes (in Heaven) and the one who exerts himself to learn the Quran by heart and recites it with great difficulty, will have a double reward.”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4653; Muslim, 798)

This inspiring story is from one of our readers, Sr. Sarwat Hussain, who has kindly allowed us to share her wisdom and advice on how you can help your children to memorise the Quran fast. inshallah.


All Praise is due to Allah, the most merciful and beneficent.

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu, I am Sarwat Hussain.

Alhamdulillah I am blessed with two kids, Maryam and Ibrahim. Maryam is 8 and Ibrahim is 7. Maryam started memorizing the Quran at 6 and completed at 8, Alahamdulillah. It was a great journey. My both kids are homeschooled.

The first time I noticed Maryam’s interest in Quran was when she was sitting next to me holding the Quran. She started saying Subhanallah. She was just 18 months old!

How to help children memorise the Quran fast

1.    HOW DO OUR CHILDREN MEMORISE THE QURAN?

Alhamdulaiilah, we just got more organized. We just made sure all necessary duties were taken care of so we could sit with Maryam without any interruptions.

With our support, she spent 3.5-4 hours a day memorising the Quran.

Maryam also used to attend the local masjid for the hifz classes three days a week. Our local Imam kindly offered us classes online too.

 She use to listen Imam Misri Al Afasy audio to correct her tajweed. We established the rule to repeat every new Ayah at least TEN times before moving onto the next one.

You can listen to the Quran, and Imam Misri Al Afasy audio on Amazon Music!

After that she would connect everything together and read it back to me. 

We started with three Ayahs per day. As time went on, subhanallah, she was able to do it 3 pages per day Alhamdulillah.

I always with her while memorizing new Ayas. The biggest challenge was to keep up with the Juz she had already  memorized (Manzil). Now I listen to her recite two juz per day as revision. 

2.    LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

The children have very limited access to the TV and Gadgets. Throughout our Quran learning we have sat in a quiet room. We never sat where there were other people to distract us. We think this was the key. She had online hifz classes also and we were very strict with attending this class.

As parents, we always try to teach them that Islam is not separate from our daily life. Islam is not just about performing Salah or reading the Quran. It is a way of life. You practice it in everything. We always teach them to be good with neighbors and respect the others from the different belief systems.

How to help your children memorise the Quran

3.    HOW DO WE KEEP IT GOING?

It is not an easy journey. We turned to Allah for the guidance and make dua for them whenever we face the challenges and always tell them that “You are very special, Allah likes you lot and bestowed his blessings to memorize his book, Al Quran Kareem”. We try to talk about the Angels, Jannah and the shaytaan.

Bedtime Quran stories and Seerah stories helped us lot to motivate them. We are still learning and improving ourselves to raise them as a good Muslims. Please pray for them.

May Allah make them among the most righteous of Muslims. Ameen. Ya Rabbul Alameen.

Alhamdulillah, Maryam started learning Arabic language. Inshallah, it will help her to understand the Quran with detail so that she can teach the importance of the Quran to the young generation. Inshallah, this will help to motivate and inspire them to learn and memorize the Quran.

We would love to provide some tips to the parents who are planning to choose this path.

You can follow us on Facebook page @HafizaMaryamRiyaz  or Maryam F Riyaz). Inshallah we will try our best to answer your questions.

Help your children to memorise the Quran FAST!

What an inspirational story! With the dedication of her parents, she memorised the whole Quran in just two years and at only 8 years-old! mashAllah!

If you are a homeschooling mother and have an inspirational story that you would like to share with our readers, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you and we would all love to hear your story!

Have your children memorised the Quran? What advice would you offer other parents whose children are hoping do the same? Leave me your tips in the comments below!

I’m so grateful you stopped by!

Peace and Love,

Memorise Quran for children FAST!

The Two Big Reasons Why We Homeschool!

Reasons why your should homeschool your children

One of the most common questions I am asked online, and in my real-life, is why we chose to homeschool. Why do we do home educate our children?

In the latest episode of Raising Mums I share the TWO reasons my family homeschool.

Raising Mums is a weekly broadcast that streams LIVE from our Facebook an Instagram pages. This week hundreds of you watched and joined in the conversation, discussing why we homeschool our children!

The Two Big Reasons why you should homeschool your children!

If you want to find out the TWO reasons why we homeschool

WATCH THIS VIDEO:

The TWO Reasons why we homeschool are:

  1. It enables us to provide our children with a true education. Education is the ordering of a child’s affection – meaning that they love that with is good, and hate that which is bad. Educating our children at homes helps us to ensure that this will be the focus of their education.
  2. I Love it! A successful homeschool depends upon the happiness and contentment of the mother (assuming she is the primary educator). Make sure you do what you need to do to find joy in your homeschool day, and your children will reap the benefits.

If you want to know more, make sure you go back and WATCH THE VIDEO!

Why we homeschool the children. 
the aim of education as 
to order a child’s affection.

So tell me, why do YOU homeschool? What reasons drove you to make the big decision to educate your children or home? Why are consdering homeschooling for your children?

Let’s chat in the comments below!

If you enjoyed this episode of Raising Mums, I think you’ll love “Sustainable Homeschooling | Securing your homeschool for the future,”-  CLICK HERE

Thank you for stopping by. I’m so grateful to have you here. 

If you have any questions, pop them for me in the comments below. 

You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest

Peace and Love,

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How to Homeschool with a Baby + GIVEAWAY

Homeschooling with a baby brings with it many challenges. I often hear from women who are struggling to homeschool their children, whilst also caring for a small baby. They are overridden with guilt and with feelings of failure. They want to be a good mum, to all their children, but they just don’t know what the right thing to do is.

If you have a baby or a small child at home, you’ll want to watch this video!

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This is a recording of a LIVE broadcast from Facebook where I spoke about homeschooling with a baby.

We talked about:

  • What are the most important things to focus on during this time
  • Alternatives to what learning can look like for your children
  • Encouraging independence and the value of experience
  • Loads of useful resources for busy mums

WATCH THIS VIDEO:

Homeschool Products Mentioned:

Amazon Prime Video

Fire Stick

Reading Eggs

Math Seeds

CTC Math

Khan Academy

Mystery Science

Toxic Childhood by Sue Palmer

Time Magazine Article about audiobooks

Audible – Trial and FREE AUDIOBOOK UK |USA

Seerah Audio Series – 15% OFF Discount Code: OMHomeschool15

Librovox

Lit2GO

Toucan Box – Isa box FREE with code: GEMMA-9E6X

Kiwi Crate – 30% off your 1st order with code: SHARE30

Homeschool GIVEAWAY

I’m giving away 4 activity boxes from Toucan Box to 1 winner!

This giveaway is open worldwide. If you are under the age of 18, please seek parental permission before entering.

If you would like to enter, all you need to do is share this video or blogpost on social media and tag me in the post. Easy as that!

The winner will be chosen at random and announced on next week’s LIVE broadcast. (Sunday 20th January 2019, 10am GMT)

Next week, Sunday 20th January, I’ll be LIVE again at 10am GMT on Facebook and Instagram, where we’ll be talking about how to “Run your home like a boss!”

If you missed last week’s discussion on, “Sustainable Homeschooling | Securing your homeschool for the future,CLICK HERE

All the previous episodes have been uploaded here on my blog. Just CLICK HERE and scroll through them all!

If you never want to miss an episode, you’ll want to subscribe to our mailing list. Then, whenever an episode is published, you’ll get it straight to your inbox!

If you have any further questions around this topic, please leave them for me in the comments below.

Peace and Love,

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Preparing your Homeschool for the New Year

Homeschool prep for New Year

As we move into the New Year, I always recommend that during this time of transition, homeschooling families should take some time to reflect on the successes and failures of the previous year, the lessons learnt, and set some new intentions before pushing ahead into the New Year.

During this time, before beginning your next homeschool term, seek clarity and direction for your family by getting quiet, turning inward, making dua, and asking yourself some very important questions.

Homeschool planning new year

WATCH THIS VIDEO

Watch this YouTube video, when I went LIVE on my Facebook and Instagram accounts, and chatted with you about preparing your homeschool for the New Year, and talked you through the questions listed below.

Seek Clarity for your Homeschool

1) What was my favourite homeschool memory of last year?

2) What was my most painful homeschool memory of last year?

3) If you were to summarise the last year homeschooling in one word what would it be?

4) What areas were really successful?

5) What areas/people/topics/activities drained me? What drained the kids?

6) Where can I get help?

7)What can I cut out?

8) Where can we grow, further develop in our homeschool?

9)What areas don’t allign with my homeschool/family vision?

10) What positive change(s) can I implement going forward into the next year?


There are far better things ahead than we ever left behind.

C.S. Lewis

I hope that this video and the questions I’ve posed will help you find the clarity you need moving forward, and help you to live a life with your family that aligns with your values.

If you would like to share the answers to any, or all of the questions above, I would love to hear them! Please leave them for me in the comments below.

Peace and Love,

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Day in the Life | What Homeschooling is REALLY LIKE!

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Watch this video and spend the day with us! See what home education in the UK really looks like for Our Muslim homeschool!

Home education simply means to educate your children outside of the mainstream school system. What that looks like for each family is different but for us, as it does for many others, it involves plenty of time outside, sports and activities with friends and formal studies at home.

To get a better idea of what Homeschooling looks like for us, Watch this YouTube video!

Watch how we teach Quran, our swimming classes, outdoor time and a heart-to-heart chat about “What homeschooling is REALLY like!”

 

This video and blog-post was sponsored by WordUnited, who kindly sent me their Arabic and Phonics programs, and compensated me for my time. This blog-post also contains affiliate links. See Disclaimer for more information.

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WordUnited kindly sent me two sets of books to review; the “Let’s Read” program, which teaching children the foundations of phonics, and the “Let’s Read Arabic” program which teaches children how to read Arabic words.

Phonics books by WordUnited

Each set consists of eight books. As your child progresses through the program, they gradually increase in complexity and build upon lessons learnt in previous books.

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I love visual cues under each word to highlight the different sounds!

The books are small and easy for young hands to hold, as well as colourful and engaging to to children. They illustrations feature realistic high-quality images of objects that children will be familiar with in their lives. I really appreciate how the creators of these books have used visual cues to highlight the individual sounds that make up each word.

Let's Read Arabic WordUnited

These books are ideal for home educators are they include parent guidance at the beginning of each book. This is really important to read as it clearly explains what is being covered and how to use that particular book effectively. I love it when a curriculum make it simple for parents!

Let's Read Arabic WordUnited

The books can be purchased individually, or as a complete set.

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To see my children using the books, WATCH THIS VIDEO.

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CLICK HERE for the “Let’s Read Arabic!” 8-book set.

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If you are interested in seeing what homeschool curricula we are using with our children CLICK HERE!

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to watch our YouTube video. I hope it’s left you feeling inspired and given you something to think about.

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Please remember us in your duaas.

Peace and Love,

Dr Gemma Elizabeth our muslim homeschool

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