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How to Homeschool When You’re Overwhelmed

How to homeschool in lockdown

Homeschooling is not easy. Pretending like it is only leads to further pressure and more stress! But how do you homeschool your kids when stress levels are rising and things feel like they’re falling apart?

Read on to find out how to homeschool when you’re feeling overwhelmed. 

How to Homeschool : 12 ways to homeschool when you're overwhelmed!

How to Homeschool AND Take Care of You

First of all, you need to make sure you are taken care of. You cannot possibly hope to be in the best form for your children if you are feeling depleted and stressed.

Follow your own pursuits 

When we become mothers, we find ourselves dedicating every moment we have to our kids. We forget that we are also women with our own goals, own desires, and our own dreams. Don’t neglect these! Find time in your week to follow your own pursuits whether its painting, pursuing your own learning, or playing an active sport. Try to do anything to help you wind down and feel happy and content!

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How to have a homeschool breaks 

Breaks are essential when it comes to homeschooling, but how many of us regularly take advantage of a break? We make sure to give our children breaks from their schoolwork and time for snacks or some fresh air. But make sure you also take a break and not use it as a chance to do other chores or tasks! Breaks are just as important for mum as for the kids. Use this time to have a cup of tea, meditate, or just sit outside for a little bit. These regular breaks throughout the day are extremely effective in refreshing you to continue the day ahead. 

How to homeschool when you feel overwhelmed and stressed. Charlotte Mason quote

RELATED: To find out how a homeschool day looks for us, check out Our Muslim Homeschool’s Day In The Life!

Physical needs 

As mums, we also regularly neglect our own physical needs. Make sure you’re eating properly, staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest at night. If you are feeling tired, weak, or hungry you cannot be in the best state to teach your children. By attending to your own physical needs and taking care of yourself, you will reduce the chances of burning out quickly and feeling that all-too-familiar exhaustion!

Reward yourself 

Just like your kids get rewards to motivate them and keep them on task, mums should have rewards too! As you work your way through each day, week and month of homeschooling, reward yourself. You deserve it! Homeschooling is just as challenging for you as it is for your children and you should celebrate your achievements. Whether that’s buying yourself something, taking time out to be with friends or even having a quiet night in with a bubble bath!

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How to have a homeschool mentality

The beauty of homeschooling is you can be as different from school as you want to be and keep the features you love. This is YOUR homeschool. So, make it yours. 

Don’t compare 

Everyone has a unique way of homeschooling because no two families are the same. Sure, we may borrow certain ideas from each other, but even our execution of those ideas varies depending on the unique differences of our children. We each face different struggles, so never compare your progress to those of other homeschools. You may be achieving things another mother struggles with. Remember, people rarely share the extent of their difficulties on social media, so avoid comparing yourself to the people you see in your Instagram and Facebook feeds. 

How to homeschool when you're overwhelmed and stress. Don't compare! From our Muslim Homeschool

Keep it simple

This is your homeschool with a limited number of children. You don’t have to accommodate for a class of 25-30 children. So, do yourself a favour and keep your life simple! Start with the basics of reading, writing and mathematics. Then you can slowly work your way into other subjects, some of which may only require you to read a book aloud to your children and encourage some discussion.  

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Scrap it! 

If something isn’t working for you or your children, SCRAP IT. You don’t have to prove anything. Some things click with some families but cause complete chaos in another. You’re in charge, so you choose what you do as a family. When you spend time and money on a new curriculum or resource it can be tempting to keep going with it no matter what, but if it is creating negative learning experiences for your child, don’t be afraid to stop. With any new curriculum, especially the pricier ones, it’s always best to try some form of trial or sample before you commit money to it. Make sure it’s something you and your children will benefit from. 

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Be gentle

Always be gentle with yourself, particularly at the beginning of your homeschool journey. This is a hard road for even the most experienced veteran homeschoolers. It doesn’t necessarily get easier, you just get better at troubleshooting and knowing what works for you. Every new year can be like starting again and learning new things as your child grows and enters a new year/grade. Take one day at a time and celebrate the small wins. 

How to make homeschool easy

Having the right mentality is one thing, but this is much easier if you have made practical steps to making your homeschool tasks easier. Whilst the ideal scenario is sitting and working with your kids as they complete magnificent, sophisticated pieces of work, this isn’t usually the reality. Some days you’ll be lucky if you read a single book together. And that’s ok. But there are things you can incorporate into your homeschool day to make lessons a little easier. 

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The joy of reading aloud 

Reading aloud is probably the most popular homeschool activity. And for good reason – it is highly effective! Give your children something to work with such as Lego blocks, jigsaw puzzles or colouring. Then select a book to read to them. This can be a fictional book which is above their reading level or even a non-fiction book for subjects like History or Science. Read aloud to your kids and then discuss the contents together. You’ll be surprised by how much they absorb!

RELATED: Click here to find out what books we’ve read in our homeschool.

Gameschooling 

Learning through play has always been the primary way children learn at a young age. Thankfully, there are plenty of games out there with education and key skills built right in. Head to Word United to see some amazing examples of games with purpose. When either you or your children feel the frustration rising and the workbooks are being discarded in a huff and a puff, grab some games! Your kids won’t even realise they are still learning as they enjoy the delightful change of pace!

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Get them online

The internet can provide more than resources for us to print and laminate. There are multiple websites which are designed to help children independently take charge of their learning. Khan Academy and Khan Academy Kids are perfect examples of programmes which facilitate your child’s learning in a range of subjects. And it’s completely free! The fact that your children can navigate these websites pretty much independently means it can grant you some extra time for a break or to get some other things done.  

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Get outside

In the end, there is no greater remedy for feeling overwhelmed than going outside. Just breathing fresh air and having gentle exercise each day will help both you and your children feel refreshed. If you want, your children can take their nature journaling supplies, but it’s not necessary. You’ll be amazed at how much learning and development happens when children are just relaxed and having fun in nature! 

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How do you homeschool? 

There is no doubt homeschooling WILL feel overwhelming at times, but make sure you look after yourself and take advantage of the flexibility homeschooling provides. 

How do you make life easier when homeschooling gets overwhelming? What tips do you have for making homeschool life smoother when it feels like it’s spiralling out of control?

Drop all your tips and advice in the comments below!

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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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Homeschooling | When you’re having a BAD day!

Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or just upset. We have all been there on our homeschooling journey but how do we overcome these feelings of anxiety and manage these thoughts when we are having a BAD day!

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In Episode 51 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share what steps you can take to tackle a Bad Day in Homeschooling.

 WATCH THIS VIDEO

Homeschooling | When you are having a BAD day!

The four-step process to help you deal with those difficult days is:-

Step 1: Don’t listen to your brain

Step 2: Look at the facts

Step 3: Think about how you want to feel in this moment. 

Step 4: What action can you take to get there. 

Related: 12 Ways to Homeschool when you are Overwhelmed

Get your kids reading this summer with the Summer reading challenge.

Peace and Love,

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How to Homeschool | A Step by Step Guide

There is so much information out there about homeschooling it can be confusing. Trying to get your head around all curricula, the different philosophies, planning, and assessments… it can get so overwhelming. Launch Your Homeschool will provide you with the tools you need to find your own way, which will suit your beautifully unique family.

How to Homeschool

In Episode 49 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share how Launch Your Homeschool is an online homeschooling course that is designed to help Muslim families start homeschooling their children, so you know what it’s all about and you can make a decision if it is the right fit for your family.

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How to Homeschool | Step by Step Guide

Launch your Homeschool is an online programme designed to help Muslim families start homeschooling their children.

Built upon a foundation of Islamic values and the framework of the Charlotte Mason Philosophy, it is a systematic, step-by-step approach to Homeschooling. Where you’ll build a strong foundation in your homeschool, so you can successfully homeschool year after year.

You can find your own way, based upon your values, your unique children, and family dynamics.

A large part of the course is dedicated to Homeschool planning and time management; so that you can begin your homeschooling journey positively and with confidence. I also go into detail about common pitfalls and mistakes homeschoolers make in their first year so you can avoid them!

The video lessons short (around 20 minutes), but packed with value. Everything is recorded and you have lifetime access.

There are also two community pages (one on and one off Facebook), a homeschool planning material, accompanying worksheets, quarterly group coaching calls with Gemma, and incredible Bonus masterclasses from external speakers.

Related: Our Homeschooling Story

How to Start Homeschooling Course

Launch Your Homeschool is an online course that will hold your hand and walk you through the beginning stages of homeschooling, built upon the framework of the Charlotte Mason philosophy.

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I teach you how to choose the right subjects for your homeschool, how to choose the right resources and plan out your year to create a homeschool experience that aligns with the values and beliefs of your family.

I show you the essential teaching techniques that you’ll need to know to get started. There’s even an entire module on how to manage your time so you can still cook, keep the house tidy and take care of yourself, all whilst homeschooling your children!

Interested?

Launch Your Homeschool is open for enrolment between 5th-11th July 2021.

 For More Information – CLICK HERE

https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/courses

Peace and Love,

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Booklist

You’re here because you know that reading to your kids is important.

But it can be overwhelming to choose from the thousands of Muslim kids’ books that are out there!

You don’t want to invest anymore time and money into a book, only to be disappointed again.

You needs books that your children will enjoy, books that they’ll learn from, and books that are suitable for Muslim families.

(That means no Santa, no witches and no romance, Alhumdulillah!)

That’s why, I’ve put together a list of the best kids’ books for Muslim children ages 0-5 years old. These are the 18 Books that Every Muslim Child Needs!

Sign Up and I’ll send you a booklist for children aged 0-5.

You can print it out and take it to the library, or when you visit your local independent bookshop.

With this book list there’ll be no more guessing. No more overwhelm…

Just really REALLY good books!

Get your FREE Book List for Children aged 0-5 TODAY!!

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Homeschool Coaching

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Whether you’re thinking about starting homeschooling your children for the first time, or have been doing it for years, home education can be a lonely and overwhelming experience. The only person you really have to keep you accountable, and guide you through it, is you!

Even if you have a friend to bounce ideas off of, it’s not the same as having a coach who’s invested in your success and has years of experience homeschooling her own children, and teaching other women how to to the same.

As a homeschool coach, I offer the guidance, accountability, and structure that will make your homeschooling journey more enjoyable and less stressful. You won’t be left alone to struggle. As your coach, I’ll be there to hold your hand and guide you through.

The best part is that my coaching package is it’s tailored to your family’s specific needs. Our partnership will be unique to you and your children.


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Homeschool Coaching Package

My coaching package is intended to support you throughout a full homeschool year; whether you just decided to start home educating, you have tried homeschooling for a few months and feel like its not going well, or you’ve been doing it for years and are stuck in a rut, my coaching package can help you get your homeschool back on track and create the life you’ve always wanted for your family. insha’Allah.

Need help getting started? We’ll take your aims for your children and transform them into a learning plans for each of your individual children. To help with consistency, we’ll establish a homeschool routine that works for your family day-to-day.

Not sure what curricula to use or how to teach? We’ll discuss what the learning styles of each fo your children, and the curriculum and teaching methods that will work best for their unique needs. I can teach you more about the Charlotte Mason philosophy, and how to implement that in your home.

Struggling with Consistency? If you’re struggling to stay consistent with routines, your children’s lessons, or managing your time well, regular coaching calls will help to keep you accountable.

Struggling to manage your emotions? Anger, low confidence, overwhelm? I’ll help you to get to the root of these emotions and move past them, so that you can enjoy your homeschooling experience.


In this package you’ll receive…

  • A complimentary 15 minute discovery call, to establish your goals for coaching and for your homeschool. We’ll create a coaching schedule based upon your specific needs.
  • Twelve 45 minute bi-weekly/monthly calls to review your children’s progress, address any issues that may have come up (emotional or practical), answer questions, and set goals for the next call. During these calls, we’ll keep your homeschool on track and tackle any major problems that you experience during the homeschool year.
  • Accountability: Each call will conclude with tasks for you to complete before the next call, whether that be learning goals for your children, establishing a new habit for your family, or tasks to help you manage your emotions. If you struggle with following through on your ideas and plans, this package will help you break that habit.
  • Email/ Voxer communication between calls. If you have a question or feel stuck, I’m here to help you through it. I’m also here to celebrate your wins with you!

Your Investment

The homeschool coaching package requires a twelve-call minimum contract. These calls can be weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, depending on your needs and preference. Your investment for this service is £1,500, spread out across three instalments of £500.


FAQ

What if I already have a homeschooling plan or schedule in place?

We’ll use your plan as a starting point for our time together. We can look over it to ensure that it’s laying a solid foundation for your homeschool and tweak it as needed.

Why is there a 12 session commitment?

Establishing a strong foundation in your homeschool takes time. There are many parts that play into your homeschool success, and a 12 session commitment gives us enough time to work together and see real results and progress. The twelve sessions also enables us to establish a good working relationship, something that’s crucial for any coaching partnership.

Does the financial commitment for coaching include any teaching for my children?

Homeschool coaching includes supporting you, as a home educating mother, to do and be the best you can be. The package includes help with planning, time management, curriculum choices, teaching problems, emotional support and guidance.

Can my husband join the coaching calls?

These coaching calls are strictly WOMEN ONLY. This is my personal preference. Having privacy during your coaching calls will help you to open up more readily, so we can find solutions more quickly and you can get the most out of our time together.


What other mothers are saying about Dr Gemma…

Dr Gemma has helped to motivate and inspire me as a homeschooler, she has given me many ideas on how to plan our days and she often makes me reflect on what I want to prioritise in our home. This journey can often feel overwhelming and she has a special way of reassuring me I am doing a great job but motivating me to be a better version of myself at the same time. Her kind and gentle nature really is inspiring and I have always looked up to her as a homeschooling mother.

-Sophie, UK

I have learnt a lot and feel more confident that Dr. Gemmas homeschooling approach can be instill in our family to build the foundation to Love Allah and a holistic wholesome methods of education. Dr. Gemma is extremely helpful and empathetic human. Insallah I look forward to taking part in her upcoming course and I am sure it will be beneficial for my children and entire family? -Fatema, Switzerland

…felt bad in my parenting. I always had a bad conscience about everything. I felt like the worst mother in the world… Being a mom is not easy…She is a support, a friends and you see that she love helping others. I am so grateful that she is here, especially in the world where everything should be so perfect. – Marryam, Sweden


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How to Start Homeschooling – The Muslim Parent’s Guide

It’s hard to know where to begin when you first decide to start homeschooling.

There are so many options! It seems like a blessing to have plenty of information about homeschooling available online.

However, access to so much unfiltered information can also make homeschooling appear a lot more complicated than it actually is.

Read on to find out how I can help you feel confident to start homeschooling in a stress-free way!

How to start homeschooling - the Muslim parents guide

How do you start homeschooling? 

It’s not difficult to research the benefits of homeschooling for your family. It’s easy to find a multitude of options for curriculums, reading ideas and crafty activities to do with your child. 

But how do you use all that information to teach your child in the most efficient way possible?

How do you know which curriculums are best for your unique family?

How do you maintain a beneficial schedule without homeschool lessons taking over your entire life?

Is it possible to still have time for yourself when the homeschool day is done?

How do you do it all?

All these questions build up in your mind and often lead to crippling self-doubt. Do you have what it takes to handle the full responsibility of your child’s education? 

How do you finally take the plunge and start homeschooling?

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Start homeschooling with ‘Launch Your Homeschool’

‘Launch Your Homeschool’ is an online course to help you find your own homeschooling path as a Muslim family. This course uses a combination of Charlotte Mason philosophy and crucial Islamic values to give you the confidence to develop your own homeschool curriculum that is suitable for your family. 

Instead of feeling anxious about the magnitude of the task before you, feel excited! You will gain the skills needed to design your own path in home education, a path which reflects your children, your family and your values.

Are you wondering if Charlotte Mason is suitable for a Muslim homeschool? Click here to find out!

Who is the course for? 

Launch Your Homeschool is dedicated to Muslim families who are striving to design their own unique homeschool life and develop their own curriculum to suit their family dynamic. 

This course is for you if:

⭐ The thought of homeschooling appeals to you but you’re not sure where to start.

⭐ You’re feeling overwhelmed by all the different options, curriculum choices and activities to do with your children.

⭐ You want to join the homeschool movement but find yourself confused and unsure how to practically get started.

⭐ You have a busy, hectic life (like most mums!) and need a self-paced course to complete in your own time

⭐ You’re a Muslim family hoping to find the right balance between your child’s Islamic and secular education.

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What does the course offer? 

When you enrol in the ‘Launch Your Homeschool’ course, you have access to:

? A library of 17+ pre-recorded video lessons

? Accompanying fun-sheets to guide you through the lessons

? A supportive Private Facebook community

? Your very own homeschool planner

?And lots of special bonuses – CLICK HERE to find out what they are!

You have lifetime access to the course materials so you can work your way through at a pace that suits your schedule. With pre-recorded lessons, you can watch them whenever you want, pause and replay as you need to. This course is designed to be as convenient as possible, because I know how hectic life as a mum can be!

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The main skills you learn during the course are centred around homeschool planning and time management. Once you are confident in these areas, all the other homeschool obstacles will become easier and more manageable. 

With the course, you learn how to maintain motivation and consistency in your homeschool and feel confident about your journey. You will learn how to avoid common homeschooling pitfalls so you are well-prepared for your homeschool life. 

Learn all of this AND how to still dedicate time to yourself so you don’t experience homeschooler burnout! 

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How to access the course and start homeschooling 

Are you ready to Launch Your Homeschool? To enrol now or join the waiting list, simply click here and sign up for access to this beneficial course!

Will you start homeschooling with ‘Launch Your Homeschool’?

What are your biggest concerns when deciding to start homeschooling? Do you struggle with deciding on the best options for your family? Or maybe the thought of adding even more to your to-do list is extremely stressful!

Write in the comments and let me know what you hope to gain from the ‘Launch Your Homeschool’ course. 

If you’re curious to know how I started homeschooling my children, click here to discover our homeschool story.

CLICK HERE to learn more the course:

How to Homeschool – Get Started with this FREE eBOOK

How to Homeschool eBook

Have you decided to homeschool but you’re uncertain how to start?

When we start homeschooling, many often hit Google and Facebook groups desperately searching for answers to our many questions. Instead of answers, we often find an ocean of differing responses and come away with even more questions than when we first started! 

How do you homeschool your kids when everything is so confusing?

My new eBook, Home Eduction – What You NEED To Know is a simple beginner’s guide to all those confusing areas that prevent you from starting an amazing homeschool journey with your kids.

To get your hands on this helpful guide, simply CLICK HERE and receive the eBook for free

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Read on and find out what’s included in this essential guide, how it can kick-start your homeschool and put all your worries at ease.

How to homeschool in your country

Legal issues are incredibly confusing for most new homeschoolers. When you first decide you want to homeschool, one of the biggest obstacles your way can be the confusion over how to legally and successfully start educating your child at home.

Home education can be simple and natural in many ways, but the legalities around it can be complicated and unclear!  

When you start homeschooling your children, it often feels like you’re going against the ‘norm’. If you have come into contact with this kind of attitude from friends, acquaintances, even family members, preparing yourself with knowledge of the expectations and legal requirements in your country will give you confidence in your decision and help you to move forward and even reassure family members around you. 

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With a main focus on UK and US homeschool legal issues, this eBook answers many of the major questions you have when you first start to homeschool. And don’t worry if you live in other parts of the world, I have you covered as well with links and resources to help you find the legal homeschool information for your country! 

The Home Education eBook will give you much-needed answers to the main questions we ask ourselves before we start homeschooling:

? How involved will the government be in my homeschool?

? What is the best way to communicate with my local government?

? Do I need to deregister my child from school? And how do I do that?

? Do I need to contact my local education authority regularly?

? Can I get financial aid?

Start your homeschool by navigating the legalities with confidence!

Click here to sign up to the mailing list and receive your FREE copy!

What does your homeschool need?

Knowing your legal rights is only the start of your journey. Many new homeschoolers feel overwhelmed by the task at hand and even doubt their ability to deliver a decent education to their children.

But how do you do that? How do you know you’re making the right choices? What do you need to think about to ensure your children get the best education possible?

The Home Education eBook answers:

? Do I need to follow a set curriculum?

? Do I need teaching qualifications to homeschool my children?

? Does my country require me to track and report assessments for my kids? 

? How do meet with other homeschool families?

Stop telling yourself you can’t do this.

With the right tools, you can provide your child with a fruitful home education.

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Tackle home education challenges

As beautiful as homeschooling is, it isn’t always simple. In fact, many of us find multiple challenges and obstacles standing in our way before we even start. However, many families continue to homeschool successfully, despite facing some tricky situations.

The Homeschool eBook offers advice regarding some tricky homeschool challenges:

? How will my children find chances to socialise?

? Can I homeschool successfully with multiple children?

? Is it possible to homeschool an only child?

? How do I juggle working and homeschooling at the same time?

Challenges such as a job or multiple children don’t prevent you from bringing home education into your family.

The Home Education eBook addresses each scenario and offers advice and reassurance along the way.

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If you really and truly long to provide your kids with a home education, don’t let these challenges stand in your way. 

Every homeschool is different and that is the beauty of home education. With a variety of family dynamics and circumstances, home education is not only possible but preferred as it can fit around your unique family life.

Home education beyond primary

Most homeschool blogs and Instagram accounts seem geared towards the younger children, usually up to age 11. But what about our teenagers? What will happen to our happy home educated children as they begin to approach the age when they will need qualifications and to prepare themselves for going into the world of work or university? 

The Home Education eBook addresses this concern. It helps you paint a picture of what the options may be for older children and those wishing to apply to colleges and university. Will home education be a crutch or a valued stepping-stone? Read the eBook to find out!

Want to get your hands on the eBook?

No matter how old your children are or where you live in the world, this eBook is a valuable resource to have on hand. Save yourself the trouble of scrolling through Google and reading confusing information for hours and hours. This eBook brings all the essential information into one easy-to-read document. All you have to do is Sign Up!

CLICK HERE and receive your Free copy of Home Education – What You NEED To Know!

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How to Homeschool – 5 Essential Steps to Prepare to Homeschool

How to Homeschool - 5 Essential Steps to Start Homeschooling from Our Muslim Homeschool

The new school year is here and homeschool prep is at the forefront of our minds. This may be your first homeschool year and you’re wondering how to get started. How can you homeschool if you’ve never done it before? These 5 essential steps will show you how to homeschool easily throughout the year!

We often start the year with good intentions, meticulous plans and well-prepared resources. However, after a few weeks, we risk the ‘homeschool slump’ when the enthusiasm dips and the good intentions we started out with are difficult to maintain. With these 5 key steps, you’ll be in control of your homeschool life!

How to Homeschool - 5 Essential steps to start homeschooling! From Our Muslim Homeschool

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1.   Work out your daily rhythm

To discover how to homeschool in the best way possible you must realise that everyone is different. There is no one correct way to do things, so spend some time figuring out what works best for you and your family. 

During the day, structure your homeschool subjects in a way that makes the most sense for your child. If your children are more focused in the morning, get the difficult topics (like maths) out of the way first. If your children start to get a little tired around early afternoon, use that time for gentle and relaxing Poetry Time. 

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Figuring out what works best will go a long way in keeping your days as stress-free as possible. Your rhythm may change throughout the year – you might enjoy Poetry Time over breakfast! And that’s fine. If you pay attention to how your children respond to their subjects, you’ll know instinctively when and how you need to change things up. 

Related: Homeschool Poetry – Why bother?

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2.   Establish morning and evening routines

Even before you start homeschooling, it’s a good idea to get your whole family into a routine for each day. Routines are very different from schedules! Schedules can be restrictive by dictating what gets done and for how long, and if you have a bad day (and let’s be honest, the reality of homeschooling is things rarely go according to plan!) then the whole schedule can fly out of the window leaving you more stressed and unorganised than before!

Routines are different. Routines tell you what order to do things. This gentle structure is very helpful for children in keeping them grounded and focused. They are able to relax by anticipating what comes next in their day – whatever time that may be! 

Incorporate a routine in the morning before you start school. For example, your children have to make their bed, eat breakfast, help clear the table and then get their school things out. 

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When it comes to the evening, nothing helps kids wind down for a good night’s sleep like a stable evening routine. As mothers, we are used to using a bedtime routine to help babies sleep through the night, but older children benefit from a bedtime routine just as much. For example: Once they finish their work for the day, they can put away their school things, eat dinner, clear the table, tidy up their toys, have a bath, read in bed, and then lights out. 

A routine is the perfect way to add structure to your day without the restrictions of a tight schedule that can easily go off track.

If you’d like to know more about using routines in your day, I talk about it more here!

Related: Productivity and Time Management for Homeschool Mums

3.   How to Homeschool and get the chores done too

Chores are something we all hope and pray we can implement with our children, but day after day we find ourselves overwhelmed with housework and it seems like no one is helping! When trying to homeschool, it can be extremely difficult to focus on enjoying the time educating your kids when a long list of chores is distracting you. 

By distributing manageable chores across your children, you achieve a number of things:

⭐It’s less stressful for you when you know certain things are taken care of. 

⭐It instils a sense of responsibility amongst your kids.

⭐They develop a meticulous love and care of their home and bedroom. 

⭐Home economics is an extremely valuable homeschool subject. Giving your children chores will teach them life skills which will prove to be priceless in their older years. 

Consider adding ‘Chore Time’ to your daily routine so you can better relax and focus on quality time with your children.

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4.   Plan your meals

Staying with the theme of organisation, meal planning goes a long way in keeping you in control. I talk about how to implement meal planning into your homeschool in my podcast: Raising Mums – Run Your Home Like A Boss

By knowing the week’s menu, you can plan your shopping ahead of time and only buy the items you need each week. This way, you save money and reduce the amount of food that goes to waste!

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Get your children involved by asking them which meals they would like to have. Your older children could even help prepare a meal each week. This is a great opportunity for them to learn those all-important life skills!

I use a fantastic online meal planning tool called PLAN TO EAT. If you would like to try it out, they are currently running a 30-day FREE TRIAL!

CLICK HERE to sign up! 

Related: Podcast- Run Your Home Like a Boss

5.   How to plan your homeschool year

Planning is essential when homeschooling. You need to have an idea what you will use each day, otherwise you find yourself constantly frazzled trying to get resources ready on time. 

It can be very easy to fall down the ‘homeschool rabbit hole’ when looking online. The longer you search the more excited are to try every curriculum and every downloadable resource you can find. Whilst this is thrilling at first, after a while you quickly become burnt out by the amount of activities, eBooks, and videos you have at your disposal. 

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It’s impossible to predict what your entire year has in store for you, but you can find the balance between structured organisation and having freedom to change things when you need to:

Yearly: Each year, have a loose plan for how you will homeschool. This plan includes books you will read, Maths and Phonics programmes, Science and History topics, etc.

Every 6 weeks: This is where you can be more detailed. Using the topics and programmes you’ve already chosen, plan 6 weeks in detail. Which subtopics will you cover? Which pages of those books do you need? Which activities and worksheets need to be prepared? Gather everything together and note down your plan so each day your mind is clear, and you know exactly how to homeschool that day. 

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Remember, you can’t possibly do everything! So, pick the topics you want and prepare the activities you can realistically get done.  

Want to know more about planning? Check out Homeschool Planning 101.

Related: Podcast-Homeschool Planning 101

What advice would you give?

When it comes to homeschooling, countless people have plenty of advice! We all need help from other homeschool mums, so please share your advice in the comments below.

What steps do you find essential when starting your homeschooling year? How do you homeschool successfully?

Share with us in the comments below!

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How to Start Homeschooling | Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum

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To start homeschooling, you need homeschool curriculum. But how do you choose?

In this part of the world we are blessed with an abundance of homeschooling resources. There is a wealth of free information online and with the click of a button you can have homeschool curriculum shipped to your door the next day. But with so much available, many mothers feel overwhelmed.

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When you’re learning how to start homeschooling, it is difficult to decide which one to go for. How do you choose between them all? They all look so good! Right?

In episode 26 of the Raising Mums podcast, I talk LIVE on Facebook and Instagram about what you need to think about when you start homeschool curriculum shopping. I also teach you the three things you need to think about before you buy anything!

If you want to know which homeschool curriculum to chose for your children,

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

How to Start Homeschooling Course

 Launch your Homeschool is an online course designed to help Muslim families who want to start homeschooling. It will guide you as you navigate and design your own path home-education. Built upon a foundation of Islamic values, and the framework of the Charlotte Mason Philosophy, I’ll be there supporting you step-by-step!

I strongly believe that there is no one-size-fits-all curriculum for homeschooling. So in this program, I give you the tools you need to find your own way, based upon your values, your unique children, and your family dynamics.

A large part of learning how to start homeschooling is the planning. That’s why I’ve dedicated several modules in the course to Homeschool planning and time management; so that you can begin your homeschooling journey positively and with confidence. 

I also go into detail about common mistakes homeschoolers make in their first year so you can avoid them!

The aim is for everyone who enrols in the Launch Your Homeschool course to go from feeling overwhelmed, unsure and confused; to confident, excited and well prepared for coming homeschool year.

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How is it taught?

I know first hand how little time mothers have to study when their children are young. For this reason I have kept the lessons short, around 20 minutes, but packed with value, so that you can watch them during nap-time or while you have your morning coffee. Everything is pre-recorded, and you have lifetime access, so you can go back and rewatch any of the lessons whenever you want. 

In addition to video lessons, you’ll get access to a buzzing private student community on Facebook, all the homeschool planning material you’ll need to plan out your year AND 4 LIVE Q&A sessions with me!

Enrolment closes TODAY! Sunday 19th July 2020, at 11.59pm GMT.

To find out more, and to see if LAUNCH YOUR HOMESCHOOL is for you…

CLICK HERE! ** LAUNCH YOUR HOMESCHOOL ** 


I’ll be taking a few weeks off from these LIVE Facebook and Instagram broadcasts, but I’ll be back again after Eid for some more Raising Mums goodness! insha’Allah.

Peace and Love,

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