Wild and Free Education | True Story

Childhood is sacred. With every year that passes, more and more pressure is put upon the youngest in society. With increasing academic expectations and school hours, and less time to play, many families are turning their backs on mainstream education. Instead, these families are embracing homeschooling in the hope of preserving the childhood of their children; a childhood that is wild and free.

Safia Haque, a student of Launch Your Homeschool, has generously shared her experience of a wild and free childhood. She explains how her formal education was delayed and the ways that has benefitted her as an adult.

In sharing this story, we hope to give you something the reflect on in the way you educate your children, and give reassurance to those of you who are choosing a similar path.

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Wild and Free Childhood

The following was contributed by Safia Haque.

Growing up in Germany in the 1980s meant I was illiterate till the age of seven. I could not read or write. I learnt some mental maths but that is all.

I can imagine that this might come as a shock for a lot of parents in the UK. I remember talking to a teacher when my youngest child was still at school and she was concerned that my 5 year-old was not writing well and that he might have special needs.

I had to swallow deep and said, “Alhamdullilah. He’s completely healthy and I am not worried about his ability to write at the age of five.”

Ok moving on. Back to my illiterate childhood!

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When I attended Kindergarten, for just three hours a day, we played, mostly outside in the garden – running around and bumping into each other!

We did plenty of arts and crafts, always clearing up after ourselves. Although we did have seasonal themes, generally, we were allowed to use our imagination.  I greatly appreciate this now. Having had this freedom is still benefiting me today.

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My Wild and Free Education

I am creating valuable content every day and I am not scared to think and write outside of the box. In just the same way as my kindergarten experience, I do not have the fear of being criticised or that others might not agree with what I am writing.

By exploring nature, and doing experiments in the world around us, we became attached to Allah’s Ayaat. We observed changes, what kind of fruit and vegetable grew at what time of the year and how the rain distributes water for the earth to revive, just as the Quran describes.

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I remember going away with my Kindergarten group, when I was nearly seven, for a three-day trip. It was really exciting and a big experience for us at that stage of life. Although I had stayed with my Grandmother for a week before, I had never stayed away anywhere else. But it was the norm. I just took it as normal and got on with things. This experience gave me independence, confidence and the attitude of “I can handle life”.

When I was not at Kindergarten, I was playing outside with our neighbour’s kids. I don’t remember spending much time indoors unless we had to. We would eat vegetables straight from the ground, with dirt and roots probably, but they were the best tasting veggies ever!

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Pressure-free Childhood

We would go on long cycle rides to the forest, and build shelters from wood, and just potter around. These are the most beautiful memories for me. Today, I am really trying hard to provide this for my children as much as possible.

To be a child, without the pressure of learning phonics when I was not ready, or having to sit on desks for hours to memorize maths facts, has been a blessing for me throughout my life.

It gave me a foundation and an experience that developed life long skills and the courage to be free, to step away from societal norms and explore options “outside of the box”. 


Author Bio

Safia Haque is a speaker, Inside-Out Parenting Coach and home-educator, as well as an Ambassador for Children’s Mental Health.

Safia Haque is a speaker, Inside-Out Parenting Coach and home-educator, as well as an Ambassador for Children’s Mental Health. She lives in Reading (UK) with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl aged 11, 9 and 7. 

Three years ago, she attended a life changing event called The Paradigm Shift, where she discovery the Inside-Out Paradigm which completely transformed her whole life. The transformation gave her the ability to parent effortlessly and many of her burdens vanished. The empowering experience of the Inside-Out Paradigm drove her to share this with Parents all around the world.

She has trained with the highly successful Coach Mamoon Yusaf and is certified by his Inside-Out Coach Academy. She is on a mission to take one Parent/Carer per household on earth through the Inside-Out transformation. She aims to make parenting effortless and stress-free through life-changing insights and realisations.

To find out more visit coachsafia.com/gift, follow her on Facebook or Instagram.

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Enjoying Nature with Children | Outdoor Activities

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Being outdoors is good for your children. It’s good for everyone! However, finding outdoor activities that you and your children enjoy can be challenging.

Scientific discovery continues to reveal all the benefits of being outside; including the benefits of sunlight, the microbes in the soil, and even the mood-boosting effect of the colours of nature.

But as Muslims, we know there is something more. It’s not just about looking at nature, but looking beyond it at the One who created it.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

Despite knowing all the benefits, outdoor activities with children can be stressful. It can even feel weird and awkward! And when the kids get grumpy, you wonder, “What is the point of this?”

In this episode of Raising Mums, I talk about how you can enjoy nature together with children even if you don’t like being outside!

WATCH NOW!

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I’ll be beck next Sunday 7th March 2021, at 4pm GMT, for another LIVE episode on Facebook and Instagram insha’Allah.

See you then insha’Allah!

Peace and Love,

Dr Gemma Elizabeth our muslim homeschool


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Educating Children Under 5 at Home | Preschool Activities

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Let’s talk about educating children under five at home. In this podcast and Youtube video I discuss a simple framework that you can use to create preschool activities for your youngest children.

In this LIVE episode of Raising Mums, I give guidance on how & what to teach your young children at home! We talk about what homeschooling looks like for children under two, and for kids ages three to five, doing preschool or kindergarten at home.

Preschool activities at home - how to educate children aged 0-5 at home

I teach you two easy-to-follow frameworks. The first, helps you to support your baby’s development. The second framework, for children ages 3-5, allows you to create preschool activities and learning at home, simply and easily.

If you want to learn more about how to educate your youngest children, and don’t know where to begin, then you’re in the right place!

Watch Now!

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Bismillah bees create engaging books, songs and preschool activities for Muslim Kids aged 0-6 years old.

They have generously offered my audience a discount of 10% off!

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I’ll be beck next Sunday 28th February 2021, at 4pm GMT, for another LIVE episode on Facebook and Instagram insha’Allah.

See you then insha’Allah.

Peace and Love,

Dr Gemma Elizabeth our muslim homeschool
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Dealing with Naysayers | Home Education

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As homeschooling parents, we have to overcome many obstacles and hurdles, to provide out children with the education and lifestyle we want for them. When you first begin, one of the biggest barriers to home education, is dealing with naysayers.

In those beginning months and years of home education, many of us are fragile. The slightest bump in the road can shatter our confidence and leave us questioning our decision to homeschool. And so, when people around us find fault in our homeschooling, it can send us into a negative spiral, of self-doubt and shame.

Home education | How to deal with naysayers

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So what do you do when someone tells you that you shouldn’t homeschool your children?

In episode 34 of the Raising Mums podcast, I discuss how to deal with naysayers, in a way that will leave you feeling empowered, rather than ashamed.

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

The key to dealing with naysayers is to identify if they are truly coming from a place of concern, or simply feeding their own ego.

In both situations, put yourself into their position and respond with love and compassion.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t stand up for yourself. If you are being mistreated, you must! But do it with compassion, and you will leave the situation feeling more empowered, and confident in your decision to home educate your kids.

Related: Homeschooling | When you don’t have enough time!

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Miraj Stories is such an EASY way to incorporate Islamic learning into your child’s homeschooling! 

They are currently offering a 7 day FREE TRIAL, so give it a go!

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I’ll be back again for another episode of Raising Mums, on Sunday 21st February 2021 at 4pm GMT, LIVE on Facebook and Instagram, insha’Allah.

This time, I’ll be discussing, How to Educate Children Under 5 at Home!

See you then!

Peace and Love,

Our Muslim Homeschool Dr Gemma Elizabeth
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Homeschooling | When You Don’t Have Enough Time!

Homeschooling when you don't have enough time

As a homeschooling parent, we worry a lot! We worry that we’re not giving our children enough of our time. We stress that we’re not doing enough for them. And we agonise about how to fit it all in!

 Homeschooling when you don't have enough time

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In episode 33 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share with you some practical ways that you “squeeze” more learning into your children’s lives, and reframe the way you look at your homeschool.

WATCH THIS!

Related: How to Homeschool in Lockdown | School Closure

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This episode of Raising Mums was brought to you by Miraj Stories!

You can save up to 25% off on this Islamic app for children aged 4-9, with an exclusive Discount Code just for Our Muslim Homeschool fans! It includes Islamic audiobooks, picture books, songbooks and games.

It’s Halal and there are NO ADs! Alhumdulillah!

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Miraj Stories is such an EASY way to incorporate Islamic learning into your child’s homeschooling! 

They are currently offering a 7 day FREE TRIAL, so give it a go!

CLICK HERE to GET 25% OFF Miraj Stories!

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I’ll be back again next Sunday 14th February, LIVE on Instagram and Facebook. I hope I’ll see you there!

Peace and Love,

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How to Homeschool in a Lockdown | School Closure

How to homeschool in lockdown

The government announced that schools in the UK would not reopen this January 2021 for at least 6 weeks. This has thrown many families into a state of worry and, in some cases, panic as they come to terms with the fact that they will have to homeschool their children through this lockdown.

Families are concerned how this lockdown will affect their children’s education, and want to know how they can effectively homeschool them.

Parents also want to know how they’re going to be productive and get everything done, whilst also homeschooling their children.

homeschooling in lockdown

In this episode of Raising Mums, I share a realistic and sustainable way to homeschool your children during the lockdown, and give you several time management hacks to help you stay productive during this difficult time.

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

I hope this has helped you if you’re suddenly homeschooling your children during this lockdown.

You can watch more episodes of Raising Mums on YouTube or listen to the Podcast.

Peace and Love,

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The 5 Essential Steps to Start Homeschooling

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You want to Start Homeschooling but you don’t even know where to begin!

You might have questions like:

👉“What do I teach first?”

👉“Is there an order I need to follow?”

👉“What do I do?”

👉“What do I say?”

👉“How do I even begin?”

In this episode of Raising Mums I lay out a step-by-step approach to begin homeschooling your children.

Here are the 5 Essential Steps to Start Homeschooling!

WATCH NOW!

So let’s recap what we spoke about…

How to Begin Homeschooling

👉 Know your WHY – What is your intention to start homeschooling?

👉 Know the LAW – You can find out more about the legal aspect of homeschooling in our FREE eBOOK.

👉 Know your goals for your children

👉 Find appropriate learning resources based upon your “Why”, the law and your “Goals”.

👉 Plan – Reverse engineer one year at time, focusing on the upcoming 6 weeks.

Related: How to Start Homeschooling – The Muslim Parent’s Guide

If you’re struggling to make sense of the 5 Steps to Start Homeschooling…then you’ve got to WATCH THE VIDEO!

How to Start Homeschooling Course

Launch Your Homeschool is an online course that will you 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 chose 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 now 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?

Start Homeschooling with Launch Your Homeschool

Launch Your Homeschool is open for enrolment between 6th-13th December 2020.
 For More Information – CLICK HERE

Peace and Love,

How to start homeschooling

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?

How to start homeschooling - muslim homeschooling course

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:

Finding the Time to Homeschool

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You’re busy…I know! But despite all the things you have to do already, you dream of homeschooling your children. But how can you?! How can you find the time to homeschool your children?

In this episode of Raising Mums I talk about how anyone can find the time to homeschool, or do anything else they need to do, with the right time management skills.

With a good understanding of how to manage your time, you CAN homeschool too. 

If you can learn these time management skills you can create the life you have always dreamed of for your family.

Time management allows you to be present with your children. You can be that chilled out, joyful mum you’ve always wanted to be, because you know you’ve got everything covered!

You CAN find the time to Homeschool! 

WATCH NOW!


FREE Muslim Homeschooling eBOOK:

⭐ Get your FREE copy of the EBook 
” Home Education – What you NEED to know to get started!”

 This FREE eBOOK is full of information that you really need to know if you’re planning to homeschool you kids. I know that you’ve got a lot of questions, that’s why I put this ebook together for you! It will help you to lay a strong foundation n your homeschool and ( I hope) calm your worries!

I’m offering this amazing Ebook to you for FREE!

Just CLICK HERE to get your FREE copy!
👉 CLICK HERE

Home education ebook from our Muslim homeschool

How to Start Homeschooling Course

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

I teach you how to choose the right subjects for your homeschool, how to chose 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 now 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?

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Launch Your Homeschool opens for enrolment on 6th December 2020

Get your name on the waiting list!
👉 CLICK HERE


Next week, Sunday 6th December at 9pm GMT,

I’ll be back LIVE on Instagram and Facebook talking about…

The 5 Steps to Start Homeschooling?

I hope I’ll see you then!

You can watch all previous episodes of Raising Mums on my YouTube channel or listen on the Podcast.

Peace and Love,

How much does homeschooling cost?
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How much does Homeschooling Cost?

how much does homeschooling cost?

Let’s talk money! How much does homeschooling cost?

If you’re trying to plan ahead, and work out if home education is a feasible dream for your family, you need to know how much it’s going to cost.

You need real figures, real numbers!

how much does homeschooling cost?

Typically if you’re searching online for the cost to home educate your children, you’ll hear a lot of advice that sounds something like,

“Homeschooling is possible for families of every budget. With careful planning you can homeschool for very little.”

And honestly, I’ve said that myself!

But after thinking about it, I realised that that statement is not very helpful at all!

What would be more helpful would be a number of how much it costs a real family to homeschool their children today.

And that’s what I’m going to do here…

I’m going to tell you how much homeschooling costs our family!

I’ve NEVER seen this done before, but in this episode of Raising Mums

I get out my calculator and talk about:
👉How much does Homeschooling cost each year
👉 What are our biggest expenses?
👉 How could we reduce these costs?

Being honest about the costs of homeschooling will help you to know if homeschooling is truly a realistic ambition for your family, and it’ll help you to plan ahead.

WATCH NOW!

Click here to download your FREE spreadsheet to help you plan ahead and map out your finances for the coming homeschool year.

With this worksheet, you can work out how much homeschooling will cost your family!


FREE Muslim Homeschooling eBOOK:

⭐ Get your FREE copy of the EBook 
” Home Education – What you NEED to know to get started!”

 This FREE eBOOK is full of information that you really need to know if you’re planning to homeschool you kids. I know that you’ve got a lot of questions, that’s why I put this ebook together for you! It will help you to lay a strong foundation n your homeschool and ( I hope) calm your worries!

I’m offering this amazing Ebook to you for FREE!

Just CLICK HERE to get your FREE copy!
👉 CLICK HERE

Home education ebook from our Muslim homeschool

How to Start Homeschooling Course

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

I teach you how to choose the right subjects for your homeschool, how to chose 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 now 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 opens for enrolment on 6th December 2020

Get your name on the waiting list!
👉 CLICK HERE


Next week, Sunday 29th November at 9pm GMT,

I’ll be back LIVE on Instagram and Facebook talking about…

Do you have the Time to Homeschool?

I hope I’ll see you then!

You can watch all previous episodes of Raising Mums on my YouTube channel or listen on the Podcast.

Peace and Love,

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