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Should you be Concerned about the New Schools Bill? Home Education

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Education is compulsory but school is not. Under the 1996 Education Act, parents have a responsibility to provide their children with a suitable education whether at school or otherwise. School does not suit all children or lifestyles. Parents choose home education for a number of reasons, the topmost of which is the desire to give their children a quality, individualised education that will equip them for their adult life in an ever-faster-changing world.  This may all change. Parliament is currently debating a proposal for a new education bill. The New Schools Bill will also impose new requirements on Home educating parents. So how will this change your life and why should you be concerned?

In Episode 81 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share why home educators should be concerned about the New Schools Bill.

Read the New Schools Bill HERE: https://bills.parliament.uk/bills/3156

New Schools Bill and Home Education

  • The changes in the Schools Bill impact England, but not currently Wales and Scotland.
  • Local authorities must have a register of all children not in school. Every local authority is different and without strict guidelines, there is a risk that LAs will abuse their new powers.
  • Parents can be fined up to £1000-£2500 for failing to comply with new regulations
  • Local authorities must now provide support to home educators but no specifics have been given on what this will look like.
  • Instead of protecting home educators, these changes treat us as a problem that needs to be controlled. Many are concerned about what this will lead to.
  • No specifics are given on what information will be collected to assess if a “suitable education” is being provided by parents.

The Bill and amendments are currently being discussed in the House of Lords throughout June. Petitions against the Schools Bill by home educators are available to sign nationwide. The easiest way to find it is by searching on Facebook for the New Schools Bill and your consistency name.

Related: How to BREAK your Homeschool https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2022/03/homeschool-podcast.html

Related: Charlotte Mason in Our Homeschool Centuries https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2021/06/charlotte-mason-muslim-homeschool-2.html

How to Start Homeschooling

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.

I teach you how to craft a curriculum 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. Whether you are homeschooling in the UK, or elsewhere in the world, this programme will help you give your children an incredible education at home. 

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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 enrolment is currently closed.

Doors open July 2022, insha’Allah. 

JOIN THE WAITING LIST HERE: https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/courses

Peace and love,

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What Does School Really Teach our Children? | Homeschooling UK

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A good education for our children is every parent’s concern and priority. We have been schooled to think of “success” as synonymous with, or at least dependent upon, “schooling”. However, as Muslim parents homeschooling in the UK, have we’ve lost sight and understanding of what a good education truly means?

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In Episode 75 of the Raising Mums podcast, I talk about how we can instill good character in our children.

Key Points:

  • The Quran and Prophet ﷺ spoke extensively about the importance of good character.
  • Although individual teachers may try, the school system school has other priorities over developing noble character traits.
  • Children lead double lives, not just externally, but internally also.
  • When we homeschool, we can priority character, without sacrificing their academic performance.

The key to the immediate success of our children in this world, and their ultimate success in the next is our parental responsibility to ensure we nurture balanced, honest human beings who live lives based on principle and who exemplify good character in their dealings with other people.

Hadith about Good Character

The Prophet ﷺ once declared, “I have been sent to perfect noble character.” (Sunan Al-Bayhaqee: 21301) 

The Prophet ﷺ said, “Righteousness (birr) is good character.” (Sahih Muslim: 2553)

The servant does not attain the reality of faith until he loves for people what he loves for himself of goodness. (Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān 235, Grade: Sahih)

No human being will enter Paradise if there is as much as the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart. (Musnad Aḥmad 7015, Grade: Sahih)

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Related: Picture Books To Encourage GOOD CHARACTER In Muslim Children https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2015/07/picture-books-to-encourage-good.html

Related: What makes a Book Un-Islamic? Choosing Books for Muslim Kids https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2022/04/what-makes-a-book-un-islamic-choosing-books-for-muslim-kids.html

How to Start Homeschooling UK

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.

I teach you how to craft a curriculum 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. Whether you are homeschooling in the UK, or elsewhere in the world, this programme will help you give your children an incredible education at home. 

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 enrolment is currently closed.

Doors open Summer 2022, insha’Allah. 

JOIN THE WAITING LIST Herehttps://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/courses

Peace and love,

Homeschooling UK

The Best Way to Deal with Homeschool Haters | Homeschooling UK

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Sometimes you are confronted with people who don’t value or approve of homeschooling. This is a common problem here in the UK, where voluntary homeschooling is a very uncommon choice. These Homeschool Haters can bring you down. They can make you have self-doubt and feel despair by challenging your decision to homeschool. So what is the Best Way to Deal with criticism and Homeschool Haters?

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In Episode 63 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share the Best Way to Deal with Homeschool Haters.

The Best Way to deal with Homeschool Haters is to:

  • Measure the advice against two criteria: What is the intention of the person? AND Do they know what you know?
  • Understand their perspective; they are hurting, they are broken because perhaps they were not brave enough to live their own way.
  • Are you diluting yourself for people? Are you trading in the life you want for your children for the apporval of others?
  • Positive change in the world begins with positive change in the home. Be the leader you were called to be.

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Related Podcast – Dealing with Naysayers: https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2021/02/dealing-with-naysayers-home-education.html

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.

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. Whether you are homeschooling in UK, or elsewhere in the world, this programme will help you give your children an incredible education at home.

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 enrolment is currently closed.

Doors open Summer 2022, insha’Allah.

Join the Waiting List herehttps://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/courses

How to Get (almost) Everything Done in your Homeschool!

Our time is really valuable and we want to try to ensure we make the most of it. As Muslims time management is an integral part of our religion with the foundation of our 5 daily prayers helping us to structure our day. How do we build on this fundamental foundation and take ownership of our time in order to boost our productivity and get everything done in our homeschool?

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In Episode 61 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share homeschool productivity hacks, to help you get it ALL done!

The key things to try and implement are to:-

Honour Your Homeschool day – say “No,” don’t schedule appointments or run errands during school hours, put away your phone.

Time block – Have a blocks of time for homeschooling, cleaning, cooking etc.

Be proactive, not reactive – Identify times in your day when things go wrong and ask why. Then you’ll be able to identify what you can do to prevent it.

Productivity Resource Mentioned

The Productive Muslim by Mohammed Faris UK | USA

Deep Work by Cal Newport UK | USA

Episode 2 – How Super Mums do it all: https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/2018/11/super-mums-free-planner.html

Related: How Super Mums do it all!

Homeschooling Course for Muslim Parents

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.

To Join the Waiting List for LAUNCH YOUR HOMESCHOOL, CLICK HERE: https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/courses

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 from 31st January – 4th February 2022.

 For More Information about LAUNCH YOUR HOMESCHOOL– CLICK HERE: https://ourmuslimhomeschool.com/courses

Peace, Love, and Duas

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How to get (almost) everything done in your homeschool

Dealing with Naysayers | Home Education

Home education How to deal with naysayers

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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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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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. 

How to Homeschool eBook - Grab the free Home education ebook to find out what you need to know about how to start homeschooling

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.

How to Homeschool eBook - Download your Free copy of the Home education book to find out what you need to know about how to start homeschooling

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.

How to Homeschool eBook - Grab the free Home education ebook to find out what you need to know about how to start homeschooling

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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Homeschooling Children Q&A | Answers to your Questions and Problems!

Homeschooling Children Q & As | Answers to your questions and problems!

Homeschooling children can present its own unique problems that only other homeschoolers get! Although the rewards are great, we home-educating families often hit “bumps in the road” that we need advice to rise above.

Homeschooling Children Question and Answer Session

In Episode 20 of Raising Mums, I answer questions some of the questions that other mothers and homeschooling families submitted on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

This includes:

?What to do when you Feel like a Homeschool Failure

?Do you need to be Rich to Homeschool?

?How to Schedule your Homeschool Day

? What to do when your Children are Bored

?How to Homeschool Younger Siblings

? Do Unit Studies really work?

And MORE!

To hear the answers to these questions, and more like them,

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

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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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LIVE Q&As + Big Announcement!

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This week, I was on the Our Muslim Homeschool Facebook and Instagram page answering your questions LIVE!

I answer questions about:

  • Daily Routines
  • Healthy meal ideas
  • After school activities at home
  • Teaching children about the Islamic Heros
  • Coping with mess
  • Feeling overwhelmed

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Big Announcement

In this LIVE broadcast, I also made a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. If you don’t want to spoil the suprise, stop scrolling and watch the video now!

So, here’s the news….

Firstly, these LIVE weekly shows have been given a new name, “Raising Mums”. I chose this name as it reflected my ambition for this show….

A live weekly broadcast that inspires mums to live with purpose and intention, to raise their children mindfully, and empowers mothers everywhere to own their lives and to thrive doing it!

Dr Gemma Elizabeth – Raising Mums

And even BIGGER NEWS!….you can now listen to Raising Mums as a podcast!

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Listen to the New Podcast: Raising Mums!

Podcast Launch

Yes, that’s right! Wherever you listen to your podcasts, you can head over there now, and Subscribe to Raising Mums!

You can listen to these broadcasts whilst you’re commuting to work, cleaning the house, working out, or driving the car! The great thing about podcasts, is that you can “grow on the go”, and learning whilst doing other things! Perfect for busy mums…right?!?!

Please had over to iTunes, Apple podcasts and Spotify, and leave a review for “Raising Mums” so other mums, like you, can find it!

You can also simply play the podcast directly from my website! Try it now…

And as always, you can watch the replay of this LIVE broadcast on Youtube. Just click on the link below!

Watch this Video!

Homeschool Resources Mentioned

Subscribe to “Raising Mums” on iTunes

Read Aloud Family

Ayat Jamilah

Mirage audiobooks

Ghazali Children

Al Ghazali by Demi

How to run your home like a boss Part 1

How to run your home like a boss- Part 2

Meal planning app – 30 Day FREE Trial

Add me as a friend on Plan to Eat using email: Ourmuslimhomeschool@gmail.com

If you missed last week’s video: Run your home like a BOSS! – Part 2 just CLICK HERE!

This episode marks the end of Season 1 of Raising Mums. It’s been an incredible few months, and I’m so grateful for all the lessons I’ve learnt during this time and the people I’ve come to know through it.

I’ll be back Sunday 24th March 2019 at 10am GMT on Facebook and Instagram LIVE for the launch of Season 2. insha’Allah

I’ve got some great content planned for you! I hope I’ll see you then!

Peace and Love,

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Dr Gemma Elizabeth

Sustainable Homeschooling | Secure your Homeschool for the Future

This week I was LIVE on Facebook and Instagram talking about some of the ways you can ensure you’ll be homeschooling for many more years to come insha’Allah.

I’m speaking to the mum who wants to homeschool, and is planning and preparing for this new adventure.

I’m talking to mum who homeschools now, but feels disheartened. Who feels that it’s not going the way she thought it would, and she feels like she’s failing.

I’m talking to everyone who homeschools sharing my nuggets of wisdom as to how you can continue to homeschool for many years. There are things we can do in our lives, to make homeschooling a sustainable, longterm experience for us.

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

Next week, Sunday 13th January 2019 at 10am, I’ll be back on Instagram and Facebook LIVE discussing, “Homeschool Under Threat| Homeschooling with a baby.”

I hope I’ll see you there!

Previous LIVES Mentioned

“I’m just a mum, is that enough?” – CLICK HERE.

“Preparing your homeschool for the New Year.” CLICK HERE

If you have any more questions, feel free to leave me a comment down below.

Peace and Love,

Dr Gemma Elizabeth

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