Homeschooling

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!

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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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Homeschooling Children with Special Educational Needs

Homeschooling special educational needs | Pros and cons for SEN children

Many parents of children with special educational needs have seriously considered homeschooling. For special needs kids, there is a lot to consider.

If you want some honest, and real advice about the pros and cons of homeschooling a child with special educational needs, read on!

Homeschooling children with special educational needs | Should I homeschool my SEN child? Pros and cons discussed

I’m delighted to welcome Sal Shah, a Special Educational Needs mentor, into this space today to share her insight into homeschooling children with SEN.

The following was kindly contributed by Sal Shah, a special educational needs mentor.

Is homeschooling the best choice for a special needs child?

The truth is, I can’t honestly answer that because it is so unique to each child. I can only share my experiences and the knowledge that I learnt on my journey. It is a deeply personal choice and there is no right or wrong answer.  
 
Each child with special needs has their own journey through education.

Homeschooling children with special educational needs | Should I homeschool my child with SEN? | The pros and cons.

While some have a seamless journey post diagnosis and attend excellent schools with appropriate resources and supportive teachers, this is not the case for many SEN students and I like so many others, was pushed into the situation of home-schooling.
 
What I learnt in those few short months was how important unschooling was. How important it was to let go of expecting to control everything, to go at my child’s pace. I learnt that education is everywhere. In every single thing that we do.

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We baked, we went outside and explored nature, we read books, we met with other families in our situation – special needs children forced into homeschool because their schools failed them.


For me, sending my son back to a school where the teachers really understood his needs was vital. It would have been easy to label all teachers the same after I dealt with so many who had a very poor attitude, but I also worked with many in the time that he was home who showed me what empathy and understanding led to and how a good relationship with
a scared child can work wonders.

Homeschooling children with special educational needs | Should I homeschool my child with SEN? | The pros and cons.


The pros of Homeschooling


Anxiety


Many homeschooled children have reduced anxiety as they don’t have to play to the demands of a formal setting like school. For a lot of special needs children, particularly those with anxiety, the anxiety vanished, sleep was restored (not worrying about going to school), so this was the biggest benefit.

Rebuilt confidence and self-esteem


When a child goes through a pretty traumatic time in school, they are often left damaged and this was the case for our son. We spent most of the time at home rebuilding that confidence and working on his self-esteem. A lot of the work I did with my son was about boosting his confidence and giving him lots of opportunities to do this.


Therapeutic approach


My son was seen by a team of specialist teachers who came to our house in the interim of finding a new school. We had also hired a behaviour therapist who taught us techniques as a family to help him through his experiences and anxiety. This wouldn’t have been available at school unless it was written in his EHCP – education health care plan and at that it wasn’t.

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The cons of Homeschooling

Juggling everything


I found it very hard to give all my children the same level of attention because one, they were all different ages and two, with a special needs child, things can take twice as long and sometimes you can be met with extra resistance depending on their needs.


I am not an expert


Of course, I know my child better than anyone else, but I also found that in some situations, a trained expert was needed.

Some children thrive better at home, but my child thrives better in a school setting with teachers who are experienced in dealing with special needs.

I am a massive believer in early intervention too. The earlier you can offer support to your child, the better chance they have at succeeding in later life.

Homeschooling children with special educational needs | Should I homeschool my child with SEN? | The pros and cons.


It can be costly


If you have a special needs child, often you will need to buy more things and possibly access speech therapy, occupational therapy, etc and these costs can add up. Of course, if you apply for an EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) you can request for a personal budget to help you pay for these therapies.


Routine


Although you can have some sort of routine at home, many special needs children thrive on routine and at school there is always a routine. At home, things can sometimes crop up and as mother of 3 children, I was juggling a new baby, school run for my other child and running back and forth to clubs, so this effected our learning a lot and for a special needs
child this can be further damaging.

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Home-schooling is a fantastic way to learn and of course the benefits outweigh the cons, but you have to look at works best for your family. Once my son started his new school, his behaviour, learning and outlook completely changed and ultimately, we Plan, but Allah is the best of planners.

Our journey may have been tough at times, but Allah led us to the
place that was best for him and taught me that education is everywhere.

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Author Bio

Sal Shah is a special educational needs mentor from Surrey, in the UK. She has a background in journalism and communications, and recently has recently undertaken training with the National Autistic Society and IPSEA.  She also volunteers at a local specialist school in the UK and hopes to start her teacher training in 2021. Sal is highly passionate about special educational needs and ensuring all children can access the education they deserve. Sal helps mentor parents by providing them with information regarding diagnosis and where to receive further support. She also advises parents in regards to what to do if there are issues at school or with the local authority. Her ultimate goal is to empower parents so they are prepared for their childrens future.  You can find out more about Sal and the services she provides on her website.

Special educational needs

Wasn’t that wonderful! SO real and honest!

Thank you Sal, for sharing your insight with us all about homeschooling children with special educational needs.

I pray that this valuable piece finds the families that need it most. Ameen.

Peace and Love,

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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!

How to homeschool when you feel overwhelmed and stressed from our muslim homeschool
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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. 

How to homeschool when you feel overwhelmed and stressed

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. 

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

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!

How to homeschool when you're overwhelmed with gameschooling

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! 

How to homeschool when you're overwhelmed from our Muslim Homeschool

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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What is Homeschooling? | Life and Learning in a Muslim Homeschool

what is homeschooling? Life in a muslim homeschool

The beauty of home education lies in its diversity. When I’m asked “What is homeschooling?”, I struggle to answer! Home education looks different in every family you come across. It’s true!

However at its core, homeschooling is when parents have chosen to educate their children outside of mainstream schools. Simply put, it is when parents take a much greater responsibility in the education their own kids.

The reason why homeschooling looks so different in every family is because home educators don’t believe in the “one-size-fits-all” approach of mainstream schools. Instead, homeschoolers are creating bespoke learning experiences for their family, based upon their ideals, beliefs and the individual needs of their children.

what is homeschooling

I am delighted to bring Shazia into this space, to share her story with you here. Her approach to raising her children is an inspiration to me, and her many followers on Instagram.

In this blogpost, Shazia explains what homeschooling is to her family; what it looks like, how it all began, and some parting advice for those who want to know how to start.

It’s truly an honour to share her insights with you here. 

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Life in a Muslim Homeschool

“Assalaamu alaykum, my name is Shazia and alhamdulilah I am a mother of three beautiful children aged 13, 11 and 8 years old. We live in the East Midlands in the UK and I began to home educate nearly 7 years ago.

As a family we love to spend much time together, whether it is in the outdoors, at museums, heritage sites, islamic events or just being at home snuggled up to watch a movie or playing board games.

We love travelling and especially visiting Muslim countries to explore the rich Islamic history they have to offer, perform ziyarahs, and absorb different cultures. 

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We do plan things last minute and are quite spontaneous and adventurous in our trips, the children and their dad more so than me. I have woken up to being told we are going France and by the evening we are driving into Paris, or that we are going camping in Wales on a late afternoon and are pitching our tent as the sun begins to set.  

How our Homeschool Journey Began

We never started off as a home-schooling family. In fact, I had never even come across the concept of home-schooling until my husband mentioned it to me when the children were toddlers and I was contemplating nursery settings.

At that time, I wasn’t keen on the idea and never pursued it until the children began attending school. This is when I began to feel the void of them being away from me for so many hours.

Related: Day in the Life | What Homeschooling is REALLY LIKE!

I started to look more into home education and then deregistered them from primary school. The work at primary level was so basic, and I felt confident that as someone with a university degree, and as a part qualified accountant, I could just teach them at home and enjoy them during these most precious years where they need me to help them build a strong foundation.

Alhamdulilah, Allah facilitated this opportunity for us as it has truly been such a blessing for us as a family. My elder children have now started their journey into secondary school education so I now have just one child at home who has never entered the school system.  

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What is Homeschooling to us?

A typical day in our home always begins with Fajr prayer followed by the recital of Quran and dhikr. I feel it is so important to feed our soul early in the morning and then feed our body.

This structure has always helped us to begin our day in a calm and relaxed manner. Once the elder two have left for school, I sit with my eight year old to read our current read aloud book. This is normally followed by literacy work around the book which may be comprehension worksheets, creative writing, or poetry.

We have a short snack break and begin her maths work. I prefer to keep our lessons hands on and find unit studies allow us to incorporate many subjects from one topic.

We have plenty of free play time in the day and I try to plan days in the week as our ‘outing days’ and a few as our ‘home days’ as this helps me to balance my household chores for the week.

We have a very large home-schooling community in our city and many activities are always being arranged. We take part in a monthly forest school session, climbing, ice skating, cooking club and many random park meet ups.  

Related: Homeschool Day in the Life with Arabic Flashcards

How to Start Homeschooling

Due to Covid I’m sure many parents will be wanting to embark on the home education journey and many will have decided it’s not for them. Either way, we are all home schoolers, some on a full time basis and some when the children return from school/weekends or holidays.

Having children in school and at home, I know there are pros and cons to both. What matters the most is you and your child being happy. You know your child best and you are the only one who will ever want them to succeed in deen and duniya more than any other teacher.

You really will make some of the most amazing memories together in this time. Admittedly home-schooling isn’t easy, and requires a sacrifice from you in your time, income (if you have to leave work to pursue it) and personal interests. It doesn’t mean you lose all of these but you must forgo part of them for a greater thing which is time with your children.

I would say sit down and plan how you want to educate your children, how you will allocate your household chores during the week and how much time you need for your own self. Don’t forget to have time for your own self, for your own spiritual needs where you can pray Salah and read your Quran without interruption.

When you are elevated spiritually you will feel happier and be able to give the best of yourself to your children. May Allah put barakah in your home-schooling journey and do perform istikharah before you make this decision.”

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Thank you Shazia, for showing us what homeschooling is for your family. JazakAllah khayr. That was so inspiring! mashAllah

You can follow Shazia, and her incredible our home-schooling journey on Instagram  CLICK HERE


If you would like to share your family’s unique Homeschooling Experience with our community, please get in touch!
We’d love to hear your story too. insha’Allah.

Peace and Love,

Our Muslim Homeschool Dr Gemma Elizabeth

 

 

 

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Books to Read when you Consider Homeschooling

Are you thinking homeschooling your family? Here are a list of books that you’ll want to read to help you make that big decision.

If you’re thinking about homeschooling your children, the first place you’ll want to go, for reliable and complete information, are books.

Books to read when you consider homeschooling your children. Recommended reading and booklists!

From my experience, families who are considering home education for their children, often feel overwhelmed with books that are heavy on detail or educational philosophy.

Instead, what I’d recommend is that you read books that paint a picture of what homeschooling could look like for you. Rather than bogging you down in details, the books I recommend allow you to draw inspiration and take ideas that suit your family dynamic and belief system.

Primarily the books I’ve included in this list of books to read when you’re considering homeschooling, are memoirs of homeschooling families (real and fictitious) and a few others with a similar approach.

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Books to Read when you’re Considering Homeschooling


A Funny Kind of Education by Ross Mountney

Ross Mountney is an ex-teacher from the U.K., who many years ago left the mainstream educational system to home educate her two daughters. In this memoir of their homeschool experience together, Ross Mountney shows the reader what homeschooling really looks like! It’s moving, hilarious and forces the reader to question what education can look like.

A Funny Kind of Education is one of the first books I ever read about home-education and is the one that inspired me to truly consider beginning our homeschooling journey.

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Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins

Over the years, there is one book that I come back to again and again. That book is “Mere Motherhood” by Cindy Rollins

Cindy Rollins began her homeschooling journey in U.S.A. in the 1980’s, and 9 children later (yes…that’s 8 boys!) she tells us all about her family’s experience home-educating.

The book is written so honestly, and with such a heart-felt message, that you can’t help but fall in love with their story. The author, after decades of homeschooling and facing the ups-and-downs of life, gives the reader perspective and consider what homeschooling could mean to them in the long-run.

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For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

If you’re looking for a book to show you what a true education is meant to be, then you’ll want to read For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay.

After years of research and personal experience, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay wrote this beautiful book. Based around principles set out by Charlotte Mason, the author forces the reader to consider what is education, and how can we provide that in our home.

Some sections of this book contain Christian rhetoric, and readers of other faiths may choose to skip over those parts.

This is the book that inspired me to begin learning more about the Charlotte Mason philosophy, and is the book I always recommend to families who want to know more about the CM method without being inundated with the finer details.

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Homeschooling for Excellence – by David Colfax

The Colfax family didn’t begin homeschooling their family to get them into Havard, but somewhere down the road that is exactly what happened!

Homeschooling for Excellence is a memoir of a home educating family from U.S.A. who took their children out of school and gave them the freedom to learn whatever is was they wanted to learn!

The book is written in a conversational style, where the parents talk honestly about their approach to education, the lessons they learnt and lists some resources they used.

It’s a truly inspiring story. In fact, I feel like finding my copy now and re-reading again!

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Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola

Pocketful of Pinecones is a fictitious account of a homeschooling family, which was written to inspire mothers through hard times. Karen Andreola, the author, is an experienced homeschooler herself, and pours into this story the lessons she learnt along the way.

It’s written as the diary of one mother’s year of teaching her children at home, with a focus on nature study.

It’s a deligthful book to read, and will help readers to better understand their role as a homeschooling mother, as well as give some insight into what a Charlotte Mason homeschool day might look like.

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Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto

This list would not be complete without something from the legend that was John Taylor Gatto.

If you have ever struggled to justify home education to yourself, or others, this book will help. From years of working in education, and his extensive research, Dumbing Us Down outlines many deeply rooted problems in mainstream education.

This book is eye-opening and will soften the heart even the biggest cynic to homeschooling!

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I hope this has helped those of you who were unsure where to begin with their homeschooling research. Memoirs and personal accounts provide insight and inspiration, as well as information on “how-to” do it!

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

Peace and Love,

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P.s. Did you know I have a PODCAST, where I answer a lot of your questions about homeschooling? Make sure you check it out!

Run your Home like a BOSS!

Run your home like a BOSS!

This week I was LIVE on Facebook and Instagram talking about home management for mums and how they can run your home like a BOSS!

Do you find yourself saying, ” I wish I could, but I don’t have time?” Do you want more time and energy to do what is important to you. Do you want more time to connect with your children? Do you want higher energy levels to play and read to them?

Then you’ll want to Watch this Video! all about home management for Mums!

In this video I talk about:

  • Taking ownership and responsibility for your situation
  • How running your home well can save you time and energy
  • Why busyness is a trap and a distraction
  • Thinking Big
  • Automating household purchases
  • Meal-planning the “right” way!

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These are real, tangible steps you can do today, to make a huge impact on the way your home runs.

These simple steps will free up more of your time and energy to invest into what matters to you the most!

WATCH THIS VIDEO!


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Now you know the steps you can take to go forwards insha’Allah.

Now its up to you. I hope with all my heart that you use this as an opportunity to really take ownership and responsibility for your time, energy and ultimately your life. This is where you can start! Use this as a chance to make those positive changes that you and your family need.

Thank you so much for tuning in.

I’ll be LIVE again next week, at 10am GMT, Sunday 27th January, on Facebook and Instagram where we’ll be continuing this discussion on home management for mums with:

“Run your home like a BOSS Part 2- Taking it to the next level!” 

I’ll see you there!

If you have any further questions, or ideas for future lives broadcasts, please leave them for me in the comments below.

Peace and Love,

Run your Home like a Boss!

How to Teach Maths to Gifted and High-Achieving Children

Homeschool Maths curriculum for gifted children

This blog post has been written in collaboration with CTC Math, who gave my family free access to their online Maths programme and compensated me for my time. The following may also contain affiliate links (see “Disclaimer”)

Tears. Tantrums. Frustration. For many of our children, Maths can be a struggle; a struggle for chldren to learn and a struggle for homeschooling parents to teach.

When you are homeschooling a gifted child, teaching Maths can be be just as challenging. Gifted children can also end up crying over their Maths, but the reason for their tears is not a lack of ability or understanding, but instead due to frustration, boredom or trying to simply dealing with the intense emotions that  gifted children notoriously experience.

Teaching maths to the high-achieving and gifted student can be both immensely rewarding and incredibly frustrating for homeschooling families! Although gifted children are usually quick to understand an apply mathematical concepts, they also bring with them a unique set of challenges that other homeschooling parents may not have to face.

How to teach Maths to gifted and high achieving children

Homeschool Maths curriculum for gifted children

It is worth noting, that there is a difference between “giftedness” and being a high achiever. For more information about the difference, read this simple introduction from Psychology Today.

It’s also important to remember that not all gifted students are “gifted” in Maths. Being intellectually gifted can mean an increased aptitude or talent in any number of academic subjects or creative pursuits. However, for simplicity’s sake, when I talk about “gifted” children in this blog post, please assume I am referring to those who are mathematically gifted.

From my own personal experience, I have compiled my top tips on “How to teach Maths to gifted and high-achieving children”, to help you teach Maths to your own children. This advice is what has worked in my home, and I hope that is will give you some ideas for your children too.

1. Forget the Way You Learnt Maths!

Unless you were fortunate to be homescholed, the likelihood is that the way you learnt maths is not going to work for your gifted children. Conventional all-in-one math curricula do not work well for gifted students.

Many of us are used to the idea that a math concept is taught, examples are given, and then the student practices this principle by completing many practice questions. Gifted students often no not need as much practice as conventional workbooks offer. They are able to fully grasp the concept and move onto its application much quicker than conventional curricula allows for.

This means that if you ask you gifted child to work through a conventional math programme, they will become increasingly bored and frustrated with its slow pace and repetition.

Instead, you need to get creative in the way you teach maths to gifted students! One way of doing this is by providing them with a variety of materials.

Teaching maths to gifted children

2. Use a Variety of Maths Resources

It may surprise you to know, that maths does not need to be taught with a textbook and workbook! In fact, there are many other ways that mathematical principles can be taught. In my experience, these are often more effective and memorable than the traditional maths textbook.

Examples include:

  • Living Books – Children can learn maths through stories! Find well-written mathematical stories that ignite your child’s imagination and teach maths at the same time. My children have recently been enjoying The Adventures of Sir Cumference and What’s your angle Pythagoras?
  •  Problem solving/Critical Thinking – Develop you child’s analytical and problem solving skills with critical thinking books and exercises.
  • Computer Programmes – Incorporating computer programmes into your curriculum can be a fantastic motivator for children. Our favourite online Math curriculum is CTC Math (see below)
  • Variety of different workbooks – Mix and match different teaching styles and approaches to keep your gifted child interested and engaged in their learning.

Teaching maths to gifted children living books

 

3. Chose a Curriculum that allows for Flexibility

The introduction of CTC Math into our homeschool has provided us with both the structure and the flexibility that my children need. Using this online Math curriculum 3-4 times a week, has helped to ensure that my children are not missing any important concepts as they “jump about ” within their other varied maths resources.

It is also gives the student and parents the flexibility that is needed for so many gifted students. You no not “need” to complete previous lessons in order to move onto the next level. You do what YOUR CHILD NEEDS to do…and I love that about CTC Math!

CTC Math Gifted Homeschool curriculum
5-digit Addition with CTC Math

 

In previous curricula we have tried, my son became infuriated with the unnecessary repetition and practice questions. With CTC Math, if your child understands the concept, you can move on!

It also allows you to enter your child into any grade that you, as the parent, feel is suitable. CTC Math has allowed my 6 year-old son to start 4th Grade maths, and it is wonderful to finally see him challenged by an online Maths programme.

CTC Math Gifted Homeschool curriculum
CTC Math allows parents to easily monitor progress

The lesson begins by watching a short 4-9 minute video where a concept is taught by audio and animation. Then the student takes what they have learnt, and applies it to a series of practice questions. Parents are kept informed of their child’s progress with a weekly email showing their marks throughout the week.

The people behind CTC Math are very supportive of homeschooling families and offer 60% OFF the cost of the curriculum + 6 MONTHS FREE to homeschoolers! This massive discount is only available to homeschooling families. If you are interested in finding out more, CLICK HERE.

CTC Math Gifted Homeschool curriculum

CTC Math works fantastically for gifted students because of the flexibility it offers. You can go back and repeat lesson, and you can jump as many lessons ahead as your gifted student wants to. In addition to this flexibility, it also gives parents the security of knowing that everything is being covered and there will be no gaps in their child’s knowledge.

CTC are offering a 2 WEEK FREE TRIAL at the moment. If you are interested in trying it out with you children for free, CLICK HERE to sign up for your FREE TRIAL

 

3. Make Maths Cross-Curricular

If your child has a natural talent for maths, they will enjoy bringing it into their other school subjects.

For example, we have studied maths whilst learning about Leonardo da Vinci and his incredible inventions. My son also learnt the “Pythagoras theorem” during our study of Ancient Greece. Together, we discovered the Fibonnacci sequence when learning about snails and their shells, in nature-study.

If your child is interested, maths can be brought into almost every subject as it is an integral part of our real-lives.

Maths book for snails homeschool unit study

4. Apply Maths to Real-life situations

Life is full of learning opportunities, and maths is no different. In your day-to-day life, you can engage your gifted children with mathematical problems and meaningful learning. Here are just a few examples of how:

  • Calculate distances trigonometry or estimate using the time it took to travel
  • Help with finances and accounts – if like me, you run a business from home, having a child that loves maths can be very useful at times!
  • Calculate probabilities
  • Working out quantities needed for cooking or home-improvements
  • Converting units

Teaching maths to gifted children real life math
Real life Maths!

Teaching gifted children maths is challenging, and is certainly not simple! However, with a little creativity, it is very possible and very rewarding. 

Gifted children need our attention and guidance, as much as other children do. Without it, they are at risk of become disengaged, uninterested and underachieving.

I hope this blog post has given you some inspiration and ideas of how to teach your gifted or high-achieving children Maths at home.

For further reading on home-educating gifted children, I would recommend “Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Learners” by Cindy West and “Creative Homeschooling : A Resource Guide for Smart Families” by Lisa Rivero

What have you found to be the most effective way of teaching maths to gifted children?

How do you balance the freedom and flexibility that they crave, with the need to “cover all bases”?

Please share your experiences with us all, in the comments below.

Peace and Love,

Dr Gemma Elizabeth

 

Welcome to our New Site!

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Welcome to our new website!

This website has been a labour of love. After many hours of dreaming and planning, it is so incredible to see it here!

After speaking to my followers on social media and readers of my blog, I came to realise that the most important thing for them…for you…was to feel supported and part of a community.

Secondly, there was a need for worthwhile, comprehensive curricula and resources, tailored to the Muslim homeschooling community. That is what this new website will endevour to provide you with.

welcome to our muslim homeschool

Join the Community!

Our Muslim Homeschooling Community is Launching on 15th April!

Join a community of like-minded Muslim homeschoolers and you will receive:

  • Access to our “1001 FREE Resources for Muslim Homeschoolers”

This comprehensive list details the best and most worthwhile resources available for Muslim homeschoolers. Whatever you’re looking for, take a look through our extensive collection of resources, all of which are tailored specifically to the Muslim community.

  • Access to a Private Forum

Our private community forum is a safe space where you can share resources, seek advice, and connect with other Muslim homeschoolers around the globe.

Whether you are looking for opinions on a curriculum, advice about time management, or trying to connect with other home educating families in your area, you will want to join our community forum!

  • Newsletters you’ll want to read!

This regular bulletin is jam-packed with the best and latest homeschool resources from all over the web. We spend hours every week, scouring the net, looking for the best websites, printables and eBooks to share with you. If you join our Homeschooling Community, you can be sure that you’ll never miss out!

The Our Muslim Homeschooling Community officially launches on Saturday 15th April….just a few days away!

If you sign up now, you will be in the first to have access to all the resources and the forum!

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I look forward to seeing you in our community on 15th April!

Our Blog

There are great things lined up for the blog over the coming months.

We have several collaborations lined up with other Muslim mums and homeschoolers, so that you can learn from their insight and gain insight into other ways of homeschooling.

In addition to this, I will continue to be bringing you curriculum reviews, day-in-the-life videos and GIVEAWAYS insha’Allah!

If you are looking for useful, inspirational and insightful articles, take a look around our blog!

Our Shop

This is a really new venture for me and I’m very excited!

Over the coming months our shop will be stocking reading lists for each year group. These reading lists have been approved by qualified teachers, and will hopefully provide you with some guidance of what you should be reading to your children, as well as the books they will enjoy reading themselves insha’Allah. Literature is one of my passions, and I am so excited to share these reading lists with you.

In addition to these reading lists, other homeschooling curriculum will also be available from Our Shop! We have so much great stuff lined up!

I have been working on the Our Muslim Homeschool Planner for months, and it is due for release in July 2017 insha’Allah. This will be a tool for homeschooling parents to, not only plan their homeschooling year, but also manage their home and personal ibadah. This will also be available from Our Shop. There are so many things to look forward. Alhumdulillah <3

Our Muslim Homeshool Planner

It truly is a blessing to be launching this new site. For years I have dreamt of it, and now it is really here!

I hope you will find the answers to your questions in Our blog or Our Community forum. If you do not, please feel free to contact me.

Join our community today!

You will get access to our private community forum and our extensive “1001 FREE Resources for Muslim Homeschoolers!” from the 15th April!

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I would love for you to join our community. I look forward to seeing you there insha’Allah.

Peace and Love.

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Teach Your Kids Islamic Studies…ONLINE!

Ali and Sumaya school review

Teaching your children about Islam can be a daunting prospect! Where do we start?

How do we teach the material?

Once they do start learning the various Islamic sciences, how do we keep up the momentum and maintain their enthusiasm.

How can we encourage our children to want to learn about Islam?

What are the best online resources available to help parents?

Ali and Sumaya school review

This blog post was sponsored by aliandsumayaschool.com. See disclaimer for further details.

I was recently introduced to the Ali and Sumaya school, an online Islamic school, that teaches children the principle Islamic sciences, from the comfort of my own home.

It has been such a blessing to incorporate it into my children’s Islamic education, and I am so excited to share it with you.

Teach your children Islamic studies online!

What is an Online Islamic School?

When we first logged on, I was so impressed! It’s like an Islamic version of ABC Mouse! mashAllah! Instead of teaching phonics or maths, it teaches children Quran, duaas, Arabic, and more!

Ali and Sumaya school homepage

The children absolutely adore it, and really look forward to doing their lessons! I have seen an incredible shift in their attitude towards learning the Islamic sciences. When I announce that it’s time for Ali and Sumaya school, they rush to get to the computer and watch one another do their lessons.

They even recognize the characters in the school from the Ali and Sumaya DVDS, which only adds to their enthusiasm!

Ali and Sumaya school Arabic

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What does it teach?

The Ali and Sumaya school currently teaches:

  • Memorisation of Quran (Hidfh)
  • Reading Arabic
  • Prophetic Duaas
  • Salah
  • Wudu

However since we began the programme, about 2 months ago, they have continued to offer more levels,and add more learning material to their website every month!

Ali and Sumaya school

How does it work?

Most lessons offered involve your child watching a short animated video, where the material is explained. These videos have been made to a very high standard! The audio is clear, with beautiful recitation of Quran, and the animation is amazing!

Ali and Sumaya school Quran

Then after practicing what has been taught, they complete a short quiz to ensure they have understood the lesson.

They way the school assesses memorisation is very simple, but very clever. The teacher will recite part of an ayah or duaa, and then conceal part of it with a “beep”. The child then has to decide what is missing from the duaa, and select the correct answer from a number of options.

Ali and Sumaya school online quiz

If they pass the quiz, they are awarded a “badge.” The badges are the equivalent to virtual stickers, and my kids love collecting them!

Ali and Sumaya school badge

A nice feature on the site is the presence of a leader board. For every lesson you complete, you are awarded points, and the students with the highest number of points will feature on the global leader board.

What age does my child need to be?

There are no specific requirements for age or experience. The only thing I would recommend is that your child should be able to comfortably use the mouse or a tablet, otherwise they may struggle to complete their lessons.

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Are their sources reliable?

There are so many different ways people practice Islam today, especially with regards to worship. The creators of the Ali and Sumaya school consulted a number of religious teachers from Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

If you have any further questions about the scholars and sources that were used, you can email the Ali and Sumaya school directly. Click HERE for their contact details.

Ali and SUmaya school duaas

How long are the lessons?

The time each lesson takes does vary between subjects and levels. However, the makers of the Ali and Sumaya school recommend that children spend 10-20 minutes on each lesson, as few times a week to get the most out of the programme.

We have chosen to use these online classes slightly differently. Instead of everyday, we have been using the Ali and Sumaya school as a reward for good behaviour or academic achievement! They enjoy using this online school so much that they will actually work towards it! They really do love it!

Benefits of Online Learning

Personally, I think the biggest benefit of using an online school like the Ali and Sumaya school, is that the kids enjoy it! Subhanullah, what a difference it makes to your child’s learning when they are having fun!

Ali and Sumaya school

When a child is self-motivated and interested in learning the material, they will retain that information more effectively than if you are forcing them to do their lessons. The Ali and Sumaya school is a fantastic way of nurturing a positive attitude towards studying Islam.

One of the biggest challenges we face as parents today, is the constant struggle we have with limiting screen time. This internal battle happens in almost all of us everyday. Many of us feel guilty at the amount of time our children spend watching TV, or playing on other electronic devices. What is wonderful about the Ali and Sumaya school, is that that guilt is gone! My children can go online, and do their lessons, and learn something really beneficial! Alhumdulillah!

The Ali and Sumaya school provides a halal alternative to the mainstream media. Furthermore, it is a safe and wholesome way for children to spend beneficial time online.

How do I enroll my children?

The creators of the Ali and Sumaya school only take in a limited number of students each term so that they really get to know those pupil’s needs, and assist them as much as possible.

If you would like to secure your child’s place for this terms intake, you can visit their website: AliandSumayaschool.com for more details.

Ali and Sumaya school

If you have any questions about the Ali and Sumaya school, and how we use it in our home, please leave them in the comments section below!

Peace and Love,

Homeschooling children

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