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Educating Children Under 5 at Home | Preschool Activities

Preschool activities

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!

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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

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!

Our Lovely Sponsor

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!

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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

Our Lovely Sponsor

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!

miraj stories discount islamic app for muslim children

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!

https://mirajstories.com/ourmuslimhomeschool/


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

Peace and Love,

Homeschooling in a lockdown

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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

Muslim homeschool curriculum

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!

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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.

launch your homeschool

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

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,

How much does homeschooling cost?
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Is Charlotte Mason suitable for a Muslim Homeschool?

Charlotte Mason for the Muslim Homeschool

Can the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education work for a Muslim homeschool? An increasing number of Muslim Homeschools are adopting and embracing the Charlotte Mason philosophy in their homeschools…but why?

In this episode of Raising Mums, I discuss why we use the Charlotte Mason philosophy in our Muslim homeschool and discuss if the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling is suitable for Muslims?

Charlotte Mason for the Muslim Homeschool

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In this this episode of Raising Mums I answer the following questions:

👉 What is the Charlotte Mason philosophy all about?

👉 Is a Charlotte Mason education suitable and for the Muslim homeschool? Is it relevant?

👉 Do I need to replace or miss any part of it out?

👉 What are the advantages of Charlotte Mason homeschooling compared to others?

👉 Will it prepare my children for higher education? For life?

👉 Why are so many Muslim homeschoolers switching to Charlotte Mason?

WATCH NOW!

FREE Muslim Homeschooling eBOOK:

My eBOOK outlines what we NEED to know before you start homeschooling your children.

Get your a FREE copy of my eBOOK:

Home Education – What you NEED to know” 
👉 CLICK HERE

How to Homeschool eBook

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 - the Online course for Muslim Homeschools

Join the Wait List for the Online Course “Launch Your Homeschool” to get more information.
👉 CLICK HERE

Enrolment opens on SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER 2020, at 12pm GMT


Charlotte Mason Muslim Homeschool Resources

👉 Our Muslim Homeschool YouTube Channel

Our YouTube channel has a wealth of videos about Charlotte Mason curriculum choices, living book recommendations, day-in-the-life videos and more! Check it out!

More Charlotte Mason Resources

Although the following Charlotte Mason resources are not specifically for Muslims, I believe they have a lot of value. My recommendations for parents new to this philosophy, but wanting to learn more are:

👉 “For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Shaeffer Macaulay UK USA

👉”When Children Love to Learn”  by Elaine Cooper UK USA

👉 Podcast: A Delectable Education

👉 Podcast: Thinking Love

👉 Instagram: Modern Miss Mason

👉 Instagram: Charlotte Mason IRL

what is homeschooling

I’ll be back LIVE on Facebook and Instagram on

Sunday 22nd December 2020 at 9pm GMT

when I’ll be talking with you all about, 

How much does homeschooling cost?

I hope I’ll see you there!

Peace and love,

How to start homeschooling
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How to Start Homeschooling | Our Story

how to start homeschooling - how our muslim homeschool began

Listen to our story and learn how to start homeschooling! If you want to homeschool your children, one of the quickest ways to learn how to start is by learning from other experienced homeschoolers and their stories. Learn how to start homeschooling from our story!

How to Start Homeschooling - How our muslim homeschool began

In this video I share:

-Why do we educate our children at home?
-How we started homeschooling?
-What struggles did we face in the beginning?
-How did we overcome them?

WATCH NOW!

FREE Homeschooling eBOOK:

My eBOOK outlines what we NEED to know before you start homeschooling your children.

Get your a FREE copy of my eBOOK:

Home Education – What you NEED to know” 
👉CLICK HERE


How to Start Homeschooling Course

Join the Wait List for my Online Course “Launch Your Homeschool
👉 CLICK HERE

Enrolment opens on SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER 2020, at 12pm GMT


Watch this additional video:

Why we Homeschool our Children
👉 CLICK HERE

what is homeschooling

I’ll be back LIVE on Facebook and Instagram on

Sunday 15th December 2020 at 9pm GMT

when I’ll be talking with you all about, 

Charlotte Mason Homeschooling – A Muslim’s Perspective”

I hope I’ll see you there!

Peace and love,

How to start homeschooling
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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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