Home Ed Q&A with Super Muslim Mummy!

Over the next few months I will be blogging 'Chai Chats' which are going to be question and answer sessions with fellow Home Educators from around the world to find out how/why they Home Educate along with many other questions I am also asked on a daily basis. Hope you enjoy!!! Please do subscribe by email so you don't miss out!!!

Today I will be having a Chai Chat with...............

Firstly, want to say a big thank you to Nicola Braund from the amazing blog, The World is Their Classroom, for having me as a guest on the 'Chai Chat'. 

So here i go,

When and why did you decide to Home Educate?
I decided to home educate at the start of this year, but didn't take my child out until July, just when the summer holidays started. The reason for me home educating are many, the most important is for me being able to bond with my child and watch her learn and grow. I can also be in control of what she learns and how she learns it. One of the reasons is also religious reasons, i want my daughter to be able to stand and read with me even if its just actions as i pray, if she were at school we would miss out on such an important bonding, learning and spiritual connection. Home Educating was a very big decision for me as it was dipping into a world that i had no experience with in my own childhood and i didn't know anything about it till the starting of this year. Its so amazing how so many people home educate. SubhanAllah.

What kind of approach do you take?
I am using the national curriculum as a guideline, only sometimes. My daughter is 5 and a half, so I try not to have a too much of a structured week, also trying to de-school my mind too. In the first week or two I was literally in panic mode, reality hit. I was like where to start the planning, how to afford everything, I was everywhere. Then many sisters on Instagram, including Nicola, advised me and set me in the right direction. Alhamdulilah.
We do something everyday, so Mon-Thurs before lunch we concentrate on Reading, Numeracy and Literacy. Afternoon, we concentrate on Islamic studies. Friday is Jumuah prayer, Islamic studies, handwriting and spellings. On the weekend we do science and lots of reading. We don't follow this completely, there are many days where we probably just do literacy or just numeracy. I try not to compare my day to school which I must admit I do fall into school mode which does get a bit annoying, so I stop and re-collect my ideas and reasons of why I am home schooling!

Where do the children do most of their work? and do they distract each other?
So we use the dining table, which is perfect as its big. I just have the one child yet so no distractions.

What is your favourite thing about Home Education?
I enjoy the bonding time we get together. Alhamdulilah

What subjects do you teach and do you stick to a timetable?
I teach English, math, science and Islamic studies at the moment. I would like to teach History and Geography too. Saying that, we do include history and geography daily through reading books. I try to stick to a free flowing timetable, where I have everything I would like to do and see how it goes.

What do you find most difficult and why?
Trying to get out of school mode at the moment! - simply because its unhealthy! being free, open minded and leaving all to Allah is the best way!

How do you react to people asking about socialisation, do your children easily socialise and work well with others?
Ohhh where do I start, I have asked the socialisation question and have been asked it. I have asked it so I know what to say to those who ask it. Looks like what I reply with is not enough for some people. I do get asked it a lot as I have an only child! I must admit my child does not hang around with children everyday and yet still hasn't met any other home schoolers yet!! She sees her cousins and children at the park and library and attends madrasah everyday, she's always interacting where ever she goes, how can she not? there are humans everywhere!! Socialisation is not something you go about doing, it's something that just happens naturally. She especially loves playing with children either younger than her or older than her. With younger kids she's able to teach them something, like be an example. And from older kids she learns something and looks up to them. Alhamdulilah!!!
Have family supported your decision?
Majority of them have not, unfortunately. 

How do you incorporate Physical Education into your Home Ed days?
My child is always running around. Going for walks, park days, running around with friends is physical education. Also she has started Taekwondo.

Do you plan and how  far in advance?
I tried planning for a month of work, don't know what I was thinking! I plan every Sunday and sometimes in between! can't plan for a spontaneous and imaginative child (Ma sha Allah, who comes up with new things to learn every other hour!

What's a typical Home Ed day like?
Sleep at a good time, wake up nice and early, get "work" done before lunch and the rest of the day free!

Do you spend a lot of money on resources?
At the moment yes... I'm trying not to, but finding it hard. I use the library to get most books, but we also like to buy books so we can use anytime. What I find most expensive is the hands on resources, some websites sell resources too expensive, which are not worth buying. 

How do you make time for yourself?
When my child is asleep, I always have me time. I am usually up before DD5 is up, that's me time. In between I'll be day dreaming that's me time too!

What advice would you give to someone just starting their Home Ed journey?
The advice I would give is, never give up! When you're feeling down or panicky, know that every home educator feels like this! You will feel like your doing the wrong thing for your child, doubts will come, but always remember the benefits and the reasons why YOU decided to homeschool, and watch, your spirits will be uplifted. Also most importantly you know your child better than anyone, so don't let anyone decide what's best for them other than you!! Whoever is deciding on this amazing journey, I pray for your success and happiness of your whole family!

- SuperMuslimMummy

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