Home Ed Q&A with Umm Rayyaan!
Today's Chai Chat is with Umm Rayyaan, so grab a cuppa and happy reading!
When and why did you decide to Home Educate?
What kind of approach do you take?
We take an interest-led approach. I follow Rayyaan’s interests in practically everything we learn and have found that to work best for us. I ask him what he would like to learn about or what his interests are and base my planning around that. Rayyaan attended Montessori sessions for 2.5 years which very much falls into interest-led learning too alhamdulilaah and benefited him greatly.
Where do the children do most of their work? and do they distract each other?
Honestly? Where ever he feels like it. The dining table, the floor, his desk, in my room, on top of his storage unit (we have had that before lol), outdoors. Homeschooling for us is not limited to ‘sit down’ work at all so majority of our homeschooling happens all over, especially outdoors. I only have Rayyaan so the person who gets distracted from things is me lol Alhamdulilaah.
What is your favourite thing about Home Education?
My favourite thing is the fact that homeschooling creates endless opportunities for learning about *everything* every single day. You are free to go and do whatever you want, whenever you want allowing them to really explore and quench their thirst of asking questions and gaining knowledge. Being able to cater to my child’s learning needs/style and interests all the time is so fulfilling alhamdulilaah. This is something that I love about homeschooling. The flexibility of it and being able to change and adapt anything to suit what Rayyaan needs.
Another thing would be the depth of the bond it has created between us. It is something I am also truly grateful for. I am by no means insinuating that children who go to school have less of a bond with their parents just to make that clear. However being present throughout his learning journey so far has definitely deepened our bond alhamdulilaah.
Have family supported your decision?
Alhamdulilaah from the get go our family has firmly supported our decision and encouraged it. Very grateful for the support and encouragement alhamdulilaah.
How do you incorporate Physical Education into your Home Ed days?
Apart from spending time running around outdoors and playing in parks daily. Rayyaan does martial arts, swimming and tennis alhamdulilaah.
Do you plan and how far in advance?
Do you spend a lot of money on resources?
How do you make time for yourself?
Every week is different depending on our plans for that week but alhamdulilaah, I do get to have most evenings to myself and my husband does take over when I need ‘me time’ Allaahumma baarik lana, so alhamdulilaah extremely grateful.
What advice would you give to someone just starting their Home Ed journey?
Hmm. Focus on your own journey and that of your child/ren. Do not compare yourself or your children to other homeschooled children you see on social media. Learning is a journey that is life-long and every single child will learn differently and at a different pace and that is absolutely fine. Appreciate the journey, it is a beautiful one. Even with all it’s up and downs.
Secondly, don’t go crazy and spend tons of money. There are so many free resources out there all it takes is a little research and a lot of printer ink and paper. Also utilise the many charity shops, car boot sales and other places you can find amazing things for extremely cheap prices. They will soon become your best friend.
Thirdly, and I would say this is extremely important is take some time out before you start homeschooling, if you have deregistered your child from school. Take time to just enjoy each other, have fun, de-school YOURSELF and your own mentality and ease your way in slowly.
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