Home Ed Q&A with Ayesha from Ayeina

When and why did you decide to Home Educate?

There were many reasons FROM not finding an appropriate school around - that teaches the values we want to teach our kids TO interest based learning (something that is absent in almost all of the schools). I want the kids to love education and learning - not take it as a burden!

What kind of approach do you take?

An easy one as the eldest is memorizing Qur'an and the little one follows her on!
Where do the children do most of their work? and do they distract each other?
While running around the home 😅 They poke into each other's work all the time but that has made them learn from each other as well Alhamdulillah. There are things that I never taught my little one but she learns it all from the eldest one. Alhamdulillah.
What is your favourite thing about Home Education?
Freedom. Freedom of whatever we consume. Freedom of what we want to learn. Freedom of not bowing to society's norms. Freedom of thought and imagination. Freedom of creativity!
What subjects do you teach and do you stick to a timetable?
No we don't. I teach whatever the kids want to learn and sometimes whatever I want to teach (spontaneously or planned).

What do you find most difficult and why?

Fighting self doubt. When everyone is against the decision, you constantly wonder and ask yourself if you can even do it all?!
It's difficult because self doubt halts your progress every day.

How do you react to people asking about socialisation, do your children easily socialise and work well with others?
I live in a joint family so there are already many kids around the home (around 10) and socialization and working well with others doesn't become an issue - but yes, people still ask! And they still talk about kids being too attached to the mother...

Have family supported your decision?
No. But Alhamdulillah my husband does and that gives me massive hope!

Do you plan and how far in advance?
The kids are small right now so I don't sweat it much. But in my mind, I've already planned 3 years in the future 😅
What's a typical Home Ed day like?
Totally unplanned :D as the kids grow up, we'll have more structure in shaa Allah, but for now - it's mostly based around play and interaction.

Do you spend a lot of money on resources?
Books - yes *guilty*. I would have done that even if I wasn't homeschooling - book obsessed right here lol.
How do you make time for yourself?
After Fajr (dawn). The kids are usually asleep at that time and that time is just gold! Full of Barakah subhaanAllah!

What advice would you give to someone just starting their Home Ed journey?
YOU CAN DO IT! No matter what others say, no matter what doubts your own soul throws at you, you can do it girl! 💖

Co-founder of AYEINA


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