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Friday, May 7, 2010

Welcoming the New Homeschoolers



We have some new Muslim neighbors a few houses away, AlhamduLILLAH and their children are similar in age to my own. They are planning to homeschool their children this fall for the first time, InshaALLAH.

Yesterday, while the oldest was in school, their mother brought the younger children over to sit in during our school session. My children completed minimal work due to the novelty of having guests, but I'm sure she got the idea. I did advise her that each child, each family and teacher for that matter is different, so her style will be her own.

Over time, many layers are added to each and every homeschool, and some of those layers may be peeled away, never to be used again while others become permanent, ongoing fixtures of one's routine.

Do any of you work with other families on a regular basis or have you done so in the past? How is it for you? Do you meet the entire day or only for specific subjects and how often?

For us, it would be too difficult to do this permanently because of our lack of space (my four kids fill the classroom and anyone extra makes it tough to move around), but I was thinking that we might meet once a week for arts and crafts or some type of Islamic studies activity. What do you think?

7 comments:

Stranded said...

I am not sure how to find other families. I have posted a notice in my local mosque but nothing has happened so far.

I wish we had knew other people in the community who were more inclusive.

Nakia said...

As salaamu 'alaikum,

May ALLAH make things easy for you, (AMEEN).


Take care,
wa salaam,
Nakia

Umm Raiyaan said...

MashaAllah! Personally, I wouldn't do anything formal and would just meet up for the kids to play and socialise. Enjoy!

Umm Tafari said...

As salaam alaikum,

Oh, the possibilities! You all could do science experiments, storytime, arts/crafts, nature walks, etc. outside!

Your children are very young though and I find it is harder to do structured type of activities with lots of little ones. They just enjoy playing together as Umm Raiyaan mentioned!

Nakia said...

Wa 'alaikum as salaam,

Yes Umm Raiyaan and Umm Tafari, you're both right; it is harder to do the structured activities. I found that out the other day! I think she might be hoping for school-type gatherings but something low-key would be less stress for us, lol.

Take care,
wa salaam,
Nakia

ummrashid said...

Assalamualaykum,
I have previously worked with others, and it is not easy to do anything structured long term.
I think that crafts, games and playtimes are the best.

Nakia said...

Wa 'alaikum as salaam,

Yes, Umm Rashid, it appears that the consensus is to get together casually for games and playtime.

I'm sure things will get especially fun around Ramadan and Eid :)

Take care,
wa salaam,
Nakia