“As Parents, we need to keep the big picture in mind because when everything is said and done, what matters is that we raise people ,who are givers, and not takers. We want them to find their passions and fulfill the purposes for which they were made ” Durenda Wilson ( The Unhurried Homeschooler )
Today’s Homeschool Chat brings you Hamida-Zee Um Aasiyah, a Muslim mum of four and a wife. Hamida is a qualified child carer and her connection with childcare career began over 8 years ago. Since then her experience in her career has been complimented by her children!
She runs EeZee Homeschool website (https://eezeehomeschool.wixsite.com/eezeehomeschooling)
to support and inspire families who are considering homeschooling, who are already homeschooling and those parents who just want to be more involved with their child’s education. Through heartfelt advice, inspirational activities, useful parenting tips, educational services and more.
” Motherhood can be the most beautiful exciting thing; but as beautiful as motherhood can be, add homeschooling on top, it can be exhausting and challenging. Through my website, I hope to ease this challenge just a ‘little’, and I hope to inspire you to be the best parent and teacher you can be. ”
She also loves sharing materials that she makes for her own children in their homeschool and they can all be found on her website.
1.Tell us a bit about your family and your child/children
Bismillah. Assalamu alaikum! I’m delighted to take part in this Homeschool chat series. I’m Um Aasiyah from Eezee Homeschool, we are from the UK, however moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia about four years ago. I have 3 wonderful girls (ages 7y, 6, and 4) and 1 cute cheeky 1 year old baby boy!
- What was your main reason for choosing to home educate your children
I remember being pregnant with my second daughter and working at a preschool looking at the children and thinking to myself -there’s NO CONNECTION between these adults and children; I don’t want this for my children. I was already adamant that the public education system wasn’t going to meet the needs of my children. Also, for me school was synonymous with suffering. It was sit down, shut up, pay attention, take notes, do assignments, regurgitate, get report cards – an endless cycle of compulsion, forced learning. You had to learn until it hurt. In time, kids learn to hate learning. They cry over homework, they wait to the last minute and then cram for tests, or they cheat.
I didn’t want the same for my children, I wanted to give them much healthier environment!
3) What does a “typical” homeschool day look like for your family?
Our homeschool starts around 8.30am. Before that I make sure I prepare meals and whatever I need to for the day and have some time for myself too. We follow a rhythm rather than a schedule. So it helps to divide the day into ‘routines’. My girls will start with their morning routine which consist of morning adhkaar, brushing their teeth, tidying up their room and breakfast. We then start with Quran; I listen to them one by one, and whoever finishes watches their baby brother. After Qur’an recitation, we try to reflect on the ayahs they’ve recited and memorised. We then take a little break and then start our formal work for the day. This includes Arabic, Math, Brave Writer and copy work. On most days, the majority, if not all, of formal work is completed by lunchtime! This frees the afternoon for a lot of free play, read-aloud, narration, art and craft, field trips, chores, clubs and classes.
4) What type of a home educator are you ( structured, semi-structured, unschooling,classical, Charlotte Mason, Steiner, Montessori etc) ?
Bit of everything! Nevertheless, I would consider myself Montessorian and eclectic.
5) What do you love the most about home education ?
- Learning together and being together!
- Instilling in my children a love of learning.
- Freedom to customize education and give them a quality education.
- Making memories.
- Being able to provide healthy atmosphere.
- Preserving and nurturing their innate innocence and curiosity.
6) What is your favourite subject to teach and what is your least one ?
I don’t think I teach my children rather I facilitate . . . and it is still primary years so I actually enjoy all the subjects . . . for now anyway. Haha!
7) What do you find challenging when it comes to homeschooling your children ?
I think for me it would be meeting the needs of multiple kids, however once we get into the rhythm of our routine it gets easier!
8) How do you deal with unsupportive family, relatives and friends ?
I acknowledge that they have good intention, then I deal with them with calmness without expecting them to accept it. Nevertheless, I don’t focus on that because people will always judge everything you do anyway. Instead, I focus on my own work, with time when they see that the children are thriving and are happy the same people will become your biggest supporters. Believe in yourself and have the confidence in your decision because you know what’s best for your family.
9) Where do you see your homeschooling journey in 5 years’ time?
I see my homeschooling journey growing! In shaa Allah (God Willing).
10) What advice would you give to anyone who wants to start home educating their children ?
- Know your reasons for homeschooling.
- Educate yourself on gentle parenting techniques, child psychology and Home Education philosophies by reading good books and listening to podcasts.
- Pray! Seek Allah’s guidance (Istikhara).
- Start by enjoying being with your children then introduce one thing at a time.
- Work on your own struggles.
- BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! And go for it.