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Homeschool Chat with Hina Malik

“Don’t take it to heart when your children are bored or tell you they hate homeschooling. It’s a felling, in the moment, shared with you because you are the safe place and the one in charge. Hold space for the feeling. But also hold space for homeschool. Sometimes the expression of frustration will subside,as they feel heard and supported.  Don’t make big changed after single outbursts. Stick with your plan, but offer compassion, support and breaks.” Julie Bogart

Today’s home school chat brings you Hina Malik, who is a homeschooling mama of 4 from the UK.  She can be found on Instagram (rainbows_of_learning), where she shares snippets of their homeschool journey.

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1.Tell us a bit about your family and your child/children.

I am mother of four beautiful children-Alayna (8yrs), Aaminah (6yrs), Adam (5yrs) and Ayman (14months). We moved out of the city and now reside in the countryside to give our children the opportunity to have access to beautiful outdoor natural space.

2.What was your main reason for choosing to home educate your children?

My eldest daughter tried school for a little while and as a family we quickly came to the realisation that is wasn’t for us and home-schooling was the way to go. My children have not been to school. The main reason for deciding to home-school was the constant restrictions to learning due to the national curriculum. These are the topics covered in the year and there’s no space or time for any in depth learning or to pursue any real passions. Just suffocating restrictions. This was not the correct environment to establish the love for learning. The luxury of time to pursue something that’s triggered an interest is non-existent. There is only so much time and effort school are prepared to invest in your child, leaving constant feeling of frustration. The system does not have the right to tell a child how much to learn. There are many other reasons for us moving away from the schooling system in general but this is one of the main reason.

I am a qualified secondary school science teacher, who was completely engrossed in teaching for many years before I had my children and absolutely loved it! However, once I had my first child, I left the teaching profession and spent precious time with my daughter. Blending my background of teaching with the love for my child. Perfect combination! Now I have 4 children and the thought of going back to work doesn’t cross my mind alhamdullilah. All my time is spent nurturing and assisting in their development. The best job in the world! I love watching my children learn with joy and excitement. I love the time we have for conversations. I love the fact the children have time to establish sibling bonds and so much more. We love spending time together in an environment that brings us all joy and contentment.

3.What does a “typical” home school day look like for your family?

Our school day is semi-structured. We do have set activities and specific subject content we want to cover within the day. So, English, maths and science we cover regularly and then we will work on projects or experiments of interest in between.

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4. What type of a home educator are you (structured, semi-strcutured,unschooling, classical, Charlotte Mason, Steiner , Montessori etc ) ?

I have researched and read a lot of different educational theories and I suppose I don’t have one specific theory that I follow or base our learning activities on. I like to extract knowledge, theories and ideas from lots of different sources and incorporate it into our learning journey and environment. I like to be flexible and open to what’s out there.

5) What do you love the most about homeschooling ?
I enjoy teaching varied subjects and I do like the challenge of creating activities for subjects that are also new to me. Some topics I haven’t covered since I was in school so its lovely to share fascinating information with my children through the activities I set up.

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6) What is your favourite subject to teach and what is your least one ?

My favourite subject to teach is science. I do not really have a least favourite subject at the moment.

7) What do you find challenging when it comes to homeschooling your children ?

Trying to organise and plan so many ideas and sometimes not having enough time to create them. Also, having the time to fulfil all the other mom roles that we have to do (cooking, cleaning, shopping etc ). So, for me, time management is an area always changing and improving.

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8) How do you deal with unsupportive family, relatives and friends ?

I am very lucky to have a very supportive family. They are all fully supportive of our decision to home school our children. In fact, they all encouraged the idea. We generally do not get disturbed during the weekdays by family members or friends as they are aware of our learning days. I think it can take a little while for people to understand exactly what’s involved in home-schooling. It’s not just the children learning and completing activities in the day. What we do behind the scenes is the key element of home-schooling. There is a lot of organisation and time which goes into preparing and planning the activities, which is also part of home-schooling. I feel sometimes this area of home educating is not fully appreciated. The time we need to plan and prepare.

9) Where do you see your home schooling journey in 5 years’ time ?

In 5 years, I hope to have more passion and love for what we are doing as a family. To carry as we are but for it to be deeper, more in-depth and meaningful.

10) What advice would you give to anyone who wants to start home educating their children?

My advice for someone wanting to home educate is to just go for it! If it is something you are wanting to do then DO NOT hesitate. Take baby steps, learn and grow with your children. Its about creating a safe, happy, accessible learning environment for your children. Its never going to be the finished product. Home educating is always evolving, growing and improving as time goes on. As long as you are nourishing it with all the good stuff, your children, family and home will excel.

 

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Published by ivushka1985

I am a Bulgarian Muslim Home schooling Mama of 5, married to a a British Bangladeshi , residing in the South West of England. I blog about our home schooling adventures, travels, the ups and downs of motherhood , parenting books and children's book reviews.

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