“A happy house for homeschool is one where every inch is used for learning, messes are welcomed, people are more precious than furnishings, and household maintenance is a varying standard with fluctuating amounts of help, and we’re all okay with it most of the time.”
Today’s homeschool chat brings you Sabah, a homeschooling mother of one girl, with a baby boy on the way, who resides in Canada. She can be found on Instagram @sabah.homeschool , where she also shares inspirational quotes and reminders.
1)Tell us a bit about your family and your child/ children
I have one daughter, her name is Nadine and she’s 4 years old.. with a brother on the way inshAllah.
2)What was your main reason for choosing to home educate your children ?
To instill our Islamic values most importantly. I felt that she is extremely influenced at this delicate age and I wanted to make sure I am her main influence, along with friends I would be more involved with. Also, Islamically speaking we take three things with us to our grave: charity, knowledge we would have passed along, and righteous children.. and I wanted to make sure I take full responsibility of those things with my child/ren, InshAllah!
3)What does a “typical” home school day look like for your family ?
Generally: Wake up freely, breakfast, begin our studies for an hour to two hours, play date with a friend, or visit a local farm/walk/etc., have lunch with grandma, 1-2 hour nap, dad comes home from work, dinner, relax and bond for the evening as a family, bed time!
4)What type of a home educator are you ( structured , semi structured , unschooling , classical , Charlotte Mason , Steiner , Montessori etc ) ?
I don’t know if we follow any specific style, we just focus on English reading/writing, Arabic reading/writing, beginner math, Quran, outdoor play/explore and socialization
5)What do you love the most about home schooling ?
I love the quality time I spend with my daughter and I couldn’t imagine it any other way! I love being involved in her learning and getting to know her learning styles as we continue in this journey.
6)What is your favourite subject to teach and what is your least one ?
I love to teach her Arabic because I feel she grasps it more naturally, and so far no subject has been that difficult as she is still young and hasn’t gotten too deep in many subjects
7)What do you find challenging when it comes to home schooling your children ?
I would say the commitment for sure, but it’s not challenging enough to outweigh the positive details about homeschooling.
8) How do you deal with unsupportive family , relatives and friends ?
I’m still learning actually, it’s difficult when they make you question yourself as well.. but I’m a firm believer that if you’re doing something for the sake of Allah, the positive outcomes will shine through and they will eventually understand and see why you would choose such an “unusual” route.
9)Where do you see your home schooling journey in 5 years time ?
InshAllah still homeschooling a 9 and 4 year old!
10 )What advice would you give to anyone who wants to start home educating their children ?
If God has put the mere thought in your head and heart, then you are fully capable of the challenges and you are meant for it!