Let’s Work Together

September 8, 2011


 



 

Asalaam ‘Alaikum:

 

Insha’Allah you and your family had a wonderful Ramadan filled with blessings. I also hope, insha’Allah that you had a wonderful Eid this year. Alhumdulilah – this year has been full of changes – now I have three kids to homeschool and a new baby. It’s been a time of adjustment, to be sure but I am certain that things will improve in time, insha’Allah. Every year there is something new we have to adjust to – but every year (at some point) things improve and you often forget how difficult things were in the beginning. It’s just a matter of time.

 

This year I actually found myself a little stressed the day or so before school. I’m usually more organized and even start the school year early. However, with the new baby this has been next to impossible. So – it took me a little out of my comfort zone (I guess I’m actually there) – and I’m trying to find out what works best for us and how to approach our day.

 

I’m assuming I’m not the only one going through this transition. Even though we have been homeschooling for 5 years now – we seem to have to get back into “school mode” at the beginning of the year. I remember this time being especially difficult in my first years of homeschooling because I was so afraid I was going to mess up everything – but now I know that if I just relax and ride the storm through – that things will improve. It’s like in the statement in the Qur’an:

 

“So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief” (Surat Ash-Sharh: 5)

 

Anyway – I don’t know if anyone knows exactly why I started this blog – but essentially I decided to go on this homeschooling journey before my children were born – although it wasn’t a natural decision (I, myself, wasn’t homeschooled) but it is just something that I became certain of in my heart way before the time came. So, naturally I decided to join homeschooling groups and search for ideas and advice for homeschooling from the very beginning. There were hardly any serious homeschoolers in my state (at least that I knew of) except perhaps two people – so I didn’t have a lot of people to talk to about it. It sometimes felt like a lonely venture as others around me started to prepare their own children to go to school. Alhumdulilah – though – I felt solace in knowing that at least there were people online that I could talk to – who knew what I was going through. For that – I was very grateful.



 

Alhumdulilah – now there are many people following this same path – homeschooling their children (even in my own community, masha’Allah). It really is wonderful that our numbers are increasing – and we can share so much together – helping each other through trying to educate our children in the best way possible. Anyway – I essentially wanted to share what I had learned on my own journey – I wanted to help others just like there were people who helped me when I first started out. I am hoping, insha’Allah that I have helped someone along the way. Sometimes it can be quite quiet around here – and it is hard to know if I have provided help – but other times I meet someone or hear from someone who has visited my blog (and knew me there first) and it makes me aware that it is making some difference. Alhumdulilah.

 

I want to continue to help you – and grow with you – through this homeschooling experience. Sometimes I can forget what types of questions I had when I first started – or those things that I wondered or worried about in the beginning. Sometimes even now I have questions that I need to find answers to. So – no matter what your experience with homeschooling – if you are already there or starting out – I was wondering –


what questions or concerns do you have?


If I can – when I have time – I will try to address them on my blog. Some things I will have no experience with – but perhaps I can send you in the right direction. Other things I may have some helpful hints for. So, please – take a minute and submit a comment – let me know what questions you have. Insha’Allah – in time – I will try to address them here.

 

We are all on this journey together – so why not work to help each other improve our odds of success?

 

Asalaam ‘Alaikum,

Sumayyah Umm SAAK

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11 Responses to “ Let’s Work Together ”

  1. zakiyyah on September 10, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Salam can you make up stories and wrtie them and publish them is this gunna please reply back

  2. Sameera on September 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

    AOA,

    Your article was very motivating.

    I have 4 kids, Mashallah 2 age 9 & 10 both in Grade 5 whom I have recently decided to pull off from school and started to homeschool them; 2 younger ones age 4 & 2.

    I am trying to strike a balance cos when we study the younger ones are at their best !

    Please give me advise and also some good links for books.
    Jazakallah,

    Wasalam,
    Sameera

  3. Umm Wafiyah on September 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Assalamu alaykum. Jzk for your blog. I have surely benefiting from it. I have 4 young children alhamdulilla 5 – 5months.

    I have started home-schooling formally my5yr old and I’m very nervous about it I know she is learning slowly but she is very relaxed. I just don’t want her to be behind. How can I help her so she would be head of the class?
    Also I am making lots of duaa to Allah to make it easy.
    jzk
    wasalaam

  4. UmmSulaim on September 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

    As Salaamu Aleykum Wr wbr,

    Great blog, masha Allah!

    BarakAllahu feeki 🙂

  5. Holly Garza on October 13, 2011 at 9:31 am
  6. Holly Garza on November 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Assalamu alaykum. JazakAllah Khayer for all you do and share on your blog. As a homeschooling mom and someone who tries to share beneficial information, learn and teach it I understand how time consuming it is!! MashaAllah I have surely benefited from it! We (I’m a convert of almost 3 years) are taking Arabic a lot more serious lately InshaAllah and I made a make shift memory game out of letters on index cards but I decided to check your blog and found the flower arabic letter cards and my daughter loves them!! Thank you for making my day and learning easier. May Allah allow your good deeds scal to weigh heavy from it Ameen

  7. Umm Haleema on February 9, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Asalaam O Alaykum sis. I am very grateful for your advise.
    I too am starting out on the journey of homschooling from sep 2012 inshAllah.
    I am so confused, my daughter will be entering KSG1 and i really dont want her fall behind. I understand that with children under the age of seven we have to take things much slower and through play, but i would love for some advise on what steps i should take to prepare myself for homeschooling. Any useful materials i should read, what i should avoid?
    What arabic books i shuld use for a 5 yr old? What should she be learning next after the arabic alphabet? Im a bit stuck!
    JazakAllah Kher for your help.

    xxx

  8. Fajr on March 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

    As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,

    I have 3 kids at home mashaAllah, ages 7, 2, and 4 months. How do you balance school work with school aged children and household management? I really enjoy your blog jazakiAllah khayr.

  9. Fajr on March 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

    As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,

    I have 3 kids at home mashaAllah, ages 7, 2, and 4 months. How do you balance school work with school-aged children while attending to the younger ones, and household management? I really enjoy your blog jazakiAllah khayr.

  10. Abdeljalil Essadiki on April 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Asalaam ‘Alaikum:

    I have 6 year old daughter in her first grade but we have difficulty to teach her Arabic, talking in Arabic with he at home is not helpping that much and we are expecting Tweens inchallah soon. So what you can suggest for us or for all parents that they are in the same situation.
    Zasaki Allah khiran,
    Abduljalil

  11. Noorjahan Pam Ali on April 30, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Assalammualaikum sister,

    I just found you on-line, Alhamdulillah. I am a Muslim from Thailand. What you said here truly sounds like me at the moment. I’ve decided to pull my children off school but not yet in formal action ‘coz I am fighting with my own fear of messing up my kids’ lives. Where we are living is a buddhism-oriented country. I am sure you’ve heard about Thailand and that is where we live now.

    I will be the only Muslim homeschooler (if I win over my fear and start it)in my area. Plus, there are not many homeschoolers around here though. Homeschooling is very new and strange to Thais. Materials are hard to find and English is not our first language. I can go on and on and on telling you how fear I am of messing everything up but I really want my kids to grow up good Muslims knowing and understanding Islam plus knowledge to use in this world for them to show others that Muslim is not second to others. Muslim is helpful and kind. I wish for them to win over non-Muslims’ hearts around here.

    Just want to say thank you for your blog. Wish I could contact you in person thru email or some sort. Please duaa for me.

    May Allah bless you and yours for what you are doing.

    Salam
    Pam

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