Today I added teaching to my current job description of executive assistant to Isra, Musa, Eesa and big prego belly. Not a teacher to twenty some kids in a classroom, but rather a mother teaching her two school aged children at home. Today was our first day of homeschooling and I’d have to say Im pretty content with the way things turned out.
When I first thought of the idea to homeschool I had a very pretty picture painted in my mind, of course at the time I had only my daughter who was two years old and one on the way. It was so much easier to sit with her one on one and teach her everything from why the sky is blue to reading very well before Kindergarten. And really there was no pressure because technically she was not even in Kindergarten yet. Then my son came along, naturally I spent less one on one time with him since my time was split amongst two, but still he had learned a good deal of things especially having the advantage of picking up everything his older sister would be taught. When Isra turned five my husband and I had decided to send her to Kindergarten primarily because we thought it would be a good experience and I had my toddler son and a newborn that kept me quite busy. I didn’t think I was even capable of homeschooling during this time.
During this (soon to be) past summer my husband and I sat down and discussed what we wanted for the kids’ education. We looked at different charter schools that offered a variety of good things but lacked in the Islamic studies then we looked at different Islamic schools that we felt lacked in secular studies. Finally we found one school that met most if not all of our needs and wants. Although the school was a 25-30 minute (without traffic) ride we were willing take on the drive for a school that met our criteria. About a month after her admissions to the school we found out they merged with another school and moved their campus to a location about 45 minutes away. I thought 45 minutes was pushing it and wouldn’t work out in the long run. And so after making Istikhara we decided to homeschool, I really think it was meant to be. It’s a challenge Ive always wanted to take on but always hesitated because it’s such a big responsibility. Alhumdulilah I am glad Allah has chosen this route for me. I know there will be ups and downs and there will be days I think I can’t do it anymore but I’m hoping Allah gives me the strength and patience to stick with it. Inshallah I’m looking forward to teaching the kids and making wonderful memories in the process!
Since announcing (only a few days ago) that we have taken on this adventure I’ve gotten many questions about what curriculum I use, how I balance homeschooling with other responsibilities, how I keep the kids busy when I’m not homeschooling them, whether or not I have any help, how it is to homeschool while expecting baby #4, etc. Inshallah I am hoping to answer all of these questions in upcoming posts.