Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman Here is a fun, "Practical Life" activity for littles that is seasonally appropriate. Context: The Practical Life area of the Montessori classroom is the first space that children see when they enter the classroom. The reason for this, is because it is the most familiar to children in… Continue reading Montessori Practical Life Lesson: Pumpkin Pounding
Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman Homeschooling is a choice that many families have decided to make. For some, this was a conscious-decision long before the Pandemic; but for others, the state of world affairs has pushed them into this role and opened up a can of worms in trying to navigate it. It… Continue reading Homeschooling: It Doesn’t Have to be Complicated
Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman A successful homeschooling experience looks like having a space for your learning and your playing to take place. Consider the design of a classroom, library, or museum. The design incorporates beauty, sparks creativity, encourages critical thinking, and ideally, makes a person want to be and learn there. These… Continue reading Setting Up Our Homeschooling Space
Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman(Originally Posted: June 8, 2020) We are living in unique times, where the conversation around race, anti-racism, and equity are at the forefront of our minds. We are living amongst a new generation of activists--not just those who are marching in the streets, but activism through social media, as… Continue reading Introducing Anti-Racism to Children While Honoring Innocence
Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman(Originally posted May 7, 2020) As many of us find ourselves in sudden homeschooling with our children, there are a lot of questions about how to do it. As a teacher and parent of two young children (a toddler and preschooler), I have had to put my skills to… Continue reading Simple Homeschool Planning
Written by: Kendall A. | UmmIman(Originally Posted August 7, 2020) Let me start by asking the question that is on everybody's mind: why homeschool? You're a teacher! Don't you believe in the benefits of a formalized, schooling experience?! To that point, part of my experience as a teacher in formal settings is exactly what lead… Continue reading Why Homeschool?
Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman One of the main concerns that families have in making the decision to homeschool is how to fulfill and meet the needs of the social component of both development and learning. I would argue that these two elements are equally as important for the children as they are… Continue reading Finding a Community