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: July 19, 2020) It's summer time, and many families are still in quarantine. But alas, this doesn't have to be a death sentence in the heat with cranky toddlers and bored children! Instead, we can have a lot of fun with our little ones, keep up the… Continue reading Camp Mama Has Officially Begun!
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. | Umm Iman(Originally Posted: May 7, 2020) One of the biggest ways that we as parents can support our children is through creating predictability. This happens by establishing set routines, so that they know what to expect and when to expect it. Having the knowledge of what has passed and what… Continue reading Children’s Daily Routine
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 aspects of the Montessori classroom that was particularly appealing to me was the emphasis on having young children build concentration and focus through practical life activities, which would then carry over into longer math works or other areas of the classroom that required attention to… Continue reading Building Concentration and Focus
Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman One of the biggest and weightiest factors of a traditional education is the emphasis placed on grades and testing. From the time children are very young, like around first grade or so, they are introduced to this culture of tests, quizzes, and other assessments to ensure that they… Continue reading Success: Are Grades Necessary?
Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman There are many types of home education and the term "homeschooling" can refer to many variations of educating your children at home. Below are a few definitions: Traditional Homeschooling: This is where a parent has chosen to follow the curriculum of the local school district or another curriculum… Continue reading Types of Home Education