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 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 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
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
Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman Once you've established your curriculum and the content areas that you want to focus on this year, you'll need to organize your time so that you are meeting your goals. I don't believe that official "school time" needs to only happen between 8am-2pm, Monday-Friday. This is the beauty… Continue reading Getting Organized: Schedules, Routines, and Flows
Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman This is probably the most highly stressed over aspect of committing to homeschooling for many newcomers. However, I would encourage us to see this as an opportunity to create a well-rounded education that is both personalized and enjoyable for your unique learners, as well as covers the fundamentals… Continue reading Developing a Curriculum
Written by: Kendall A. | Umm Iman In getting started, I wanted to jot down some ideas about what was important for me in considering how I wanted my children's homeschooling experience to unfold. I sat down with a pen and paper, and began brainstorming: What values and attitudes around learning do I want my… Continue reading Choosing a Philosophy and Naming Our School