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Set an Educational Atmosphere In Your Homeschool

It’s well known among Muslims that education is obligatory upon everyone - male and female. We know this from many ayat and ahadith: "Read! In the name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists). Has created man from a clot. Read! And your Lord is the most Generous, who has taught (the writing) by the pen. Has taught man that which he did not know.” {Qur’an Al Alaq, verse 1} "If Allah wants to do good to a person, He makes him understand and learn the deen.” {Bukhari and Muslim} "Convey (Read more...)
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Time Management in Your Homeschool

One of the beauties of homeschooling is scheduling freedom, but that also comes at a price. We don’t have anyone else dictating how we use our time, so personal time management is of the utmost importance. If you’re struggling with fitting in everything you want to get done in a week, these quick tips for time management will be helpful in sha Allah. 1. Know yourself Some of us are naturally morning people, while others drag themselves out of bed each morning to grudgingly get a cup of coffee (Read more...)
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Homeschool Upper Grades on a Budget

There are lots of budget friendly resources for homeschoolers in the younger grades, but as kids get older, it’s harder to find free printable packs, unit studies, or other free and cheap options. Plus, regardless of your homeschool philosophy, as you head closer toward high school, textbooks become a bigger part of your homeschool life. So, how to do you use upper grade homeschool curriculum on a budget? By knowing your resources and giving yourself time. First, take heart, I’ve found it (Read more...)
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Wading Through Homeschool Resources

I remember when I was still using a virtual school, I asked a friend of mine, "How do you decide what resources to use, it seems so overwhelming!" Now, I find myself comfortably working through all the curriculum resources, weeding out what is not of interest to our family, and finding what will work, in sha Allah. Worldview First in the world of homeschooling resources, is finding curriculum that aligns with your worldview. Without any Islamic homeschool publishers, this can take a bit of (Read more...)
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High School Basics In Homeschool

Most families feel relatively confident they will be able to homeschool in the elementary years, but as your student gets older, your confidence wanes. What if you didn't do well in high school? What if you didn't go to school in this country? These are reasonable concerns, but not reasons to walk away from homeschooling high school entirely. Homeschool Laws The homeschool laws throughout the US are vastly different from state to state. It's your responsibility to ensure you are familiar with (Read more...)
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4 Things You Should Know About Homeschool Testing

Does your state require standardized testing for your child? And if so, what are the requirements? If your state doesn’t require testing, what reason is there to still use a standardized tests? Standardized testing doesn’t have to be a big ordeal for homeschool families, and once you understand the various options, it can become part of your regular yearly routine. 1. Testing requirements by state Not all states require standardized testing for homeschoolers, others require that you take (Read more...)
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Steps For Your Middle Homeschooler To Become More Independent

So many homeschooling families worry about teaching older kids, and how their kids will keep up with the workload, but the truth is, most older kids can work independently. Removing this burden to teach all the material to your child, can give you more time to focus on teaching a few more important subjects to them, in sha Allah. However, moving from complete parent involvement to independent work, is not something that happens overnight, but with a little patience over the course of a few (Read more...)
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Homeschool Middle School Subjects

By middle school, it starts to feel like time is ticking down until your child is no longer in your direct care, so many parents will take their student’s education plan to the next level. The truth is, that you still have a little time to forgive yourself for a tough year, but you definitely should be revving up for the high school years (trust me, they aren't as scary as you may think). So, what should be covered during these important middle school years? I use our state’s requirements (Read more...)