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Set an Educational Atmosphere In Your Homeschool

Set an educational atmosphere

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 on my behalf even if it is only a verse (of the Qur’an)…” {Bukhari}

As parents, it is our duty to provide education for our children, not only to fulfill our responsibility as parents, but also to pave the way for them to be successful Muslim adults, in sha Allah. Homeschool and traditional school families alike, have limited time to convey all there is to know about Islam. All of us face the limitation of our own knowledge, but the goal is not to personally teach every subject, rather we want to instill a love of learning so our kids can carry on the tradition of self-education throughout their adult years. Here are 4 tips on how you can set an educational atmosphere for them:

1. Show Them That Learning is Enjoyable

What an impression it gives to your kids when they see you enthusiastically seeking knowledge! Seeing mom and dad head off to the masjid for a halaqa each week without complaint makes its mark. If you’re struggling to find enthusiasm to head to that next class or halaqa, make a date of it and go to a coffee shop or lunch date ahead of time. In time it becomes habit and the enthusiasm for the class will grow, in sha Allah.

2. Show Them That Learning Does Not End When School Ends

Along the same lines as children seeing you strive for knowledge as an adult, you’re showing them that you don’t stop learning just because you have finished school. In fact, learning is even more enjoyable when you finish school, because you get to decide where and when it takes place! Take up new hobbies or interests, show how rewarding it is to learn something new and be able to make use of that knowledge. As kids get older, they can attend halaqas with mom and dad, though I would take into consideration when they show interest. We want to present options that are at their level so they don’t learn to tune out lectures, in sha Allah. Al Maghrib classes are known for attracting high schoolers and college students. Take a class together!

3. Show Them Child-Led Learning

Whether you follow the unschooling philosophy in your home school or not, child-led learning can lead to a lifetime of enjoying the learning process. Does your child love rockets? Let them explore it in-depth and give them school credit for their work. Do they hate algebra? Find things like apps or games to make it more interesting. Learning doesn’t need to only come in the form of a textbook. Let your child lead the way in how they like to learn within your comfort level, and watch them reach for more learning opportunities on their own!

4. Show Them Learning By Using Technology Wisely

Kids love using technology, and it can be a great benefit when used with care. Technology shouldn’t be a babysitter, but rather a resource. Take a tablet on your nature walk so you can look up information on plants and animals you find without the bulk of a nature guide, or use documentaries on online to supplement your lessons in literature – everyone wants to watch the movie anyway right? Make it a prize at the end of a book! There are countless apps available to practice grammar, math, history, geography, or Qur’an. I’m an advocate for limited screen time, but when you have tools to enhance the learning experience, it helps build the atmosphere you’re looking for.

Learning looks different in all homes, but our responsibility remains the same. Let’s set the example on how to be life-long learners, and in sha Allah our children will follow in our footsteps. When we give our kids the tools to make learning enjoyable and the freedom to explore areas of interest, it will create a curious adult, who is always aiming to know more about their deen. In sha Allah the time and attention we spend on our children will bode well for us on the Day of Judgement.

How do you foster a love of learning in your home?

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