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...)

Managing Your Special Needs Child

"Shut up!" "I hate you!" "You’re stupid!" Of course these words aren't spewing through the hallways, doors and windows of a regular Muslim family's home... our kids don’t talk like that, and it most certainly should not be firing from the mouth of a Muslim child. Muslim children are supposed to respect their parents! Fortunately, the average Muslim family will never experience a parent having to bear such words spewing from the mouth of their child, but not all Muslim families are average. (Read more...)

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...)

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...)

6 Ways To Parent With Less Hassle

O ye who believe! Fear Allah, and let every soul look to what (provision) He has sent forth for the morrow. Yea, fear Allah: for Allah is well-acquainted with (all) that ye do. (Qur'an 59:18) If you are a parent who has daily house chores to complete, regular meals to prepare, perhaps a homeschool to maintain, or maybe an outside job to answer to, and of course last but not least, your children who need to be managed, then you have a grand opportunity to put away provisions for the morrow. With (Read more...)

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...)

Disciplining Our Children With Respect

Do you need some effective discipline tips? Try this! The next time your children need correcting, let them know they are loved and that their feelings do matter. One way this is done, is by correcting them with respectful words and actions. It can also be achieved by being patient and understanding with their mistakes. In addition, allow your children to express their feelings in an acceptable and considerate way. Regarding the subject of hitting children when disciplining them, there are differing (Read more...)

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...)