Home-Education: You CAN Do it!

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There are many Muslim families in the U.K. who are turning away from mainstream education and instead choosing to homeschool their children. Some choose it due to a dissatisfaction in their children’s current school. Many relish the educational opportunities it offers and all feel it is simply an extension of their parenting responsibilities.

There are even more Muslim parents who WANT to home-educate their children, but lack the confidence to follow through.

This blog post will address the most common concerns that parents have, and aims to give you the confidence to take the next step in home-educating your child.

  • “Don’t you need to be a teacher?”Not only will you be giving one-to-one tuition to each child, compared to a class of 30 pupils at school, but you also know your child better than any teacher ever could. You know what interests and motivates them. You know how they learn (or you soon will) and you can use all this knowledge to give them an incredible education; an education that is tailored to suit them and ensures they achieve their full potential insha’Allah.

 

    1. More importantly, you as a mother or father, care about your children more than any teacher ever could. You would do anything to assist their learning and make sure they receive the best possible education….You sound like a pretty awesome teacher to me!
    2. No, you do not need any qualifications to teach your children. Whatever your educational background, you are capable of providing your kids with an excellent education.
  • “I don’t have the time.”What is takes all day to do at school, takes just a few hours at home! In school, children have to share the teacher with around thirty others, and time is taken up with registers, queuing up, sharing resources, and simply waiting around for your turn. All of these things are necessary for classroom management, but not needed in a home scenario.

 

    1. With my 5-year-old son, I spend 60-90minutes with him, four days-a-week, working on formal academic work. The remainder of his day is spent playing, pursuing his own interests, meeting friends, playing sport etc. This leaving plenty of time for you as a parent to do whatever it is you need to do.
    2. Homeschooing does take time, but not nearly as much time as people expect. How long you spend each day depends on the age of your children and the number of children you are home-educating.
  • “I’m worry about SOCIALIZATION.”Children in school are in a classroom, isolated with the same thirty students for the whole academic year, and perhaps even their entire school career. Home-educated children take part in the daily life of their communities and feel a stronger connection to it. They learn to mix with children of all ages and backgrounds, without the threat of bullying or other forms of harassment seen in schools.

 

    1. Due to the increasing popularity of homeschooling, more and more homeschool groups are forming across the country to offer children social and academic opportunities, and a chance for parents to meet and share ideas. There is also a vast amount of support online and on social media.
    2. It will surprise many to hear that the social skills of those homeschooled far surpass those in mainstream education [1].
  • “We can’t afford it.”In this modern age, there are so many resources available for free online, or can be bought second-hand, as well as free use of libraries and museums in your city.

 

    1. Although I do not know you exact situation, financial concerns should not stop you from home-educating. It you believe in it, you will find a way to make it work. Many others have before you.
    2. It is the norm in homeschooling families for one parent to work and the other to take primary responsibility for educating the children. However, I know families where neither parent works, or they are single mothers, and they are doing a fantastic job.
  • “What about University and why child’s FUTURE?”If you do decide to take it ‘all the way’ your children can take GCSEs and A-Levels online or as a part-time college student. These qualifications are recognised by universities, but you will need to get in contact with the university admission’s department in advance to check their requirements.

 

    1. In the U.S.A., where home-schooling is more common, home-educated children score higher on average in standardised testing than those in mainstream education [2]. Some Ivy League universities actually prefer homeschooled applicants and are actively recruiting them! [3]
    2. Choosing to homeschool NOW does not mean that you are tied to it for the rest of you child’s school life. If at any point you feel it is not working for you, the schools with still be there!
  • “I just don’t know if I can do it.”However, what I will say is, Allah (SWT) has put this interest in home-education in your heart for a reason.  There is a reason why Allah made homeschooling appealing to you. 

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  1. Maybe it is something that you need to seriously consider.
  2. There is a reason why you are reading this article now.
  3. In all honesty, only you can answer this question.

I would advise you start by praying istikhara [4] and making duaa for Allah to guide you to what is best for you and your family.

Then read widely on the topic until you feel confident in your decision, whatever that may be.

There are a multitude of books available on the subjects, and even more websites and blogs that you can read.

Home-education is not an option for everyone. Many people have valid reasons why homeschooling would not work for them.

However, if after all of this, you still want to homeschool your children…then I am so excited for you! Embrace it! Not only will your children benefit but so will you! Along the way you are going to learn so much. Not only in academic subjects, but also about your children and about yourself. It’s going to be an incredible journey insha’Allah.

If you need any advice, or have specific questions, please leave me a comment below or you can visit my blog http://www.ourmuslimhomeschool.com .

Thank you so much for reading!

Peace and Love.

 

Gemma Elizabeth

References

[1] http://www.homeschool.com/articles/socialization/

[2] http://www.nheri.org/research/research-facts-on-homeschooling.html

[3] https://www.aop.com/blog/why-colleges-are-recruiting-homeschoolers

[4] http://hadithoftheday.com/how-to-perform-salat-l-istikhara/

 

Author Bio:

Gemma Elizabeth is a homeschooling mother of three from the UK. After qualifying as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2009, she now works as a freelance writer, passionately advocating home education and the importance of family. When she is not frantically trying to keep up with her energetic kids, she spends her time reading profusely and writing about their homeschooling adventures at http://www.OurMuslimHomeschool.com.

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