Our Current Homeschool Routine 2018-19

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu Mamas,

How are you? I hope you are all in the best of health and emaan, ameen.  Today I’ll be sharing our current homeschool routine.  After much tweaking, I finally feel like this is what we will stick with.  Its strange, the fluidity of being able to change things up initially scared me early on in our homeschool journey, it was daunting to think it was all up to me.  But the flexibility is absolutely such a blessing, Alhamdulillah.

So here’s what our typical week looks like:

Sunday 
Block 1 – Qur’an and Arabic.
Block 2 – Copy-work (Religious text) and read aloud.
Block 3 – Science.

Monday
Block 1 – Qur’an and Arabic.
Block 2 – Copy-work with literary discussion, Math and read aloud.
Block 3 – History.

Tuesday
Block 1 – Qur’an and Arabic.
Block 2 – Math, Dictation, Spelling,Geography.
Block 3 – Read aloud marathon and Poetry (Handwriting practice too).

Wednesday
Block 1 – Qur’an and Arabic.
Block 2 – Writing project, Spelling list, and Math.
Block 3 – Science.

Thursday
Block 1 – Qur’an and Arabic.
Block 2 – Free-writing and History.
Block 3 – Geography and Nature journaling.

Friday
Qur’an and Islamic Studies.

The tweaking has ensured we get things done (most days at least!) but still get plenty of time outdoors which we all need to keep happy and sane.  And of course there is always overlap in subjects, thus although things are ‘confined’ on paper in reality I’m pretty sure we’re learning everything everyday in some way or another.

How do your routines/schedules look?  I love seeing how other Mamas plan their day. Now, back to deep cleaning!


Grab a Coffee…

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies

How are you? 

Its been an interesting couple of weeks for me.  After deleting my Instagram, I felt better Alhamdulillah, but quickly came to the realisation that it wasn’t quite enough

What do I mean by this you say?  Well,  I felt overwhelmed, my mind was cluttered.  Not solely due to social media, but just in general.  We accumulate so much in our minds, especially as mothers who are multitasking all day every day, we can slowly lose clarity.

The clarity I’m talking about is not so much the ‘knowing what to do’ everyday, jotting everything down in a planner or a whiteboard.For me, the clarity is before pen hits paper.  Its the ‘why’  I have chosen to do things I’m about to write down.

The most important factor is what often gets overlooked.  Why have I decided to wake up early?  Why do I homeschool my children?  Why do I choose this subject over the other?

Things get done know, but the depth of substance fizzles away.  

And thus I’ve really indulged in some quiet time recently.  See, in today’s world its almost like we are not a good enough judge of ourselves, constantly seeking answers from our devices, whereas deeper self reflection needs thorough self evaluation.And when we start to see things clearly, its time to assess our daily decisions. 

So, if our intentions are to create our household to be one that is centered around the worship of Allaah, do our daily decisions meet this lofty aim??

Is the Qu’ran interweaved in all aspects of our life, or has its reference been restricted to a particular time and place?

The beautiful example of our Prophet, Sallahu alayhi wasalam, we yearn to implement…is it in everything or just the ‘major’ things?

Is the enjoyment of our salaah saved for Jumuah/when the children are sleeping or is it an integral part of our homeschool day…our daily life?

My point is that to really dig deeper, we must constantly look at ourselves and what we prioritise.  I often get asked about our homeschool schedule, and I’ve also been keen to see other schedules especially when I first started homeschooling.  And I will be sharing ours at some point (its been tweaked thus I didn’t share last week), however I would advise myself and my fellow mamas to think of your schedule/routine as secondary, but first establish your dream home.  How do you envision it?  What does it look like?  What are its foundations?  What is seen as enjoyment?  What is your time spent on?  What example would you like your children to follow?  What would you like to avoid? 

The schedule is the easy part.

Have a beautiful week ladies.

 

 

 

 


Why I deleted #HappyMuslimHomeschool

Asalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wa barakatu Mamas,

I hope youve had an enjoyable week so far.

Many of you will know that I decided to delete my Instagram page which I started earlier this year.  Alhamdulillah, through it I was able to connect with so many of you, and thus many sisters messaged me asking me reasons why.  Direct messaging wasn’t sufficient for me to explain since it was a culmination of things, thus I decided to write this blog post.

Before I begin, I’d like to highlight that this post is personal to me, so shouldn’t be taken as applicable to everyone. There were so many ideas, connections and overall encouragement I found through my Instagram platform, and this post is in no shape discrediting the benefits of social media.  

This is just why I left.

So, I began my page with the aim of encouraging sisters who are homeschooling but also for mothers in general, and alhamdulillah I bonded with so many sisters since we share similar experiences, routines, struggles and milestones.

However, for the last couple of months or so, I felt like Instagram’s benefits were becoming less and less.  Even though I began with the intention to keep it as a tool rather than a necessity, making sure I shared what I felt was beneficial, and trying not to compromise the way I used my phone (hence no pictures of field trips/everyday life) the lines somehow started to get blurry for me.

I began to feel I needed my phone close to me, ‘incase there something cropped up that I could perhaps share.

I would wake up and check my phone in the morning, which eventually lead to me scrolling through my feed (I dread to think of how long I browsed), though normally that would be something I tried to avoid.

But I think the things I felt affected me more are perhaps the most difficult to put into words.  It was the act of sharing something, that may have started out as beneficial but slowly started to change into validation instead.  This innate feeling to share maybe a useful book, an activity or a household tip could so very easily become tinged with a drop of validation, a need of approval, acknowledgement….a need to see a red heart on my screen.  

And then there was the feeling of needing to share personal moments of reflection.  Those moments that we as mothers cherish so much when the house is quiet and the children are sleeping to perhaps study, read or even just think in silence.  Suddenly the urge to share a picture of the candlelit desk, or mug of tea before I started began to seep in.  And though Im not saying that I necessarily felt like I would continue to use my phone whilst I had my quiet time, I began to feel that the feeling of needed to tell others what I was doing somehow took something special away from it, especially when that moment was a spiritual reflection. 

Thus, in a nutshell, that is why I left the world of social media and retreated back to just my blog.  Somewhere I feel I can share things at a pace which I feel is healthier me insha’Allah.  

Moving on, I pray you all are well.  And before I finish this post, I wanted to express how happy I am to see you connecting with me here so we can continue to encourage and support each other. May Allah make our efforts sincere and only for Him, ameen.

PS: Let me know if I should have a section to keep the motivational quotes going, I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!