Tuesday 11 February 2014

Our Homeschooling Journey

I recently started the homeschooling journey with my 2 youngest children. I have always took an interest in their schooling but there was never enough time in a day to accomplish everything we wanted to do.  The best scenario was to teach them at home and at least then I know exactly what level they are capable of working at and I can match the studies accordingly. It also means that I have extra time with them to fit in the extra things that they never got the chance to do at school such as: sewing, crochet, cookery lessons, henna designs and importantly for our family - Islamic studies. I thought I would share with you some photos of our new journey. It has only been about 6 months but we have done so much! I don't normally do posts with so many photos but I wanted to share with you how diverse homeschooling is!

At the moment I am following the UK National Curriculum for Maths, English and Science but we just choose our own work for the other subjects we wish to follow which are things that really interest them both. That is the joy of homeschooling, the children get to also have a lot of input as to what they want to learn about!

For example my youngest daughter (6 year old) went through a phase of wanting to learn all about Ancient Egypt. We chose lots of books from the library which she loved, we found some great Ancient Egypt jigsaw puzzles, and the best part for her was to visit a museum that had a real mummy on display with lots of other Ancient Egypt artifacts!

We have had some great Field Trips visiting some lovely places, including old castles, lighthouses, windmills, famous historical sites. Below is a photograph of Durham Cathedral that I took when we visited this and the Durham Castle. Also a visit to a glass making studio!

We get to spend a lot of time outdoors, doing outdoor PE, Blackberry Picking, Catching up with reading in the shade of some nice trees in the park, Beach investigating and Container Gardening.

We get to do some cool experiments, we did a 'Mentos' experiment outside with some other homeschoolers and we have also tried the 'Volcano' experiment which was fun and some bubble experiments.

We also do some serious work! Completing workbooks for Maths, English, Science and also fun lessons!

And of course we get to do lots of crafts and cooking!

And of course we get to do some Islamic studies at home too! We also attend 2 classes outside of the home run by two wonderful Muslima ladies.

This is just a quick glimpse into our homeschooling adventure that I thought would be nice to share with you. I hope to maybe do some future posts about our homeschooling journey soon, insha'Allah.


  1. What a great post mashaallah! Shows just how diverse learning can be when you homeschool.

  2. It's very interesting Karima. You are doing great things with your kids. I would love to read more on your journey, it gives ideas!!
    Take care and keep up the good work.

  3. Assalaamu Alaykum sis! I love it mashaallah. It looks like you and your family are having fun and learning all at the same time.

  4. What a great way to start! I like your selection of books. You and your family are doing a wonderful job mashaallah.

  5. Mashallah, thank you so much for sharing this. Homeschooling is something that fascinates me but I don't think I am up to the task. I have a friend who is also very interested in home schooling so I will send her the link to this now inshallah.
    I love the look of your science experiements, that looks like so much fun! x

  6. Love this mashAllah. We're about to embark on the same journey please do continue sharing tips and stories :)

  7. Masya Allah thank you for sharing the activities, really inspiring


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