Today, I feel relieved.
We woke up – R did Arabic and Math and English and baby Y was biting EVERYONE! I did a little work with Z and read to him and baby Y was still biting everyone. The sun was calling us to go outside and so around 11.30am, I decided to get the kids dressed and we headed off to a nearby park – they played, ran and laughed and I sat and observed them all and almost cried. I am constantly evaluating and reviewing my home ed, the content; the style etc.
I have two boys who are very active mashaAllah and who need to be out every day to get it out of their system. And I have a 7 year old daughter to home ed. Its often difficult to balance it all and then I wonder if I ever really am doing anything right at all. I have ‘moments’ like this and then it seems that Allah, The Most Merciful answers my duas in the most perfect way.
I spoke with a sister today (you know who you are sis and may Allah truly bless you! Ameen) and as she was listening to me (I wasn’t even making sense to myself) she started to suggest certain ways I could change the way I do things and it was like a light bulb moment for me and I seriously felt a huge sense of relief!
For me, Iwas able to ‘re-realise’:
- Home ed is not school at home
- Home ed does not mean you have to do each lesson in order from lesson 1 to lesson 30 until you finish a text book.
- Home ed can mean that I can skip huge chunks in a curriculum or even a whole year (I did this wtih English this year).
- When taking it at the above pace and method it frees up more time to have quality home ed rather than quantity-type home ed
- Home educating this way means I have more time to follow my child’s interests and more time with the little ones.
- It takes away the stress and anxiety of home ed for me and the children
- I and mychildren are free to move at a unique and individual pace
Perhaps you are already following such a method, perhaps this all makes sense to you already but for me it really was a light bulb moment and I hope will change the course of our home ed inshaAllah.
So, it means:
No more weekly planning – instead will plan the night before for the next day based on what happened the previous day (what she was interested in, weak at, good at)
Relief. Relief. Relief. 🙂