Today, I had coffee with two local sisters. I rarely get the chance to just relax. If I am out then it is normally to do something important for the kids or a project. This was a real treat for me. One of the sisters there was home educating but no longer does. Her son started school in the last academic year and her daughter who is just a little younger than R started school for the first time in September. Her children are absolutely loving it mashaAllah. And for a split second, I felt an urge to put them into school. But then I remembered R’s Horse Project book and all the plus points of home ed came flooding back.
I think what it reinforced for me was that home ed is a choice – it isn’t for everyone but it definitely is for some. I used to be such a radical homeschooler and would often say that I would never put my kids in school. The fact is, at this moment in my life, I can’t and won’t say it. I take each month or year as it comes. Right now, alhamdulillah it is suiting us. But I don’t know how my children will change or my circumstances might change. Maybe one day school would suit them – who knows. At the end of the day, I need to do what I feel is right for my children and right now, I feel that home education is better for them in terms of their learning and life in general. I am really happy for the sister as I can see that it was the right choice for her and her children alhamdulillah.
Later on the afternoon, I did a deliberate reshuffle. I remember speaking to a sister at one of our trips about how she deliberately arranges her shelves so that her children are immersed with educational tools. I have noticed it definitely does work. Now that Y is that little bit older, I feel that things can come down a bit. Amazing how everything goes up when you have a crawling/walking baby around.
So today, I moved books around, put educational posters, resources, puzzles etc on shelves that my children can reach and see. The kids couldn’t wait to get stuck in. There were things I had that I had forgotten we owned because it was behind an object. Our interactive globe came back to life which kept Z busy for ages.. R did some learning roots puzzles and read the seerah trail. Y played with an abacus. Am quite happy with the change in our main living space.
I think their learning environment and how it is laid out is key for a home edder.