Replanning this year’s home ed!


At the weekend, I sat down and took out the plans I had made for the year and threw them away.

For a few hours, I replanned the entire year’s home ed. .. but differently.

A few months ago, I read a blog post by a home edding mother who spoke of how important it is to home educate YOUR OWN WAY. It’s great to share ideas, to read blogs for inspiration etc but ultimately what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you and your little sprouts.

She aptly went on to ask ‘what kind of homeschooling family are you?’

Some home ed families are really crafty, some constantly bake, others read LOADS!! I know a home ed family who are really sporty.

I had to really have a good think about what type of home ed family we are and I came to the conclusion that we are a book loving-quran focused-documentary watching-following self interests type of home ed family.

I then thought about the type of home ed I’d like to provide for my children and I took the following into account as I replanned:

– I am very much pro letting my children follow their self interests and being a facilitator for them. So I INCLUDED my children’s thoughts in what they would like to learn and do this year. It isn’t just about me and what I want them to do. For me, they must love to learn. If they don’t I feel I have failed in homeschooling. It was so enjoyable asking them what they would like to learn about and how they enjoy learning. What I discovered from R in particular is that she hates using the same textbook or workbook all year.

– With that last point in mind, I split all the subjects of the year into monthly topics. Eg january focus on measurement for math whilst February might be a focus on fractions. Whilst November could be a month of poetry and December a month focusing on imagery within writing. I did this for all the subjects for all three of my children for the entire year.

– I then looked at all the books I have and whittled it down to a few that I feel suits the children. I received a phone call from a sister on Monday who was quite stressed about all the resources she has and feels the need to use. One mistake many home edders make is buying so many books. It’s overwhelming, costly and unnecessary. I constantly declutter and sell on as there’s always this niggling feeling that I need to use those books too!

– I then spoke to my children about how they like to learn and at the end of it, I realised that it can never just be sitting down at the table writing or completing a workbook. I need to enrich their learning. Here my resource lists which are separated into hands on, websites, places to visit etc will come in handy.

– I feel much happier with our new plans as it incorporates what the children want to learn, how they want to learn it. I also told them that there are certain areas of learning that are non negotiable. They have to do certain things daily. They’re happy with this agreement.

– Yes, this requires a little more planning on my part but having got rid of the greatest distraction in my life. .. whatsapp, I now seem to have more time. I was complaining that I don’t have enough time etc etc but whenever I delete whatsapp from my phone, there is so much time to do so much more. As another sister shared with me, even though she isn’t  whatsapping, the very fact she is constantly checking messages thay come through and reading them is distracting her and wasting huge amounts of time. It is like a drug. If you think it isn’t a drug try not looking at your messages for 24 hours and see how you feel!

– I feel we also have a good balance now of formal home ed, hands on, physical exercise and time to socialise. The latter I’ve noticed is more important to R this year. I can see she needs that time with girls her own age. Our attendance at a home ed group every wed aswell as me making the effort to invite her friends here or arrange for her to visit her friends has made a huge difference. Need to find more 1 to 1 friends for my boys.

I’ve decided to revamp my blog and now that I have the wordpress app I can inshaAllah blog whilst breastfeeding. So expect to have a ummihomeschools me overload!!

I will inshaAllah be reorganising the categories toinshaAllah tie in with the subject and topics as we go along which will be easier for myself and any readers looking for ideas so watch this space!

Lastly, I’ve become a pinterest addict. It has benefited my home ed in so many ways. If you don’t know about pinterest, I highly recommend you register and once you do search for me under Umm Raiyaan and you can start following my boards which are full of really great pins I’ve found.

Finally, I blog more when readers of my blog interact with it. It encourages me to blog more. So please don’t be a lurker. Please comment, share tips suggestions etc. I will endeavour to reply to all comments inshaAllah.

23 responses »

  1. MashaAllah as always your posts are a breath of fresh air to our homeschooling journey. What I love the most is the fact that there is no fear of change. Something I am def. learning from here and supported by the travels we’ve made recently. Only a strong woman like you (mashaAllah and tabarakaAllah) would make those changes and re-plan things accordingly.. And I totally agree about the ‘whatsapp’ drug I’m still going through rehab LOL – but on a serious note alhamdulilah I feel great without it and achieving much more! Jzk and look forward to read more posts 🙂

    • Awww umm shayma…I miss you. Lol @ the rehab!! Seriously though, I would hate to be in a position of regret on day of judgement because I could have done so much more good deeds and didn’t because of something called WhatsApp!!

  2. Salaam,
    I’ve never been able to plan too far ahead lol – I know I would always become dissatisfied and scrap plans!
    It will be interesting to see how the children’s ideas about what they want to learn develop over the months. Will they still be interested in the same things in three months time? Just keeping tabs on that will reveal so much about their learning pattern and developing selves. Hmm, interesting thought, I should be doing that.

    • As I’ve said in my previous posts I not afraid of scrapping plans. So if they’ve decided they don’t want to follow on with a project and do something else, I’d have no problem at all.

  3. as salaamu alaykum. hi sis! i’m one of those lurkers so i thought i’d just let you know i’m here, lol. i like ur approach to home-ed; its exactly what i did. and i can honestly say that it worked out really, really well alhamdulillah.
    ~take care

    • Walaikum assalam mashaAllah welcome!! The way you wrote your message it seems that your children are older and are no longer home educated? Jzk for your message.

  4. Assalaamualaiki sister… I’m so glad you’ll be posting more often…. This post definitely felt very positive and you sound so very confident in taking the steps to make the changes you feel are right for your family. There is no hesitation or fear alhumdullilah, what an inspiration!! I too wish I could get rid of distractions however the ones in my life are not in my hands!! Looking forward to reading more posts. JazakiAllah khair

    • Walaikum assalam
      May Allah make it easy for you sis. Ameen. Situations can change by lots of dua. .. turn to Him and he’ll give you what is best for you inshaAllah. Jzk for your kind comment.

  5. Salaam,
    oops, hope you didn’t misunderstand me earlier! I know you don’t mind changing plans. keeping a diary of current interests is not something I have done, but reading your post made me think it is something I should do. It could reveal informative patterns which I think can get lost in the day to day.

  6. Assalamu alaikum. I have to agree with other sisters. Alhamdulillah your post helps me so much with my homeschooling. May allah reward you, ameen.I started homeschool since September and it has been very difficul. I am still trying to find out what approach my kids will prefer. I started with formal education and it didn’t work that well. My 7 year old doesn’t have no interest in learning especially memorising quran. It only works when I come with different ideas all the time but its very tiring for me. One thing I found out that they want to do a lot of outdoor activities. I do not have a car and financially very expensive. But I do not regret taking my daughters out of islamic school. I was working and relied too much on the school ( my fault). Now I have to do so much to catch up, hope you understand what I mean. I can carry on writing but don’t want to take too much of your time. May Allah bless you with time so you can help us, ameen.

    • Jzk for your message sister. May Allah make it very easy for you. Ameen. InshaAllah with time, Allah will show you what is best for your kids. Hang on in there inshaAllah.

  7. Assalamualaikum sis, I too am one of those lurkers, but I love it when I read your blog, it gives me inspiration on those ‘down’ days. I’m homeedding my 5yr soon to be 6 year old dd. I did reception yr with her last year, but since Ramadan haven’t formally started anything yet, I too am rethinking on my planning. How I wanted to home school her was hifz and Islamic studies first then do maths/English/science after, but what I tend to be more worried about is her maths and English first as if I need to keep up with what she should be doing at school, Please sis please share how you get out of that mindset as your R is doing hifz, I find if I spend time with hifz and Islamic studies ie. meaning of surahs, 5 pillars, tafseer, Arabic etc there is so much to learn in the Islamic side that then I find there’s no time for anything else, do you know what I mean, sorry for rambling, this has been on my mind for a while now and I’m a bit stuck in a rut, which is why I haven’t started anything with her yet. May Allah reward you for your blog and look forward to your suggestions iA

    • Walaikum assalam
      Jzk for your message. All I can suggest is that if you want to focus on islamic studies, you could teach English through islamic studies. Eg her readers could be islamic readers, her spelling lists could be related to her islamic studies, grammar could be taught using an Islamic theme etc. Even math. .. add the prayer mats. There were 5 brothers who went to the masjid, 2 forgot their mushaf at home. .. how many took their mushafs? The possibilities are endless. Not sure if I’m making sense.

  8. salam sis another lurker here, ive been following your blog for about 2 years alhamdulilah as I hoped to eventually homeschool. I just feel like im not clever enough to teach them plus I dont have financial support other than benefits at the moment so I have to study or find work soon. I know homeschooling would be so benefical to my lil ones but I know that wont be possible for a while. Is there a way to teach them along side regular schooling? So that I have an input in their education. Also how do you have the time to homeschool several children of differant ages marshaallah ? mine have a one year gap and im struggling to teach them together x

    • Ws welcome sister. Of course you can definitely have an input in their education. Take them to museums which are free. Read to them loads. Take them to the library which again is free. Just these two things alone will have a huge impact inshaAllah. As for teaching different ages, it has evolved. I set independent work for one whilst I need to focus on the younger two. If your children are only a year a part inshaAllah it should be easy to teach them together inshaAllah.

  9. i forgot to tell you that i have been following your post about 2 years. Jazakallah khair to umm deen for asking the question, because i have been having the same problem.

  10. As salaamu alaykum,

    It’s a good thing to be confident enough to know when plans must be changed – or thrown away altogether! I find that the older they get, the more common this may be. M says salaam. May Allah make things easy for you and your family, Ameen.

  11. Salam Sister,
    This was such a useful post that came to me at the right time alhumdullilah (Allah’s planning). After thinking about homeschooling for a while and reading up on it, i have finally decided to take the plunge and will be pulling my kids out of school as of Tuesday. The question you posed about what type of homeschooling family we want to be has really helped me clarify my ideas. My kids are both under seven so i have decided to take a ‘learning through play’ approach and will definitely be doing ‘unschooling’ instead of ‘homeschooling’ because i think that’s what would suit my kids the most inshallah. So nothing formal until they are seven. I am a bit scared though because i had some free time during the week so i could get ‘my’ things done… i won’t have this anymore.

    • Walaikum assalam sister
      MashaAllah so glad it was useful. Welcome to home ed mashaAllah. May Allah truly make it easy for you. Ameen

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