3 Key Ingredients to Homeschooling a Young Child: Environment

Part 2 Environment The right environment can give so much to a developing child. Young children are like sponges and will absorb everything around them (Montessori, n.d.). It is also the age when they are refining their senses which then builds their brain architecture. Have you ever seen a young child explore something? They will literally put it in their mouth, smell it, feel the texture, stare at it and notice all the fine details that an adult is likely to miss. Ever notice their response to the slightest of…

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Been There Done That : Leaves, Roots, Flowers, and Fruits

Leaves, Roots, Flowers, and Fruits Sep 3, 2012 S was 15, N was 13, H was 12, Z was 4 I got a new stack of books for Z from the library last week. One of them is Leaves, Leaves, Leaves. As usual, I read him the book, and he was attentive and quiet. Reminds me of the days when he didn’t have that much of an attention span. And as usual, he didn’t say much about the book after I was done. I commented on the art in the…

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Been There Done That : Impromptu Mock Hajj

Impromptu Mock Hajj Oct 25, 2012 S was 15, N was 14, H was 12, Z was 4 I don’t have class (Al Huda Taleem Quran) today and tomorrow, so it’s a little light alhamdulillah, though I’m still weighed by the grammar lessons I have to make up, and the Lesson In Charge review recordings I have to listen to. But, in light of a relatively light day compared to my usual weeks, I decided to spend time with the kids, especially Z. I didn’t have anything planned for him,…

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Been There Done That : A Cardboard Ceiling Fan

A Cardboard Ceiling Fan Sep 28, 2012 S was 15, N was 13, H was 12, Z was 4 In a conversation I had last weekend with a sister, I brought up H’s cardboard endeavor jokingly, offering her a homemade cardboard furniture. Of course, she took it as a joke too. I started talking about cardboard engineering but she still had this incredulous look on her face, and I couldn’t help but realize that H was right. People won’t take this seriously, at least not those who are more used…

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Interest or Project Based Approach

You can homeschool without using a curriculum if you wish. One of the ways you can do so is through an interest or project based approach where you involve the students in planning your school year. This approach takes into full consideration the interests of your child. This particular method is best for elementary to middle school students, but with some out-of-the-box thinking, can also be used for high school students, albeit with some tweaking. This method also presumes that your child is still exploring areas of interests and have…

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