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January 24th, 2006, 08:30 AM
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Asalam Alaikum

I am in a bind right now, it is time to decide about schooling for my son. I want to know are you ladies for or against:
Public schools
Islamic schools
Home Schooling

These are my options, and than I'll tell you my idea and I want your input.

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January 25th, 2006, 10:20 AM
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Asalaam Alaikum,
My 5 year old goes to public, as that is the ONLY option we have in our area. I would suggest that you find a good Islamic school, Insh'Allah. there are so many different faiths and ideas and the best option would be a place where a Muslim child does not have to worry about what is being taught, focused on and said. In an Islamic school, fasting, covering and praying are understood and ENCOURAGED instead of looked down upon and misunderstood.
Home schooling may become an option for me SOON if we are in this area for a long period of time - I can;t send my kids away to an Islamic school in a different province...
What is your idea, Fgoumaa?
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January 25th, 2006, 10:45 AM
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My idea is that home school is a real good start. But it has to be well rounded, so I investigated the college for youth classes. So, next year he could start spanish, art and music class at the college. Than home school the following with the college courses again. And than at 6 he could go to Qur'an classes at the mosque on Sundays. IT would allowed well roundedness, interaction with other children and none of the red tape bull of public school system.

Besides all that with our family wanting to do more traveling back to Egypt for the inlaws, this would allow him to go during the year while weather there is what he would be used to instead of summers where the average day is 110 and no A/C. All around I think this would allow for him to get the best of everything.

I have also given consideration to his feeling and if at sometime in the future he would decide (middle school- high) that he would like to try school, that would remain an open option for him, inshAllah.

What do you think?
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January 26th, 2006, 05:44 AM
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I'm for Homeschool. I was homeschooled a few years and plan on homeschooling my children, inshaAllah. I spent alot of time at Islamic schools volunteering and I'd much rather be able to give my child one-on-one attention for learning. Islamic schools are pretty expensive too. But if homeschooling is not an option, then definately islamic school or a private school w/ muslims. There was one school back in Texas that had halal food catered althought it wasn't an Islamic school.

I think schools waste alot of time and provide unrealstic expectations for social interaction. Unless you keep your kid locked up in the house, a homeschooled child should be able to interact with kids older and younger then he/she is AND be able to interact with adults. For me personally, my skills and talents were never reconized in a crowded classroom. I find student lead learning to be funner and more rewarding (a mixture of both you don't want the kid to get carried away in one subject or area and completely ignore others).

I always share the example of me and my sister. Before I was even in kindergarden, my mom bought me and my sister a chalk board (i still remember the day we got it. she had drawn lots of flowers on it). Since, chalkboard=school my sister and I always played school. My sister was 4 years older then them. Anyway, by the time I got into 1st grade, I had a 5th grade math level. I already knew how to muliply and divide, but no body ever took it any further. I don't know if it was because we were very poor that people just failed to reconize me or what. I know later on, I had a lot rude teachers in my advanced classes. I was always the poor girl that everyone thought I belong somewhere else.

Anway, you have to find the homeschooling technique that works best for your child. I did self-taught, self-paced work. After a few years of grueling, boring packets, I went on to make my own curriculim. I decided what areas I wanted to study (making sure to cover graduation requiremetns and then some!) and I did my own research with my mom just approving it.

My sister didn't like self-taught work at all so she did alot of her courses in homeschool groups. I only took one homeschool group course in Business Math and Economics and I thought it was boring. The homeschooling groups were abit expensive so she just went back to school. She wasn't wanting to socialize or anything. She just liked having a teacher which I usually hated.

I am not sure about Canada, but back in Texas there were tons of homeschool groups, leagues, and partnerships with area community colleges. Homeschooling was really fun to me and I can't wait to do it with my kids. I learned alot from homeschooling. When I was supposed to be in public school 5th grade, I was playing the stock market game. lol

Sorry, I like to raddle on.... Homeschooling is what you make it though.
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January 26th, 2006, 09:56 AM
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Another Muslimah,

Sister it was great hearing your experience, it has reaffirmed my idea on home schooling. I cant wait to get started. The chalk board, my son has one already he got it for Eid El Fitr and he loves it we do letters and numbers already and draw each day. Today we did water color painting and letter sounds. So, I am gettting the idea... I am already home schooling if our day consist of education, even while playing. MashAllah I getting it.

So, I dont need some pre-written idea like I was thinking. All I need is a dedication to his learning through whatever means. And I got that.... SubhanAllah I'm getting it.... sorry I'm so excited. But hearing your story helped me to really understand what the others were saying. YEAH

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