Homeschooling – Where’s the “ME” time?

Yesterday Safiyah skyped me from her bedroom (yes, we have some of our best conversations via skype) and asked, “Mumma, would you miss us if we went back to school?”

A bit taken aback, I replied, “I LOVE having you guys at home… but don’t tell me you want to go back to school???!!!”.

“I am NEVER, EVER going back to school, but I just wondered if sometimes it gets too much having us all at home all the time?” More

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Say no!!!

Fair education for all!

If kids ran our communities…

Minecraft has become a big part of our lives, and these days since it is so hot, the kids are allowed to play with their friends in Perth online for a few hours every morning. I have been taking this opportunity to do all the things I normally don’t have time to do when we have school… which mostly involves catching up with work rather than leaving everything until the last minute.

It is a while since I had a look at what the kids have been building on Minecraft, but yesterday I sat with Diyana to check out their world. It left me in tears (which seems to happen a lot these days). What they have created in just a month is more mind blowing than I can possibly express in words. They have an airport, an animal hospital, a science lab, houses and hotels, a complex road system, an amusement park, a learning centre and a complete underground subway with stations for each of the main buildings in the world. These are not basic structures either… they are sophisticated designs with no input from outside their small group whatsoever. More

What to do when your kids don’t want to learn?

I think a lot about learning… in fact I think about learning pretty much all day every day. But one thing I have realised from my own kids and the adult learners I work with is that (GASP) not everyone loves to learn.

This was a bit confronting for me, since ‘love of learning’ has long been my theme. It was even more confronting since I took my kids out of school so that they could recapture the sense of adventure that learning brings, but every time I introduce a new project, they groan. The standard pattern is that Safiyah says “Okaaay. Just tell me what to do”. Diyana says “No. no. no. I am not doing it”. Shams says “OK – but when can we finish?” More

Helicopter Parenting vs Being the Tree – the Parenting Dilemma

My daughter Safiyah is 12 and I never realised it, but 12 is a lot like being grown up. I expected my kids to be kids until they were 18. Not so. Safiyah is incredibly talented at writing and drawing, but also extremely private about her talents. She does not let me read her writing or see her drawings. When I go into her room to ask her what she wants for lunch, (or to check she is alive), she scrambles to hide what she is doing.  I think she fears my reaction, but honestly, on the rare occasions where I am allowed to see what she is doing, I am wholly and completely blown away by her abilities, (MashAllah).

There are obviously some issues here about how she deals with her own abilities, but my more immediate concern is how I deal with her desperate need for privacy – as a mother. I used to be terrified of my mother seeing what I was doing too, but she didn’t take no for an answer… she used to find and read my diaries, no matter how well I thought I hid them. I swore I would never do that to my own kids, and am pretty pleased that even when my kids leave their diaries lying around, no matter how tempting, I never read them without permission. Never. More

Zombies, Deniers, Sociopaths, Schemers and Protectors: The five dominant personalities you’ll encounter in a world gone mad

I can’t take any credit for this post, as it came from one of my favourite sites in the US, Natural News. But it is so good I had to share it.  This has some important implications for us as homeschooling parents… to make sure our children are informed, healthy, morally driven and balanced human beings. I want to be a protector … don’t you??

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(NaturalNews) What the heck is going on with our world? Why are people such lying betrayers? Why do the most evil people (like Eric Holder) rise to the top of the corporate-run fascist government? Why are homeless zombies eating human flesh? More

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