Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem
So I have been thinking of what to blog about…trying to see if there is anything in our day which could be of benefit. I was looking back over the past few weeks reviewing our “moments” and I was struck by how “unschooly” we are. We have bits of structure in that we are consistently learning all day but it does not follow much of a schedule nor do we use a standard curriculum.
The more I dwell on it the more I realize I have been doing this even before we decided to homeschool. I always followed the girls interests, making sure to suggest things along the lines of what currently has their minds whirring…but then I thought about how I use a bit of Montessori methodology as well, by presenting or making available age appropriate activities to spark an interest, but never forcing it. Surrounding them with shelves of interesting activities which they can get involved with if it interests them. There is so much out there why be limited to just one?
Alhamdulillah none of these methodologies tie us in. First and foremost we are Muslim and that is where the structure, consistency, schedule and guidelines are. We are trying our best to stay on the Siraat al Mustaqeem and that is more important than anything what so ever! Making sure we have no Shirk, no Bid’ah, no disrespect, no dishonesty, etc… in that we have pretty strict boundaries. Alhamdulillah.
While they are still young I hope to continue with a free flowing “structure”. I have been inspired by Umm Raiyaan who also writes about her family’s inadvertent exploration of unschooling. During the summer months I would also like to try to apply more of the Chalotte Mason approach by encouraging outside play and nature study insha Allah. Have you read her writing? It’s a very interesting way to enrich your homeschool experience. This site has some very interesting free e-books where you can read more, insha Allah.
For now I will continue scouring the internet for ways to keep the education of my children a joyful experience for both them and me, insha Allah.