Homeschooling Q&A

 
  1. Can the first speaker please share how the schooling for only biology operated? Schedule? Timings? Fees? Certification? And anything else.  You can do science at home and you can register for classes as Kate did with her children. No certification provided. But the homeschool provider in USA accepted the course credits. More centres are opening in Dubai. In each Emirate, ask universities and ask them. Learn with Hazel- IGCSE science subjects. How do you inculcate practical science experiments in homeschoool.. the one the kids do in their sci lab in school. we dont have all that facilitates at home

  2. Lab work - I wasn't able to achieve it. It was an obstacle for my children and we tried collaborating with schools but no support. Homeschoolers do meet with each other to do science experiments. My kids and I did lots of science experiments at home at primary. Secondary was the challenge.

  3. How important is it for parents to acquire skill set on pedagogy ?Pedadogy skills not necessary - parents know their children best and don’t underestimate your own instincts. Most parents learn. Kate shared how her children were different- struggled with spelling. May be  if he has been in a school, he would have been given a label (diagnosis_. She was able to find other resources.

  4. Cavehomeschoolers resource link list will be shared.

  5. Don't panic.

  6. Screentime - most schools have timetable- restrict it to their lessons, limit screentime. Teenagers -more challenging and it can be managed. It depends - not just about gaming- social contact - daughter is alone. More judicidious - let's do it together.

  7. I need some help in giving structure to my almost five year old. How do I use the time productively with him ? Structure not needed as in a timetable etc. 5 year old - let the child lead- learn through play, helping in the house etc.- structure only for routine – bed , waking up, meals

  8. Is it necessary for me to enroll my child in online school if I’m homeschooling to get transcripts, will it be fine if I take a tutor and she continues to study and later gives her board exams for. Igcse in private , though she is in grade 4 right now but I am pulling her out this year . IGCSES - you can sit as a private candidate -depends on the curricula you use- no transcript and assessment needed. But if American curricula - Americans take SATs. Both Kate and Ameenah opted for online accredited programmes for the paper trail ,transcripts and receiving a diploma. Think about future - kids universities and check their requirements. I got my kids into British universities just with IGCSEs – no transcripts etc. Verify what institutions here are offering such as Icademy and if it will satisfy university requirements. Do not just trust what is on the website. Reach out to homeschoolers and find out who is using what. Homeschooling Accredited programmes available- you will get a diploma –Brightways Global Academy, Calvert, Clonara, Laurel Springs, Oak Meadows, Brightways – you must provide teaching and resources…I eventually wrote my own curriculum as my kids grew up - and tossed everything else. Net School, Interhigh – British

  9. I am new to homeschooling, and my  children are in CBSE curriculum. I am wondering to know if this curriculum matches with that of homeschooling CBSE curriculum - Indian homeschoolers group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/145186648828047/

  10. I want help to select a good online curriculum for my daughter who will go in Grade 9 insha Allah. IB or American. My son was planning to give his AS and A levels together this year, but since the exams have been cancelled by the boards, I don't know what to do. He topped in Physics in the whole of Middle East . And in other subjects he got A* - Economics, ICT, Maths, Business Studies, Biology Alhamdulillah----so need a very challenging environment for him. How can he give AS and A levels together this year? No online IB curriculum. You can homeschool any time with providers. You have to do your research first. See answer above. He can sit with British Council and you can get a private tutor to coach him.

  11. For the exams in British Council, in how much time can we complete all subjects? – depends on your child. If you find a tutor as few centres available now, in a year. My kids learnt themselves with me.

  12. Can he go to universities in US or UK if he gives exams as a private candidate? Please ask universities directly for their requirements.

  13. My daughter is full of energy... I find only issue is with her is the focus..... so starting home schooling is bit of task She needs company What can I do about it? She is the only child. Energy is positive! Dealing with focus – chunk learning and give regular breaks. My five year old follows steps for starting and then she has 15 mins of focused activities. If she is not focused, then we have identified activities that she is allowed to choose from (Jolene) If she is self-motivated easier ... learning with play when they were young. Children change -learning is important  -not necessarily book learning - At every age, interaction is important - don't neglect your teens-exciting to talk to them, express your opinion. Reluctant learners, engage – challenging but be creative and never give up! I learnt and am still learning with my kids… Get her to do exercise before starting and teach her breathing techniques. Find activities that keep her focus see and although her to do them when she is feeling restless (Jolene)

  14. Children at different levels- sit together - blended kids learning didn't isolate - Having multiple kids - self-learners -independent learners will help as they get older. One sitting doing maths, one lying down reading etc. Calmer existence... from homeschoolinginto university - she was worried -he was anxious but complained less than peers. Many were burnt out and felt so pressure- depressing experiences. Very silent in these discussions. He then explained he didn't have stress -assessments, exams, etc. Laid back - he did excellent. Look at your own children - do your best for each individual.

  15. 14. SATs - sat here in a university/schools/training centre-college board website- took in spring of junior year and then improve score. PSATs - done in school.

  16. 15.How I can homeschool my child now? By following advice shared. Cave homeschoolers runs a mentoring course.

  17. 16.  Staying antsy with e learning while supporting the child's mental and physical health  - didn’t understand.

  18. 17.  I would like to know how to productively use the time I am with my child – shared tips in session.

  19. 18. How to encourage and inspire children to do the required work while continuing to enjoy free time reading and hobbies – create a love for learning early on but balance it with play and letting them lead. Remember key is play with them until they are 7 (Finnish school system). Befriend them as teens

  20. 19. Resources for young children… Books, materials, tests, videos – see homeschooling links shared etc

  21. 20. Islamic tarbiyya-  wasn’t addressed sufficiently as a topic in itself…start young, self-taught from parents- not outsourced – up to you but that’s our opinion, best to do yourself if possible according to your values, child's level and interest...Key is to role model and practices are inculcated so many homeschoolers dutifully get children to do Hifdth and memorise Quraan . That routine gets embedded early. You then start with pillars of Islam, duas, manners, Seerah etc.  and activities around the Islamic calendar- Ramadan, hajj etc. The challenge comes with finding appropriate materials – Islamic cartoons. Islamic fiction, Islamic board games, puzzles etc. but not all kids ready for online lectures. As they become teens, there isn’t much engaging Islamic media unless you can get them into Ertugru- a drama… There are many Islamic weekend programmes kids can join. As they get older, harder to get them to study deen per se so reminders are needed, family halaqah time especially now. The benefits of the virus which I didn’t get to mention are with masjids closed, families are bonding spiritually and Ramadhan is another great opportunity. Read Quraan, tasfeer, the Seerah. A lot of activities on line too. Ultimately, we must make duas as hidayah is from Allah azzawajaal alone. You may role modelled but we are all tested. Many of us had a journey to Islam and we have to be patient with our children. If we are too harsh, we will drive them away so inculcating love of Allah azzawajaal is almost foremost from a young age by connecting them to the beauty of creation etc.

  22. 21. how to teach on my own, how to know if what ever is selected for child is it enough according to her level ? many other small doubts. Once you do your research, you will get more confident and with support from other homeschoolers. When I started, I used the British curricula and SATs to guide me so I could assess where kids were up to.

  23. 22. How to engage little kids – see above- play lead learning, kitchen and housework, science in the bath and the garden, the world is your oyster and read, read , read….fieldtrips- virtual now…

  24. 23.Every information possible for homeschooling along with building a bond with the kids and enjoying this experience – this was a taster, free mentoring course available. Not enough scope to cover everything.

  25. 24. Positives and negatives. Is it accredited. Pros – flexibility covered in session. Negatives- risk of social isolation but most homeschoolers organize activities etc. to address this. Sometimes, parents don’t have skills so you need to find a tutor or learning centre. Science experiments- technical subjects are difficult to do at home without a lab as such. Cost may be prohibitive.

  26. 25.  How to manage schooling multiple children, of different ages, who are covering different subject areas at once and motivating them to learn  - addressed above. Identify connection opportunities with like-minded parents and children.

  27. 26.  How to start homeschooling and to get into college Emotional well being – covered in session.

  28. 27. To turn my maybe into a confident yes - with research - not always supported, working full time -arm yourself with knowledge, normal to have those feelings

  29. 28/ How to manage work, family, household and homeschooling/online learning in (this difficult time) without getting burned out/sick – offered solutions

  30. 29. Good homeschooling curriculum and homeschooling teachers – see resource links and homeschooling groups can share.

  31. 30.  how can i organize/manage my home work load and kids study schedule. how can i prepare for Ramadan. so difficult to accept the fact the no salah in masjid.. SubhanAllah.. though we accept Allah's will in everything but how can we make our Ramadan to the best.. By having a schedule,

  32. 21. Positives and negatives. Is it accredited? Addressed above and during the session.

  33. 22. My 8 year old daughter says she miss school and friends... any tips for her to accept me as a teacher ..Also how should i convince her that the daily targets have to be met in order to learning as the sudden change is overwhelming for her too....good question. Sorry we didn’t address in session. It takes time – let her get adjusted and don’t be too rigid about work being done. Keep supporting her until she is comfortable and then offer support. Your role is to guide and empower her to learn independently. Focus on her emotional well-being by spending quality time together outside of studies as that will help her when she does study in sh Allah. This situation is hard for our children and we must support them.

  34. 23.  how can we include more of child's interest subject at primary level like grade 5 ? Be creative so focus on their interests and link it to a curricula subject. IB studies provide that opportunity for unit study and link it to other subjects. So for example they love being in the garden so you introduce habitats etc.

  35. 24. kids love group work with friends but at home sibling rivalry prevents group work sometimes. How can we tackle that nowadays. Good question – sorry missed. That is always an issue we must grapple with and it takes persistence and training. Sometimes, it is better not to force kids and they will see the benefit of playing together and then this can be transferred to other aspects of their lives. So much in Islam to encourage working together but even adults don’t always do this! Sadly Ummah divided even homeschooling groups…

  36. 25. Is it safe to send kids abroad to study? Kate’s kids studying at university and live with her parents in the States. Ameenah’s kids also studied in USA. It depends on the circumstances and you must research and weigh up pros and cons. I left the Uk at 16 and studied at an international college and it was an amazing experience, but I was lost spiritually. There was no guidance as peer pressure is to conform  with norms of that community. That extended to my university life. Everyone is different. That is what you have to weigh up – are they firm enough in their deen to hold onto it? Bearing in mind, that hidayah is from Allah azzawajaal but our kids are a trust none the less.

  37. 26. Aminah would you like to share a basic curriculum for year three? I am a beginner to homeschooling

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  39. . Please see curricula links document and Cavehomeschoolers website too. We have links to other groups and curricula etc.

  40. 27. Sara, can we exchange ideas after this meeting?

  41. Thank you Sara for your support. Definitely in sh Allah. Cavehomeschoolers already has established a mentoring group, let me know if I should add you. We can continue our chats there as opposed to creating another group (not productive)…

  42. Note: Aminah there is also a difference between the terms curriculum and program of study. Curriculum - sets of learning outcomes per subject; program of study (but many people use the term curriculum) provided by providers

  43. Note: Thank you to Jolene and Catalina for their input:

  44. Jolene’s advice: By the way, I am already homeschooling my three children, I work full time and I work in teacher training. To help with scheduling now - you can establish what is known as a block schedule and a loop schedule. There is less pressure and this can help you communicate with the school as well as track what’s happening. It also takes teachers a good month to establish routines in schools. Establishing routines is the number one key. How you do this will be dependent on your household values and principles that you already have as well as the age groups you have at home. Finds mentor or someone who can help you talk through it. You have the answers. A more knowledge other/experienced other can guide you with the right questions Jazak allahu khaira that’s really useful  I don’t believe that either. However, I do believe that we as parents need to be ready to look at ourselves and our perspectives and experiences. It is a good area to look at how to develop a growth mindset in our children. We often have a lot of perspectives that limit us too. This is a learning journey for everyone. Timings for devices . Reading - oxford owl free ebooks. Flexibility when dealing with lots of children at the same time. My five year old follows steps for starting and then she has 15 mins of focused activities. If she is not focused, then we have identified activities that she is allowed to choose from. For multi age children, identify one on one time per week. I use various times during the week to do a one on one teaching. It’s twenty mins max with my little ones. We also go over what they need to do for the upcoming week. The older child, I work with her when the little ones are working . With new homeschooling providers you can ask for demos from all of these and you can see what the provision is like. Then the older kids can help make the decision. With my kids: we talk about things that we have a choice in and things that we don’t. This helps them do it even when they don’t want to. We have a schedule and there are choices in many of the activities, however, there are certain things that they don’t have choices. We are a team and we work together even when we don’t want to do some things sometimes. I am working with the little kids on expressing how they feel so that they can get what they need to feel good and also help the team.

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  49. from Catalina to everyone:Or make own curriculum based on a set objective... If the kid is into physics and want to pursue it at a high level to invent or innovate a certain thing, for example, it may be that none of the other existing curricula teach what the kid wants to study and the appropriate level.

  50. Then talk to academics, teachers, people who studied and are applying that subject and get ideas, help on how to make your own. 

  51. With all due respect, there are no ‘reluctant learners’ per se. All kids and adults are learning all the time, consciously or unconsciously, maybe just not what we’d like them to learn. They may be learning how to push or pull the parents, how to push/ design own boundaries, etc... In this case we have to reflect on the causes, meditators and triggers of that... 😆 Take or re-take it from there...

  52. My response to Catalina:  I think there are reluctant learners. I deal with them all the time. Albeit, technical definition - there are kids/adults who are just not interested in certain subjects. They may have other interests… which is why I extended learning to anything hence my kids are wiley and have made skeletal keys to break into my bedroom, clubbed together and bought a router and other creative antics! But at some point, the dreary reading and writing has to be tackled and not all kids engage. Boys are different to girls. It is complex and so we must go at their pace but external systems don’t give us that room. Ultimately, no matter how phlisophical we are about this, kids have to go back into a system (university or vocational college and then work or not -business or be unemployed) whether they are homeschooled or not and we should equip them with a holistic education – life skills and academia as well as a spiritual/moral framework so they can engage with society positively in the future.

  53. Homeschooling contacts:

  54. https://cavehomeschooling.wordpress.com/ (needs updating, work in progress)

  55. https://www.facebook.com/Cave-homeschoolers-111581750331580/

  56. https://chat.whatsapp.com/CmpozLAgydo92ttHkwsAvd - link to join Cave mentoring group which has been established to support new homeschoolers and we can continue discussions here as Sara requested.

  57. nehomeschoolassociation@gmail.com (Ameenah)

  58. https://m.facebook.com/groups/DuneHa/?ref=group_header&view=group

  59. Feedback

  60. thats helpful

  61. That’s helpful.... yes breathing should help💙

  62. that was very nice when you all say dont panic...very reassuring

  63. Thank you

  64. Aminah also mentioned a facebook group. Grateful if the details of the group could be shared. Many thanks.

  65. JazakAllah Khair that was really helpful

  66. Good advice jolene

  67. Anyone can feel free to contact me anytime from Aminah to everyone -Thank you Ameenah🌹Appreciate your supportThank you Aaminah!!!

  68. Thankyou from Fakeha Neelofar to everyone:

  69. Jazakumullaahu Khairan. It is really scary to send them alone. May Allah protect our children.

  70. Jazak allahu khaira everyone. 🦋🌹💗

  71. Jazakallahkhair this was really uplifting in these daysfrom farah to everyone:

  72. JazakAllah khair everyone. Alhamdulillah it was very benefialfrom benazir Drabu to everyone:

  73. jazakumuallahu khair everyonefrom nuwera to everyone:

  74. Jazakallah khair. It was really helpfulfrom muniba to everyone:

  75. jazakallahu khairfrom Anna to everyone:from Sara Shaikh to everyone:

  76. JazakAllah khair session was good and look forward to more

  77. from salma Abdussalam to everyone:jazakallahu khairan khatheeran it was really beneficial

  78. from Nehla Athiq to everyone:Jazakallah Aminah sure will do

  79. from Nehla Athiq to everyone:Jazakallah everyone from Nehla Athiq to everyone:

  80. Alhamdulilah from Nehla Athiq to everyone:It was beneficial... may Allah reward you all

  81. Ameen!

  82. Finally -  Thank you to Aminah from Duneha, Kate from Rak our esteemed speakers, experienced and qualified in homeschooling and my new sister Sara from #inthistogetherUAE. Please note that Cavehomeschoolers is actively working with #inthistogetherUAE as we launched our Buddy Volunteer scheme to support families new to online learning or homeschoolers. We will also continue to deliver our mentoring sessions based on your feedback and demand in the community. Last but not least, a big thank you to our participants for their support and active participation. Do join our mentoring group and complete the evaluation feedback form. Curricula links also being sent out.

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Can the first speaker please share how the schooling for only biology operated? Schedule? Timings? Fees? Certification? And anything else. 

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How important is it for parents to acquire skill set on pedagogy ?

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I need some help in giving structure to my almost five year old

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I am new to homeschooling, and my  children are in CBSE curriculum. I am wondering to know if this curriculum matches with that of homeschooling CBSE curriculum

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For the exams in British Council, in how much time can we complete all subjects?

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My daughter is full of energy... I find only issue is with her is the focus..... so starting home schooling is bit of task She needs company What can I do about it? She is the only child

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SATs

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.  Staying antsy with e learning while supporting the child's mental and physical healt

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Can the first speaker please share how the schooling for only biology operated? Schedule? Timings? Fees? Certification? And anything else. 

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Screentime

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Is it necessary for me to enroll my child in online school if I’m homeschooling to get transcripts, will it be fine if I take a tutor and she continues to study and later gives her board exams for. Igcse in private , though she is in grade 4 right now but I am pulling her out this year

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I want help to select a good online curriculum for my daughter who will go in Grade 9 insha Allah. IB or American. My son was planning to give his AS and A levels together this year, but since the exams have been cancelled by the boards, I don't know what to do. He topped in Physics in the whole of Middle East . And in other subjects he got A* - Economics, ICT, Maths, Business Studies, Biology Alhamdulillah----so need a very challenging environment for him. How can he give AS and A levels together this year?

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Can he go to universities in US or UK if he gives exams as a private candidate?

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Children at different levels

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How I can homeschool my child now?