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Can Religious Studies be Unschooled? An Unconventional Approach to Teaching Islamic Studies (Part I)
This is a question that's been on my mind for quite some time. For those who follow this blog, you know by now that I subscribe to a philosophy of education called unschooling. In essence, this means that we don't follow any set curriculum to dictate what we learn, and when , relying instead on the direction initiated by my children. But I don't [...]
I feel a stirring deep inside of me.. About a week ago I went to listen to Tariq Abu Khdeir, the teenager from Florida who was brutally beaten by the Israeli police. What struck me the most about his story is that he was not alone in his experience. He was beaten and jailed along with his own cousin (also a US citizen) and others who were [...]
My friend, Aisha Saeed, recently asked if I wanted to participate in a 'writer's chain letter' that would chronicle several writers' writing processes. The thought was intriguing to me and I was excited to participate, with the exception of one small issue.. Uh, I'm not a writer?! I've always thought of myself as a teacher, as a parent, but [...]
As a child I remember an occasion where I had announced, very publicly and VERY loudly, "My mom is 46!" If looks could kill, I would have died instantly from dagger wounds shooting from her enlarged eyeballs. I learned from a young age to keep my mouth shut on the topic of age.. At least, where my mother was concerned. ;) There's a really [...]
Something exciting is happening. REALLY exciting. But before I share the news I want to explain why it means so much to me, and why I'm so overwhelmed, and grateful, and excited all rolled into one.. It's been about 4 years since I started blogging and I LOVE writing.. But even more, I love reading. I love learning. And I love [...]
We live in a time when we're constantly waiting for the NEXT thing.. If I could just make a LITTLE more money.. If I had more friends.. This is the last time I'll ever do this.. I'll start tomorrow.. NEXT time I'll control myself.. We constantly put off becoming the person we want to be, not realizing that we'll never achieve anything by [...]
No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished? --Lee Iacocca As many of you probably noticed, I was MIA for several weeks. I've been wanting to write you all for some time explaining what happened (and what I learned [...]