Questions, questions, questions….Where do I begin?

Alright, so these are the questions I have about homeschooling my toddlers…Insha’Allah I am searching sources online and speaking to mothers who have already been through this, and hopefully I’ll be able to post some answers soon!

  1. What do I want to teach?
  2. How should I organize my materials?
  3. Will I have a set place in the house for ‘school time’ activities?
  4. How should I set up my time to teach this stuff?
  5. What skills does my toddler have already that I should foster?
  6. What skills do I want to foster?
  7. Will I have a tentative timeline to follow?
  8. How/Will I use assessments?  If I do, what will those be?
  9. Books/resources/sites?

Saira Siddiqui

12 Comments


  1. Hi! I just saw your blog and though I might give you some links to try to help. I’ve gone through the toddlers b/c I have 5 boys. One is currently still a toddler, one is a baby, but I’ve made it through 3 in that age. Anyway, it’s hard to break out of a public school state of mind at first (if that’s what you are used to). With homeschooling, you do it the way you feel led is right for YOU and your child. So that I won’t take up so much room here in this small box, I’m going to put your questions up on my blog to answer. In the meantime, here are a few links (and I’ll try to think of more): http://www.home-school.com, http://www.sonlight.com, http://www.cathyduffyreviews.com…OH there are so so many! You are sure to find lots of answers on folks blogs too. BTW, I see you are Muslim….I am a Christian and I’ll just tell you that you will find a lot of homeschooling sites are Christian. If that makes you not want to visit them, I encourage you to look at them for the educational part. Leave off what you want. Does that make sense? There are so many people that want to give out all the info they have learned so I just don’t want you to miss something that could help answer your questions. All us homeschoolers are in the “same boat” you are. We are always seeking the best way to do it:) Happy Homeschooling!!!

    Stacey


  2. Thanks so much Stacey I will definitely check these out! I DO actually have a ‘public school frame of mind’ having been a public school teacher for several years.

    I have no problems checking out some Christian sites as they are very similar to what our goals are as well with our kids, and have lots of useful things.

    Actually, if you know any good Christian sites that you feel are the most helpful in teaching children ‘Character Education’ or even ones that teach very young children ideology, I’d love to see them, and maybe apply that to my own faith.


  3. ok, so i just fell in love with that woodlands mommy website! i’m soo tryin this with my kid as soon as we’re back on schedule!


  4. S—-,
    I would be more than happy to share with you about what I have learned with home schooling. First and foremost you and your husband need to decide: What is your goal in education?
    There are TONS of resources out there, and I am sure with your teaching experience, you will have a TON of ideas on what you want.
    A big thing for us was choosing what style of education we wanted to go with. With all the education styles to chose from, it can be overwhelming. We have taken the “classical” education approach, and have found lots of resources that really explained the philosophy behind this style of education.
    Also, learning what type of learners your kids are is EXTREMLY helpful. (I am sure you probably already know this) After really nailing down our oldest two kids learning styles, it made it much easier to pick out cirriculums for them.
    With all this, we found the book “100 Top Picks for Homeschool curriculum” by cathy Duffy to be helpful.
    I will continue to do my best in helping you out with any questions you have.


  5. As Salaamu Alaikum,

    When my girls and oldest son were toddlers, I focused on reading. Masha Allah they all were reading at early ages. It opened up a new world to them. Our schedule was basic. However long I could keep their attention that was how long our schedule was. Consistency was the key for us. As they got older, I increased their schedule and activities. I checked out a book called “The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home” at the library one day it it gave me a lot of incite on how to accomplish everything you’ve asked. Even though I don’t use all of the resources listed, I still use it as a guide for our schedule. There are plenty of resources for all grade levels now as opposed to when I first started homeschooling (10yrs ago) Like the others have stated I would be more than happy to share my resources/links with you.

    I use books I purchase from Iqra Book or Islamic Bookstore for their Islamic Studies. They have a great deal of books for all ages.

    My youngest is three. It’s a bit of a challenge now to go from feudalism in Japan to x and y chromosomes to multiples of 1-12 to “b” makes the “buh” sound – but I wouldn’t have it any other way. There is definitely a special gratification I have for being able to homeschool my children.


  6. Thanks Melissa,

    This has really started me thinking about what style best suites me…since my kids are very young I think I have some time to think about it, but I think at this stage in the game I’m probably eclectic, but leaning towards the ‘unschooling’ style (although this will definitely NOT be a style I will continue using as the kids gets older)…I think it might suite us best when they are still little..

    -thanks again

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