What is homeschooling and where to begin.
Bismillah. In the Name of Allah.
All praise belongs to Allah Al Kareem. I pray for His blessings and guidance on our homeschooling journey and His peace and blessings on our beloved Prophet (pbuh), his family and companions-Ameen.
Homeschooling is currently a progressive movement whereby parents take charge of their child(ren)'s education by withdrawing them from the formal, traditional schooling system and choosing to educate them at home. It is also referred to as home education or home based learning and sees a variety of different learning styles being implemented in the home from, following the national curriculum, creating your own curriculum or taking an unschooling approach.
It is compulsory for every child in the UK to be offered an education until the age of sixteen (England). The definition of "education" however, is unique to every individual. As parents it is our choice whether our child(ren) are educated on a full-time, part-time basis, in the traditional schooling system or at home. "You must make sure your child receives a full-time education from the age of five but you don't have to follow the national curriculum." [GOV.UK]
Therefore, homeschooling is totally legal and it is really straightforward to begin. If your child(ren) currently attend a state or private school, you must inform the headteacher of your decision to withdraw your child(ren). You must also inform your local council and they will then send you an elective home schooling pack or alternatively point you in the correct direction with your local education authority.
Your details will be forwarded to an elective home education officer in your area who will make regular visits to monitor your child(ren)'s learning and progress. They are also there to offer any support and advice that you may require on the way. As the parent, it is your choice where and how these meetings are held and if you would like your child(ren) present during the meetings or not.
Now you are almost ready to begin! I would recommend you do plenty of research into the different educational approaches available.....structured homeschooling, unschooling, child-led schooling.....will you follow the national curriculum or create your own curriculum?.....will schooling take place in the home or outdoors etc? As well as, looking into resources available and how to plan lessons. You can find useful resources, reading material and websites by clicking the 'resources' tab.
Homeschooling is a huge sacrifice and can be extremely demanding. You may need to timetable all your chores and other commitments in order to organise your time efficiently and your home layout may have to adapt to make room for the volume of "stuff" you accumulate whilst homeschooling! So invest in cheap storage accessories, boxes, shelves, file cabinets etc and purchase a cheap planner to help you stay on top of things.
Please feel free to comment, share tips and ask questions on this blog and I'm sure together we can help and support each other to find a way that works best for us and our families inshaAllah.