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Halal Entertainment for Muslims!

by Zohra Sarwari - Posted on August 29th, 2013
Bismillahhe Rahmanee Raheem
SubhanAllaah I often hear that “Our religion is boring, we can’t do anything!”  Alhamdullilah it is not from my kids, but from other kids.  I then reflect why do these kids think this way?  SubhanAllaah we have the best religion in the world, and the best holidays as well as the best way to have fun.
The problem is that many people have no clue how to have real fun versus what people call fun.  The media, TV, magazines and even books display having fun means one must dance, listen to music, be with the opposite gender, wearing inappropriate clothing, behaving in an inappropriate way, drinking alcohol, smoking or even doing drugs.  The list can continue my dearest sisters and brothers, but any righteous person knows that this is a deception from Shaytaan and it is not real fun.
Now, that we know the problem let’s try to solve it inshAllaah.  So what is real fun?  How can we as Muslims have real fun?  InshAllaah I have a list of ways you and your family can have fun and make memories.
1.       Play board games: Junior Qu’raan Challenge, Qur’aan Challenge, or Hadith Challenge.
2.       If it snows in your area, go outside and play in the snow and make a snow forte.
3.       In the evenings tell stories, while sipping on hot chocolate with whip cream.
4.       Have Family night where the entire family sleeps in one room on the floor and talks about what is going on in their lives.  Everyone listens and respects each   other.
5.       Have a dinner party and invite friends over.
6.       Go to the Mosque and listen to a good lecture.
7.       Remodel a room and get everyone to help.
8.       Go to a Museum or an Aquarium.
9.       Watch a video on IslamicTube.com as a family.  My kids love to share their favorite videos.
10.   Visit family or friends.  Especially those who are sick.
InshAllaah you can see the list can go on, but you get the point.  The most important thing is that you are with your family and you all enjoy being together no matter what you are doing inshAllaah.

Homeschooling Online

by Zohra Sarwari - Posted on February 13th, 2013

If you have chosen to homeschool online then you most likely have decided to use one of the free online schools. The online schools take a lot of the parent work out of homeschooling. For example when the child logs into school each day the schools website keeps track of his attendance. You do not have to decide on the program you want because the school already has one in place. All you have to do is help your child with the daily lessons and send in his work for a teacher to see. This way is very good if you want less involvement. But there are some other things that may be drawbacks to online homeschooling.
First you have to have a computer. I know in today’s society there are many households that have a computer or more than one computers so this may not be a problem but if you do not have a computer you will have to purchase one or rent one from the school. Renting a computer is never a good idea in case something happens to it while you have it then you will have to replace it, it is better just to purchase the computer and get it over with.
You have to have a reliable internet connection. Also is not a problem in most cases nearly everyone has one. It has to be reliable because your child will have to log on to the school website so that he can get his lessons and attendance can be counted. If your internet connection goes out then your child will miss a day of school. This will put him behind and he will have to catch up.
The days are fully planned. When you log on you will see a daily and weekly planner. Each day has 5-8 lessons that you should teach that day. If you get them all done early that is good but this many lessons can take a while leaving less time for any other activities to be planned. Your child will spend most in not all of his day in front of the computer and if your child is older the lessons will be longer.
Online homeschooling has its advantages and disadvantages just as pretty much everything else. If you are a parent that works at home and use the computer then you will need two computers or you and your child will have to share the computer. You can also choose one of the schools that are online but can be taught offline. The only time the child will have to be online is to take the daily test and record attendance. There are a variety of ways you can choose to do homeschooling if you choose online homeschooling.
You and your family have to sit down and decide if you want to homeschool online or offline there are a lot of advantages and disadvantages to weigh and homeschooling online is not right for every family especially if you are homeschooling more than one child and if you only have one computer. Discuss it to see if it is right for you.

Homeschooling Programs

by Zohra Sarwari - Posted on January 16th, 2013

When looking for a homeschool program that is right for your family you will discover that there are dozens to choose from. Many parents that have been homeschooling for many years will choose the ones that they like best from each program. For example if they like the math program from one publisher but the English from another you can mix and match to create the right program for you and your children. There are a few guidelines that you need to consider when choosing your homeschool program. For me it is about does it fit in our way of life. Is the material teaching good things or not.
Identify your child’s learning style each child learn differently and if you are homeschooling more than one child they will all learn differently than the other. Is your child one that can learn from reading out of a book, by listening to the lesson taught by you reading or on a DVD or is your child more hands on and learns by doing? When choosing a homeschool program this is the first thing you need to decide.
What is your teaching style? The next step is to decide which way you like to teach. Are you a more hands on teacher and like to be by your child’s side at all times teaching or are you a parent that likes to get things started and allow the child to work on their own. Your teaching style is as important as your child’s learning style when you are trying to decide on which homeschool program to use. If you and the child are not happy then homeschooling will not be a happy experience. Also if you find a program you do not like you can always choose to pick another one next year.
Create a budget unless you are going with one of the free online schools then you will need a budget. If you are one a single income where you have to make a budget then you need to make a place in your budget for your home school materials. They can be expensive if you want your child to learn a lot of different things. Be careful there are a lot of homeschool parents that overspend on things they don’t need. When you first start out everything will look good and you will say well that will be good to learn but remember your child will be in homeschool for 13 years and that is plenty of time to get it all in. You do not have to overwork your child with things you want them to know.
Choose your program Now that you know your child’s learning style, your teaching style, and you have added homeschool into your budget it is time to choose your program. This is not an easy task because there are so many. Remember that you may not choose the right one first because there are so many but by knowing what you are looking for gives you a better chance of getting it right the first time and making homeschool a positive experience for your whole family. May Allaah make this journey easy for you and accept your sacrifices. Ameen


Homeschool Requirements

by Zohra Sarwari - Posted on May 21st, 2012

Homeschooling requirements vary from state to state and from online to offline schools. If you choose to use an online school check with that school to find out what the requirements are and if you choose to use an offline school so that you can be in more control of what you are teaching check with your state’s homeschooling association. Here are some of the basic homeschooling requirements throughout all the states. Read more

The Pros & Cons of Homeschooling.

by Zohra Sarwari - Posted on February 21st, 2012

With more and more parents considering homeschooling their children it is important that we take a look at some of the pros and cons of homeschooling.
Some pros of homeschooling are: Read more

Home School VS Public School

by Zohra Sarwari - Posted on February 21st, 2012

Depending on whom you ask you will get different responses. I will uncover some of the things that will help you decide if homeschool is better or worse than public schools.
First let’s talk about the classroom. In a public school you have a room full of students every one different than the rest. This means that there will be times a lesson has to be taught more than one time so that the teacher makes sure every child understands the lesson. Read more

Homeschooling Statistics

by Zohra Sarwari - Posted on February 21st, 2012

When you are deciding on homeschooling your children there are a lot of research to do. There is no more important information that the numbers from the children that have been homeschooled in the past. How did they do? Here are a few homeschool statistics that can help in your decision making process. Read more