Yesterday, I had intented to blog more about some recent discussions I had with a fellow homeschooling mother. So, I will continue on today as I wasn’t able to fully concentrate yesterday. We continue to meet with the homeschool co-op on a weekly basis either at the park weather permitting or at the library when it rains. This past week we meet at the library and I had a enlightening conversation with another mother. She had also recently considered school for her daughter and visited her local public school with her upcoming middler schooler. She has also felt that she is unable to give two children the opportunities necessary for success through homeschooling. They decided against school for her daughter next year, but we both have to come to the conclusion that unless you are able to financially afford tutors, classes, etc. that our homeschooling children are at a disadvantage.
I have slowly realized this over the years actually and through my friendships with you sisters around the globe. Truly no one person can give their child/children everything they need on their own. There is no doubt that this takes a village and I am really seeing the need for extra hands more and more as my children get older, as I get older, and as I have had more children.
Anyway, the conclusion of this particular conversation was that even if we continue on this homeschooling path, the children aren’t going to be tested on science or history which always falls to the backburner over here. When they do take the SAT (college entrance test), the test will just cover language arts and math. So, this was reassuring to me as it is all I can do to just cover those basics over here. As for the science, well my husband has promised to contribute more and maybe the children will finally be able to get their hands dirty with the chemistry set that has been collecting dust for years now. And as for the history, we do cover it but in a informal manner through literature and field trips mostly. It is the best I can do on my own.
Now, this mother isn’t Muslim although she is very interested in Islam and I do continue to make dawah to her. So, we didn’t discuss the Qur’an memorization or Arabic or Islamic Studies aspect of Islamic homeschooling. Qur’an memorization and Arabic have been on a stand still over here for several years now. I do manage the Islamic Studies as best as possible through the halaqa and reading books here in English. Again, we are in need of a tutor for these subjects. May Allah help us all and accept our efforts. Ameen.