Preschool School

Isa recently turned three. I have started to brainstorm about his education and socialization. The two of us are having a blast together playing at home and at the library. Today,  we checked out a monthly event for young children and parents. It turned out to be mostly a promotional event for the sponsors, but we still had a nice time just the two of us.

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As I have been going through a transition myself since the rest of the children are now gone during the day, I have been giving a lot of thought to my purpose and role now that they are in school. I have been searching for something more formal for Isa such as a co-op or playgroup, but I quickly realized not much has changed with our Islamic community. Everyone just does their own thing. Then I remembered this lack of support and committment  in our community was one of the reasons we decided to enroll them in school.

So, as I was searching for preschool programs and other opportunities to do with Isa, I came across an intriguing preschool program based on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The first thing that came to mind was wondering why can’t we as Muslims do something like this! Anyway, then I remembered the situation where we live and am just keeping the 2 day a week morning program in mind for next year.

May Allah improve the situation for our Muslim children. Ameen

10 responses to “Preschool School

  1. anonymousmuslimah

    Assalamo alaikum,

    SubhanAllah I can’t believe he is nearly three already! I remember when you were in the final stages of pregnancy and I was waiting for news!

    I read quite a lot about our local schools and the STEM system seems to be quite common here.

    Would you consider attempting to set up some sort of preschool yourself? Do you have a muslim one there already? One of my goals inshaAllah is to gain skills to be of benefit to the ummah. It seems like everybody is waiting for the next person to do it!

    MashaAllah congratulations on the great progress! How do you feel about school now; does it feel like more or less pressure than home schooling?

    • Wa alaikum as salaam ummsalam,

      Alhamdulillah, he has been an absolute joy. We have been spoiled.

      No, I wouldn’t consider setting up a preschool. I have attempted many times to start things here and there is no such thing here as a long term committment. Even after only 4 yrs. interest in Girl Scouts is dwindling. We most likely will not even meet at the masjid next year due to lack of participation and lack of community support.

      I am less stressed now that they are in school. It is still stressful either way. I no longer have to plan which is a relief, but my weekends are still busy with homework and projects. Academically, they are being pushed much harder than they were at home and they needed that! There is just no way around being a parent 24/7. I had no idea this job was so challenging!

    • Wa alaikum as salaam ummsalaam,

      There is an Islamic preschool within the Islamic school PreK -5. It is across town and too expensive:(

  2. Assalamualaykum,
    We are spoiled over here, alhamdulillah. The Islamic preschools here are set up as private businesses but as long as they meet the required standards the government funds places for children aged three and up, the same way it does for children in non-Muslim private nurseries. So, being an Islamic nursery is no disadvantage in terms of funding and many Muslim parents prefer to send their children there.
    If faris gets a preschool place I won’t be paying for it.

    • Wa alaikum as salaam ummrashid,

      That is awesome for you all, maashaa allah. The only free preschool here is the Federal Head Start preschool program within selected elementary public schools. You have to qualify financially and there is also a waiting list. The program runs 5 days a week for 6 1/2 hrs. a day. Isa isn’t ready to be away from us for that extended amount of time.

  3. Assalaamu Alaikum sister

    May Allaah make it easy for you, and I am sure all those challenges you face are a source of reward for you which is indeed worthwhile end of the day Inshaa Allaah.
    I keep wondering this is the situation in most of the Muslim Communities all over, subhanallaah, and I still cannot understand why we cannot come together and help each other towards something which is very beneficial. And what saddens me a lot is that the same Muslim Community is so active when other communities initiate and organize something and they support them with heart and soul! Is something wrong with us? May Allaah rectify our situations. Aameen

    • Wa alaikum as salaam Umm Maimoonah, Ameen to all of your du’as. This is the hardest trial I have faced since I have been Muslim. I can’t understand why it is so difficult for everyone to come together. It is very seperated by ethnic group here. We have always been outsiders sadly.

      It truly takes a village to raise a child. We should not have to do this alone.

  4. anonymousmuslimah

    Assalamo alaikum,

    That is so sad about the separation by ethnicity. As muslims we will never have success until we get over these jaahil issues. Have you ever approached anyone in the masjid about this? Perhaps the imam could give a khutbah regarding this. May Allah swt rectify our affairs, ameen.

  5. anonymousmuslimah

    And I thought we were bad here!

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