MahoganyMuslimah

Learning, Loving, Building, and Growing Islamically

Making Things Work

    Alhamdulilah, we live to see another beautiful day. I just wanted to write a bit about my family. As you know, my husband and I have only one child, who is also home-schooled. When we first began discussing the idea of homeschooling, everyone had something negative to say about how we could possibly ruin my son’s life. With our backgrounds, interest, beliefs, and abilities, we felt homeschooling was best for him. But what about the requirements, doesn’t he need to be around children his age, what on Earth will he do all day; watch television and play video games, don’t you need to have a break sometimes; this was just the beginning of the questions to come. We have only been homeschooling for a few months and everyone’s perception has changed. This is why I say, you have to do what is best for your family. Not just you, but better for the family.

    Where we live, there are no local home-school support groups or even buses or cabs for that matter. I rely on the internet for majority of our resources and support. We have a statewide home-school conference, which is a 2 ½ hour drive away, scheduled for May. Our plans are to be in attendance in sha Allah. If for some reason we can’t, well, Allah knows best. There are many support groups online. I am a member of a few on Yahoo Groups. I have met many beautiful homeschooling mothers from all around the country.

    I am a frugal home-school mom. I shop at Dollar Tree for many school and craft supplies, as well as informal posters. I do not spend a fortune on books. I frequent the local library, thrift store, and discount stores as much as possible. We also work with a lot of e-books. Kindle has great books that are free, especially for unit studies.(http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/ ) is a great website that has continuous updates of free or dirt cheap books for kindle devices. I usually print some e-books (the short ones) because my son seems to work better with something physically in his hand. I print a lot! I purchased my handy-dandy hp printer from Wal-Mart for 34 bucks. It does all that I need it to do. I also get the pleasure of purchasing cheap in refills/cartilages from various sites. ($14 for black @ Wal-mart) I recycle printer paper. I use the backs of pages for reprinting and scrap paper for crafts and working out math problems. I even take out my cartilages, give them a good shake and print for a few more times afterwards. I can’t complain! I don’t have the most in the world but I appreciate what I do have.

    We are also planting a small garden. We’ve purchased some seeds and some we just keep from the fruit and veggies that we consume daily. We started some container plants indoors but nothing has spouted yet. (only been 2 weeks) We’ll see how that goes, in sha Allah.

    The moral of this post is that you have to do what is best for you and your family. Everyone will have their opinion about what you should and/or shouldn’t be doing. Go with your better judgment. The more you do something, the easier it becomes to you. I wish you all the best.

Leave me a comment if you have had similar experiences or encouraging words to share. Love to hear from you. Thanks in advance, MahoganyMuslimah

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My Frizzled Fridays

    As salaam alaikum, happy Jummah. So my day starts off with me over-sleeping. I was working lat on The Night at the Museum (Battle of Smithsonian) unit study. I think it is the perfect thing! This movie brought so many characters to life and me being me, I had to make it into a project.

    I found a great blog who decided to do a Night at the Museum unit also. http://elementaryspirits.com/ They even have a list of historical characters form the movies that makes for great research, such as: Attila the Hun, The Tuskegee airmen, Easter Island, and Ivan the terrible. She has great ideas and I’m sure my son will love it also. He is also super excited. I have created a list of characters that would be great to do this unit study on that tie in with the movie.

The Civil War

Teddy Roosevelt

Al Capone

Amelia Earhart

Octavian

Sacagawea

Albert Einstein

The Thinker and Kahmunah

Abe Lincoln

George Foreman (Bio)

Ben Stiller (Bio)

    I would suggest doing the unit and research before watching the movie. When your child/children knows even the basics of the historical characters, it makes watching the movies afterward very interesting and rewarding.

    I hope this post was helpful. If you have any suggestions for this or other unit studies, or if you have any questions, just drop me a comment. Thanks in advance, MahoganyMuslimah

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Homeschooling in the 2k’s

As salamu alaikum. I just wanted to start off by saying, for any parent that homeschools more than one child, hats off to you! While we only have been homeschooling for a few months, it feels way past a few years. We did not purchase a boxed curriculum, rather so, we chose to build his assignments from “scratch”. We purchased (and borrowed) many books, workbooks, supplements and guides. But with our son, it is either hit or miss. There are no in betweens with this child. Homeschooling now days are much different than any other times. We homeschooled for a while in 2007, shortly before moving back here. Yes, there was internet, but the number of devices that are available in today’s times are unbelievable. When we are traveling, our son accesses many educational websites via many hand held devices, ex. cell phones and tablets. I have even read that many parents “Kindle Homeschool” their children. The number of parents and guardians choosing to homeshool is also growing. I think that everyone should exercise their right of being able to decide what they think is best for their child, even though it is evident that some don’t or shouldn’t.

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