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Home education – an overview for different ages

I have had lots of conversations with wonderful mothers who are considering home education but don’t know where to start or what to expect which is a perfectly valid concern. While I will be addressing different topics around home education, our vision and approach, I just wanted to briefly address my personal expectations and outlook for different ages by providing targets and timetables for different ages. I understand sometimes these are the tangible ideas that mums really want to visualise.

There is no parenting guide like the Qur’an – make it’s study an active part of your life, your growth and your discussions with your children.

This by no means covers everything and every child is different I think it just gives a clear outlook on different expectations. For SEND children you will need to formulate realistic expectations based on their needs but I would encourage every child, verbal and none to have daily Qur’an and outdoors in nature time where possible.

0 – 2 years old

Priorities

  • Connecting everything back to Allah, His Love and reminding them He created and provided everything
  • Relationship building with yourself and wider family
  • Relaxed schedule so you can be as calm and present for children as possible
  • Daily Qur’an : you reciting and listening to reciters
  • Nurturing yourself as a mother – reading lots of parenting books and surrounding yourself with mature, positive mum role models
  • Outdoors in nature
  • Healthy eating
  • Minimal or no screen time

Timetable – none.

2 – 4 years old

Priorities

  • Daily Qur’an : you reciting, them reciting, and listening to reciters
  • Outdoors in nature
  • Lots of reading books in English and Arabic
  • Adab and Akhlaaq : greeting others, daily duaas, please and thank you, waiting turns, sharing, gentle voices
  • Gross motor skills : walking, sports, balance bike, climbing, swimming, throwing and catching
  • Fine motor skills : play doh, free play with pencil and paper, painting, junk play crafts, weaving, tying knots, cutting and sticking
  • Get used to helping with small chores, e.g. pairing socks, chopping fruit, wiping down tables.
  • Minimal or no screen time
  • Find your tribe : push yourself to connect with other mothers with similar aged children and outlooks.

Timetable – none.

4 -6 years old

Priorities

  • Daily Qur’an : have a hifdh schedule but keep it relaxed and don’t worry if they can’t do the full amount daily
  • Recite to them daily yourself
  • Listen to other reciters
  • Lots of reading books in English and Arabic – ask them questions, show them letters and ask them to find them
  • Adab and Akhlaaq : daily duaas, how to treat others, respectful speech, Allah loves it when we…, it’s ok to make mistakes what have you learnt? When we are frustrated this is what we can do etc.
  • Introduction to writing – free play with pencils, copying letter shapes
  • Lots of movement and gross and fine motor skills
  • Outdoors in nature
  • Set chores, e.g. wiping down tables, replacing toilet rolls, taking plates to kitchen, putting away clean crockery, folding and putting clothes away
  • Minimal screen time with you present : I encourage nature documentaries and Traveller with the Qur’an instead of cartoons
  • Positive spaces : connect with mothers of similar aged children and either find groups to attend or start your own.

Morning box

  • 5 mins : Old Qur’an memorisation revision
  • 10 mins : New Qur’an memorisation (1 or 2 verses with signs, game or picture book)
  • 5 mins : Writing practice (simple words/sentences in English or Arabic)
  • 5 mins : Maths practice (simple addition and subtraction using cubes/objects to help)
  • 5-10 mins : Reading practice (alternating between one day English, one day Arabic)

Timetable

7 – 9 years old

Priorities

  • Daily Qur’an : recitation and hifdh schedule
  • Still recite to them and regularly listen to their favourite reciters
  • Reading : still read to them but encourage them to read to you and by themselves also
  • Writing : writing independent sentences and improving them together focussing on handwriting and spelling
  • Adab and Akhlaaq : patience (purposefully get them to wait for things and earn privileges), perseverance, gentle speech, how to manage emotions, how to treat others, obedience to parents and respect for others
  • Lots of movement : regular sports, time outdoors and skill building
  • Set chores : e.g. helping to cook a full meal, making snacks for others, serving guests, washing dishes, clothes washing, folding and putting away, gardening etc.
  • Minimal screen time with you present : encourage them to have active as opposed to passive screen time. e.g. creative writing in Word, powerpoints about a learning topic, poster making on Canva etc.

Morning box

  • 20-30 mins : Revise old surahs (alternate between reading from mushaf, from memory, playing game etc)
  • 15-20 mins : New hifdh
  • 10 mins : Writing practice (alternate between English and Arabic each day)
  • 5-10 mins : Mental maths
  • 5 mins : 1 hadith memorise and discuss

Timetable