Homeschooling Gem 2: Curriculum is like a  chicken!


Insha Allah in the following short series we will be sharing teaching gems for homeschoolers by Br. Abdul Rakib who is a secondary school teacher by profession.

Homeschooling Gem 2: Curriculum is like a  chicken!

The curriculum is a legal document set out by the government and and issued by law and that you must follow.

I use the analogy that curriculum is like chicken. The student (your child) has to eat the chicken but it’s up to you how you want to serve it. Whether it be in the form of fried chicken, chicken curry or boring boiled chicken.

This is where major educational companies like Pearson take the curriculum and design their own books and teaching materials and charge us for it.

Take away:

As a homeschooling parent you have the autonomy to teach the curriculum with your own twist. 

E.g Curriculum says your child has to know the features/adaptations of a leaf that help it carry out its function/job.

You can just get your child to read it in a boring traditional way and then answer question about it.

Or you can be creative and get your child to produce a Crosstitch poem about the adaptations of a leaf.

This will make a great difference to your child’s learning experience. So be creative to your approach.

Creating/and construction are higher order skills that will push your child’s ability so next time you want to stretch and challenge then – urge them to create something.

E.g – make an advertisement promoting Shakespeare’s Macbeth play.

Wslaam,

Abdul Rakib

Homeschooling Gem 1: Start with the end in mind.


Insha Allah in the following short series we will be sharing teaching gems for homeschoolers by Br. Abdul Rakib who is a secondary school teacher by profession.

Homeschooling Gem 1: Start with the end in mind.

By Br. Abdul Rakib

Just like our Deen we should always plan a lesson with the end in mind. ‏Where will you like your child to be in terms of development and skills by the end of the lesson (i.e what they should know and be able to do e.g they should be able to complete a long division by going over the steps in the correct manner).

And with this end goal in mind, you as a parent/teacher will put together activities that will allow your child to navigate from A to B.

What is the child going to gain by the end of the lesson? Hence, with the end in mind the whole lesson should be planned so that the child can reach those goals or outcomes for the lesson.

Example:You can’t ask a student to write a paragraph unless he knows how to write a sentence.

Wslaam,

Abdul Rakib

Review : The Essential Hajj and Umrah Guide


The Essential Hajj and Umrah Guide 

by Abu Talhah

The Essential Hajj and Umrah Guide is a must read for those seeking to make the journey for Hajj or Umrah and for those just wishing to learn the Fiqh and Rites of Hajj and Umrah. 

It’s not just a guide book. It covers the history of the sites related to the pilgrimage, the Fiqh and the do’s and don’ts, practical travel tips and a whole lot more besides. 

The text is also accompanied by high quality photos, maps, diagrams and infographics which makes the information easier to read and digest. 

There are Duas to memorise and a useful Q&A section that deals with common questions and dilemmas that people face. 

All in all this book is your one stop shop for everything that you need to know about Hajj and Umrah. 

Available online from Amazon:

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