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.
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.
Dear non-home schooling parents,
What my child is NOT missing out on by NOT being in School
Despite the evidence to suggest that later schooling is better for children than starting school early and the evidence to show that home educated children do better in their studies compared to their school attending counterparts, as a home schooling parent we still encounter the odd remark from fellow parents asking “is your child not missing out on [fill in your own blanks] by not going to school?”
To those non-home schooling parents: Thank you for taking an interest in my child’s education. Please find below a list of things that my child is not missing out on by not being in school.
- My child is not missing out on the widespread bullying that is currently plaguing inner city schools, to the point that it is beginning to cost young people their lives.
- My child is not missing out on the immense pressure placed on young children to learn complex spelling and arithmetic at such a young age, when they’re little brains are still developing.
- My child is not missing out on the factory style teaching that is focused solely on test results and league tables that it takes away the human element of teaching good character, a moral outlook and the passing down of knowledge as opposed to just teaching information
- My child is not subjected to the immense peer pressure in schools to look and dress a certain way, to take up smoking / drugs, to have the latest gadgets and games, and to be part of a clique or a gang, to name just a few.
- My child is not missing out on the extraordinary amount of homework that young children are given even after having spent a full day of learning in school.
- My child is not missing out on having to learn at a set pace set by the curriculum and the teachers. My child is able to learn and develop at their own pace, which is much better for their over all development.
- My child is not missing out on socialisation. Socialisation happens everywhere, not just in schools.
- My child is not missing out on not being able to see their Mum and Dad for long hours of the day, sometimes ranging from 8:30am – 6:30pm for households where both parents have full time jobs.
- My child is not missing out on having to take holidays in peak holiday seasons when holiday prices are rocket high, only because their school will not allow them discretionary leave for family holidays during term time.
- Most of important of all, my child is not missing out on being just that … a child. Children are meant to be children. These days children are not given the chance to be themselves. Let them be their own little person. Let them enjoy their childhood before they enter the high pressured environment of schools.
There are many good reasons why some parents choose not to send their children to school ranging from medical reasons to religious / cultural reasons. Please try to understand those reasons before you decide to judge us.
There are well over 36,000 children in the UK that are home educated and this number is steadily rising as people realise the benefits of home education verses conventional schooling.
Just as it is you prerogative to send your child to a mainstream school or a private school, it is our prerogative to home educate our child.
Wishing you all the best.
Umm and Abu Zaynah
Home Schooling Parents