Dr Gemma Elizabeth Founder Of Our Muslim Homeschool public
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Committing what is beautiful and true to memory, whether it is Quran, art or poetry; is a valuable part of the Charlotte Mason philosophy. Covering memorisation in your homeschool can be daunting at first; not knowing what to choose to memorise, when to slot it into your homeschooling day and essentially, how to memorise!In Episode 54 of the Raisin…
 
Many believe that Charlotte Mason Homeschooling is not REALISTIC. That it is IDEALISTIC. Maybe they're right! But you started homeschooling because you were not happy with the status quo. You wanted something better for your children-something that many might feel is unrealistic.When you consider Charlotte Mason Homeschooling first begin by realisi…
 
Summer has arrived! What does this mean for homeschooling families? Some families may want to have a long break and other homeschoolers may have different family needs and want to continue a relaxed homeschooling schedule. This is the beauty of homeschooling, it is so flexible at times like these you can adapt it to you and your family's needs.In E…
 
Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or just upset. We have all been there on our homeschooling journey but how do we overcome these feelings of anxiety and manage these thoughts when we are having a BAD day!In Episode 51 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share what steps you can take to tackle a Bad Day in Homeschooling. WATCH THIS VIDEO ht…
 
What is the best advice to share with parents so they can successfully homeschool their children? As an experienced homeschooler of four children, Gemma provides heartfelt advice she feels is essential in order to run your happy and successful homeschool in Ten Tips on How to Homeschool.In Episode 50 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share my top ten …
 
There is so much information out there about homeschooling it can be confusing. Trying to get your head around all curricula, the different philosophies, planning, and assessments... it can get so overwhelming. Launch Your Homeschool will provide you with the tools you need to find your own way, which will suit your beautifully unique family.In Epi…
 
When considering homeschooling or even whilst homeschooling many parents struggle with low confidence. Despite the fact that most homeschooling parents are going above and beyond what they need to do in teaching their children, there’s still this underlying fear that they aren’t doing enough.In Episode 48 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share how pa…
 
How long does homeschooling actually take? Do I really have time to home educate my kids? Here's a real-life look at a Muslim Homeschool schedule...When considering homeschooling, as parents we worry that we will have to fill so many hours of the day teaching our children. Homeschooling is not school, we are not replicating a school at home! The be…
 
Setting yourself up for success when you start homeschooling can be a challenge. As parents, we struggle with confidence when starting this journey. The key is to realise that homeschooling is a lifestyle. It changes the way you live and yet you need to design it around your family. In Episode 46 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share ways to reframe…
 
Many parents shy away from homeschooling as they doubt their own abilities to teach because they believe they do not have the 'right' qualifications. Does your level of education really determine your ability to homeschool your own children? Is the school teacher more qualified than the parent to teach their child? Do you need a degree to homeschoo…
 
All education philosophies have the child as the focus but why has Charlotte Mason Homeschooling gained so much popularity, and what is it? Many muslim homeschoolers are also adopting Charlotte Mason for their Muslim Homeschool, so how can it positively impact your children and your family?In Episode 44 of the Raising Mums podcast, I discuss Charlo…
 
When considering homeschooling many parents are worried about socialisation and homeschool. By not sending them to school, parents worry if their children will be socially 'deprived' if they will be able to fend for themselves from bullies, and as parents will we be holding them back? In Episode 43 of the Raising Mums podcast, I discuss socialisati…
 
Nothing sets your homeschool up for a good week like having a plan in place! Homeschool planning puts your mind at rest, help the children ease into the week, and actually helps you all to get more done. Homeschool Planning: How to Get Ready for Monday Morning!In Episode 42 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share the planning system I use on Sunday to…
 
Summer is the perfect chance to have more time outdoors. It's also the perfect time to enjoy a good book! You can help your children stay consistent with their reading habits and fall in love with reading with Our Summer Reading Challenge! It'll get even the most reluctant readers excited to read and join in the fun!Why is reading important?Reading…
 
Ramadan is almost here, you might be wondering what can you can do to prepare for when Ramadan starts? What can you do to make the most out of this Ramadan? The first thing you need to do is prepare! It's not too late! In fact, there are some very important things you can do now to get ready for when Ramadan starts. This blog-post may contain affil…
 
When kids experience Ramadan, they do more than watch their parents fast and help with iftar. During Ramadan, children build important memories which will influence how they feel about Ramadan and other Islamic traditions in later life. As parents, it’s our responsibility to do our best to make these memories and feelings positive, to show an Islam…
 
As homeschooling mums, we're constantly trying to find the right balance.We agonise over our homeschool plans and are always trying to learn how to homeschool better. But some days homeschooling doesn't follow the plan. On those days, when you're tired, or you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day, what should you prioritise? What is the O…
 
Choosing books for children has never been so hard! With the huge numbers of ever increasing children's books available, deciding which one you're actually going to get is an indomitable task. Consider this. When you go to the library, how do you choose from the thousands of books that are there, which ones you'll actually take home? When you stumb…
 
Being outdoors is good for your children. It's good for everyone! However, finding outdoor activities that you and your children enjoy can be challenging. Scientific discovery continues to reveal all the benefits of being outside; including the benefits of sunlight, the microbes in the soil, and even the mood-boosting effect of the colours of natur…
 
Let’s talk about educating children under five at home. In this podcast and Youtube video I discuss a simple framework that you can use to create preschool activities for your youngest children. In this LIVE episode of Raising Mums, I give guidance on how & what to teach your young children at home! We talk about what homeschooling looks like for c…
 
As homeschooling parents, we have to overcome many obstacles and hurdles, to provide out children with the education and lifestyle we want for them. When you first begin, one of the biggest barriers to home education, is dealing with naysayers. In those beginning months and years of home education, many of us are fragile. The slightest bump in the …
 
As a homeschooling parent, we worry a lot! We worry that we're not giving our children enough of our time. We stress that we're not doing enough for them. And we agonise about how to fit it all in! Thie blogpost may contain affiliate links. See Disclaimer for more information.In episode 33 of the Raising Mums podcast, I share with you some practica…
 
The government announced that schools in the UK would not reopen this January 2021 for at least 6 weeks. This has thrown many families into a state of worry and, in some cases, panic as they come to terms with the fact that they will have to homeschool their children through this lockdown.Families are concerned how this lockdown will affect their c…
 
You want to Start Homeschooling but you don't even know where to begin!You might have questions like:?“What do I teach first?”?“Is there an order I need to follow?”?“What do I do?"?“What do I say?”?“How do I even begin?”In this episode of Raising Mums I lay out a step-by-step approach to begin homeschooling your children. Here are the 5 Essential S…
 
You're busy...I know! But despite all the things you have to do already, you dream of homeschooling your children. But how can you?! How can you find the time to homeschool your children?In this episode of Raising Mums I talk about how anyone can find the time to homeschool, or do anything else they need to do, with the right time management skills…
 
Let’s talk money! How much does homeschooling cost?If you're trying to plan ahead, and work out if home education is a feasible dream for your family, you need to know how much it's going to cost. You need real figures, real numbers! Typically if you’re searching online for the cost to home educate your children, you’ll hear a lot of advice that so…
 
Can the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education work for a Muslim homeschool? An increasing number of Muslim Homeschools are adopting and embracing the Charlotte Mason philosophy in their homeschools...but why?In this episode of Raising Mums, I discuss why we use the Charlotte Mason philosophy in our Muslim homeschool and discuss if the Charlotte M…
 
Listen to our story and learn how to start homeschooling! If you want to homeschool your children, one of the quickest ways to learn how to start is by learning from other experienced homeschoolers and their stories. Learn how to start homeschooling from our story! In this video I share:-Why do we educate our children at home?-How we started homesc…
 
To start homeschooling, you need homeschool curriculum. But how do you choose? In this part of the world we are blessed with an abundance of homeschooling resources. There is a wealth of free information online and with the click of a button you can have homeschool curriculum shipped to your door the next day. But with so much available, many mothe…
 
Homeschool planning is a big part of knowing how to start homeschooling. In episode 25 of the Raising Mums podcast, I discuss how homeschool planning can give you freedom and flexibility. How, if done well, homeschool planning can give homeschool mums peace of mind, and confidence in the plans they have laid out. Doesn't that sound wonderful?!I als…
 
I know you're enthusiastic to start homeschooling your children. That's amazing! Maybe you've read "all" the books, picked out a curriculum and you feel prepared. But before you launch into home education, I want to share some mistakes that homeschoolers make...so you won't make them too!This season of the Raising Mums, is dedicated to the parents …
 
When thinking about how to start homeschooling, the first thing most of us will consider about is "What books do I need?" But before you start buying any homeschooling books, there are some other things you need to work on first ...3 other things in fact! In episode 23 of The Raising Mums Podcast, I discuss the 3 Qualities that Homeschool mums need…
 
Homeschooling children can present its own unique problems that only other homeschoolers get! Although the rewards are great, we home-educating families often hit "bumps in the road" that we need advice to rise above.In Episode 20 of Raising Mums, I answer questions some of the questions that other mothers and homeschooling families submitted on my…
 
When it comes to screen time for children, parents are confused! What is the best thing to do? On the one-hand, we hear about the negative impact of technology on our children; on the other, we hear praise for the many educational resources online.What is the right thing to do?This blog-post contains affiliate links. For more information, see Discl…
 
I know what you're thinking...Homeschool poetry? Really? Haven't I got enough to think about in my homeschool already, without adding poetry into the mix too?!I know! I get it! Many of you may even be thinking, "What is poetry even for?"Let me explain!In episode 18 of Raising Mums, we tackle:?? Why poetry should be a part of every child’s education…
 
Many women struggle through motherhood, consumed with feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Mum stress stops us enjoying motherhood to its fullest, and may even lead us to mistreat our loved ones. This blog-post contains affiliate links. For more information see Disclaimer. As new mums, we were filled with aspirations of creating a beautiful, peaceful …
 
I've just had a baby, so I know how hard it can be to homeschool during pregnancy! As if homeschooling wasn't challenging enough; and then add in nausea, exhaustion and the mood swings (oh boy those mood swings!) and it can seem almost impossible. This blog-post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see Disclaimer.But my experience…
 
The past year has lead to some great discoveries! Some of these homeschool resources were a part of our plan, whilst others were unexpected pleasures!This blog-post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see Disclaimer.In Episode fifteen of the Raising Mums podcast, I share some of our favourite homeschool resources of the past year…
 
It can be disappointing, maybe even heart-breaking, when your child won't read. Many families have at least one reluctant reader who just doesn't enjoy reading. But don't worry, there are many ways you can encourage your child to read at home, and enjoy it!This blog-post contains affiliate links. Please see the Disclaimer for more information. Chil…
 
Using a morning basket can simplify your homeschool, whilst at the same time adding an abundance of riches to your children's education. Morning baskets, filled with living books, add depth and meaning to your homeschool days in a way that is easy for you to implement. There are no faddish curriculum or clever gimmicks here! Just a basket filled wi…
 
Homeschooling requires a lot of motivation. Whether it's just getting up early to start school, preparing lessons, or dealing with the ever changing emotions of your children; you need to stay motivated when you homeschool!In the latest episode of Raising Mums I share the reasons why homeschoolers need sustained motivation. I also share with you wa…
 
One of the most common questions I am asked online, and in my real-life, is why we chose to homeschool. Why do we do home educate our children?In the latest episode of Raising Mums I share the TWO reasons my family homeschool.Raising Mums is a weekly broadcast that streams LIVE from our Facebook an Instagram pages. This week hundreds of you watched…
 
This week, I was on the Our Muslim Homeschool Facebook and Instagram page answering your questions LIVE!I answer questions about:Daily RoutinesHealthy meal ideasAfter school activities at homeTeaching children about the Islamic HerosCoping with messFeeling overwhelmedThis blogpost contains affiliate links. Please see disclaimer for more information…
 
Running your home like a boss is a way that homeschool mums can free up their time and energy. Whether it's the desire for more time to read aloud to their children, or the energy to play football in the garden, time management is the way to achieve it.If you are looking to take ownership for your time and energy, and live a life of more meaning an…
 
This week I was LIVE on Facebook and Instagram talking about home management for mums and how they can run your home like a BOSS!Do you find yourself saying, " I wish I could, but I don't have time?" Do you want more time and energy to do what is important to you. Do you want more time to connect with your children? Do you want higher energy levels…
 
Homeschooling with a baby brings with it many challenges. I often hear from women who are struggling to homeschool their children, whilst also caring for a small baby. They are overridden with guilt and with feelings of failure. They want to be a good mum, to all their children, but they just don't know what the right thing to do is. If you have a …
 
This week I was LIVE on Facebook and Instagram talking about some of the ways you can ensure you'll be homeschooling for many more years to come insha'Allah. I’m speaking to the mum who wants to homeschool, and is planning and preparing for this new adventure. I’m talking to mum who homeschools now, but feels disheartened. Who feels that it’s not g…
 
This week I was LIVE on the Our Muslim Homeschool Instagram and Facebook accounts talking about a topic very common in mothers, low self-esteem. Do you ever refer to yourself as "Just a Mum?" Then this broadcast is for you!We talked about:BlameMy personal experience with self-doubt5 Steps to Increasing Your Feelings of Self-worthMothers with low se…
 
This week on the Our Muslim Homeschool Instagram account, I was LIVE answering your questions.We talked about: Keeping children motivated Evil eye and envy Dealing with mum guilt Learning to read My conversion to Islam and a lot more!It's a great episode! I'm sure you're going love it!Here it is!WATCH THIS VIDEO!Products mentioned (aff.):Ordinary G…
 
This week on the Our Muslim Homeschool Instagram account, I was LIVE chatting about, When Motherhood gets you down...Try This!We talked about: Different types of happiness The importance of seeing progress in your life Why we feel we "Lose ourselves" as mothers The power of gratitudeSo here it is!WATCH THIS VIDEO!To keep you motivated, I've made yo…
 
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