Structuring the day


How to structure/organize your day so that you can fit all your needs/duties in?

MashAllah I always find it interesting how other (homeschool) mothers organize their days, with some having as many as 9 children. SubhanAllah. I love reading about how their days go by, what they do and how moms can manage. Is it not so interesting to find out how they manage to home educate their children and learn some tips? Here is how we do it. I try to plan things around salah.

So, we start the day by praying fajr. Since they wake up so early we usually pray fajr together, followed by dhikr and dua. Alhamdulillah I don’t have to nag them to pray fajr together, it is an established habit. Dhuhr and Asr are optional – I encourage them to join but they can be busy doing their own things. Then again at maghrib we mostly pray together followed by dhikr and dua. It is such a blessing to listen to their duas – they keep asking various interesting things each time and come up with unique statements. I have to record this sometime inshaAllah :).

I get them to practise all their daily adiya – dua entering/leaving a house, entering/leaving toilet, before/after eating, before sleeping and after waking up, we try to say Rabbi Zidni Ilma at our circle times. Alhamdulillah, they both know all their daily duas by heart and often remind me to say them too!

After fajr+dhikr+dua (takes around 15 minutes) we sit down and do our daily Qur’an revision session. Safiyya recites all 8 short surahs she has memorized. Sumayya has to recite 3 longer surahs (i.e Fajr, Inshiqaq, Buruj) and 3 shorter surahs (i.e Asr, Tiyn, Qadr) or 5 average ones (Bayyina, A’la, Qoria, Tariq etc). Then they have breakfast listening to new surahs they are learning. Even when Sumayya was attendiing public school we could manage fajr+dhikr+dua+Qur’an before 8:30 am easily. If we were running out of time we would do shorter dhikr and dua and recite only short surahs. I think moms who send their children to public school but want to do more at home may want to establish this habit of early morning Qur’an session following fajr with child/children. The whole package lasts up to around 40 minutes with us.

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Subjects to cover


This is something like a curriculum. I never had a fixed, well-organized curriculum but alhamdulillah my flexible plans usually work out better for us. a) I sit down b) make a list of subjects I want to teach c) make a plan of what learning items I use for each subject.

Circle Time: Usually circle times are done to give everyone a chance to say something in a group and get warmed up etc. We use circle time before each subject in order to review previously learned areas on a given subject. That means I start each subject with 10-15 minutes of circle time where we practise and recap previous sessions.

For example, at math circle time I may ask Sumayya (born in 2007) to count 0-20, countdown 30-0, ask questions about finding one less/two more (i.e what is one less than 9, what is two more than 10 etc?). I may ask Safiyya (born in 2008) to count 0-10, countdown 10-0 and ask questions on what comes after x (i.e what comes after 9?).  I may ask both of them do any hands on activity with math manipulatives (i.e- ask them to make the repeating patterns with colored popsicles, or by threading coloured beads into a string), use number/shape flashcards (i.e put numbers in the right sequence 0-10, or sort out odd numbers etc), use shape sorters, revise using the clock with a game etc. It gives me a chance to keep revising all the previously learned numeracy/math concepts and it gives kids a chance to get their brains more engaged before proceeding onto our math task planned for that day. So, circle time serves like a pre-task where we proceed from easy to a more difficult task (term used in task-based learning).  Hence, we have seerah circle time, literacy circle time, science circle time, geography circle time etc. (On busy days when mommy needs to attend to ill baby, has visitors or couldn’t make the new task ready due to dead printer etc, we have 3-4 circle times on each subject and it is perfect chance to have 3-4 revision sessions in fun way. Kids love our circle times, Alhamdulillah)

Seerah – we use two books for seerah lessons. 1. “Tell me about Muhammad saw”  and“Goodnight stories from the life of the prophet Muhammad”, both by Goodword books . The 1st one we use for our learning session- we read one story each time and do follow up activity. It could be hands on arts/crafts project, comprehension worksheet, drawing sth based on a story and coloring (they have to choose what to draw, draw themselves and then color. And when they finish the task I ask them to narrate the paragraph/passage we read that day by describing their pictures). Whenever relevant we use map and globe. To point to Arabia on globe, find Makkah/Madinah on world map and draw a route with erasable marker etc. InshaAllah I intend to the the following lapbook towards the end of our Makkan period – click here.

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