The website that “saves” me!

t4lI love this website! It truly is a lifesaver for me as a homeschooling and college student mom.

On the days I just have too high of a workload I use this. She gets to do her work with minimal interference from me and it also gets graded, gives her quizzes and even break/play/rest time. It includes reading; social studies, science, and math assignments. I love that it grades her so I can see if she’s having difficulties with any subjects and go back and teach it to her again.

Another thing that I love is that you can select up to three grade levels for it. So for example: she’s advanced in science and reading so I have her on 6th grade level work in those subjects. She’s a little behind in math so I have her at the beginning of 4th grade level work and all her other subjects she is right where she should be. Which is 5th grade work. This allows her to revisit what she needs to learn while still challenging her and allowing her to succeed. It also doesn’t punish her with boredom by being stuck in Grade work that she is already ahead of.

The website is
http://www.time4learning.com

I think they either have a free try out, or a referral program where you could try it for cheap for the first month or something? if they do and you decide to try it out to help your children with their school work, to practice more, or to homeschool tell them Holly Garza sent you.

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How can I homeschool affordably?

I get the same question all the time. How can I homeschool affordably? or some variation of that. I was in the same EXACT place myself. Homeschooling can cost as little or as much as you allow it.

Very first thing to do is make dua, pray, BEG Allah to grant you ease, pleasure and aid you. Once you’ve prayed about it. Set up your plan.

Ask yourself WHY to homeschool. How you plan on enjoying this and what your goals are.

Next, you will need to look up your homeschool laws by State.

You can do so by going here ~> http://www.hslda.org/hs/default.asp

http://www.freewebs.com/homeschoolingmuslimahmommies/typicalcourseofstudy.htm

FREE and very affordable things to do can be found here ~> https://mommyhogaryamor.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/quick-money-and-sanity-saving-tips-for-the-home-educator/

I have many other articles, blog, and information on the subject of getting started and why I do you can also read on here and across the web. I’ve said to take advantage of the library over and over again because honestly you can find school textbooks, living books, encyclopedias, dictionaries and much more all there for your use. Here are a few “book” and documents leads for you. PLENTY of information at our fingertips. ENJOY

http://distancelearn.about.com/od/managingyourwork/a/cheaptextbook.htm

http://www.freewebs.com/homeschoolingmuslimahmommies/howdoistart.htm

I get asked to recommend curriculum. I do NOT do this for various reasons. The biggest of these is I do NOT endorse nor do I recommend anything or single program because we are all different and each of our children are different as well as our families, values, practices, styles and beliefs. It is up to us, the parent, to review and evaluate everything before allowing our child to use it to ensure it fits with our beliefs and goals. Also I don’t use a curriculum. We are ECLECTIC homeschoolers and use various methods and make up our own curriculum off of different books, web sites, approaches, styles, and materials.

Here is more on the Styles of homeschooling for you to try them and see which method you prefer to use.

http://www.freewebs.com/homeschoolingmuslimahmommies/differentstyles.htm

http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/methods/Methods.htm

Here is a link with links to many different lesson plans

http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/lessons.htm

https://mommyhogaryamor.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/preschool-aged-children-curriculum/

and last but not least an older blog post with free resources you can use

https://mommyhogaryamor.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/free-curriculum-and-resources-you-can-use/

how to stick to or return to the basics of homeschooling, parenting and home management

Asalaamu Alaikum (Peace and blessings be upon you)

MashaAllah (exhausted voice) life sure can catch up to us when you allow it to overwhelm you and neglect 2 or 3 things 2 or 3 times, can’t it?

I’m here to remind you to stick to the basics or return to the basics.

We all love those days where the meal is 5-7 courses, the floor, sink and bedroom is spotless and the children’s homeschooling went above and beyond expectations. However, no one can keep up with ALL their responsibilities at near perfection status at all times ( if so- please point her out to me!! I’d love to take whatever she’s taking!) This does not mean I am encouraging slacking, messiness and lack of initiative, by no means. On the contrary if you allow yourself, your home, your cleaning and homeschooling go for more than a day or two I can guarantee you that catching up will be far more daunting than keeping up! (Trust me I’ve learned it the hard way personally)

I personally love coming up with amazing homeschooling science, art, real life activities that carry on into other fascinating subjects and intrigue the little and big ones eyes and brains into overdrive. I personally love the feeling of eating a home cooked meal I put a lot of time, love and effort into making in a clean apartment. Tell me one thing though…….how can we have more of these wonderful blessed days as opposed to I can’t find the reading book, the dishes are a mess and I need a shower days?

SIMPLICITY

Start small, start with a corner, a shelf, a table, a sink….

KITCHEN TIPS

Start by de cluttering one area at a time and keep going. When you brush your teeth wipe the mirror down and rinse the sink for that still clean bathroom look. When you are cooking wash the spoon and stove as you go (something I’m learning as I’ve always been messy in the kitchen)

HOMESCHOOLING TIPS

When you are homeschooling clean and teach your child to clean up as they work for easier cleanliness and time management later.

Assign a writing, reading and memorization area and keep that area specifically for those materials and books. Asign a part or a whole shelf in our case to books/curriculum you actively use to find them easily and plan assignments. Have a back-up plan for those days when you are sick ( a box/closet/shelf/ or bag) with work, activities and/or games for the emergency days when you get sick, or something comes up for a smooth day for your child. Have a website or a few website that promote not only games but SAFE age appropriate learning.

Home/hygiene tips

This should go without saying but please do the basics…soap and water and brushing…teeth and hair. Now if you already (which I hope you do) keep up with yourself  go the extra mile and change your clothing. I love to joke that my pajamas are my house clothes and that I home school in my pj’s and while this is true sometimes I also have inside clothing. I have pants, shorts, capris and dresses that I wear sometimes at home. When you look better you feel better, and when you feel better you perform better.

Air the home out from time to time, yes, even in the winter. No one is advocating you share all your business with the free world nor that you freeze, simply circulate some air. Get your cleaning on, burn some incense, oil or use your favorite cleaning products and smell away the drudgery. Nothing like a clean, fresh home. 

On those overwhelming days when life gets too busy, stressful, tiring or eventful stick to the basics. You can always be super mom another day. Teach the basics, clean the basics, keep up with yourself at a basic level. It’s too hard to be super woman, and supermom when you can’t even find your shoes and much less your sanity.

I’m still new at this trying to be organized lifestyle as well. Please share your mommy tips, homeschooling, cooking, hygiene and beauty tips with us here in the comments InshaAllah