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Our Home Education Philosophy

15 Jul

Our Educational Goals:

We strive for our child(ren) to:

obtain a well-rounded education that is rich is good literature, hands-on experiences, and positive social interactions so he will be able to engage with people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life.

understand hisreligion and the religions of others, to understand why they are Muslims, and to choose Islam for himself.

be happy.

love learning and feel motivated to pursue life-long learning.

love to read and write.

understand math, not just perform functions, and to move easily between math concepts and their real-life counterparts.

learn at least one foreign living language, and one ancient language.

feel comfortable and function well in the outside world.

take responsibility for his actions, and to be an honest and trustworthy member of society.

Learning Principles:

  • Learning should be child-centred and individualised, but not child-led. The child will be encouraged to pursue interests in addition to the curriculum. Particular interests within the curriculum will be expounded upon.
  • Learning should be primarily print-based, but also hands-on and oral. In the early years, most learning should be done via play.
  • Computers and television will play a very limited role in education.

· No learning is to be forced. Encouragement, but not coercion, will be used. Topic can be revisited at a later date when it may be better received.

· All attempts will be made to make education enjoyable. It should not and need not be dull and tedious.

· I will deviate, where need be, from the curriculum to break up the monotony to maintain a love of learning.

· I will always explain the reasons behind learning a particular topic/subject.

· Independence will be encouraged and expected.

· A good teacher excites, motivates, and teaches a child to learn. I do not want to be the fountain of knowledge from which he drinks, thus creating intellectual dependence. The responsibility of learning will gradually shift from parent to child.

Learning should involve the use of:

  • Print (heavily)
    • Classic works
    • Original works
    • Twaddle-free imaginative reading
    • Living books
    • Good-quality text books
    • Limited use of workbooks

  • Outings
    • To motivate and arouse enthusiasm, or to round off an area of study
    • Limited use as it takes time away from study, reading, play, and the family

  • Techniques:
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Narration
    • Dictation
    • Memorisation
    • Copy work
    • Summaries
    • Time line
    • Notebooking
    • Projects
    • Discussion

Assessment:

  • Child should participate in self-assessment. Child will not be graded, but assessments of attitude and effort will be made in discussion format and notes.

Character, Family Life, and Social Skills:

· I want to instil humility, compassion, social skills, and humbleness in my child. I want him to be well-rounded and down to earth, nature-loving, not afraid of hard work, and willing to help others. I want family to be more important than peers.

  • Social interactions will be heavily limited to family, a few friends, and rare group activities in the early years. As child grows, socialisation will take place within the greater community with people of varying ages and backgrounds.
  • The family is to be the centre of it all. Child will participate in work and service and is expected to do chores, charity, and contribute to the home environment, from which he benefits.

· Television and computer use will be very limited.

· Child should spend as much time as possible outdoors and in nature.

  • I believe
    • Mature parents should have the responsibility of making decisions for the immature child. Children are not always equipped or ready to make certain choices.

  • I do not believe
    • In the use of computer software and games as a learning tool. Computer use will be limited mostly to research and word processing.

  • Why the Classical method?
    • It is a rigorous, thorough method of education
    • Child learns to think clearly and deeply
    • Child learns logic and rhetoric
    • Child learns grammar thoroughly and thus is able to write and speak well
    • Child will learn perseverance and working at something that may not be immediately gratifying
    • Other interests are discovered through the study of a broad range of subjects
    • It employs tried and true methods of teaching
    • It encourages academic excellence and the joys of learning for learning’s sake
    • It works with the natural development of the child’s mind
    • Child learns how to learn

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2 Comments

Posted by on July 15, 2009 in About Us, Homeschool Planning

 

2 responses to “Our Home Education Philosophy

  1. Willow

    July 17, 2009 at 2:56 am

    This is very nice; thank you so much for sharing. I always like your book suggestions, so thank you for those too (in other posts).

    One thing — when you say that you want your son to learn one living language and one ancient, I assume that you mean in addition to English? It might be good to clarify. 🙂

     
  2. Michelle

    July 17, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Woops! Thanks for pointing that out. 🙂

     

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