Breathing Space

Often times we find ourselves overscheduled and tired, shuttling ourselves or our children from one appointment to another, from one class to another, from one school to another with barely anytime to take a break. And the frightening part is that we are passing this on to our children: the need to be busy, to always have someplace to go and something to do. But as parents we are also afraid that if we do not fill our children’s time with meaningful, engaging and educational appointments, c … [Read more...]

How to Bridge the Gap with Your Child and Guide Them to College

This month, we highlighted the vast world of education through our contributors and guest writers. Thank you to all those that participated in this important conversation.  If you would like to become a contributor on GrowMama, please email us at growmama@gmail.com. College- synonym: freedom. synonym: loss.Some children only see college as a source of 'freedom': freedom from the 8-2:30 daily schedule of their lives, having to wear a uniform, or answering to a principal. Report cards are a … [Read more...]

Grow Mama Blast from the Past : Making Choices in Schooling

Join us this month of May as we highlight the vast world of education through our contributors and guest writers. Join in on the conversation and submit your own piece to us at growmama@gmail.com. We welcome all viewpoints on this special topic. "O Humanity. Behold, We have created you out of a male and female, and have made you into nations and tribes so that you might come to know one another.” (49: 13) I have been taught that this verse from the Glorious Qur’an is a prescription for us to em … [Read more...]

GrowBaba Spotlight: Six Things The Husband Of A Homeschooler Should Never Do

Join us this month of May as we highlight the vast world of education through our contributors and guest writers. Join in on the conversation by submitting your own piece to growmama@gmail.com. We welcome all viewpoints on this special topic. DON'T add to her stress DO figure out ways to relieve her stress DON'T Compare your children with other children DO compare your child to their own abilities DON’T Ask her why the house is not clean or why the food is not cooked. DO co … [Read more...]

GrowMama Roundup Part II: Easing the Heartache of the Newtown School Shooting

The country is still reeling in the wake of the Newtown, CT. shooting. The killer has been identified; he started the day by shooting his mother and ended the day by turning the gun on himself. In between, he shot and murdered twenty schoolchildren, all between the ages of six and seven-years-old. He also killed six women who worked at the elementary school, those that taught, nurtured, loved, and in the end protected the children, paying the price with their own lives.Grow Mama readers … [Read more...]

GrowMama Roundup Part I: Easing the Heartache of the Newtown School Shooting

The headlines say it all. “20 children among the 28 killed in Connecticut slaughter.” Those whose lives were only just beginning, their innocence barely touched,  gone in a flash. The recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has left not only our country, but also the entire world stunned and hearts everywhere, shattered. Whether or not you are a parent, no one can escape the tragedy that is now identified as the second deadliest school shooting ever in the United States.Like mill … [Read more...]

Riding the Homeschooling Rollercoaster

Hi.  My name is Hala...and I'm a homeschooler.There.  I said it.  It’s out.The truth of the matter is, I never really wanted to homeschool.  I've always admired it.  Supported it.  Defended it.  But, it wasn't a path I had any desire to go down myself.  But alas, after many trials and heartache, here I am - homeschooling.  I would love to say it was because I felt strongly about so many of the reasons homeschoolers choose it - the flexibility, the control, wanting to spend more time with thei … [Read more...]

Multi-schooling

 “O Humanity. Behold, We have created you out of a male and female, and have made you into nations and tribes so that you might come to know one another.” (49: 13)I have been taught that this verse from the Glorious Qur’an is a prescription for us to embrace   language and ideas which will build relationships between all of members of humanity. With this mindset, I want to propose a new term into our discussions - multi-schooling. Our family “multi-schools.” Likely, so do many more. Whether w … [Read more...]

How I Homeschool

There are so many ways to homeschool, and most homeschoolers will tell you that they don’t question whether or not to homeschool – but rather HOW.   I’m not sure exactly what to call what we do, although others have come up with “unschooling”, “learning at home”, “self-directed education” and “child-centered learning,” among others.  What we don’t do is have a school at our home.  Homeschooling, however referred to, and whatever the methodology, just means that parents are taking on the responsib … [Read more...]

The Paper Boy

It was near the end of last summer when my son Mahmood, then eleven years old, got excited about a simple flyer inserted into our local paper.  It was an announcement that a new newspaper carrier was needed for our street.  I, on the other hand, had reservations about the idea.  In my mind, taking on a newspaper route was a lot of work and involved a great deal of logistics.  I let him sleep on it and sure enough, his interest was still alive the next day.  So I told him to go ahead and call the … [Read more...]