For the past year I’ve been thinking about what I would do when my eldest son reaches the age of kindergarten. Although I’ve been technically homeschooling my sons ever since they started talking (like all parents), I’ve always steered away from calling myself a ‘homeschooler.’ There’s just something intimidating about the term. I can’t count how many different materials I’ve read on the subject of homeschooling. While my gut-feeling is telling me that this is the right thing for my children, I’ve been having the fear of what if I fail them? What if I decide to homeschool my children and I’m not a good teacher?! What if they fall behind their peers? The what-ifs just don’t seem to end. My decision to homeschool is not final yet. However, I’m leaning towards homeschooling them. One great book that’s helped me so much and eased some of my fears is The Fitra Journal: The Muslim Homeschool Quarterly.
About The Fitra Journal: The Muslim Homeschool Quarterly
The Fitra Journal is a quarterly journal founded and edited by Brooke Benoit. In it, are various articles dealing with homeschooling written by different people, most of them parents who homeschool their children. These articles tackle many different aspects of homeschooling. This edition of the Fitra Journal is divided into five chapters. Each chapter deals with a specific topic and contains articles written by various people and their views on that topic. For example, chapter three is dedicated to the topic of socialization. So in this chapter you’ll find articles discussing the topic of social life in homeschooling.
What You Can Expect to Find in The Fitra Journal: The Muslim Homeschool Quarterly
This journal has not left anything out when it comes to homeschooling. It touched many different aspects of homeschooling: how to get started, the main questions one needs to ask themselves when considering homeschooling and everything in between. Like I said earlier, I’ve read my fair share of articles about homeschooling; the pros and cons of it so I didn’t think I would learn much new information. I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve learned a tremendous amount of new information. I’ve learned that there are all types of different ways to homeschool. There are so many options (this was one of the things that put my mind at ease).
This journal offers different perspectives from parents who’ve been homeschooling their children for many years. There are also perspectives from parents who have just recently started homeschooling and their take and experience on it. There’s advice from seasoned homeschoolers as well as those that are new to it. There are even the perspectives of homeschooled children themselves! This book was great help for me because I had so many unanswered questions that it answered. It opened my eyes and mind to things I haven’t even thought about concerning homeschooling.
While the majority of the book is written from the POV of parents who are homeschoolers and are of course advocates for homeschooling, there are also some articles that touch on the setbacks that children can have from homeschooling. Some of the articles discuss honestly the struggles one can face when homeschooling.
Would I recommend this book?
Absolutely! I would highly recommend this journal if you’re thinking about homeschooling your child/children. Even if you’re not interested in homeschooling, I think it’s still good to have because there is a wealth of great information in it for parents. The questions in some of the articles will most certainly have you thinking long and hard about your family and children’s future ambitions and education. I also recommend the Fitra Journal: Muslim Homeschooling in the Digital Age. It’s also excellent for those interested in gaining more insight into what homeschooling is all about.