Ramadan Mubarak!

  

From the Soulful Studies family to yours, may the blessings of this month shower upon you.

Photo courtesy: Waheed Rasheed. Taken at J A Lewis Park in Hayward, CA where a large group of Muslims look for the new crescent to begin and end the month of fasting. If your community doesn’t have an organized Moonsighting group, begin one and join the Prophetic tradition of looking for the celestial connections to our practices. 

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Debate: Public School vs. Homeschool

The IIOC (Islamic Institute of Orange County) hosts debates on Froday night regularly on topics of interest to the local community. Upon request of its community members, they hosted a debate on Public school versus Islamic Schools versus Homeschooling. I was invited to speak on the topic of homeschooling. The YouTube link below is a recording of the talk show style debate. Some interesting questions were asked and answered and hopefully some myths were dispelled. 

Enjoy!

 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=quMCo7javOw

  

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Homeschooling in Orange County? Check this out. 

  

   

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Clarity Amidst Confusion

http://islamicnotebook.blogspot.com/2015/05/educational-choices.html?m=1

I was recently invited to speak at the MCA to discuss educational options available today. 

One attendee took some very clear notes and has shared them at the blogspot above. 

Hope you all find benefit in it as well. 

     

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Do you know these?

As the parent of two teenagers this article resonated with my Luddite self. Please read, share and be aware to help ourselves and our children. 

https://cutestpkever.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/to-the-well-intentioned-but-ignorant-parents-of-teenagers/

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Workshop– Organized Homeschooling

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Homework anyone?

 Homeschoolers rarely have to deal with the “H” word, but parents with children in schools, either private or public, are on both sides of the fence on this issue. Until now, Alfie Kohn and a few opponents of homework were the only ones to push against homework. Most educators and administrators pushed for homework for a variety of reasons. Finally, with a recent study out, one NYC Elementary school has gone where no public school had before. Read on to see which side of the fence you stand on.

NYC Elementary School Eliminates Homework

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/12/nyc-elementary-school-no-homework_n_6856380.html

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