Every child is different and react in different ways. We may plan ahead and have all the dreams mapped out in front of us. But our children may not like our plans. Plans done with best of intention can still produce no result as every child is different. I have been a passionate believer of home-schooling. I have been home-schooled ( free range learning, I believe) for first ten years of my life alhamdulillah. I had an amazing childhood in Iran, in the city of Garamsar near Tehran, interestingly the home-town of former president of Iran Mr.Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
I grew up playing, socializing, spending long ours outside of the home, most of the time with children
of different nationalities. As a child I felt life was great alhamdulillah, being so close to
nature. I started school around the age of 11. And I hated it. It was a big change for me.
I never loved formal learning.
exams. I was an avid reader and I am still an avid reader. I like to read my own choice of books. I did
managed to complete all the formal education i.e GSCE, A levels, University. But I never lose sight of
my passion. I wanted to read a lot and write passionately about the things that mattered to me.
School was more interested in getting us higher grades and that's all. So for me, education at a formal
setting was always a boring place to be. I thought our children will feel the same but life is full of surprises.
Alhamdulillah it has been just more than an year that two of our kids have started full time schooling.
First couple of months was quite hard for me. They have been enjoying their school from the beginning. But I was suffering from guilt, guilt of not able to home educate them. But seeing how happy they are and how much they are learning, I had to rethink my approach to educating our children. May be it is too early to make up my mind yet. Let us see how it goes this year. I hope in sha Allah our kids will be looked after by Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala and will be guided to the right path, ameen.