Interview with Rafia
Welcome Rafia from Rawdah tul’ilm! She is a Waldorf and Charlotte Mason inspired mother of three. She has mashaAllah lived and homeschooled in three countries over the last few years. Her nurturing and kind nature fills your heart with love and inspiration. Grab a cup of tea (if the kids let you) and enjoy!….
MashaAllah Rafia provided us with tons of resources, so make sure you check out all the links!
How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
How long have you been homeschooling for and do you follow a particular method?
“Play with your children for seven years, teach them for seven years, befriend them for the next seven and then let them go”
Keeping this saying in mind, I avoided formal education when and wherever I could, even if his peers were ahead. I waited till he lost his first tooth – (studies have shown) which indicates that the brain is getting ready to learn formal education. We also follow the Waldorf Philosophy and curriculum and still incorporate a lot of it in our homeschool. Recently I have been exploring Charlotte Mason and been reading The Well-Trained Mind.
A PEEK INSIDE YOUR LIFE
Why does your family chose to homeschool?
What does a good day look like in your house?
What does a bad day look like in your house?
I keep sneaking to my chocolate bar hiding in the closet to console myself.
What are your three homeschooling essentials?
2. Dua – Dhikr and Salah
What was your biggest homeschooling mistake or set back?
Whats the best part of homeschooling?
Whats the worst part of homeschooling?
Not having enough alone and self care time despite trying hard to make time for myself. At this point in life not being able to pursue some personal and educational goals I have for myself. I have been taking baby steps to change this a bit for myself. Also the HARD work I have to put in to be my emulate-able for my kids because they are like a 24/7 surveillance camera!
Facebook Pages: Mufti Ismail Menk, The Artful Parent, Drama Mama
YouTube Channels: Crash Course, Make Me Genius, Richard Hammond, Yasir Qadhi, Sophie Uliano, Hamza Yusuf
Blogs: Aasiya’s Homeschool ;), Simple Homeschool, The Magic Onion
Place to shop for homeschooling supplies: Thrift stores, Dollarama, Amazon, Book Depository and Rainbow Resource.
Children’s book: O there are so many… Ayat Jamyilah and all Julia Cook
Book: Quran, Purification of the Heart, The Secrets Of Happy Families, Simplicity Parenting
(Board)Game: Snakes & Ladders.
Family Movie: Documentaries.
Looking back on your homeschooling career, what advice would you give to yourself when you first started?
No one should ever feel the need to explain why they have made a decision for their family. We did what works for our family after consulting with The Best of Planners, and others knowledgeable in the field.
Have you ever thought about giving up? When, why, and what got you through?
Who or what is your biggest homeschooling support?
My first biggest support has been my Husband, alhumdulillah. Secondly, being a part of TMH. Thirdly, like minded friends when it came to the tarbiyah (upbringing) of our children. And a handful of close homeschooling friends that I have stayed in touch with where ever we have been.
How do you manage to juggle all the demands of motherhood and housework while homeschooling?
What does your family usually eat for breakfast?
Where was the last place your family went to enjoy some quality time together?
We had a road trip from Toronto to South Carolina. Alhumdulillah we love adventure and we had a very memorable trip. When we lived in Saudi, we use to go on road trips a lot. It’s amazing Subhanallah how different the scenic views are in both places. They range from barren dessert and breathtaking rock formation and sand dunes to North America’s awe-inspiring lush green forest and Appalachian mountain range. They both are so refreshing in there own unique ways. I love outdoors!
What is something you do for yourself to feel good?
Go for a dessert by myself with a good friend. I am also a craft hobbyist at a heart so, calligraphy, painting, zentangle, adult colouring pages, knitting, felting in the quite night with a good audiobook, lecture, documentary/movie or plain silence makes me feel good. Yoga is a nice feeling especially when done with others.
Can you share a confession of something you let your kids do that others may not know or approve of?
If you were an animal, what would you be:
I would be an Orangutan. I find it to be so like me – I am breastfeeding, baby wearing, and nature loving kind of a mother. Orangutan are known to keep their little ones close for the first 2 years of there lives and nurse them till they are 5! I could also see myself to be a long distance migration bird because I love to see new things and places. I could venture with my flock. I love travelling 🙂 InshaAllah Allah SWT grants us many opportunities to travel.