Raggamuslims’ Recap of 2017

Is it too late for a year retrospective?  Unlike the calendar of Pope Gregory XIII, our year never seems to start on January 1st.  Somehow, we just feel our way through the seasons.  But generally speaking, the past year--give or take a few months--has been new territory for all of us on all fronts. As parents, … Continue reading Raggamuslims’ Recap of 2017

Learn Arabic over Skype with NaTakallam

After a National Holiday and Winter Holiday lull, the Homeschoolers in Muscat are up and at it again.  For our first activity of the year, we met for a free Arabic lesson with NaTakallam, an amazing organization that pairs primarily Syrian refugees with keen Arabic students from around the world for online language lessons.  Our … Continue reading Learn Arabic over Skype with NaTakallam

If Only School Were Like Camp…

  Winter is already here. No snow in these parts, but there is lovely outdoor weather, plenty of sunshine, and winter camp. Recreational centers are promoting their programs during the school break, and I personally think camp is a great experience for homeschooled and unschooled children to tap into. Z had her first camp experience … Continue reading If Only School Were Like Camp…

Unschooling with the 4 R’s

While I love the philosophy of self-directed education, there’s a part of me that can’t totally comply. I categorize our family as unschooling because we have no interest in recreating school at home or complying with a standard curriculum. However, now that Z is seven, we’re ready to introduce more structure and order to her … Continue reading Unschooling with the 4 R’s

Healthy Eating Hacks for the Whole Family

Sometimes healthy seems unattainable. There are so many competing demands for our time, budget, and attention, that it seems easier to take the path of least resistance. For single folks with money to spare, grab and go healthy meals prepared by others are great. But if you have a family or a tighter budget, it’s … Continue reading Healthy Eating Hacks for the Whole Family

Turning Seven: Significance and Celebration

Our baby girl is now seven. We’ve been prepping her for this new phase by drumming up the new responsibilities and opportunities awaiting her. She initially retreated from the idea, saying she wished she could remain six but as the new privileges came to light, she could no longer wait. I casually mentioned that in the … Continue reading Turning Seven: Significance and Celebration

Children’s Public Library: Muscat’s Homeschool Hub

After three years of waiting, the Children's Public Library is finally open here in Muscat.  It's located in Qurm, just across the street from the Children's Museum, another great family resource.  Some moms have been complaining about the soft opening hours of weekdays from 10am to 3pm but guess what? The hours are perfect for us homeschoolers.  So … Continue reading Children’s Public Library: Muscat’s Homeschool Hub

Essential Eco Products for Life Abroad

Having shared our "econundrum" of trying to live more sustainably in Oman, we wanted to share some of our favorite green and zero-waste products that we currently use and hope to use in our household.  We still have further to go in our own journey but have committed to taking baby green steps as we go forward. What … Continue reading Essential Eco Products for Life Abroad

Trying to Be Green in Oman

The produce lady sees me coming. She peers from the side of her eye and begins to mumble something. She’s not looking at the color of my skin or the way I’m dressed, because in all honesty, we can pass for cousins. She’s looking at my reusable produce bags and can’t seem to figure them … Continue reading Trying to Be Green in Oman