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

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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

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

Teaching Arabic to Our Homeschooling Community

Following our camping trip in Dubai, we spent two more days in Abu Dhabi with dear and beloved friends. Coincidentally and serendipitously, I wasn’t the only visitor passing through that weekend. Another dear and beloved friend, who I consider to be more of a mentor than a fellow student, was passing through. Before babies and … Continue reading Teaching Arabic to Our Homeschooling Community

Cultivating Community for Homeschooling and Life

A constant theme in our life abroad is the search for community. We were very blessed to experience true bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood once upon a time, but eventually those ties frayed as individuals followed their hearts and purposes elsewhere. Before coming to Muscat, the question crept up again and I’m pleased to report that the … Continue reading Cultivating Community for Homeschooling and Life

Unschooling in the Green Mountains of Oman

I recently joined a group of Muslim mamas on Facebook who have shared passions—attachment parenting, homeschooling/unschooling, and natural family living.  When I told Urbndervish about it, he lit up saying “you’ve found your niche!”  Sweet soul that he is spoke nothing other than the truth.  I've found a robust group of women trying to live … Continue reading Unschooling in the Green Mountains of Oman