9 – 12 Years

A lot of Muslim parents are choosing to homeschool these days. Many find the regular schools inadequate at meeting their particular needs or some just don’t trust the system. I am embarking on this journey with my child in the near future as well.

One of the things that worries me is that he will be isolated and away from friends – one of the most common worries of homeschool parents. I am worried that he will miss out on school excursions, outings and just hanging out with friends and socialising.

Will he really miss out though? Are there other ways for him to learn about the world around him? There are only so many places you can visit in a school year anyway, and then there is the fact that there are not many interesting places we haven’t already visited around where we live in the first place.

Out and About

Imagine if we could get to go on excursions in other places without leaving our homes? Well, Out and About is such an interesting show that allows you to do just that. Thereis so much to learn from visiting new and exotic places and these excursion-style videos give you that privilege.

Characters

There are a few familiar faces like uncle Jawad, Zainab and Laila who take us on tours of many exciting places. They ask all the questions we want to know and show us the ins and outs of these fascinating sites. It’s almost like going on the trip with them.

 

Features

There are many educational and entertaining videos to watch and there are many options to choose from. Whether your child is interested in animals at the Battersea Cats and Dogs home, ancient relics in a host of museums such as the Emergency Services Museum or the Pen Museum, unusual facts and trivia from Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Martial Arts or Arts and Crafts, there is something for everyone.

 

Visit the Manchester Bee-keeping association and learn how honey is made by bees and extracted before we are able to taste the yummy deliciousness ourselves. Discover how valuable these little creatures are to the ecosystem and what we can learn from them.

You can also visit cultural spots and learn about other religions and how they worship or join uncle Jawad at Bakchich to make some Lebanese falafels.

Keep your children fascinated with the world around them share these great picks with them. This series is both entertaining and very educational. There is a lot to learn in each jam-packed episode.

Tips for armchair travelling with your kids

  • Help them find out more about the video topic
  • Use an Atlas and get them to find the city that is being visited
  • Let them come up with 10 questions they want to know about the people and the places around the city
  • Find out if there are similar spots in your neighbourhood that you can visit with your family
  • Use a world map to mark off places you have learnt interesting things about
  • Let your child explore other places that they might be wondering about and give them a self-study project to do.

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About the author

Zahara is an entrepreneur, homeschooling mom, education specialist, UX designer and writer. She currently lives in South Africa and works with social enterprises and faith based companies around the world. You can see some of her projects at http://zaharacassim.com/

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